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James Island couple claims they’re out thousands after contractor never did work

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - A couple on James Island thought they were well on their way to renovating their back deck after hiring a Lowcountry contractor. But after the contractor took their money, they say the work never got done.Don Geddes and his wife have lived on James Island for more than two decades. They recently revamped their front steps and in September of last year decided they wanted to pull the trigger on renovating their back deck as well. They wanted a certain material and Geddes says Travis Tardiff of Tardiff Builde...

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - A couple on James Island thought they were well on their way to renovating their back deck after hiring a Lowcountry contractor. But after the contractor took their money, they say the work never got done.

Don Geddes and his wife have lived on James Island for more than two decades. They recently revamped their front steps and in September of last year decided they wanted to pull the trigger on renovating their back deck as well. They wanted a certain material and Geddes says Travis Tardiff of Tardiff Builders initially came recommended by the company that makes the material.

“The deposit was 50 percent of the job,” Geddes says. “The job was $15,000 and we wrote him a check for $7,500. And that’s the last time I saw him.”

Geddes says Tardiff started out by emailing them updates.

“I wrote him that check in September,” Geddes says. “We would get emails that told us where we were in the process. He said some of the material had come in, and then he said the material had come in but not the railing.”

The last email though came in March when Geddes says Tardiff dissolved the contract.

“He said the money orders are in the mail – but we never got that,” Geddes says.

Geddes also found, out after the fact, that Tardiff’s contracting license with the state expired months before even taking on the job.

Attempts to reach Tardiff through multiple forms failed. The email account listed was not accurate and bounced back. Some of the phone numbers listed were out of service. One phone number made it to voicemail, but it was full. The address for the business listed is now occupied by another company.

At this point, Geddes has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and says his next step is to take the matter to small claims court.

“We also need some kind of emotional closure to this – because it was a violation in a way for us,” Geddes says. “But doing the interviews with the new people are more exciting because I’m going to be counting on these people to do the work they promised to do.”

If you are in a similar situation, you should contact the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau.

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New facilities focus on career readiness at James Island Charter High School

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A shiny new basketball gym, an indoor-outdoor building construction classroom, a commercial kitchen and an entire wing reserved for health education are just some of the features of the two new buildings at James Island Charter High School. The $25 million development is the last major project in the Charleston County School District’s Phase Four Capital Programs plan approved and paid for by a referendum in 2016.The new buildings consist of a Career Technology Education center and a new competitive gym...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A shiny new basketball gym, an indoor-outdoor building construction classroom, a commercial kitchen and an entire wing reserved for health education are just some of the features of the two new buildings at James Island Charter High School. The $25 million development is the last major project in the Charleston County School District’s Phase Four Capital Programs plan approved and paid for by a referendum in 2016.

The new buildings consist of a Career Technology Education center and a new competitive gym. Inside the CTE building, students will find classes aimed at allowing them to achieve a Completers Status by developing hands-on skills. The Completers Status opens the door for students to get a leg up in college or to simply enter the workforce straight out of high school. Principal Timothy Thorn says it’s all about giving students options and opportunities.

“The thing behind Career Technology Education is that you can get a completers status and go into the workforce and earn a living wage,” Thorn said. “You don’t need to go to college to make a lot of money or to do well early on. You can always increase your credentials over time as well. You can go into the workforce, begin to provide for yourself, have some success and then maybe find the path you want to go down. Either way, it provides a vehicle for kids to earn skills and credentials to help them be successful in life.”

Students can study culinary arts in a commercial kitchen or building construction in an indoor-outdoor facility filled with the same machines found on an actual worksite. Of course, there are state-of-the-art computer labs for classes aimed at teaching students coding, programming and engineering as well.

Perhaps most impressive are the rooms dedicated to health sciences. Before entering classrooms, students walk past a nurse station designed to simulate the triage area of a hospital. Across the hall, half a dozen medical beds line a wall in a room that mirrors what you’d expect to see at any medical school. It’s the same equipment used by medical students, down to the patient dummies. Here students learn the basics of care and medical administration.

“We’re ecstatic. The facilities are gorgeous and state of the art,” Thorn said. “It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to get the kids in there.”

Next door, the gym has more than enough capacity to hold the entire student body and has everything you’d expect to see in a high school gym. The gym is branded head to toe in school colors and even the new weight room houses dumbbells with the image of the school’s mascot – a trojan warrior – painted on the sides. While the building is designed for athletics, it also doubles as a classroom.

“Every space has its purpose and supports our academic mission and hopefully helps kids find their paths going forward,” Thorn said.

Students studying sports medicine, for example, have classrooms adjacent to the gym, while even the student store located next to the trophy case has an educational opportunity for business students.

“The school store for example. It’s about learning how to do inventory, run a store, the debits and the credits and taking care of the cashier and patrons and serving the public, so learning all those aspects of life skills and employment skills are critical,” Thorn said.

Students will be able to start using building buildings when they return to school in August.

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Planet Fitness to open 7th Charleston site in former Bi-Lo; new eatery coming to Mt. Pleasant

A new fitness center soon will open in part of a former James Island grocery store, just a few doors down from a competing gym.Planet Fitness plans to add a seventh Lowcountry location in the former Bi-Lo supermarket space at 860 Folly Road. On the opposite end of the shopping center is O2 Fitness.Demolition of the former grocer’s interior is underway, and the gym plans to occupy 25,000 square feet of the 64,538-square-foot building on the east side, according to ...

A new fitness center soon will open in part of a former James Island grocery store, just a few doors down from a competing gym.

Planet Fitness plans to add a seventh Lowcountry location in the former Bi-Lo supermarket space at 860 Folly Road. On the opposite end of the shopping center is O2 Fitness.

Demolition of the former grocer’s interior is underway, and the gym plans to occupy 25,000 square feet of the 64,538-square-foot building on the east side, according to Mark Hoffman, director of development for New Jersey-based Garden Communities, which has owned the 4.5-acre retail center since 1994.

The new workout site is expected to open by October, Hoffman said. A lease has not been signed for the remainder of the building.

“I have two prospects that have expressed interest,” Hoffman said.

He declined to name them, but said both are retailers and the remaining 40,000 square feet will likely be occupied by one tenant to avoid any additional new wall separations.

“It will be a nice complement to what’s there now,” Hoffman said.

It’s unlikely to be another grocery store.

“I’m not talking to one now,” Hoffman said.

He believes a new tenant could sign a lease as early as the fall.

“Once one starts moving along, the others want to jump in,” Hoffman said.

The opposite end of the shopping center, where O2 Fitness and PetSmart operate, are owned separately by an affiliate of Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development of Charleston.

Planet Fitness has other Charleston-area locations in Goose Creek, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville and West Ashley.

The Bi-Lo store was one of the last two in the Charleston area to close in April 2021 after parent company Southeastern Grocers of Jacksonville decided to shelve the brand. The other store that closed on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in West Ashley is now Palmetto State Armory.

What’s cooking?

A new business is headed to a former restaurant in East Cooper.

Lacey’s Take Away plans to open in part of the former Liberty Tap Room & Grill at 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Lacey Lauterio and Mark MacGillivray will operate the healthy grab-and-go concept. Beer and wine also be available.

MacGillivray said the new venue could be operational in two or three months and will be open daily.

The former restaurant site sold in July 2021. Renovation work is now underway.

Mark Volkmann, CEO of MassageBook, a massage-industry version of the online restaurant-booking site OpenTable, bought the 10,051-square-foot building overlooking a small pond next to Chick-fil-A for $3.2 million.

At the time of the purchase, Volkmann said he planned to convert a portion of the former main dining space and bar near the water to office space and leave the kitchen and other restaurant space available for a culinary tenant.

The vacant restaurant is near Anna Knapp Boulevard and the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center. It’s has been mostly idle since the spring of 2019, after operating for 10 years as Liberty Tap Room. Previously, the building was home to TBonz Gill & Grill for 13 years.

On the way

A fast-growing pizza chain plans to add a 12th location in the Lowcountry by the fall.

Marco’s Pizza plans to open in November at 2826 U.S. Highway 52 in the developing Moncks Corner Marketplace near Cypress Gardens Road.

Franchise owner Roshan Ayub will operate the new pizza site. He owns seven locations in the Lowcountry, and franchisee Mark O’Driscoll owns four.

Marco’s plans to continue to expand in the Charleston market.

The shopping center, developed by Branch Properties of Atlanta, will be anchored by Publix supermarket, which has not announced an opening date.

Dog & Duck restaurant also recently leased 2,940 square feet in the new retail center. An October opening is planned.

Gassing up

A new convenience store and gas station is in the works for Mount Pleasant.

Tempe, Ariz.-based Circle K plans to build a new location on Long Point Road at Wando Park Boulevard.

The site originally was purchased in 2007 by The Pantry convenience store chain of Cary, N.C., for $2.1 million, but it never developed the property. In 2015, Quebec based Alimentation Couche-Tard, the parent company of Circle K, acquired The Pantry for $860 million and converted stores to the Circle K brand.

The corner wooded parcel has remained vacant for several years.

Framework

A Mount Pleasant custom framing and art store plans to open a second location on Johns Island.

A Simple Tree will launch a new 1,400-square-foot shop in the developing Hayes Park mixed-used complex under construction on Maybank Highway near Main Road.

Owners Carol Williams and Chris Williams will maintain the longtime East Cooper shop at 1304 Erckmann Drive that includes the sister business, Affordable Art of Charleston Art Gallery off Coleman Boulevard near Toast All Day restaurant.

The 16-acre Hayes Park, by New Leaf Builders, will be a mix of retail, office, restaurants and service-oriented businesses. It also will include a residential mix of 36 single-family attached dwellings and 19 duplexes and townhomes, according to its website.

Two new retailers are now open in Cedar Grove Shopping Center in North Charleston.

Discount store Five Below and cosmetics shop Ulta recently opened on opposite sides of Ross Dress For Less, which welcomed customers earlier in July in the center on Dorchester Road near Riverbluff Parkway.

Home Goods and PetSmart are on the way. Also, inside shelf work has started on the nearby Lidl discount grocery store after several months of inactivity. A spokeswoman recently said to check back in the fall for an opening date.

On the perimeter

A new fencing vendor is now open in the Lowcountry.

Superior Fence & Rail at 7710 Southrail Road in North Charleston is the third franchise location in South Carolina. It’s owned by Pat and Sue Monegan. He previously worked as a manufacturing executive, but he and his wife decided they wanted to try their hand running their own business.

Monegan said he studied several other options, but found an immediate connection with the fencing franchise.

“Once we started to meet and engage with the team at Superior Fence & Rail, it all clicked for us,” Monegan said.

The Jacksonville-based company’s leader believes the couple will find success in the growing Charleston market.

“They have a great business acumen and know how to build a strong team that can take their business to the next level,” said Zach Peyton, president.

Lawsuits over Charleston condos’ construction issues block owners from refinancing

Many Charleston-area condominium complexes have been in lawsuits over construction defects, and for some owners and potential buyers that’s meant missing out on super-low mortgage rates.Linzie Davis is one of those condo owners. In 2021 she expected to finally secure a low-interest mortgage on her condo at The Peninsula on James Island.Mortgage interest rates were near record lows, and Davis wanted to replace an adjustable-rate mortgage that had been her only option when she bought her home in 2017 due to ongoing litigati...

Many Charleston-area condominium complexes have been in lawsuits over construction defects, and for some owners and potential buyers that’s meant missing out on super-low mortgage rates.

Linzie Davis is one of those condo owners. In 2021 she expected to finally secure a low-interest mortgage on her condo at The Peninsula on James Island.

Mortgage interest rates were near record lows, and Davis wanted to replace an adjustable-rate mortgage that had been her only option when she bought her home in 2017 due to ongoing litigation.

By 2021, the 300-condo complex on Daniel Ellis Drive had been through two lawsuits over construction defects. Davis thought that was all in the past, and was assured by the complex’s management company that there was no litigation going on. She applied for a 30-year mortgage when average interest rates were around 3 percent, and she locked in her rate in November.

Unbeknownst to Davis, her condo association had filed another lawsuit, and when her lender, SouthState Bank, learned that in January, they declined to process her loan.

“We totally missed the boat,” Davis said. “I had all these emails from (the condo) association saying there was no litigation.”

The issue is, most banks write mortgage loans and then sell them to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the federally created entities that buy mortgages so that banks will have more money to loan. And Fannie and Freddie won’t buy loans for properties in litigation.

In the six months since Davis’ loan was rejected, mortgage interest rates have nearly doubled. The adjustable rate mortgage Davis currently has is set to change in 2024, with a potential interest rate as high as 9.125 percent, and her monthly payments could soar.

While Davis’ experience — being incorrectly told that there was no litigation involving her condo complex — may be unusual, the inability to get a fixed-rate mortgage is a problem facing anyone who owns or hopes to buy a condo that’s involved in a lawsuit.

For condo owners, it makes sense to sue when buildings are found to have construction-related defects because someone will have to pay to repair them. Lawsuits can take years, though, and while they’re going on, the owners and potential buyers find it difficult, if not impossible, to get a conventional mortgage loan.

“The problem is the existence of the suit,” said Brian Beatty, a top Charleston area real estate agent with a weekend radio show on WTMA-AM. “On one hand, they are doing it for the benefit of the owners, but the inability of financing reduces the potential buyers.”

Beatty had his own condo-in-litigation experience, and it illustrates how prices can plunge and rebound.

He bought a condo at Point James on James Island as an investment before the Great Recession. Construction defects spurred a lawsuit, housing prices tumbled during the recession and Beatty said he watched his $140,000 condo become worth about $40,000.

Later, he said, the litigation was resolved and the housing market recovered, and he was able to sell it this year for $188,000.

Dozens of Charleston-area condo and townhouse developments have been in litigation, some of them more than once. Most cases have involved water intrusion due to improper window and porch construction, sometimes leading to mold and termite issues, or even life-threatening structural problems.

Repeat lawsuits have typically involved disputes over the quality of repairs done to fix the construction defects that spurred the original litigation, as is the case with The Peninsula.

Pelican Pointe, another James Island condo complex, is among those that have gone back to court and is still in litigation.

Owen Tyler, broker-in-charge at The Cassina Group, said there’s no easy way to learn which condo and townhome complexes may be in an active lawsuit without looking up court records. Sellers are required to disclose such litigation, but such disclosures only come after an offer has been made.

Beatty said condo-shoppers should look for real estate agents who have been working in the area long enough to be familiar with the history of condominium complexes.

For potential buyers, condos and townhomes are some of the most affordable options for home ownership — but only if mortgage loans are available.

For condo owners including Davis, litigation has meant having to watch in frustration as super-low mortgage interest rates came and went.

For someone borrowing $200,000 for 30 years, the difference in monthly payments between a 3 percent interest rate and a 6 percent rate is $356 — more than $4,270 extra every year.

At least for condo owners, litigation has a potential upside: the prospect of winning large settlements to pay for repairs that the owners would otherwise have to fund.

At Pelican Pointe, for example, the owners of all 84 condos were asked in 2019 to pay nearly $60,000 each to fund repairs including termite damage that prompted a city-ordered temporary evacuation. A lawsuit related to the termite damage, and a lapsed termite insurance contract, is ongoing.

Charleston County court records show The Peninsula condos were in litigation over construction defects from April 2006 to March 2011, resulting in a more than $10 million settlement.

From November 2014 to April 2018, the condo association and two companies involved in repairs were defendants in a suit brought by several condo owners, which was dismissed with undisclosed terms. And in September the condo association sued companies and insurers involved in the repairs that followed the 2006-2011 litigation.

“It’s kind of a unique situation,” said Charles Hipp, chairman of The Peninsula’s HOA board.

Hipp said he was unwilling to discuss the lawsuit that caught Davis by surprise because he was upset about unspecified aspects of previous reporting about The Peninsula’s problems.

In 2018, The Post and Courier reported that the residents of 19 condos there were ordered to temporarily evacuate just days before Christmas after structural engineers discovered damage that Charleston city officials said posed “an immediate threat to public safety.”

Hipp, whose company sells and rents real estate including condos at The Peninsula, said that despite the latest litigation complicating mortgage availability, condos are selling briskly.

Asked and Answered: July 26

Let's get to it:RICHARD HARVEY FROM McKEAN, PA: Really excited to head to camp and see our Steelers. We have enjoyed Friday Night Lights at Latrobe Stadium and then watching a practice at Saint Vincent College over the same weekend several times. I have secured the free tickets via the mobile ticketing process for Aug. 6. My concern is that I can't seem to find this option for Aug. 5 at Latrobe Stadium. Any insight? ANSWER: A shout-out to Tyler in the Latrobe High School Athletic Department for providing the pertinent...

Let's get to it:

RICHARD HARVEY FROM McKEAN, PA: Really excited to head to camp and see our Steelers. We have enjoyed Friday Night Lights at Latrobe Stadium and then watching a practice at Saint Vincent College over the same weekend several times. I have secured the free tickets via the mobile ticketing process for Aug. 6. My concern is that I can't seem to find this option for Aug. 5 at Latrobe Stadium. Any insight? ANSWER: A shout-out to Tyler in the Latrobe High School Athletic Department for providing the pertinent information for Steelers fans interested in attending the Friday Night Lights practice on Aug. 5 at Latrobe Stadium. Tickets will be on sale from noon-4 p.m. at Latrobe Stadium on July 5, and then also will be sold when the gates open at 5 p.m. that day. Tyler said the event is not sold out, and that fans seeking tickets on the day/evening of Friday Night Lights will not be turned away.

GENE BERGL FROM HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC Who are the remaining Steelers free agents? ANSWER: The Steelers began the 2022 offseason with 17 unrestricted free agents. They re-signed six of them (Montravius Adams, Miles Killebrew, Arthur Maulet, Chuks Okorafor, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Terrell Edmunds); six signed with other teams (Ray-Ray McCloud to San Francisco, JuJu Smith-Schuster to Kansas City, James Washington to Dallas, Taco Charlton to New Orleans, Joshua Dobbs to Cleveland, and Trai Turner to Washington); and Ben Roethlisberger retired. That's 13, which leaves Kalen Ballage, Eric Ebron, B.J. Finney, and Joe Haden. Finney, like Roethlisberger, retired, and Ballage, Ebron, and Haden remain unsigned.

ROBERT KLEIN FROM WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ: Given the retirement of Stephon Tuitt, do you feel the Steelers would have been better off drafting a defensive lineman instead of quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first round? ANSWER: I don't believe the Steelers prioritized a quarterback over a defensive lineman in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but when defensive tackle Jordan Davis was picked by the Eagles 13th overall, Kenny Pickett was higher on their board than any of the other remaining defensive linemen.

WAKI OOKINDA FROM CARSON CITY, NV: Do players get fined or charged by the NFL if they give away footballs? I heard they are charged, and I have a bet with my brother riding on this. And are fans subject to a charge for these footballs because they are property of the NFL? ANSWER: Players are neither fined nor charged for giving footballs to fans during the normal course of play during a game. And fans certainly are not charged for accepting those footballs.

SCOTT COLLINS FROM GAMBRILLS, MD: Are there any legal constraints that would prohibit an NFL owner from offering a "franchise" player ownership rights in addition to salary? ANSWER: If your point is to suggest a way for an NFL team to circumvent the salary cap by sweetening the pot with stake in the franchise, that would never happen for two reasons: one is that the league undoubtedly would place a value on that ownership stake and then count it on the team's cap, and with the current value of NFL franchises reaching into the billions of dollars an owner would be an absolute fool to part with that kind of equity to induce a player to sign a contract.

EUGENE OHORA FROM BALLINA, IRELAND: I know training camp is only starting, but assuming there is enough cap space to add one more player, what do you feel is the Steelers greatest need or position you would like to see strengthened? ANSWER: I believe the Steelers are finished signing veteran free agents this summer. Maybe they revisit this in the event of an injury during training camp or in the preseason, or if a team makes an unexpected cut, but outside of those two circumstances I see the team standing pat.

CHRIS HANN FROM SARASOTA, FL: Recently Ben Roethlisberger made a point that his throw to Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl XLIII does not get the credit it deserves. I thought Roethlisberger should've been the MVP of that Super Bowl for that throw. What is your opinion? Should Ben have gotten the MVP of the Super Bowl as opposed to Holmes? ANSWER: T recap, in Super Bowl XLIII, Ben Roethlisberger finished the game having completed 70 percent of his passes (21-for-30) for 256 yards, with one touchdown, one interception, and a rating of 93.2. With the game on the line and a Lombardi Trophy at stake, he completed 5-of-7 for 84 yards and ran for an addition 4 yards and then ended the possession by making two perfect throws to Santonio Holmes in the end zone. The first of those two passes went through Holmes' hands, and the second was good for the decisive touchdown. After that, I asked this question in the press box after the game to some of the media members who covered Super Bowl XLIII, and the way I phrased it was: "If Tom Brady or Peyton Manning drove their team 84 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the final two-plus minutes of the Super Bowl, do you think the guy who caught the pass would have been voted the MVP over the guy who threw it?" And for the rest of my life, I'll believe the only correct answer to my question is, "Hell no."

JOHN THOMPSON FROM CONNEAUT, OH: Do you believe that Kordell Stewart would have had a more productive NFL career in today's style of play compared to when he actually played? ANSWER: What I believe is that current NFL offensive coordinators are much more willing to craft schemes and allow dual-threat quarterbacks , such as Kordell Stewart was and Lamar Jackson currently is, to utilize their skill-set instead of trying to turn them into the kind of player who fits a preconceived mold.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS FROM CINCINNATI, OH: What is going on with all these Steelers fans and ex-players pretending to be upset over the renaming of the locale in which the team plays its home games? If Heinz couldn't pony up the cash necessary to retain the naming rights, then so be it. ANSWER: Maybe the whiners aren't aware that Heinz doesn't even make ketchup in Pittsburgh anymore. The company makes ketchup in its plants in Ohio and Iowa.

KEN KNECHT FROM ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES: Pittsburgh is the only professional sports town where all the teams wear the same colors, black and gold. I understand that the Pirates (baseball), and the Penguins (hockey) did not start out wearing black and gold. The Steelers are the only Pittsburgh sports team that has worn black and gold since its inception. What is the origin of Pittsburgh's sports teams wearing the colors black and gold? ANSWER: According to PittsburghPA.gov, "Pittsburgh is defined by many things, most notably its colors of Black & Gold. The only city in the nation where all of its professional sports teams share the same colors, their history runs much deeper than athletics. In 1816, when Pittsburgh was officially chartered as a city, an effort began to formalize the colors that had been unofficial since 1758. A City Seal and official standard were adopted based on Sir William Pitt's family coat of arms. This is the source of Pittsburgh's Black & Gold colors. Our original hockey team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, were the first sports team to adopt the colors in 1925.The Pittsburgh Steelers adopted the colors at their founding in 1933, with their first uniforms including the City's Great Seal. In 1948, the Pittsburgh Pirates changed their colors from red, white, and blue to black and gold. Finally, the Pittsburgh Penguins would adopt the colors beginning with the 1980 season."

ADAM BRAUN FROM CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA: I know you have answered questions before about tiebreakers, but wasn't Terry Bradshaw drafted by the Steelers because of a tiebreaker? How far down the tiebreaker list did they have to go to flip a coin? ANSWER: Back in 1970, the NFL didn't have a system of tiebreakers to determine draft order. In the event of two teams finishing with the same record, the tie was broken by a coin toss. Since the Chicago Bears and the Steelers both finished with 1-13 records in 1969, the first overall pick of the 1970 NFL Draft was determined by a coin flip. And to be precise, since the Bears called the coin flip, heads, and it came up tails, Chicago lost the coin toss as opposed to Pittsburgh winning it.

PAT FLYNN FROM OAKDALE, PA: Which is a bigger concern to you: lack of depth at outside linebacker or virtually no depth at running back behind Najee Harris? ANSWER: Actually, the purpose of training camp is to determine the answers to issues such as the depth at outside linebacker and the No. 2 running back behind Najee Harris. Maybe there already are options on the roster that we just don't know about yet. And whether there are or there are not, training camp and the preseason is what will reveal the answer. Then you can get concerned.

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