It's really important for this lockout to end so we can start installation," said Shockey, who made four Pro Bowls with the Giants. "But again it's not such a complex offense like going from the Giants to the Saints. Sean Payton's offense is very complex."
"A lot of people are panicking because of the lockout resulting in lost games, but I believe a deal will get done before any games are scratched.
"Both sides want a deal. They want a football season. I know the owners want a football season. We'll come to an agreement., There's no doubt in my mind that no games will be missed at all."
Shockey was diplomatic about the Panthers' quarterback situation. He said he has spoken to both Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen on the phone, and expects a good competition.
"Newton has the playsheet," said Shockey. "He has everything. So he knows a lot of our offense. Knowing is one thing. but running it against a team you really don't know is a different story."
Shockey recently returned from Great Britain, where he competed in an adventure race in the Scottish Highlands and vacationed in Ireland.
He said the 100-mile race -- he was part of a four-man team that included three endurance runners from Texas -- was a unique challenge. He did some longer runs to prepare for the two-day race, but skipped the mountain-climbing portion of the event.
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