Player Spotlight: RB Armond Smith

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Only 36 more days of anticipation.

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The San Francisco Giants retired the number 36 in honor of North Carolina native Gaylord Perry, who was also elected to the MLB Hall of Fame in 1991.

A pipe wrench is exactly 36 inches long.

There are 36 domino tilings on a 4 x 4 checkerboard.

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RB Armond Smith

Armond Smith's biological running back clock is ticking. The Stone Mountain, Georgia native is just now entering his third NFL season, yet he is already 27 years old. However, I suspect number 36 has more tread left on his wheels than many of the more prominent running backs around the league because he's spent most of his first two seasons tucked away in the shadows of the practice squad or inactive list.

When it come to making the Panthers' 53 man roster, Smith does have a few other things that may prove to work in his favor.

First of all, the uncertainty of Jonathan Stewart's injury has given him more opportunities in practice and will open the door for more playing time in preseason games.

Secondly, it never hurts to have legitimately elite speed, and he has plenty of that to spare(4.39).

Lastly, he possesses the versatility to be effective on special teams in the return game and otherwise.

But there is one major problem that will hurt Smith's chances of making it past the final cuts, and his name is Kenjon Barner. I can't help but wonder what he was thinking when the Panthers selected the former Oregon Duck with their last pick in the sixth round three months ago.

This much is true: If Barner proves in practice and preseason games to be at least as dynamic and explosive as Smith, then the decision will be an easy one. Youth will win an even battle every time.

Honestly, I don't expect Smith to make the 53 man roster, nor do I believe he'll be re-signed to the practice squad. If I'm correct, he'll be forced to find his calling elsewhere.

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