Monday, June 21, 2010

WR Steve Smith Breaks His Arm

Bad news for Carolina Panther fans coming from

Panthers WR Steve Smith fractured his left arm playing flag football over the weekend and is in danger missing all of training camp. He had surgery Sunday. Smith fractured the same arm he broke in Week 16 of last season. Broken arms often make for clean recoveries, but it becomes a bigger concern when the patient suffers repeated fractures, as Bengals S Roy Williams can attest. We liked Smith's chances of having a big bounce-back season with Jake Delhomme gone, but expectations now have to be scaled back. Promising rookie Armanti Edwards should get more practice reps.

Armanti Edwards was a college quarterback who has been moved to wide receiver. He has very good speed and according to most scouting reports is a very physical player. The Panthers are very into his talent and believe he can be a playmaker for them in the near future.

The Scouting Report:

Edwards is a limited quarterback prospect who lacks the size and overall arm strength to make it as a pocket passer at the next level. He possesses a wind-up to his release and isn't technically sound in any area of the game. But he's a gifted athlete who showcases the initial burst and lateral agility to make defenders miss in the open field and can create with the ball in his hands. He's a lot more physical than his body would suggest and he has the ability to stay on his feet to control and accelerate into the open field. He possesses good straight-line speed in the open field but is more quick than fast. Edwards will need to make the move to wildcat QB or wideout at the next level, but he has the athletic ability to get a shot in a training camp.

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