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Post by linchao » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:08 pm

NASHVILLE ... lls-Jersey , Tenn. (AP) Michael Griffin says his 10-year NFL career was a blessing that lasted far longer than some of his former teammates at the University of Texas.The two-time Pro Bowl safety officially ended that career Monday by signing a one-day contract with the Tennessee Titans and retiring with the franchise that drafted him with the 19th pick overall in 2007. Griffin, who wore No. 33 in his career, retired at the age of 33.”I can’t say enough, thank y’all, just thank y’all,” Griffin said at a news conference inside the team’s indoor practice field. ”That’s probably all I can say is just thank y’all because it’s a blessing, and I’m so thankful to have that opportunity for the last nine years to play for this organization.”Griffin started 10 games as a rookie and played 141 games over nine seasons with Tennessee, including 103 straight between 2007 and 2013. He remains the franchise’s all-time leader in tackles by a safety with 912. Griffin also had 25 interceptions, seven sacks, 11 forced fumbles and six fumble recovers with his best season in 2008 with seven interceptions.Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk thanked Griffin for his nine seasons with the Titans and wished him the best in retirement.”He was such a dependable player for us during his time here, missing only three games over nine seasons, and he was always among our leading tacklers ... rey-Jersey ,” Strunk said in a statement. ”His play earned him two Pro Bowl selections and the respect of his teammates. Michael also was invested in our community, finding ways to make a difference.”The Titans released Griffin in February 2016 when he was tied with Corey Graham of Buffalo for the most games played by a safety in the NFL between 2007 and 2015. Griffin signed with Minnesota but didn’t play a game. He then signed with Carolina and started six of 13 games with the Panthers in 2016. He finished his career starting 134 of 154 games played in 10 seasons.Griffin spent the 2017 season working out in case a team called and finished his degree at Texas. He said even when he was with the Vikings and Panthers he always felt he remained a Tennessee Titan.”I was always cheering my guys on, always texting them if someone went down, ask how they were doing, keep their heads up, if someone was released whatever it may be,” Griffin said. ”I always stayed in contact with those guys.”Titans linebackers Brian Orakpo and Wesley Woodyard and defensive linemen Jurrell Casey and DaQuan Jones were on hand for Griffin’s announcement.— The Panthers’ ground attack in 2018 was the Christian McCaffrey Show, and it was pretty effective."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomPanthers 2018 season review: Running backsNew,12commentsThe Panthers’ ground attack in 2018 was the Christian McCaffrey Show, and it was pretty effective.ESTShareTweetShareSharePanthers 2018 season review: Running backsThe Panthers’ offense was heavily dependent on the rushing and receiving threat of No. 1 running back Christian McCaffrey for the majority of the 2018 season. Carolina brought C.J. Anderson into the fold via free agency to pair with McCaffrey in an attempt to recreate the smash and dash style of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but after nine games of barely using the veteran’s services the Panthers released him and continued to use McCaffrey as the lone back in their ground game. There were a few other guys in the mix throughout the season, but for the most part the Panthers’ rushing attack was all Run CMC.Christian McCaffreyMcCaffrey rushed 219 times for 1098 yards in 2018 with seven touchdowns. He also grabbed 107 receptions for another 867 yards and six more touchdowns. Combined ... ams-Jersey , that’s 326 touches for 1965 yards and 13 touchdowns. Every time McCaffrey touched the football, he averaged six yards (five yards per carry and 8.1 yards per reception). With numbers like that it’s no surprise the Panthers want to feature him as a key cog in the offense. The only question will be his long-term durability, as he was on the field for nearly every single play from scrimmage last year. To protect him in the future and to get as many years of production out of him as possible, the Panthers should consider pairing him with another running back to help shoulder some of the burden.Speaking of that...C.J. AndersonAnderson was supposed to be that guy. The Panthers brought him in on a one-year deal in free agency to spell McCaffrey and be the ‘bruiser back’ on the goal line. Unfortunately for Anderson, it didn’t work out that way and he was released in Week 10 of the season after producing a measly 104 yards on 24 carries.It wasn’t all bad for Anderson, though. He did get picked up by the Rams and became a key factor in their Super Bowl run... so I guess there’s a silver lining for him after all.Cameron Artis-PayneThe Panthers have been getting a good look at Cameron Artis-Payne for what seems like a decade now. In 2018 he saw some action later in the season after Anderson was released, and he rushed 19 times for 69 yards (nice!) and one touchdown. Artis-Payne will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and it’s unlikely the Panthers will bring him back when they can just pick up a running back on Day 3 of the draft or pick up a cheaper free agent option like Elijah Hood, who is an exclusive rights free agent. It’s been a weird ride for Artis-Payne in Carolina, and honestly I’m kinda sad that we didn’t get to see more of him while he was here. I think he potentially has a future in the league, but at 28 years old with limited tape for other teams to see, his ship may have already sailed.Fozzy Whittaker ... son-Jersey , Kenjon Barner and Travaris CadetFozzy Whittaker went on injured reserve with a torn ACL during OTAs so he never really had the chance to do anything in 2018. He will also be a free agent in March, so it’s safe to assume that his time in Carolina is over. The Panthers also brought in Kenjon Barner and Travaris Cadet in 2018 but neither one contributed much. Barner was strictly used on special teams and Cadet only carried the ball 11 times for 17 yards. Both will be free agents in a month and neither will likely return to Carolina in 2019 when there will probably be better options available for the Panthers.What’s next?The Panthers will only have one running back on the roster when the league year starts so they’re going to have to do some shopping. While Christian McCaffrey will handle the bulk of the workload, they still need some depth at the position. Reggie Bonnafon is currently on the practice squad, so they could see him as an option for the 53-man roster in 2019. Otherwise, it will be interesting to see how they address their need for running back depth in the coming months.The Panthers will probably scour the lower tier of the free agent market to get someone to be the No. 2 running back, or they could potentially toss a fifth or sixth round pick at someone in the draft if they don’t find any free agents they like. No matter what happens, 2019 should be more of the same for the Panthers—it’s Run CMC’s world, and we’re all just living in it.Oh, and before you ask, we didn’t forget about Alex Armah. Stay tuned as we will cover the Panthers’ fullback in more detail later today.

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