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Cat Scratch Reader 2 hours ago
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/30/17

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/30/17

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. The Panthers will use a six-person committee to run the business side of the organization instead of searching for a new president (Joe Person, Charlotte Observer) Dave Gettleman says the Panthers’ window to win is right now (Bryan Strickland, Panthers.com) Sean McDermott is currently searching for a new MMA sparring partner after moving to Buffalo (Joe Person, Charlotte Observer) Feel free to discuss the links above, or use...
Cat Scratch Reader 11 hours ago
My pick for the Panthers at #8 in the SBN mock draft is...

My pick for the Panthers at #8 in the SBN mock draft is...

With the top defenders off the board I turned to helping the offense. This should be no surprise if you have read my previous posts on this topic: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama Analysis: There’s nothing at all wrong with Howard. His draft range is in this area and he should adjust to the NFL effortlessly. I’m just not sure he’s the right fit in Carolina. Howard would be utilized on routes similar to Olsen and Funchess, and might not get much opportunity. The Panthers need a receiver in this draft, but one with speed who can open the field — like John Ross of Washington — could be a...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 21 hours ago
Rumor circulating Panthers might want to trade for 49ers No. 2 pick

Rumor circulating Panthers might want to trade for 49ers No. 2 pick

It sounds like there have not been formal discussions, but something might be percolating. The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of options at their disposal with the No. 2 overall pick, and one such option would be trading down. And apparently rumors are floating around. Matt Barrows reported on Wednesday that there is talk the Carolina Panthers are trying to acquire the No. 2 pick, but he was told there is “nothing currently in the works.” Lots of talk/rumor about Carolina (picking at No. 8) trying to obtain #49ers' No. 2 pick. Told there's nothing currently in the works.— Matt...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 29, 2017
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/29/17

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/29/17

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Panthers fans don’t need to worry about the team moving away from Charlotte any time soon (Joe Person, Charlotte Observer) Bryan Strickland takes a look at some of the rule changes that will be discussed at the owners meetings (Panthers.com) Jonathan Stewart believes the Panthers drafting a running back will be a good thing (Geoffrey C. Arnold, The Oregonian) Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 28, 2017
The 2017 SBN writers mock draft is under way

The 2017 SBN writers mock draft is under way

Be sure to add your grade for each pick in the fanpoll This has been an annual event for at least the past 10 years I believe. At first we did one round but decided to make it two a few years back. Here’s the first few picks to date with my pick for the Panthers coming tomorrow. 1. Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M 2. 49ers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State 3. Bears: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson Here’s the first surprise pick. You can argue this one both ways. Wiltfong: I can’t see Bears GM Ryan Pace passing on a quarterback if he has the top one left on his board. I’m guessing he...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 28, 2017
“Falcons Day” Sparks Wave of Charitable Donation in Carolina under #HowWillYou25

“Falcons Day” Sparks Wave of Charitable Donation in Carolina under #HowWillYou25

Twenty-Five dollar donations are pouring into the pockets of local charities of Carolina Panthers athletes. 3-28-17 is the first annual, unofficial (we can’t stress that enough), “Falcons Day” across the Carolinas, commemorating the never distracting 25 point lead blown by the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. Typically here at CSR, this is not a thing we would formally recognize... except today. In an interesting twist, this event that usually results in nothing more than “Crying Jordan” memes and the re-hashing of the same three jokes from the...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 28, 2017
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/28/17

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/28/17

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Picking up Kelvin Benjamin’s 5th year option was a smart move that could pay off for the Panthers (Joe Person, Charlotte Observer) Dave Gettleman feels “really good” about signing Matt Kalil (Bryan Strickland, Panthers.com) Joe Person takes a look at how the top seven picks can impact the Panthers’ selection at 8th overall (Charlotte Observer) Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat about...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 27, 2017
Panthers Free Agency: Gettleman once again defers to his gut instinct

Panthers Free Agency: Gettleman once again defers to his gut instinct

The Panthers GM's top priority this offseason was to add starting quality players at offensive tackle. While every contract brings risk, Gettleman went with his gut instead of his pocketbook to address the crisis at OT. Of course I'm mainly referring to the Matt Kalil signing. Make no mistake whatever GM signed Kalil was going to face questions. Kalil to Carolina though was too logical given the family connection. Yet I never heard Gettleman bring that factor into the equation. Here's what he most recently said about the decision to sign the former top 10 pick. Gettleman: "I feel really...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 27, 2017
Jonathan Stewart Contract Details Released

Jonathan Stewart Contract Details Released

The Panthers will save more than $2,000,000 in cap space in 2017, and have Stewart’s services on a sweetheart deal in 2018. The breakdown of Jonathan Stewart’s new contract was released today, and the running back stands to make a nice chunk of guaranteed money, paired with even more if he hits certain performance metrics. Stewart was due to make $8.25m in 2017. That number has now dropped to $6.175m, but is 100% fully guaranteed, a change that I do not foresee many fans disagreeing with. This money will come in the form of a large $2.5m roster bonus that is paid tomorrow, March 28th,...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 27, 2017
Panthers post free agency defensive depth chart

Panthers post free agency defensive depth chart

Here's a look at the Panthers depth chart with a new free agent additions. With our free agent additions here's what our current depth chart looks like for the defense. Left Defensive End Left Defensive Tackle Right Defensive Tackle Right Defensive End C. Johnson S. Lotulelei K. Short J. Peppers L. Webster E. Crume V. Butler M. Addison K. Love W. Horton R. Delaire Weakside Linebacker Middle Linebacker Strongside Linebacker T. Davis L. Kuechly S. Thompson J. Norris B. Jacobs J. Cash D. Mayo B. Blechen...
Pats Pulpit Mar 27, 2017
Former Bostonian and Panthers GM: Trading leading DE Kony Ealy for 8 draft spots is “gold”

Former Bostonian and Panthers GM: Trading leading DE Kony Ealy for 8 draft spots is “gold”

There must be a different definition of “gold” in the Carolinas. The New England Patriots acquired former Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy and the 72nd overall pick in exchange for the 64th overall pick. Ealy led the Panthers defensive ends with 623 snaps; Charles Johnson (543 snaps) was the only other pass rusher that played more than 450 snaps. According to Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, getting rid of a player like Ealy for eight draft spots was a move he couldn’t afford to miss. “It’s a heavy draft and it was an opportunity for us to move up,” Gettleman said via the Charlotte...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 27, 2017
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/27/17

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/27/17

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Jourdan Rodrigue predicts how the Panthers’ draft will go (Charlotte Observer) Jonathan Stewart shared his thoughts on the Panthers adding running backs to the roster (Max Henson, Panthers.com) Here’s a closer look at WR John Ross III (Parker Hurley, Cat Crave) Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, movies, non-football sports, you name it. As...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 26, 2017
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/26/17

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/26/17

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Charles Johnson’s surgery was similar to the one Tiger Woods had (David Newton, ESPN) LaVar Ball was a Carolina Panther for six weeks in 1995 (Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer) VIDEO: Zay Jones is getting a lot of attention from scouts (Panthers.com) Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, movies, non-football sports, you name it. As long as it's...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 25, 2017
Panthers Post Free Agency Offensive depth chart

Panthers Post Free Agency Offensive depth chart

Based on the current roster here's what I think the offensive depth chart looks like. Fullback D. Johnson D. Young Runningback J. Stewart Quarterback F. Whitaker C. Newton C. Artis-Payne D. Anderson J. Simmons J. Webb G. Gilbert Wide Receiver Right Tackle Right Guard Center Left Guard Left Tackle Tight End Wide Receiver K. Benjamin D. Williams T. Turner R. Kalil A. Norwell M. Kalil G. Olsen D. Funchess R. Shepard M. Oher C. Scott T. Larsen A. Silatolu D. France...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 25, 2017
Panthers pick up Kelvin Benjamin’s 5th year option

Panthers pick up Kelvin Benjamin’s 5th year option

Well of course they did I’ve seen the grumblings about Benjamin. Some question whether he will ever be a true #1 receiver, what his role will be in the offense and his limitations in certain phases of the game. Yet none of that would justify not bringing the massive WR back for a 5th season. Benjamin, the team’s first-round draft choice in 2014, is now under contract through the 2018 season. Last year, Benjamin played all 16 games and posted 63 receptions for 941 yards and a team-high seven touchdown catches. “We’re really fired up with the way Kelvin finished up the year,”...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 25, 2017
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/25/17

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/25/17

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Bryan Strickland answers fans’ questions in his latest mailbag (Panthers.com) Jourdan Rodrigue breaks down the Panthers’ draft projections in the latest edition of Mock Talk (Charlotte Observer) The Panthers hosted Miami TE David Njoku for a visit on Thursday (Joe Person, Charlotte Observer) Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, movies,...
NFL Trade Rumors Mar 24, 2017

Panthers Sign QB Garrett Gilbert To One-Year Deal

The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that they’ve signed QB Garrett Gilbert to a one-year contract. Gilbert, 25, is a former sixth-round pick of the Rams. However, his time in St. Louis was short lived as he was waived at the start of the 2014 season before later signing to the Rams’ practice squad. After a brief … The post Panthers Sign QB Garrett Gilbert To One-Year Deal appeared first on NFLTradeRumors.co.
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 24, 2017
Jonathan Stewart Signs Contract Extension

Jonathan Stewart Signs Contract Extension

The lifelong Panther is likely to end his career with the team that drafted him when this deal concludes. The Carolina Panthers announced today that they have extended the contract of running back Jonathan Stewart an additional year, making him a part of the team through 2018. The terms of the deal, other than length, have not yet been disclosed to the public. “It means a lot. This is a special place,” Stewart said. “The fans and the organization, they’ve always been good to me. We’re all here to win the ultimate prize. I’m just glad to be here.” Interesting factoids from the...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 24, 2017
What Is the Biggest Remaining Roster Hole for the Carolina Panthers?

What Is the Biggest Remaining Roster Hole for the Carolina Panthers?

After a flurry of free agency, some positions still need an upgrade. You’ve probably heard the old proverb that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Since this site focuses on football, and not on the tensile strength of metals, let’s relate this principle to the Carolina Panthers. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports listed what he sees as the biggest remaining roster hole for each NFL team now that the first wave of free agent signings has taken place. Here is Prisco's take on the Panthers: Biggest Need: Pass Rusher They brought back three of their own edge rushers in Charles Johnson,...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 24, 2017
The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/24/17

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 3/24/17

Here’s your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Bryan Strickland has the latest Mock Draft Report (Panthers.com) Jerry Richardson will not attend the NFL owners’ meeting in Las Vegas (Lucas Ewing, PanthersWire) Here’s five reasons why the Panthers will return to the Super Bowl in 2017 (Joshua Powell, Cat Crave) Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, movies, non-football sports, you name it. As...

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