Brooke Cersosimo of NFL Media reports Panthers LB Thomas Davis will retire after next season.
Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 (?)
Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:32 PM
Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:37 PM
So is the lesser role letting Shaq rotate and play his position a bit? If so, we are going to need a playmaker at LB. FA would have to be it because at 24, don't think there will be a LB from the draft that can step in during his rookie season
Well, as long as TD stays healthy we should be "Okay" this year. We still need another LB that can play outside, strong or weak.... Personally, I am not really enthused about Gachkar or Paysinger....although truthfully neither one really played for us this past year. When TD leaves that will leave a BIG hole. With Mayo backing up the Mike, there is really no one available who has been "tested" under fire (as of right now..). This is the year we have to move on a good quality outside backer we need the depth AND we will need the first line guy in one more year.
So the question is.... Can Mayo play outside if he had to do so.?? AND... how good are Paysinger and Gachkar.?? If we are in Nickel, there is less of a problem...unless we have Shaq playing the Nickel... OMG...my head hurts. Munnerlyn is going to have to step up....
Posted 15 January 2018 - 11:09 AM
Anyway, we have six (6) LBs on the roster.... Davis; Kuechly; Shaq; Mayo; Jacobs; and Gachkar....
Jacobs and Gachkar are non-starters.... Backups or ST guys only (at least so far...). Son in our base defense, we have one real backup ready to play and that is Mayo. When Davis leaves next year, we will have no one to play OUTSIDE since Mayo is first and foremost a Mike backer. I like Mayo a lot.. He can play the position and serves well as Luke's backup. But without Davis there is no one to play outside in a base 4-3. We need at least one more outside backer to get ready for 2019....
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