Panthers Addison: “I see a Super Bowl this Year”
Panthers defensive end Mario Addison says this year’s team is the best he’s played on.
And he didn’t stop there.
"Ain’t no limits. We’re going all the way," Addison said Thursday morning as the team moved in to Wofford dormitories. "We have all the tools, all we have to do is put it together. I see a Super Bowl this year. I see it, I feel it."
The Panthers have ‘Super Bowl’ size expectations because of back-to-back NFC South championships. This year’s version of the Panthers return key players on both sides of the ball and, at this point, all players are healthy entering training camp.
A Super Bowl prediction from a Panthers player is nothing new. In 2012, the team’s center, Ryan Kalil, bought a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer predicting a Super Bowl win.
Veteran tight end Greg Olsen threw a little water on planning the Super Bowl party.
"For us to sit here and say (we are going to win the Super Bowl) when we are moving our bags in," Olsen questioned. "Would i be surprised if we did? No. Do we have a ton of work to put in before we accomplish those things? Yeah."
Head Coach Ron Rivera was asked about Addison’s comments and was okay with the confidence as long as his defensive end didn’t buy an ad in the newspaper.
Rivera to Miss Practice
Head Coach Ron Rivera will miss this weekend’s practices to attend the funeral of his brother, Mickey, who passed away after a fight with pancreatic cancer.
Hill’s Status Not Effected by Citation
Both Ron Rivera and the team’s GM, Dave Gettleman say they will let the legal process run its course regarding wide receiver’s Stephen Hill’s drug paraphenelia citation.
Kuechly Not Concerned with Contract
The team exercised a fifth year rookie option on linebacker Luke Kuechly earlier this summer that will keep him a Carolina Panther thru the 2016 season. With contracts handed out to Cam Newton, Greg Olsen and Thomas Davis, many speculate that Kuechly is next. The fourth year linebacker is slated to make $4 million this year with his the Panthers on the hook for $11.05 million for the 2016 season. Both Kuechly and Gettleman say the "contract will get done when its supposed to get done".
Roster Moves – 7.30.2015
Avius Capers WR R Johnson C. Smith
Matt Wile P R Michigan
Gary Peters CB R Clemson
Active/Physically Unable to Perform
De’Andre Presley WR/CB 1 Appalachian State
Brandon Williams TE 3 Oregon
Reserve/Did Not Report
Jonathan Martin T 4 Stanford