So far this off season, I have heard that Jake Long (Miami Dolphins),Colt McCoy (Cleveland Browns), Mark Sanchez (NY Jets), and Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)have arranged and conducted player only workouts with their team mates. Of course, not every player is showing up, but many are. Some guys that are not even under contract, with their respective teams, have decided to participate. Many guys that aren't showing up have been instructed by their agents (Drew Rosenhaus in particular) not to do so. Instead, the agents are advising clients to train with professionals, especially those who feature a full-service facility, with trainers, doctors, therapists and former positions coaches. A couple to speak of would be Bommarito Performance Systems, and Athletes' Performance Institute or API as it is widely known. The agents fear is that, if the player gets injured, the team will not pay their salary due to injury resulting from non-team sanctioned activities. I can understand both sides of this but it's not why I decided to write this post.
What I really want to know is why isn't anyone from the Panthers organization organizing anything? It could be that they are waiting until after this week to see how the court rules. It could also be that they were instructed by the team not to. I doubt the latter, but you never know. I've seen on Twitter that Jimmy and Armanti have gone out and played catch a few times. I've also seen that LaFell, Norwood, Sutton, and at least once, Clausen have worked out together. This is good. I like to see them putting in the work and spending time together. Having said all of that, what I would really like to see is for someone to step up and arrange some player workouts. Ultimately, I would expect this to be initiated buy either Clausen or Moore, for the offense and, of course, Jon Beason for the defense.
If I were Jimmy Clausen, I'd be extremely pissed off and motivated right now. I don't think that he will beat out Newton or a free agent veteran in camp but that's no reason not to try. The best chance that he has of showing poise, leadership and showing that he wants to be a starting quarterback in this league is to step up, take initiative and get some player workouts started. He'd look the part of a prince if he invited Newton to participate as well. Actually, I'd be more impressed if Cam Newton arranged something for the offense but I don't know how that would transpire. Granted, he hasn't even signed with the team yet, but I would be impressed as hell if he stepped up and did it anyway. What are your thoughts regarding player run workouts and the Carolina Panthers participation in said workouts? If you think we should be doing this, who should be the one arranging them? I want to know what you think CSR. Warm it up!!! GO PANTHERS!!!!