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Thompson‘s potential.This year , he has a clear chance to deliver on it, while remaining a very expensive experiment.Drafted in the first round in 2015 as the eventual heir to Thomas Davis, it took four years for Davis to be out from in front of him. That means Thompson is playing this year on his fifth-year option of $$9.232 million, and the Panthers are still trying to figure out how to use him.“One of the things we’ve seen in his development over the last couple of years is his versatility,�? Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Chuma Edoga Jersey , via Brendan Marks of the . “Everything from having him line up in the nickel position covering receivers to doing some safety work for us, which you guys didn’t catch, which is good.”With Davis gone, Thompson finally has a secure spot next to Luke Kuechly inside in the Panthers’ defense, as they transition to a hybrid 3-4. They think his ability to cover from inside will be a benefit , as Davis had begun slowing down the last few years. Whether Thompson can do all the other things Davis is capable of remains to be seen, but his ability to do many things is a positive.One thing he’s sure about is his own vision for the future.“Yeah, this is a place I’ve been for five years,�? Thompson said. “I don’t want to know any other place.”But before they commit to him long-term, the Panthers might want to see what he looks like Clelin Ferrell Jersey , now that he finally has a regular job of his own. Safety Johnathan Abram – one of three first-round picks by the Oakland Raiders this spring – is set to have surgery to address a torn rotator cuff and labrum sustained in Monday night’s win over the Denver Broncos, per multiple reports.Abram is seeking a second opinion on the injury but surgery is likely and would potentially mean the end of his rookie year.Abram started at strong safety for the Raiders against Denver and played on 49 of Oakland’s 64 defensive snaps in the game. Head coach Jon Gruden was asked about Abram during his Tuesday meeting with reporters but didn’t volunteer any insight that Abram was dealing with a possible season-ending injury.“I think he probably got a little bit too reckless at times,�? Gruden said. “He made some great plays, some impact plays and certainly I think some tackles he’s got to make for us, he missed , but his debut was pretty good.”Abram had five tackles and a pass defended in his regular season debut for Oakland.