The Carolina Panthers continue a silent but deadly type of off-season with no flashy signings,but moves that have improved the teams depth, competition, and talent throughout the roster in the last 10 days. The team has added a wide receiver Jarrett Boykin,offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, running back Jordan Todman, and special-teams guru Jason Trusnik .
For Boykin, this is a chance to kick-start his career with his hometown team the Panthers. He was a standout at Butler High School in Charlotte, his first 3 seasons were spent with the Green-Bay Packers with mixed results. In 2014 he caught just 3 passes for 27 yards because the teams 2nd round pick Devonte Adams got the majority of the snaps. 2013 was his most productive year he started all 16 games caught 49 passes for 681 yards and 3 touchdowns, a great year shows the potential he has when given an opportunity and being just 25 years old he has tons of room to grow. He will also help by far the worst special teams unit I have seen in the queen city it was definitely cover your eyes bad, he has the ability to return and block punts something that is sorely needed. He is a young guy that has great potential he just needs more playing time to showcase it. I just hope he doesn’t put too much on himself playing with his hometown team.
We all know Martin from the bullying scandal down in Miami, lets all be honest, he should have stood up for himself, I mean he is a football player, but he didn’t and it all blew up, I will say we weren’t in the locker room so we don’t know how bad it got, that is just a bad situation all around. Martin has an opportunity to put that whole thing behind him and just focus on football.
Martin is a former 2nd round pick and his numbers aren’t to shabby starting 38 games during his time with Miami and the 49ers. this move creates much-needed depth and competition at the offensive line spot that has been somewhat week since Jordan Gross retired. I hope Martin is successful in a Panthers uniform and help this team win games.
Todman will be entering his third season out of UConn, he was drafted in the 6th round by San Diego it was a very brief stay, he made his name with the Jaguars, which thought I would say that, but in limited playing time in 2014 he had 32 rush attempts 186 yards and 1 touchdown. He also was a special teams stud averaging 25.9 yards per kick return paired with Ted Ginn could be a deadly combination. He could be the next Deangelo Williams in the pass game as well, averaging 7.9 yards per catch I see him taking screen passes a long way this season. The running back core could be a four-headed monster with Cam Newton the skies the limit as long they stay healthy.
Trusnik played the last 4 seasons in Miami, he is another player that adds competition at the linebacker position and a great special teams guy a veteran guy with 221 games played 49 tackles. Special teams were the focus of this signing a 9-year veteran that the Panthers need to shore up that special teams.
The Panthers are addressing the biggest weakness the special teams and guys that will have a chip and their shoulder trying to make a name for themselves and help the Panthers win games in 2015 and beyond. I like the way the team is shaping up, keeping our own and addressing big weaknesses. I can’t wait to see what’s next.