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Friday, July 25, 2014

Stewart Laid Up, But Kugbila's Over

Camp reporting happened today, Thursday.  In a way, football season is upon us.

Cam Newton was cleared, and is ready; Amini Silatolu's ACL and Charles Godfrey's Achilles injury have been cleared, too.  But the good news ends there.

Jonathan Stewart injured his hamstring and is to be out a few weeks; it looks like he might not play the first preseason game, if I were to guess.  Tre Boston and De'Andre Pressley will start the season on the PUP list.
2013 4th rounder Ed Kugbila, however, needs back surgery; later today, he was released.   Seemingly chronically hurt, I imagine Dave Gettleman was just willing to be rid of the wait for him to be ready.

Kugbila's the first Gettleman pick to get the axe in any form, though that's a small sample size of two years (and smaller still given the number of picks he inherited).  The newcomers on the OL, Velasco and Matthews, both seem to have a shot at the roster now; it also makes sense that the team mentioned Velasco at guard.

The team suggested Garry Williams to be in the mix at tackle, where he should be (in my opinion).   That seems to set the depth chart as:

LT: Chandler/Bell/Williams
LG: Silatolu, Velasco
C: Kalil, Folkerts/Matthews
RG: Turner, (Chandler/Bell/Williams)
RT: Chandler/Bell/Williams

To that end, I'm suggesting the top two tackles will start, and the third will be in the mix at RG depending on the Trai Turner readiness.  Or, Garry Williams remains a contingency, just with a shot at OT.

Otherwise (if that wasn't enough for you), nothing much is happening.  But, things are happening.  It's time for football.
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