The Panthers held their pre-draft presser earlier today and as usual you have to read between the lines to draw any real information from it. Of course there is no movement on the Julius Peppers front and of course they are still towing the ‘we intend to have him back' line. Beyond that there were a few fairly revealing quotes if you know how to translate Hurney-ese:
Said that although nothing's done yet, he still hopes that QB Jake Delhomme is here "long-term." Described his passer as "young for his age," and seemed hopeful that something gets done down the road.
Though Delhomme is 34 it is true he didn't play a lot the first few seasons of his career and he sat out most of the 2007 season. Translation: he's ‘young for his age' based on number of games played but in NFL terms he's fairly long in the tooth. If Peppers does return I would expect Delhomme to be extended enough to provide the cap relief to sign the rookies and some low-level free agents.
When asked about potential draft targets Hurney had this to say:
Was short on specifics on the draft, but said that the receiver position is particularly deep.
Translation: We won't be targeting a WR early in this draft if at all.
When asked if the defensive line will be targeted Hurney's statement again needs translation:
Also cited depth on the offensive line as a primary need, when asked about restocking the defense.
His deflection to the offensive line depth means "We are definitely targeting the defensive line but please don't try to make me talk about it".
When asked if he was going to enjoy a nice steak dinner when he got home tonight he said "No, I'm in the mood for fish", which of course means "Fire up the grill, were having steak tonight!"
So there you have it Panther fans, another lesson in Hurneyese 101.