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Cat Scratch Reader 4 hours ago

Will the Panthers Run More 'No Huddle' Offense in 2015?

It appeared plainly to me last season Cam Newton seemed to play better with the faster pace of the no huddle. It would appear Ron Rivera noticed to. Lost in all the talk about Newtons contract (boring) during Rivera's recent interview was this gem: Rivera hopes Cam Newton deal done before season - NFL.com"We just want to see him pick right up where he left off," Rivera said. "One of the things we did to help him, once he was healthy and ready to roll, was to institute a no huddle. He seemed to handle that well. Starting from where we finished, we'd like to see him hone that skill." Hell...
Cat Scratch Reader 7 hours ago

2015 NFL Draft: Analyzing the value of fifth-year options

NFL teams maintain a fifth-year option only for their former first round selections, while all other players sign four-year rookie contracts. The only team that didn't exercise their fifth-year option from the 2011 NFL Draft was the Detroit Lions, who recently saw Nick Fairly sign with the Rams after playing just four seasons with the Lions. Would maintaining control of a first-rounder be more important than gaining an extra third round pick? Per older trade value charts, the 25th pick is worth 720 "points" while the 41nd and 72nd picks both belong to the Rams and are also worth a total of...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 25, 2015

Update: Panthers now have two compensatory picks in fifth round

It just keeps getting better. On Monday the NFL announced that the Carolina Panthers will be awarded two compensatory picks in the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft. However, due to miscalculations, today the NFL announced that they have upgraded one of the Panthers compensatory picks from the sixth round to the fifth round. The NFL has announced that the #Panthers sixth-round compensatory pick has been changed to a fifth-round pick.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) March 25, 2015 This Panthers now have at least one pick in each round of the Draft, and have three fifth round...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 25, 2015

2014 NFL Draft Re-Do: Panthers Get a Different WR

It seems a little early to do this but since someone else already did let's critique it right? It's what we do! I had already been thinking about if we could redo the 2014 what might we change? All of my initial thoughts centered on the picks in rounds 2 through 6, not the first pick. Yet in this redo draft we had to get a different player our actual pick was already selected. That's when you know you made a good pick, when these redrafts have your actual pick going earlier. That's what happened in the redraft: 2014 NFL Draft do-over: Texans get Teddy Bridgewater at No. 1 - NFL.com 22....
Panthers Gab Mar 24, 2015

Kony Ealy –Replacing Greg Hardy

Last year in Spartanburg, at the Panthers training camp, Ealy was still figuring things out. In fact, QB Cam Newton was giving the new DE an earful–challenging the rookie to play to all of his potential. At the end of last season, Ealy grew into his role, and since then hasn’t looked back. He now […]
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 24, 2015

Dave Gettleman Doesn't Have Brain Damage

Hence he has decided to pick up LB Luke Kuechlys' fifth year option. Carolina Panthers will pick up Luke Kuechly fifth-year option - ESPNThe Carolina Panthers plan to exercise the fifth-year option on middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, general manager Dave Gettleman said Tuesday. "I'd have to have brain damage not to," Gettleman said during a break in the NFL owners meeting. Well of course he would. In fact he is still not out of the crazy woods yet. In order to avoid being committed he will need to get a long term deal done with the All Pro LB. He still has time though: The Panthers have...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 24, 2015

SBN 2014 Bloggers Mock Draft Flashback

The annual SBN Bloggers mock draft kicked off earlier this week. This got me thinking about my previous picks and honestly I had to go look up who I picked. As it turns out you may recall the Saints blogger selected Kelvin Benjamin at #27 right before my selection. I recall really not liking the way the draft fell out last year. 2014 NFL mock draft: Marqise Lee to Carolina Panthers at No. 28 - SBNation.comI’m not going to say he will be able to replace Steve Smith in his prime, but in due time Lee could be a solid No. 1 for the Panthers. Lee had a monster season in 2012, catching 118...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 24, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Panthers meeting with Iowa DT Carl Davis

The Panthers are meeting with Iowa DT Carl Davis today. Learn more about one of the most intriguing players in this year’s Draft. Will Dave Gettleman select another "Blue Goose" in the early rounds of this year’s Draft? Although the Panthers don’t necessarily need another defensive tackle, it will be interesting to see if Gettleman takes advantage of a historically deep class at the position. There could be several difference makers available at the Panthers picks in the second and third rounds. One potential difference maker to keep an eye on is Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis....
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 24, 2015

NFL Considering Several Rules Changes

Some I like, some I don't. Some are just too wild to ever get approved. Here's a few being considered by the NFL Owners at their meetings this week. First one I like though I can't think of situation where another camera would have changed a game outcome: What rule changes will be considered next week? - NFL.com5. The Patriots also proposed fixed cameras on sidelines, end lines and goal lines to supplement those provided by broadcast networks. This is something Gregg Rosenthal and Around The NFL have been lobbying for since way back. This one I like as today's extra point is just too damn...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 23, 2015

Mock Draft Monday: Walter Football Edition

Let's see what you think of two mock drafts on Walter Football, one my Charlie Campbell and the other by Walt himself. You'll see right away Charlie provides more explanation for his picks (though it doesn't make them better): Pick Charlie Campbell Walter 1-25 D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida This is a bit of a reach, but the Panthers have to upgrade their offensive line. David Gettleman has shown an inclination to draft for need, and the Panthers need to land a potential franchise left tackle for Cam Newton. Humphries could fit the mold. Sources say they've graded...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 23, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers awarded two compensatory picks

The Panthers received a fifth and sixth round pick for their free agency “losses” in 2014 This evening it was announced at the NFL Annual Meeting that the Carolina Panthers will receive two compensatory draft picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. According to this document released by the NFL, the Panthers will receive a fifth round pick (169th overall) and a sixth round pick (213th overall). The document says the Panthers “gained” Antoine Cason, Jerricho Cotchery and Ed Dickson, and “lost” Ted Ginn, Domenik Hixon, Brandon LaFell, Michael Mitchell and Captain Munnerlyn. It’s likely...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 23, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: The Panthers need for speed at cornerback

The Panthers are looking to add a lot of speed at the cornerback position. Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman wasn’t kidding around when he said he was looking to add speed to the Panthers roster. Although many thought he was referring to the Panthers wide receiver position, perhaps he was also talking about the overall lack of speed at the cornerback position. The Panthers currently have one of the slowest cornerback duos in the NFL, as Josh Norman and Bene Benwikere posted 40-yard dash times of 4.66 and 4.63 seconds, respectively. The 40-yard dash does not make or break a prospect, but...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 23, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Potential running back prospects for the Panthers

With DeAngelo Williams gone, Jonathan Stewart's high cap number, and Mike Tolbert in the last year of his contract, there is a strong possibility the Panthers will draft a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft, with the real question being how high. Much has been made of the "devaluation" of the running back position, yet the Seattle Seahawks rode a strong running game (and tremendous defense) to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, while other consistent franchises like the Steelers, Ravens, and 49ers have also adopted a similar formula. The Panthers appear to agree with that philosophy, as...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 23, 2015

The 9th Annual SBN Bloggers Mock Draft Has Kicked Off

The first three picks are in. Let's take a look. First up Bucs Nation makes the obvious pick, whether you like the guy or not: 2015 NFL mock draft: Jameis Winston to Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 1 - SBNation.comDan Kadar, SBNation.com: This is the expected pick, because it’s a good one. On the field, there are few questions with Winston’s football intelligence. He reads defenses well, and unlike most college quarterbacks, he goes through his progressions properly. He’ll really benefit from going to a team like the Buccaneers, where they have a good and established wide receiving...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 23, 2015

Jerry Richardson Takes Responsibility for Letting Hardy Walk

The Big Cat made things very clear at the NFL owner's meeting on Monday, when asked about the organizations decision to let defensive end go in free agency. The elephant finally left the room last week when formed Panthers DE Greg Hardy left in free agency to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys. There have been mixed feelings about his case from the very beginning, but no matter the side you're on, the fanbase as a whole was happy to have some closure that the matter was finally resolved and can move on. There were some lingering questions however. Things that we were all guessing about,...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 23, 2015

Picking Todd Gurley would drive fans mad, but it's also genius

The one draft rumor that's gaining steam is the Panthers' interest in Georgia running back Todd Gurley. With the glaring holes at several positions it's unimaginable to think they might take a rusher, but that's precisely why this could be such an amazing offensive pickup. Selecting Gurley with the 27th overall pick stems from the same logic as taking Kelvin Benjamin last year. There might be bigger fish to fry, sure it's a gamble, but the rewards might simply be too great. Dave Gettleman rolled the dice on inexperience in 2014, now he could do the same with an injury. Fans are scared by...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 22, 2015

Fan Poll: Grade the Panthers First Two Weeks of Free Agency

Since free agency started on March 10th the Panthers have made a number of moves to improve the roster. So do you think they have succeeded so far? Here's a summary of their roster moves since March 3rd: 03/16/2015         Unrestricted free agent signing S Kurt Coleman 03/16/2015         Released TE Mike McNeill 03/13/2015         Free agent signing CB Teddy Williams 03/12/2015         Unrestricted free agent re-signing TE Ed Dickson 03/11/2015         Released RB DeAngelo Williams 03/10/2015         Extension signing DT Dwan...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 22, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Panthers meet with CB Trae Waynes

The Panthers are interested in the Draft’s top ranked cornerback. Will he last until the 25th overall pick? Could the Panthers take a cornerback in the first round of the Draft? Although offensive tackle and wide receiver are the two biggest needs, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman has always said he’ll take the best player available. There is a chance that if some of the top tackles and wide receivers are already gone by the 25th pick, Gettleman takes the top ranked cornerback over the fifth or sixth ranked offensive tackle or wide receiver. What makes Trae Waynes the top cornerback in this...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 22, 2015

Carolina Panthers 2015 Mock Draft: Interactive Edition

Last time I presented an interactive mock draft, you were given the opportunity to fill out every other round of my mock draft. This time, I'm giving you more picks(five) and early round freedom to choose who you want. Here is the deal. I've filled out the 3rd, 4th and 7th round selections. All you have to do is come up with the 1st, 2nd, 5th, *5th(potential compensatory pick) and 6th rounders. If you like a mock draft presented by one of the CSR members, then just 'Rec' it and we can see who received the most votes by the time the weekend ends. ...
Cat Scratch Reader Mar 22, 2015

Carolina Panthers Bring In Greg Jennings For A Visit

Well, what do you know. The Panthers are kicking the tires on a more established name in free agency. The Panthers have been quietly and methodically going about their business in free agency so far. Frankly, most of the guys they've signed during the first week and a half of free agency have mostly underachieved throughout their careers. With that being said, it is slightly surprising that they've decided to bring former Green Bay Packer and two-time pro bowler Greg Jennings in for a visit. Then again, the nine year veteran hasn't looked the same since he went four straight seasons with at...

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