Even after the draft, Marty Hurney insists there is still work to be done to get the Carolina Panthers ready for the upcoming season…
If you thought the Carolina Panthers were done making moves, you thought wrong. Per a report from Stephen Igoe of 247Sports, general manager Marty Hurney said Tuesday that there are still areas on the roster that need to be addressed. In short, he is not going to rest until every gap is filled.
"“We talked about being patient and you just can’t fill every need in the draft,” Hurney said on the Mac Attack on WFNZ Tuesday. “Training camp is late July, and we don’t stop trying to address needs at this point just because the draft is over. We will keep looking and use every avenue we can to fill positions where we fill we have a need at.”"
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As a Panthers fan, this quote is music to my ears. He is not okay with settling and sitting back with the roster he has to work with. He wants to make sure every gap is filled so the team will be ready come the start of the season. It is how every general manager should be. It will be interesting to see how he will follow through on his word.
One thing to watch for here is what kind of signings Hurney will make. Will he add depth at the running back position? Will he continue to try and fill the linebacker spot? What types of players does he think can take the organization to the next level?
Playing devil’s advocate here, making moves is great, but how many of those moves will survive camp cuts and be on the team come September?
My guess is that he will try to look for more than camp cuts. If anything, this offseason has shown that he, along with the rest of the organization wants to win now. Especially if they sign players closer to the start of camp, my guess is that the Carolina Panthers will be thinking bigger picture. Some players may be cut, that is part of the business. However, that could open up opportunities for other signees.
This is not the first time Marty Hurney has shown examples of being aggressive this offseason. The signings of Dontari Poe and the trade for Torrey Smith show he is not afraid to make moves as he sees fit. It is not as if this team needs a drastic overhaul. They went 11-5 last season and made it to postseason play. Nevertheless, they did not make it to the Super Bowl, something that I think gnaws at Hurney in particular.
These words should get fans excited. If anything is certain, it is that Marty Hurney has visions of holding the Lombardi Trophy in February.