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August 12, 2014

5 Questions with Panthers GM Dave Gettleman

SPARTANBURG -- The Panthers' general manager spoke with reporters following the Tuesday's final training camp practice at Wofford.

Q: How do you think it went, other than the lack of heat?

A: It's crazy. The last two days have been the hottest. It's really kind of weird. The first week it was 68, 69. But it's going to be warm in Charlotte. We know it's going to be warm in Tampa. We'll be ready.

Q: Ron Rivera mentioned the secondary as his main area of concern, and thinks the offensive line is coming together. Is that how you view those two groups, as well?

A: The O-line, they've got to play together. I think you can see we're pretty close to settling on a group. Now it's a matter of them learning to play with each other, get comfortable, trust each other. On the back end on defense, we like the talent. We're happy with that. It's just a matter of people rising to the top, putting their foot in the ground and saying it's my job.

Q: Do you think your returner is on this roster right now?

A: We're going to try to figure that out. We've got three more games. We're going to give Philly Brown and a couple young kids a shot. We'll find out. Obviously, Ted (Ginn) is gone. So we've got to figure it out.

Q: A lot of teams have made roster changes during camp. You've been stable (since losing Tyler Gaffney on waivers). Do you feel like you've done a good job setting the roster?

A: It's a statement on the job we did coming in. We had two guys retire -- De'Quan Menzie and Shaq Rowell. We replaced them. ... Everybody's got a different philosophy. Watching it, it looks to me like what people are doing is they're using training camp to give multiple, back-end-of-the-roster guys tryouts and workouts, bringing them in for three, four days and then rolling them over.

Q: Your thoughts on the start Kelvin Benjamin's had?

A: I'm not unhappy. Kelvin came prepared. He came in very good physical shape. You can see his energy is there every day. He's done everything we've asked him to do, and he's getting better all the time. It's important to him. What's interesting is, people talk about he's an early-out junior. Kelvin's a little older. He's (23). He's a little more mature than a lot of early-out juniors. Now Trai Turner's on the other end. He's 21, and he plays like he's 25.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM | Permalink


i wish we had armanti to be the return guy.

Posted by: tony clifton | Aug 12, 2014 1:08:04 PM

So glad I am outta Charlotte, as the Panthers are better off. I am in Chicago now and happy to be a Bear! I just hope I make the team.


Posted by: Armanti Edwards | Aug 12, 2014 1:23:26 PM

Why can't the name Armanti Edwards just go away?
He never did anything in the NFL. Carolina will miss Ted Ginn on special teams but their receiving corps will be better than last year's under-performing group. As for the Cats D-Backs, it's always the same old song and dance, as it's the team's weak spot.

Posted by: Bob Smith | Aug 12, 2014 1:27:56 PM

i'm no armanti fanboy by any stretch but the fact is this........he was never on the field and when he was, he made plays.

and he would undoubtedly be the front runner for the return spot if he was still here. and probably a solid #3 receiver.

it's not like the guy couldn't get open, it's not like he was dropping passes and it's not like he played 50 snaps a game and didn't put up results.

he is to the panthers as adam morrison (without the injury morrison had) is to the bobcats. so many hate them without really looking at the truth.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 12, 2014 2:12:09 PM

Dear App State fan Bob,

Armanti was a joke, he was the smallest guy on the team, yet he had no speed??

Adam Morrison pre injury at least put up a few good games.

Remind me of one memorable Armanti play? Marty traded a 2nd rounder to draft him in the 3rd round. That 2nd rounder ended up being the 32nd pick.

Armanti will forever be hated on because he looked like a high schooler who somehow stayed on the roster for 3 or 4 yrs while never once cracking the rotation

Posted by: I am your father | Aug 12, 2014 2:41:03 PM

Dear I am your father,

Learn to figure out who wrote which comment.


Go Cats!

Posted by: Bob Smith's Father | Aug 12, 2014 2:53:41 PM

"Do you feel like you've done a good job setting the roster?"
Duh, no I've down an incredibly bad job and I'm to blame. What a great question. You are FIRED!

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. You have to wonder if any prep went into these questions. Why would you ask such a dumb question, if you had time to think about it?

Posted by: qdog112 | Aug 12, 2014 3:24:35 PM


If the parenthetical reference to Gaffney was part of the actual question, it is possible that the question was an oblique attempt to get Gettleman to respond to (or defend) a situation that many view was a mistake on his part. Gettleman was either too smart or too dense to take the bait.

In any case, it was enlightening to see a comment on the contrast in styles between Gettleman and other GMs that churn the bottom of the roster looking for a diamond in the rough.

Posted by: JustWondering | Aug 12, 2014 4:06:10 PM

Nice to read some folks on here recognize the bad deal Adman got with the Cats. He wasn't a top five pick - but he should have been a good role player. The Cats gave up on him too soon and that with the injury ruined his confidence. Edwards should have been converted to a CB - not WR. Ex-QBs make great DBs - perhaps he didn't want to do that but I am certain he would have been a starting CB for the Panthers right now had he made that move.

Posted by: Dom | Aug 12, 2014 4:21:37 PM

he was only even on the field a handful of times and turned in 2 of the longest plays in team history. we aren't talking about a guy that failed on his opportunities. he made the most of very few. It isn't surprising he didn't play behind smith and lafell in a run heavy offense with a great tight end. it WAS surprising that he wasn't used more as the wildcard playmaker that he is/was/could have been. guy looked great in preseason games, too - not saying that carries water as many do.

the difference between he and antwaan randel el and the like is just opportunity and scheme. not talent.

horrible pick in the sense that it didn't work out and a high pick was sacrificed. but that didn't make him a horrible player. his short resume said otherwise.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 12, 2014 5:47:31 PM


Posted by: Panthers Fan | Aug 12, 2014 5:49:14 PM

"We had two guys retire -- De'Quan Menzie and Shaq Rowell. We replaced them."


Posted by: Panthers Fan | Aug 12, 2014 5:50:17 PM

Dear Charlottean,

If Armanti is so special, why did he get cut by the lowly Browns, who are in need of Receivers?
Let's see if Armanti even makes the Bears roster. Coaches time and again have given him a chance and he has failed to live up to expectations. He is some folk hero to App State fans, but that is all he'll ever be. He would NEVER even been ahead of Kealoha Pilares on the depth chart, and that's saying something. Heck, if Joey Adams were healthy, he was drafted to replace Armanti.
Just give it up...Armanti stunk and was given plenty of chances in practice to earn playing time in the game. I mean, just how many years do you give a scrub?

Posted by: Bob Smith | Aug 13, 2014 7:54:16 AM

Why can't Steve Smith return punts?

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Aug 13, 2014 8:54:25 AM

very true bob, very true.

all the hackey sack grads from Crap State still can't believe that their awesome community college qb can't make it in the nfl. INCONCEIVABLE!

Posted by: tony clifton | Aug 13, 2014 10:14:28 AM

"De'Quan" WHO ???

Posted by: Nasty704 | Aug 13, 2014 1:31:42 PM

They have no punt returner on the roster and the answer is not Philly Brown or Kenjon Barner. The O line is a work in progress but Bell in not the answer at LT He will be bulldozed by good defensive linemen and Cam will be on his back.

Posted by: Whitecoemt77 | Aug 14, 2014 12:22:05 AM

Gettleman has done a good job considering salary cap. The TEs of Olsen, Dickson, Williams will shine and I hope they get creative with these guys. Panthers are now a tougher and bigger team. Gettleman has a plan and is working it. If everyone stays healthy we will be good.

Posted by: kelso | Aug 14, 2014 2:59:26 PM

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