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Cat Scratch Reader 4 hours ago

Here's a 2015 Panthers Prediction Fans Will Like

Leave it to USA Today to make a prediction for the NFC South in 2015 Panther fans can get behind. Obviously they have the Panthers getting the three-peat: Who reaches Super Bowl 50? 2015 NFL record projections for all 32 teamsNFC SOUTH Panthers (11-5): Cam Newton is healthy from a mind, body and bank account perspective. He and his formidable defense will also face just four playoff teams from last season. Saints (10-6): They lost their final five games at Superdome in 2014 and still finished 7-9. Don't expect that streak to continue, especially with a favorable schedule and,...
Cat Scratch Reader 8 hours ago

Cat Scratch Radio 10pm ET - Week 1 of TC Edition

Join us to discuss all the latest Carolina Panther news & notes. I'm going to try a couple new things tonight to shake up the format a little. If you want to join the call the dial in instructions are below. If you have something to say after dialing in then when I call out your username (if you sign up for an account) or the first 7 digits of your phone number chime up. I go through the list of callers FIFO and give everyone a couple minutes to have their say. If you just want to listen then no problem there, just stay quiet but please mute your line to eliminate any background noise. The...
Cat Scratch Reader 9 hours ago

Chris Houston retires after another toe injury

Chris Houston sat out 2014 with a toe injury, and has decided to retire after injuring his toe again this week. The Carolina Panthers took a shot on a multi-year starter late in June when they signed DB Chris Houston. After starting for most of his career with Atlanta and then Detroit, Houston missed 2014 with a toe injury. Houston reinjured the same toe on Sunday and has decided to retire rather than face surgery or additonal rehab. Houston appeared to still have gas left in the tank and was getting great reps in the early part of camp. He will follow Jonathon Martin into retirement due to...
Panthers Gab 10 hours ago

Don’t Forget About THIS Williams– Brandon AKA Swole Bones

TE BRANDON WILLIAMS Q&A I like pulling for players who show great improvement and have an upside. TE Brandon Williams (aka Swole Bones) is one of those players. Panthers TE Brandon Williams (groin surgery) is limited… Williams underwent a minor procedure in June and is expected back for the second week of camp. It’s a […]
Cat Scratch Reader 22 hours ago

The Scratching Post: 8/4/15 Edition

Here's your open thread for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, non-football sports, you name it. As long as it's allowed by the site's ToS (i.e. - no politics and/or religion) then it's fair game here. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 3, 2015

Panther Paw Prints: TC Opening Weekend Edition

Here's a few Panther-related stories gathered from the far corners of the Internet. Peter King visited on Saturday and wrote a very touching story about ST coach Bruce Dehaven and his battle with prostate cancer: Carolina Panthers' Bruce DeHaven battles prostate cancer while coaching | The MMQB with Peter King“Look,” he said, “I love coaching. I just do. I love teaching football. There’s a story I need to tell you. I grew up in Kansas, a farm kid. And I got to be a high school coach, and in 1976, the team I coached in Wichita went to Kansas City and won the state championship. So...
Panthers Gab Aug 3, 2015

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei Leaves Practice With Foot Injury

Panthers defensive tackle and former first-round pick Star Lotulelei was carted off the practice field Monday morning with a foot injury, but Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated the apparent foot injury may not be serious, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports. Lotulelei experienced soreness in what Rivera believed was his surgically repaired right foot […]
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 3, 2015

The Sad Tale of Stephen Hill

I really wanted Stephen Hill to make it in Carolina, so his season-ending torn ACL is impacting me more than most NFL injuries. I don’t know why, but Stephen Hill’s torn ACL on Day 2 of training camp has impacted me far more than most injuries. Professional football is a brutal game and it is not uncommon for players to suffer season-ending injuries. The "next man up!" culture of the NFL almost desensitizes us as fans to these injuries. When fringe players like Stephen Hill go down my usual reaction is to say, "Aw, man, that really stinks!" My immediate next thought is then, "So...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 3, 2015

Star Lotulelei carted from practice field following injury

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei suffered an injury in training camp Monday which required the third-year player to be carted from the field, according to Joe Person. It's unclear how severe the injury is at this time, with Steve Reed of the Associated Press saying it was a foot injury. Lotulelei missed part of the 2014 season due to a fracture in his right foot, but it is too early to make any determinations on the severity at this time. Hopefully it will be a minor injury the DT can shrug off. At this point it doesn't matter if Star misses the entirety of training camp....
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 3, 2015

Panthers Training Camp Day 4 Open Thread

Here's the Twitter traffic and an open thread for this mornings Panther practice. For any CSR members in attendance please let us know what you are seeing. Here's the Twitter traffic for the beat reporters who have been pretty good with the coverage this camp. Keep track of what's going on by following the Twitter streams linked below. This is now an open thread! Jonathan Jones Tweets by @jjones9 Joe Person Tweets by @josephperson Max Henson Tweets by @PanthersMax Black & Blue Review Tweets by @BlackBlueReview
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 2, 2015

Panthers Training Camp Sunday Practice Notes

Here are my notes and observations from this mornings practice, the first practice in full pads. Rather than spending most of the practice on field #2 closest to the fans the Panthers like they usually do they instead spent most of Sunday on Field #3. Field 3 has the least amount of upfront viewing space and as you can see below is a good distance from the main spectator viewing area. The only up close spot is behind the north end zone. As a consequence it was hard to track the action at times. A Quick Start After stretching the Panthers went immediately into a circle as the...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 2, 2015

Stephen Hill waived by Panthers, sign Paul Browning

The Carolina Panthers made one roster move on Sunday by waiving wide receiver Stephen Hill, who tore his ACL during training camp on Saturday. His roster spot was quickly filled by Paul Browning, an intriguing UDFA who will get chances to shine in Spartanburg. It was a rough week for Hill, who earlier in the week was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. The Panthers didn't make a quick judgement following his legal problems, instead allowing him to travel to Spartanburg to begin practice -- but that didn't last long. An MRI revealed Sunday that the leg injury that pulled him from...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 1, 2015

Day 2 Panthers Training Camp Practice Notes

I attended Panthers training camp and here are a few notes from what I saw. The players were in shells versus full pads for the second straight day. I'm hopeful they will be in full pads for tomorrow's morning practice.Check back tomorrow night for my Sunday practice report. It was clear and hot though not as hot as previous camps. We did get a slight breeze every now and then which was much appreciated. The first big surprise was the make over of the practice field viewing area. Several patio areas with tables, chairs and umbrellas have been installed along the ridge of the hill over...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 1, 2015

Stephen Hill Suffers Right Leg Injury

In just the second practice of training camp the Carolina Panthers may have experienced their first major injury to a high potential player. Injuries are part of the game, today the Carolina Panthers were reminded of that. On a simple crossing route with little to no contact, Stephen Hill extended to catch a pass from Cam Newton an landed awkwardly on his right leg.  His screams of pain turned an high energy practice silent before the receiver was helped to his feet by the trainers and was carted off the field. This is an extremely saddening turn of events for Stephen Hill, just days after...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 1, 2015

Panthers Training Camp Practice #2 Open Thread

The annual CSR meet up is here. We will use this thread to discuss all of today's action both at the meet up and the Day 2 practice. Keep track of what's going on by following the Twitter streams linked below. This is now an open thread! Jonathan Jones Tweets by @jjones9 Joe Person Tweets by @josephperson Max Henson Tweets by @PanthersMax Black & Blue Review Tweets by @BlackBlueReview
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 1, 2015

The best photos from Day 1 of Panthers training camp

Every single one of these could be a caption contest. Go ahead, do it ... we won't mind. Is Cam driving an imaginary ATV? Perhaps he's reinacting a scene from Dumb and Dumber? Perhaps he's just listening to Pony by Ginuwine. This is an elite photo showing Dave Gettleman's transition lenses in their natural habitat. Devin Funchess looks like a kid on Christmas ... literally. Star Lotulelei's beard looks a little thinner than last year, but damn if it isn't still majestic. And now... "Roman Harper is terrified of dropping the ball," a story in two...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 1, 2015

5 things we learned from the Panthers first training camp practice

Carolina Panthers football is back everyone! Well, sort of. Training camp kicked off in Spartanburg on Friday night for the first official practice of the offseason, and there was a lot of exciting news. Let's dive right in, because I know you're as excited as I am. Kelvin Benjamin is ready, and he's fired up Benjamin came under fire this offseason when Ron Rivera said he looked slightly overweight when the team met for OTAs. Naturally this prompted a mild freak out from fans, but the second year wide receiver really stepped things up. When Benjamin arrived in Spartanburg the Panthers'...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 31, 2015

Panthers Training Camp Day 1 Open Thread

FOOTBALL IS BACK Y'ALL! The title should be self-explanatory: here's your thread to talk about today's practice. Keep track of what's going on by following the Twitter streams linked below. This is now an open thread! Jonathan Jones Tweets by @jjones9 Joe Person Tweets by @josephperson Max Henson Tweets by @PanthersMax Black & Blue Review Tweets by @BlackBlueReview
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 30, 2015

Panthers Waive UDFA CB Peters; Williams and Presley to PUP

The Panthers made a few moves on the back end of the roster this afternoon. Panthers part with two players; WR Hill still in mixThe team waived undrafted rookie cornerback Garry Peters and placed offensive tackle Jonathan Martin on the reserve/did not report list. They were replaced on the 90-man roster by punter Matt Wile and wide receiver Avius Capers. In addition, Carolina placed tight end Brandon Williams (groin) and wide receiver De'Andre Presley (shin) on the physically unable to perform list. Williams and Presley can be removed from the list once they are healthy enough to...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 30, 2015

Panthers Training Camp Flashback in Pictures

Facebooks Time Hop app has been showing me pictures from training camp in years past which provided the inspiration for this post. Here's some pictures going back to Panthers Training Camp 2012. Feel free to share some of your favorites in the comment thread. I can't wait to take another one of these pictures in front of our 2014 Division Champs banner! This picture from 2014 always cracks me up because the guy standing up down below giving me the stink eye is Cole, one of our members I just had lunch with. He had been trying to flag me down to say he had saved seats for us but I,...

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