Q: Have the Panthers expressed any interest in Joseph Addai and if so, has a workout been scheduled?
Ian: The Panthers were one of several teams that talked extensively with Joseph at both the NFL combine and the Senior Bowl. No workout has been scheduled at this time.
Q: If you only had one word to describe Joseph Addai, what would it be?
Ian: Complete, because in talks with NFL teams, I have gotten feedback that many view Addai as the most complete back in the draft as far as a complete package of running the ball, catching passes out of the backfield, and blocking.
Q: As everyone knows, the Panthers are known as a run first team. They have Deshaun Foster, but hes had injury problems. They also have Eric Shelton a 2nd round pick that has yet to see the field in the regular season. Have you spoken with Joseph about his thoughts on possibly being a Carolina Panther?
Ian: We have not spoken specifically about the Panthers, but Joseph has always been a team first player. He's played special teams, even as a starting running back at LSU, and he is willing to compete for playing time. He wants to play football in any way possible, including special teams.
Q: How do you and Joseph feel about his workouts so far?
Ian: He only did full workouts at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. He only participated in position drills at his Pro Day and was mainly there to support his teammates. I draw my conclusions from what I hear back from teams, and what I've heard has been positive.
Q: You mentioned Joseph as a complete back, but what do you and he feel is his strongest area?
Ian: I have to say his overall enthusiasm for the game itself.
Q: Joseph shared the workload with a stable of running backs at LSU and as a result he only carried the football 482 times during his 4 years. How do you think that affects his draft status?
Ian: There are a lot of guys who didn't get opportunities until later in their college careers. Obviously we would have preferred that he got more work in, but he performed well in the opportunities that he had. Every carry in the SEC is a tough one and an opportunity to show your abilities.
Q: How do you think LenDale Whites refusal to workout will affect Josephs draft status?
Ian: I don't know about LenDale as person. But, I would think that he not showing his abilities brings up questions. We decided to have Joseph workout at the Combine and at the Senior Bowl because all 32 teams have representatives there. I think it provides an invaluable opportunity to show your abilities to all the teams. To not utilize this opportunity has to bring up some questions. When talking about the five top backs in the draft, obviously LenDale is one of them, along with Joseph.
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