There's a lot of doom and gloom around here these days. Two lackluster preseason games and a spate of injuries will do that.
But it was interesting to note a recent project that pointed to the idea that the Panthers roster has as much top-end talent as any team in the league.
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Long-time NFL personnel man Michael Lombardi, who runs the website nationalfootballpost.com, recently put together a list of each team's "blue-chip" players, defined as the kind of transcendent talents that opponents always have to game-plan for.
The Panthers had six
, which as it turns out, is as many as any other team in the NFL.
He named RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Steve Smith, DE Julius Peppers, MLB Jon Beason , LT Jordan Gross and CB Chris Gamble to his blue list.
(He also suggested DT Damione Lewis and RT Jeff Otah were "almost blue. I'd give him Otah, who I think is about to start a long run of Pro Bowls. But I might have subbed Travelle Wharton in for Lewis, and LB Thomas Davis is close to such recognition.)
Only New England and Minnesota had as many as the Panthers, with Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, San Diego, Philadelphia and Green Bay with five each.
What does it mean? Maybe not much. But for all the freaking out locally, it's still a talent-laden roster.