Welcome to the 3rd edition of Friday Fan Mail! I’m your host, Bobby Agnese. I’ve compiled inquiries from the best Panthers fans on the web, and have answered the questions you’ve been dying to know. It’s the Q&A you can look forward to every Friday. Lets get started:
Kevin Avery asks: “If Mike Zordich has a very strong and impressive camp and preseason can he make his way onto the 53 man roster?”
That all depends if Zordich can come back from injury. He tore his ACL in August of 2013, missing his entire rookie season, and suffered an unfortunate end to what was a promising training camp show-out. The Panthers treasure their fullbacks like gold, and he’ll certainly have an opportunity to make the 53. Coming back from an ACL tear is tough, and it’ll be a challenge for him to bounce-back.
Christopher Lofton asks: “Like Newton, will the Panthers exercise the 5th year option on Kuechly as well?”
Absolutely. The Panthers want to lock up Kuechly, but just don’t lack financial freedom. Exercising the option will allow GM Dave Gettleman two more years to give Kuechly the huge contract he rightly deserves. The guy is the best young LB in all of football, and he’s certainly as much of a franchise player as Newton is.
Jay Henley (@Superman110472) asks: “Will the Panthers be a player for Andre Johnson?”
I love Andre Johnson. His game is phenomenal and he could be a solid #1 for many teams in 2014. That being said, Dave Gettleman won’t be trading for Johnson. It just doesn’t make sense. He’s already 33, and his price tag is too high for Carolina’s minimal cap space.
Not only that, but Gettleman already feels that he has his token veteran in Cotchery. His plan is to revitalize the receiving core, not zap it with an aging ray. Although Johnson lining up across from Benjamin is an enticing thought, it just doesn’t fit the Panthers’ plan. I can say with 100% certainty that Andre Johnson will never suit up in a Panthers uniform.
Kendall Brussford asks: “Who do you see winning the NFC South in 2014?”
Realistically, I see the Saints wearing the crown come January. They continue to get better on offense year after year, and their defense could realistically be top 3 in the NFC in 2014. Their coaching and quarterback situation is better than Carolina’s, and it’s not even up for debate. However, I think the Panthers have just as much talent on their roster. The problem is schedule vs. schedule. The Saints have arguably one of the easiest road schedules in the NFL, and they’re impossible to beat at home. I have the Panthers at 10-6, finishing one game behind the 11-5 Saints.
That’s a wrap! I want to thank all of you very much for submitting all of your questions for the third edition of Friday Fan Mail! Make sure you tune in next week, and if you have any questions you’d like me to answer next Friday, be sure to contact me through Facebook, or Twitter @bobbyagnese.