Carolina Panthers Retrospective

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CBS SPORTS LINE IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!

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Sleeper ... Mike Goodson: If you're the type of Fantasy owner who likes to draft the backup to your top rusher, you're in trouble if you spend an early pick on DeAngelo Williams. Because Williams and teammate Jonathan Stewart share the ball a bunch as part of the Panthers' formula for winning games, getting both requires not just an early pick but also a pick between Rounds 5 and 6. The savvy move is to go after Goodson. The rookie from Texas A&M has good speed and quickness and was probably drafted to fill in for Williams in the event he struggles or gets hurt. Best of all, not many Fantasy owners are interested in picking him up in the draft, making him a very likely final-round pick for your team if you take Williams (or Stewart) early on.


Breakout ... Dwayne Jarrett: Jarrett sizes up as your typical third-year receiver. His first two years in the league have been marred by maturity issues, and now that he's in an offense he's familiar with, there's a chance he might finally step up. Yes, the Panthers are a running team and any huge receiving totals will go to the veterans, but Jarrett should be the favorite to be the team's No. 3 receiver, giving him a clear path to finally start scoring in the NFL. Think late-round pick in the deepest of leagues with him.


Bust ... Steve Smith: With all due respect, some trending stats point to Smitty falling short in 2009. Smith posted a career-best 18.2 yards per catch last season, which helped him get to 1,421 yards ... on just 78 catches, a four-year low. Smith also has seen a precipitous drop in touchdowns, going from 12 in 2005 to eight in 2006, seven in 2007 and six last season. The Panthers clearly made hay as a running team last year and there's nothing to suggest we won't see more of the same in 2009, and that's magnified by Jake Delhomme remaining under center. Smith's health isn't an issue, nor is his age (30), but for when he's typically taken in drafts (Rounds 3-4), he's just not going to live up to expectations. -- Dave Richard
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HUH? Jarret a breakout season and Smith a bust? What in the hell was this guy smoking


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Re: CBS SPORTS LINE IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!

Relative to their current stats, none of these claims are that far-fetched.

Smith's TD's have been going down, there's no denying that.  With our team having a decidedly run-first approach, its very likely that they will keep going down. With TD's being a very important category (especially in non-PPR leagues), that makes Smith a potential fantasy bust, especially with people taking him around the 2nd round.

Jarrett still could have a good season, despite a lackluster preseason.  So far he's been thrust into the #1 slot even though he's not a #1 reciever (and never will be).  When he goes back to his role as #3, he could see his stats go up as he may get more looks as JD seems to be looking at the whole field (as evidenced by him passing up on a wide-open Smith in the endzone against the Ravens).  He could end up with 40 rec's 500 yrds and a handful of TD's which would definitely qualify him for a breakout season compared to his previous stat lines.


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Yeah, I SOMEWHAT agree with the guy.  He's not saying Smitty is a bad player, but his numbers could be a lot higher else where (dear lord I pray that we never find this to be true) because we are not 50 pass attempts per game kinda team.

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Smitty will always find a way to get his, so you don't need to worry about that. But check out this article: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/12133171

Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall...was targeted 174 times on pass plays last season. "One-hundred and seventy-four times," Smith said. "Can you believe that?" A buck seventy-four is a number now ingrained in Smith's head like your birthday or Social Security number is in yours. It's that way because Smith plays in a run-first offense for the Panthers, and it's a number that sounded way too high for any receiver. Here he is one of the game's most explosive receivers, and he spends a lot of his Sundays banging heads with corners in the run game, a speedy receiver blocking way too much. "So how many times were you targeted?" I asked Smith. "It wasn't close to that, I can tell you that," he said. "As a wide receiver, I never think we throw the ball enough," Smith said. "I understand completely why people say things about our offense. When you talk Carolina Panthers football, you talk defense and the running game. I just work here and do what I'm told."
The way this article is written, I'm not so sure that Smitty wouldn't rather play for another team. I just pray that he doesn't mind being in a run 1st offense. He's put up with it thus far, and other than this article I havn't heard of any indications that he's unhappy (with his amount of touches) or would rather play somewhere else. What do yall think?

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Re: CBS SPORTS LINE IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!

Didn't Jarrett just lose the #3 spot to Moore according to Darin Gantt?

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That's just speculation based on playing time against the Ravens.

Ultimately, though, I wouldn't be suprised if he did surpass Jarrett since he's playing noticeably better.


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"Darin Gannt, from the Rock Hill Herald, reports Kenny Moore has effectively supplanted Dwayne Jarrett as the third receiver, and looks like a guy who can make the few plays leftover after Delhomme throws to Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad."

http://www.heraldonline.com/247/story/1570274.html

That is an interesting way to speculate.  lol

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