I hate talking about 'smokescreen' before the mists of winter have blown away, but unfortunately Joe Person has given us good reason to talk about it tonight.
No offense to Joe, but this just doesn't make sense. Sources or not, have the Panthers become so blasé and loose lipped that they're willing to show their entire draft hand to the media on day two of the combine?
Time will tell if my suspicions are right, but I get the distinct feeling Person is being used as a patsy, either knowingly or unwittingly. The team has had a seachange in terms of attitude, but Darin Gantt would only ever report on his 'hunches' and give full disclosure that he never really knew the Panthers' war room plans.
Perhaps I'm wrong, maybe Joe has a bee-line straight to the top of the organization and they're willing to give him information no other beat writer gets... but I just don't see it. Why in the world would they want Kirkpatrick or Jenkins, but have no desire for Morris Claiborne? After all, he's as highly regarded at his position as Blackmon is at his.
What do you think Panthers fans, does Joe know all, or does this one seem a little off-kilter?