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March 09, 2010

ASU's Edwards says Panthers interested

    On his online journal, Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards said the Panthers were showing more interest than any other NFL team.

    The diminutive passer might need to be a WR at the next level, as many view him as a slot receiver and return man.

    But Edwards said the Panthers have scheduled a private workout for him on March 18, two days after his pro day workout for all teams. There, he'll work as both a passer and a receiver.

    "The Panthers have been showing a good amount of interest, more than any team," Edwards wrote on the website. 

    He said New England and Jacksonville have also asked for workouts, along with Indianapolis.

    Edwards, who led the Mountaineers to two national titles, left school as the only player in NCAA Division I history with more than 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards.


— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on March 9, 2010 at 05:53 PM | Permalink

Comments

we have our q.b of the future,25 year young matt moore.we have much bigger needs in the draft than a tiny tweener.

Posted by: ray | Mar 9, 2010 5:58:14 PM

Cant wait to hear what Mr. Bernz thinks.......

Posted by: GhostOfSparta | Mar 9, 2010 6:07:25 PM

...Jason Hunter... anyone? Former ASU guy... young... played for Green Bay and now with Detroit.... come on Panthers... let's get this Carolinian home.... woot!

Posted by: Blah | Mar 9, 2010 6:11:21 PM

"The Panthers have been showing a good amount of interest, more than any team," Edwards wrote on the website.

They probably sent him a form letter. No other team has even done that.

(Just yankin' your chain, Darin)

Posted by: Authority | Mar 9, 2010 6:25:37 PM

Guess I might have to become a Panthers fan after all...

Posted by: tridiva | Mar 9, 2010 6:27:21 PM

http://www.nfl.com/players/jasonhunter/profile?id=HUN675014

Posted by: john | Mar 9, 2010 6:42:30 PM

If we are looking for a legitimate BACKUP QB, the Browns just released Derek Anderson. I, for one, think he would be an excellent choice for clipboard carrier in case Matt Moore slips.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Mar 9, 2010 7:31:43 PM

Armanti is a winner pure and simple. I also think he can translate his talents to the next level. He's small but he's got an arm, he's very accurate and he's as slippery as a squid in a bowl of jello. He can start at PR and be the emergency QB until ready to compete. He's a talented, smart player with intangibles. Worth a 3rd or 4th rounder. Come on Hurney, bring Armanti aboard!

Posted by: gradyhog | Mar 9, 2010 7:41:49 PM

Think of Josh Cribbs!!! Qb in college at Kent State now one of the best return men in the game!!! Edwards is an incredible talent!!! Watched Edwards shine for 4 years. Too small? No way!! Anyone remember Steve Smith!! Edwards has same killer edge and will shine at the next level.

Posted by: Evan | Mar 9, 2010 7:47:55 PM

I'd be the #1 guy to get his jersey the day he's drafted as a Panther... a big fan of his from his time at ASU. Like someone above said, all the guy does is win.

I'm also all for Jason Hunter... he's a free agent and would be a great player to take to camp.

I think most ASU fans would echo me in this... if we were to draft Armanti, I couldn't wait until preseason to see the possibility of Edwards throwing passes to Dexter Jackson again... wow. Chills.

Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Mar 9, 2010 8:09:09 PM

I posted two months ago, my sources told me Jake, and Peppers would be gone. I was ridiculed. My sources were right. Sources now say Tim Tebow will be a Panther as well Micheal Vick. We'll see.

Posted by: Insider | Mar 9, 2010 9:31:23 PM

NOt a snowball chance in hell Mike Vick will EVER placy for The Panthers. You can take that to the bank.

Posted by: Big "T" Hosch | Mar 9, 2010 9:35:37 PM

Insider,

Care to place a wager on that? I'm always up for some extra coin.

Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Mar 9, 2010 10:31:00 PM

i would rather have edwards as a panther than vick and tebow any day. he is a much better passer than that overrated punk tebow. vick is my boy but edwards is younger and just as mobile as vick. he can also throw bombs downfield while he is on the run. this guy is the truth and all he do is win. remember couple years ago he was nominated for the heisman a couple years ago

Posted by: jenk | Mar 9, 2010 10:42:59 PM

Cant wait to hear what Mr. Bernz thinks.......
Posted by: GhostOfSparta | Mar 9, 2010 6:07:25 PM
I dont sit here & pretend ot know more than coaches that actually have the job of drafting players know, so what i think is, the Panthers coaches know what theyre doing.

Posted by: Mr Bernz | Mar 9, 2010 11:09:53 PM

great special team player can get him in late rounds and replaces hoover as homestate underdog hero.

Posted by: joe cool | Mar 9, 2010 11:16:43 PM

Armanti Edwards would be a great addition to our offense(and maybe some ST). He would provide us with some versatility that can lead to big plays. He is very quick and has a good college QB caliber arm which would allow Coach Fox to implement some trick plays. He is a winner and was very clutch in some big games - Remember the showdown against Joe Flacco (Delaware) in the D2 National Title Game. He plays with a good sense of situational football.

Posted by: JamesT | Mar 10, 2010 12:57:32 AM

Moore looks to throw then hands off to Williams. It's a reverse to Armanti Edwards, no, wait! Edwards fires the ball to a wide open Steve Smith! Touchdown! Wow! What a play! I've never seen a defense so confused! What can a defense do when they think Moore is going to pass and then he hands off to a very explosive Williams who could easily bust a big run, and just as the defense adjusts to key on him, there goes Armanti Edwards with the ball in the opposite direction, and as the secondary comes up to help, you can't leave a guy like Steve Smith uncovered, especially when you have a lightning bolt runner like Edwards who also throws with lightning strikes. The Panthers have really assembled an ensemble of talent that can hurt you in so many ways. Even if Edwards had kept that ball, he was good for at least a fifteen yard gain! Unbeleivable! And the saints are just absolutely stunned! They look as if they just had it handed to them, and they did! Someone is going to have to figure out how to cover the entire field against these Panthers or they will just walk into the Superbowl and out with a Lombardi trophy!

Posted by: wildcat | Mar 10, 2010 1:41:45 AM

I keep hearing on some articles that there are no good QB' Carolina would be able to acquire either through FA or the Draft. Then I read this from an article on the bleachreports.com

"Two options stand out as possible challengers for the starting job/quarterback of the future designation: Tony Pike and Dan LeFevour.

Pike was on fire last season for Cincinnati. He threw for 2,520 yards, 29 touchdowns and only six interceptions for a Bearcat team that finished the regular season undefeated. Those are pretty solid stats as is, but the fact that he missed three regular season games makes them even more impressive.

He has great mechanics and confidence. If the Panthers want a true pocket passer with a strong arm (six of his eight regular season games included completions of 40-plus yards), Pike has to be strongly considered. Ranked by ESPN as the fourth-best quarterback in this year’s draft, Pike could be an absolute steal in the third round.

As good as Pike is, I’m even more impressed by Central Michigan’s four-year starter Dan LeFevour.

This kid has the wow factor. In his college career, he threw for 12,905 yards and 102 touchdowns—an average of more than 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns per season, which would constitute franchise quarterback numbers in the NFL.

His arm strength is even better than Pike’s. In his four college seasons, LeFevour’s longest completions of each season went for 88, 76, 93 and 82 yards. You can chalk up a lot of that to yards after catch by the receiver, but it also means LeFevour can find the open man and read the play well enough to know he has a clear route to the end zone.

You’ll notice as well that as his college career went on, LeFevour was sacked less and less, while he completed a higher percentage of his passes. Last year, he completed almost 70 percent of his passes as the Chippewas posted a 12-2 record.

LeFevour is a threat on the ground as well as through the air. Last season, he rushed for more than 50 yards six times and accumulated 14 touchdowns."

Here's the link:

Posted by: Why must I cry??? | Mar 10, 2010 6:51:01 AM

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/357065-panthers-release-delhomme-who-should-challenge-matt-moore-for-starter

Posted by: Why must I cry??? | Mar 10, 2010 6:52:05 AM

Jason Hunter isn't a UFA, Detroit tendered him as a RFA.

LeFevour is changing his mechanics like Tebow and didn't throw at the combine even though he is consistently listed at the #5 or lower QB in the draft.

Pike's arm strength doesn't match his size and he looked mediocre at best throwing at the combine. I'd expect both of these guys to need a couple years to be legit QBs,if ever, which Hurney and Fox don't have. If AE is drafted by the Panthers it will be b/c they expect him to be able to contribute on ST.

Posted by: Ry | Mar 10, 2010 7:33:21 AM

Edwards could (key word could) be a good NFL player, and even a passer. While he was known for his ability to run, he always looked to throw first (unless it was a designed run for him), and was excellent at extending the play with his legs. He also has great accuracy on the run, and has good arm strength to boot. He is pretty short and small, but there have been other, very good, QBs in the same boat. Plus, he has decent hands, can take a hit like a pro, and is very, very hard to tackle. I hope he does well, no matter who picks him up.

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Mar 10, 2010 1:09:11 PM

If the panthers pick up Armanti, I'm going to pick up some season tickets.

Posted by: ed | Mar 10, 2010 5:56:30 PM

Armanti two years ago vs. Richmond Spiders. 197 yrds rushing in first half nuff said! Carolina, if Tebow aint there in 2nd round. not getting Edwards in 2nd round would b huge mistake. As far as not big enough he is the same height as vick, faster first 3-4 steps(reminds me of an alligator) and just as good of an arm.

Posted by: baadluck13 | Mar 10, 2010 10:36:59 PM

I would love to hve armanti. Hes incredible no matter what level he played on. But we all know how conservative the Panthers are. They wouldntuse him the right way anyway. Id be amazing to see stewart and williams on the field at the same time but they never try it. it would have been nice to run a modified 3-4 D every now and then and let peppers athletic skills be used like they should but we never did. I like Fox but as long as he is coach we will be boring and predictible

Posted by: Zach | Mar 11, 2010 1:24:21 PM

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