« Quick analysis of cuts | Main | UPDATED 9.1.08 DEPTH CHART »

August 30, 2008

Hurney's comments on cuts

Here is an edited version of general manager Marty Hurney's comments regarding the Panthers' cuts:

ON KEEPING DE HILEE TAYLOR INSTEAD OF DE STANLEY McCLOVER:

"Like several of the decisions, it was a close decision. We just felt Hilee showed some upside.

Stanley

played well. We went with Hilee. We think he will continue to improve. We believe

Stanley

will play for somebody and play well. They both have pash rush abilities. Hilee is probably a little bit more raw, but he had a good preseason, so we made the decision."

---

ON THE WRs REMAINING ON THE ROSTER:

"

With Steve (Smith) suspended, we’re thin there. You saw Dominique Thompson made it. Obviously, we have Moose (Muhammad) and Dwayne (Jarrett) and hopefully we'll get D.J. back. It’s a position we've been nicked at throughout the preseason and we'll just have to see how it goes here in the next three or four days."

ON THE OFFENSE LINE, INCLUDING KEEPING ROOKIE MACKENZY BERNADEAU:

"We kept nine linemen. We did keep Mackenzie. We think he’s going to be a very good player. He improved the entire training camp. We thought he played well in the last preseason game against the Steelers. He's a guy who has good size and good movement. It was a difficult decision to let M

ilford

Brown go, but we could only keep so many numbers there."

ON WHETHER HE DECISION TO CUT RICARDO COLCLOUGH WAS MADE BEFORE OR AFTER HIS DWI ARREST EARLY SATURDAY:

"Obviously we were sorting through the roster cuts this morning and the timing wasn’t very good, that’s for sure. We had difficult decisions there and it came down to we had a couple of guys there we know we had here last year and we made the decision to keep them."

ON KICKOFF AND PUNT RETURNS SINCE RYNE ROBINSON PROBABLY WON'T BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST GAME:

We have a couple of options there. That’s something we're going to have to sort through over the next few days. We have guys who have done it. Chris Gamble have done punt returns. (There's) Richard Marshall. Jonathan Stewart returned kickoffs in college.

ON HAVING ONLY FOUR RUNNING BACKS (Williams, Stewart, Hoover, Goings):

"You would always like to add another. But in the scope of it , you just have to work with the numbers. That’s just sort of how it fell. LaBrandon Toefield and Decori Birmingham both showed some things over the course of training camp. Again, it was a numbers situation. Four is really as many as we could have.

ON CUTTING TONIU FONOTI:

"On the offensive line, we just had very good competition. We felt that was one of the deepest spots on our roster. Unfortunately, we were unable to keep all the guys. They competed well and it just happened that we could only keep nine."

ON RELEASING VETERAN FS TERRENCE HOLT:

"T

hat was extremely difficult. He had great respect from the players, and he played well. It came down to whenever look at those two reserve safety spots, it comes down to (being able to play) safety and special teams. (Panthers kept Nate Salley and Quinton Teal). That was an extremely difficult positon. Terrence came in and played extremely well for us and really brought a lot of intangibles into our locker room."

ON KEEPING RHYS LLOYD TO KICKOFF ONLY:

"H

e gives us an advantage with our kickofs and he definitely helps our kickoff coverage. He's been very impressive. That’s an important aspect of our game. It really was something that you never know until you decide. But it became more and  more evident each week that was a decision that made sense."

Posted by Observer Sports on August 30, 2008 at 08:37 PM | Permalink

Comments

NFl needs to get RID of the stupid only 46 dress out and they freeze 7 for games. They should expand rosters to 55 and let all of them dress and play, making 7 inactive is stupid, what's the point?? in this day and age, 2 deep, plus 2 returners, snapper, P, K = 49 and 3rd QB = 50 that's the minimum that need to dress out on Sundays, NFL needs to change rule and modernize this as the game has changed.

Posted by: Isaiah | Aug 30, 2008 8:54:08 PM

About Rhys Lloyd: "But it became more and more evident each week that was a decision that made sense"

Couldn't have said it better myself. Great move.

Posted by: KCPanther | Aug 30, 2008 8:55:29 PM

Surprised at McClover and Brown . Really surprised they kept Salley over Holt. He missed a lot of open field tackles in the preseason. C. J. Wilson is coming on strong, and is a sleeper keeper.

I count 9 LB'a on the team. Looks like special teams is getting priority.

Let's give Hurney and Fox some credit. 7 of 9 draft choices made the team and they upgraded QB with McCown.

Posted by: Magicman | Aug 30, 2008 9:04:44 PM

If Holt 'played extremely well' why did they cut him and keep Nate Salley? Salley can't tackle anyone, and he's never been a solid contributor in all this time. I think this was a wrong move.

Posted by: Wayne D | Aug 30, 2008 9:06:20 PM

The reason the NFL doesn't allow more players to dress on Sundays is because of injuries. Especially in the old days, before putting guys on IR was common for minor injuries, teams would usually only have 47-49 guys who were able to play physically. If one team came in with all 53 while another had only 47 that could go, it was an unfair advantage, so they just made the rule that only so many could dress.

Posted by: Dan | Aug 30, 2008 9:14:49 PM

8 of 10 draft choices really, as you can count Chris harris as part of this years draft since we gave up a draft choice to get him.
McClover was all bark no bite, not too impressive in pre-season, and dissappears when season starts.

Posted by: Isaiah | Aug 30, 2008 9:16:07 PM

it's an outdated rule and stupid. In any case 50 need to dress out minimum in this modern age. Read gregg easterbrook of TMQ on espn on this issue, he has spelled it out for several years now. so even if you don't allow everyone to dress go to 50 for game days, having less producse more injuries, and with all the specializaiton 50 are needed.

Posted by: coach | Aug 30, 2008 9:18:23 PM

great moves and a couple of bad move not a bad day at the office could youm says

Posted by: jamie | Aug 30, 2008 10:28:42 PM

Salley over Holt... is he serious!?! That's just dispicable!!! Special teams... what?! Ich... I can't take it. "Players that were here last year," Is this guy serious!?! WTF! At least get another face to make these PR announcements. #$%@&!!!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Aug 30, 2008 11:08:17 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.

Advertisements