It wouldn’t be a day on this earth if I wasn’t thinking about the Carolina Panthers. Here are a few of my very deep thoughts.
1) Ed Dickson scares me. As someone who loves the Ravens in addition to the Panthers, I can tell you first hand the guy was viewed as a disappointment in B-More. He went from over 50 catches in 2011 to no more than 25 in each of the last 2 seasons. He regressed as a player and didn’t step up when Dennis Pitta went out last year. And, Pro Football Focus ranks him as the worst blocking TE in the NFL last season.
2) Thomas Decoud is a good move. If he can get back to his performance level from 2011 and 2012, the Panthers have themselves a bargain. He could be a guy who can replace Charles Godfrey if you want to make C-God a cap casualty. I would expect pass coverage to be a lot easier behind our Pass Rush than it was for Decoud last year in Atlanta.
3) This DE talk is worrying me. Panthers have worked out late first round DE prospects Kony Ealy (Missouri) and Scott Crichton (Ore. State.) Are they considering this? What does that mean for the future of Charles Johnson? Would love to see them stick to the big needs early on and grab a WR and an OT. But, we know Gettleman loves Pass Rushers.
4) If you look at the Giants when Gettleman was there as a guide, it would seem that he might prefer to pick a WR earlier than an Offensive Linemen. In his last 11 years with the G-men, they drafted 5 Wide Receivers in the first 2 rounds of the draft, but only 2 Offenisve Linemen. In those 11 years, they took 0 Offensive Lineman in the first round. The Giants have always believed in getting Offensive hogmollies later in the draft.