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miss the dreadsPanthers might be down a WR. You know what that might mean – “LaFell will start alongside Steve Smith if Naanee is out, with Armanti Edwards and Seyi Ajirotutu splitting the reps at the No. 3 receiver spot.” Panthers face winless Colts is a must, must win game. (Pride is important). Sticks and Broncos at San Diego, Superman and the Bucs at Titans.

27 Comments

  1. 87ASUgrad

    November 27, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Great, I hope AE gets in for some playing time at WR. But, they run a lot of 2 TE sets too it seems this year. Also see in the article that they signed another rookie WR (Adams) from the practice squad. This might be another shot for AE at WR, but he could use some blocking on the punt return team too!

    Give Em Hell!!

  2. J_AppState

    November 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Agreed. Panthers blocking on punt returns is among the worst in the league. Every punt, there are 3-4 guys on him immediately.

    People think he sucks as a punt returner. However, I don't think anyone could succeed with the lack of block support he has.

  3. J_AppState

    November 27, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Give him support and he will make mountaineer fans proud. Go Armanti!

  4. WFHSgolfer

    November 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

    great return

  5. The rock

    November 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    NICE RETURN BY AE. 45 yds… Called back because s block in the back, but not his fault.

  6. randy

    November 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Nice return!!!

  7. mountaineermaniac

    November 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Great return. Money needed that return and looked good doing it. Too bad it was negated by an unnecessary block in the back.

  8. sixtoes9134

    November 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    he didn't even need the block that was called as a penalty he was already by the guy who got blocked in the back.

  9. hapapp

    November 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I don't follow Twitter but if you read the comments from the feed on the right side of this page, you get the sense that AE has a large number of detractors.

  10. carbine

    November 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Yes, but let's face it–a lot of fans are just idiots. They tweet the first thing that pops into their otherwise empty noggins. Armanti has gotten a little better at returning punts just about each week. Most fans don't know enough about punt returning to know what they are looking at.

  11. MIDWEST

    November 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Carbine,

    Unfortunately, AE's punt return avg of 6.1 yards is now last in the NFL. He needs to make something big happen soon…

  12. Jamey

    November 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    That return looked solid today though it sucked that the block in the back negated it. Armanti has stepped his game up the last 2 weeks.

  13. dp42828

    November 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I've noticed that too Jamey, AE looks to be a little more aggressive in the last two weeks. It is almost as if they've said, don't fair catch it, GO. I mean he got his legs ripped out from under him on one punt, but he was aggressive. Some (legal) blocking by the punt team could really help, but I'm afraid that won't be remembered in the off season…AE needs a couple of bigs play in the remaining games.

  14. apppreacher

    November 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Nice write up on AE's good return….

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/11/27/28095… about a third of the way down….

  15. carbine

    November 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    The Panthers coaches aren't stupid. They know what they're looking at, and they don't give a rodent's butt about the average.

  16. biggie

    November 28, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Sad that I saw Ajirotutu at WR and not AE. But apparently Naanee was fine anyway.

    AE – 4 PRs for 28 yds

    Hunter – 1 solo tackle

    Lynch – 1 tackle

  17. Jamey

    November 28, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Armanti has heard the coaches that have made it clear to all the young players: This is your time to earn your spot on this team next year.

    He is seeing better blocking now that we have some young guys putting their hearts into their special teams roles, and he is looking more decisive and aggressive on the field. There is still a lot of work to do but yesterday showed that he is on the verge of proving that his talents translate into the return game consistently. I honestly believe he is on the brink of taking one to the house in the next few weeks.

  18. JD

    November 28, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Does anyone have video of AE's return that was called back?

  19. mockenburd

    November 28, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Kansas City needs AE at QB!

  20. dp42828

    November 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Wish I did, it was pretty!

  21. carbine

    November 28, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I didn't see Ajirotutu in at WR; did he get any snaps there? I know they used him on some of the special teams.

  22. biggie

    November 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Yes, I was mostly fast-forwarding through the game, but same him a couple times, don't think he was ever thrown to.

  23. MIDWEST

    November 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Carbine,

    How many games have the Panthers won? Huge upside for the team, no doubt, but to annoint them as a future dynasty is naive. Their defense stinks. AE will have his shot, but he does need to make some big things happen…with or without blocking. Can't make a living by making excuses.

  24. ASU Lacrosse 18

    November 29, 2011 at 5:28 am

    This team is so close to making a legit statement that they're for real, and then they take a step back. Youth has to be a factor, and that our defense is patchwork at this point. We need to draft offensive line and a top d tackle or linebacker and this group could be special again.

  25. carbine

    November 29, 2011 at 6:14 am

    As usual midwest has no point but weighs in anyway. Who said anything about the Panthers' record? Who said anything about a "dynasty?" We were discussing the performance and prospects of a single player, Armanti Edwards–what does the Panthers' defense have to do with that?

    Armanti HAS had good returns when the blocking has been there. If you ever watched any of the games you would know that. But of course you can't, or don't, so you have no idea what you're talking about. But that never stops you, does it?

  26. JD

    November 29, 2011 at 6:51 am

    ouch.

  27. Asudchiman

    November 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Let show how strong the ASU nation is and try to send AE to the Pro Bowl – we can vote every day on nfl.com

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