DeAngelo Williams appeared on "NFL AM" Thursday morning to discuss the state of the Panthers, the 2013 season and his preparedness entering the 2014 season. The veteran running back pulled no punches in his criticism of how the offseason has progressed so far.
The turning point came when Williams was asked about losing Steve Smith.
Williams: "Are you saying we lost all our receivers, because we lost four."
Host: "No, I said your top receivers."
Williams: "We lost them all."
He went on to explain how losing Smith was a shock and that he didn't understand the move, then went a step further for the second time.
"Not only did we lose him, but we lost Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell and Hixon ... I joke with people that my fantasy value went up but it's the truth.
This wasn't the jovial D-Will who we've heard from before and his tone was far from relaxed. Every question about the offense made him bristle, growing increasingly frustrated. His answers became quicker, almost like his mind was moving faster than his mouth. He was still able to shoot off some barbs, however.
"The pressure is on the front office because you make these moves and get rid of our four receivers and you have to bring in guys. No slight to Cotchery and Avant who we just signed ... but our guys made names for themselves ... I don't know where we go from here."
All is not well in Panther town and it's clear there's a lot more work that needs to be done in order to win over some of the locker room.