David Tepper meets with Panthers players about anthem issue

New Panthers owner David Tepper isn’t wasting any time wading into NFL business.

According to Kelsey Riggs of WCNC, Tepper flew straight from being approved at the Atlanta owners meeting to Charlotte to meet with some of his new employees yesterday.

Tepper apparently discussed the league’s new anthem policy with a few of the team captains and key leaders on the team. A source described the meeting as including good dialogue and discussion about the issue.

To instantly read how any team came out of this kind of forum is, at best, a wild guess supported by some evidence. Perspective is needed. What we really should be doing is reviewing the six drafts from 2008-13. Why?

Through Thursday there had been 1,080 players used in 2018. Of those, 800 came via the draft, or 74.1 percent of the overall players — a message that teams better be doing well in finding foreign amateur talent as well, because it is roughly one-quarter of rosters.

He’s been great, Giants coach Pat Shurmur said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. He’s been communicating well. He looks like he’s having fun playing out there. He’s worked in with the offensive line and he’s done everything we’ve asked. And I anticipate that will continue.

As they did with Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Apple, the Giants new administration can offer a clean slate, and they really need Flowers to accept his, since they don’t have another apparent option to start at right tackle (considering they weren’t able to pawn him off for a pick during the draft).

That’s all water under the bridge, Shurmur said of Flowers’ previous absence, and it really doesn’t matter. . . .

He’s actually done a really good job. He’s an excellent athlete and he’s handling the move pretty seamlessly. Through the first two weeks of his training, I think he’s made improvements.

Again, they need him to, so they don’t have to accept a top-10 pick as a sunk cost. But Shurmur making it clear that past sins are forgiven and that Flowers is welcome and valued is the kind of man-management that the job requires sometimes.

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