Ever since the Panthers signed their platoon of rookie free agents, I've been asked by several whether they're going to make a play for this player or that one.
The answer, the best I can gather, isn't "no." It's "not right now."
At the moment, they're going to take a look at the huddled masses, hoping to find some cheap help. If they aren't able to find acceptable filler at a few spots, they might sign some veterans later.
They've got a few guys in mind, guys they've kept tabs on all spring. And just because you're not here in May doesn't mean they don't want you later. But until the Julius Peppers situation resolves itself, they're going to sit tight for the moment.
-- Don't know how closely you want to parse this one, but we may get a hint about their future plans by some numbers they've given out (and one they haven't).
The roster's so full at the moment they've got two 62s, but despite signing four linebackers yesterday, they haven't given away LS Jason Kyle's 56. Sounds to me like they're going to see if they can squeeze him in later, if they feel like the kids here now aren't ready for the job.
At the moment, they've got three LS candidates on the roster, one of them Canadian (Patrick MacDonald), one they traded for (J.J. Jansen) and an undrafted rookie (Nick Sundberg). They're not going to do that much punting and kicking this weekend.
Also, G-T Jeremy Bridges might come back later, but he's going to have to change shirts if he does. Mackenzy Bernardeau has exchanged his old 65 for Bridges' 73.
Other number changes include:
-- LB Landon Johnson has given up 54 for 59,
-- Nick Hayden's gone from 78 to 98
-- CB Dante Wesley's gone from 23 to 21.
-- Like everyone else who does what I do for a living, I was shocked and saddened yesterday with news of the passing of David Poole.
I'm not going to spend many words here, partly because there are better-written tributes by Monte Dutton, Tom Sorensen and Joe Posnanski. And partly because from where he's sitting now, he's waving us off and telling us "enough already."
Of all the things there were to respect about David (there were many), there was his willingness to help young reporters, his absolute hatred of puffery and pretense, and his love of newspapers that was demonstrated by the way he worked to make them better -- every day.
The guy who came to the house this morning to clean the carpet today knows what I do for a living, and asked me if I knew David. We stood and talked in the driveway for 15 minutes about him, and what he meant to so many people. Steve said he made sure he was at his office every morning at 7 a.m. so he'd hear the start of David's radio show and read what he wrote for the paper. He told stories about e-mail exchanges with David, and we laughed about Poole's ability to lay waste to nonsense with a one-liner, and I'm fairly glad he left when he did or it would have gotten a little damp out there.
We miss David, and when I say we I mean anyone who loves words or work, laughter or race cars, but most of all honesty.