I get stuff like the logo and uniforms are top of fans’ minds, but Tepper probably has more pressing things on his plate during his first week on the job. With that said, I’d expect him to look at all those things eventually.
When we’ll see those type of changes is unclear, but considering where we’re at in the calendar year, it’s obviously much more likely we could see a midfield logo switch than a uniform tweak in 2018.
He’s never stepped foot on the Wofford campus, so he’ll likely want to do that before making any big decisions about the future of training camp.
There is this, though: He’s serious about building a bigger footprint in both Carolinas. So even if the team eventually stops making its three-week trip to Spartanburg, you can expect some sort of presence in South Carolina.
I don’t think you’ll see any new statues put up any time soon.
But, yes, with the team’s 25th anniversary on the horizon, I imagine Tepper will consider expanding the Hall of Honor.
My mom’s chocolate pudding pie with whip cream on top and a graham cracker crust.
Not really going out on a limb here, but I'd say DJ Moore.
He didn’t provide jaw-dropping moments like Kelvin Benjamin did his first spring, but Moore flashed a surprising catch radius during OTAs and minicamp. There were a number of times he turned off-target throws into easy-looking catches, and I can’t help but wonder what he’ll be able to do with a former NFL MVP at quarterback as opposed to the black hole that was Maryland’s quarterback situation. And that isn’t even factoring in one of the biggest reasons the Panthers drafted Moore: his run-after-catch ability.
I think the excitement around Moore is going to ramp up as we go from camp to the preseason to Week 1.
I may have contributed to your excitement when I talked him up on a recent "Press Coverage" podcast, but let’s pump the brakes a bit.
I think Armah will make the roster and could get more touches than he did as a rookie – when he had none. But let’s remember he’s playing a marginalized position, and he’s two years removed from totaling nine touches at Division II West Georgia.
Nah, it's pretty ridiculous, but I’ll bite.
When healthy, Newton has played in five preseason openers. Let’s toss out his rookie year since a) they wanted to give him a long look; and b) Jimmy Clausen started.
In three of the other four games, Newton attempted six passes. The outlier was when he threw 10 times at Buffalo in 2015.
Newton also played three series in three of the four games, but he was in there for just one series against the Ravens in 2016 during his last preseason opener.
So next month, it's a good bet he’ll play between one and three series and throw around a half-dozen passes. And, yes, I can’t believe I just looked that all up.
If he’s going to makeover the area where the practice fields are currently, he’ll probably look at improving that space for game days. Think more parking and an enhanced tailgating experience.
I’m not a landscaper, and I don’t even play one on here, but they certainly could consider switching from grass to artificial turf if they’re concerned about wear and tear.
Email from Jose: Hey Bill, I consider you to be an avid soccer fan. Mr. Tepper has mentioned bringing an MLS team to CLT a couple of times. How huge do you think this will be for the community? There is a large Latino community that doesn't really follow football but if you bring in an MLS team, sign a big name like what LA Galaxy did with Beckham & now with Zlatan, you can surely get a good fan base going. What do you think?
Avid may be a bit strong, but I dig the sport and am intrigued by what an MLS team could bring to uptown.
You don’t have to look too far down I-85 to see the tremendous success Falcons owner Arthur Blank has enjoyed in Atlanta United FC’s inaugural season. Robert Kraft, Paul Allen, Clark Hunt and Stan Kroenke have also done pretty well for themselves as multi-sport owners.
Know you sent this in just before the second semifinal, so gotta say, as much as I’d like to see England pull it off, I don’t think it's in the cards ...
France has been the clear favorite and should win Sunday, but in a tournament full of surprises, I’ll go with the appropriate ending – an upset by Croatia.