From LSU To Stopping Gerald McCoySeptember 2nd, 2014
Many Bucs fans struck themselves with hammers the moment running back Charles Sims was drafted in the third round back in May. These fans wondered how the Bucs could do such thing when they had pressing needs at guard and a strong stable of running backs.
The Panthers, however, went guard in the third round and snagged LSU beast Trai Turner and dropped him into their starting lineup.
This 21-year-old rookie with a bad groin now will be asked to stop All-World Gerald McCoy on Sunday. Joe wouldn’t bet against the kid wetting his pants.
The Charlotte Observer typed up a piece that takes a good look at the Panthers’ shaky guard position. Here’s an excerpt on Turner.
Rivera said his main concern with the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Turner is his conditioning level after his two-week break because of the groin injury.
“Trai’s coming off the groin. We also know it’s going to be hot, and he hasn’t had a chance to truly condition like a lot of the other guys. So if we do anything, he’ll have to be spelled on occasion,” Rivera said. “It’s going to tax him. It’s going to tax anybody. So we’ll just make sure he’s ready to roll.”
Turner isn’t sure which play he was injured against the Chiefs, only that “something funky happened.” He had his groin wrapped during Monday’s practice, and it’s unclear whether he’s 100 percent.
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Yes, the Panthers have major issues on their O-line. Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil will be a busy man helping out his brethren. And the Bucs should stuff the run.
Cam Newton likely will be on the move quite a bit, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for Carolina. Joe hopes Alterraun Verner’s hamstring holds up strong as Newton extends plays.