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Cat Scratch Reader 13 hours ago

Why Cam Newton's New Deal Hasn't Happened Yet

There's been a lot of talk about Cam Newton's contract situation over the last few months. The Carolina Panthers and Cam are still working on a deal. Here's why the matter isn't necessarily urgent. I'm going to preface this article by saying this: I am not suggesting that people wanting a deal sooner than later are stupid. There's plenty of reasons why it would benefit both sides to get a deal done as soon as possible. For one, it helps the Panthers in planning for the future as far as contracts and free agents are concerned. It also sends a message to the general public that Cam Newton is...
Cat Scratch Reader 14 hours ago

The Scratching Post: 5/29/15 Edition

Let's celebrate the start of the weekend with an open thread. Happy Friday everyone! What plans (if any) do you have for the weekend? Feel free to discuss them, and (almost) anything else you'd like in today's scratching post. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader May 28, 2015

Fan Poll: The Panthers and Newton Need to Get a Deal Done

I'm tired of waiting and I don't really care which side of the negotiating table is the current hold up. They need to come together for the greater good...that being bringing a Lombardi Trophy to Carolina. I'm sure you're thinking it's just Homer Jaxon again daydreaming about a Panther SB berth again. Usually you would be right but this time it comes from outside the Panther fanbase. Before I get into that though I want to backtrack a bit on a post I put up two days ago about the Newton WCCB-TV interview a few days earlier. I completely took the media bait and addressed the implication...
Cat Scratch Reader May 28, 2015

The Scratching Post: 5/28/15 Edition

Off topic open threads at CSR have a new name. Welcome to The Scratching Post. One of the best things about CSR is the community we've built over the past several years, and one of the best ways to continue growing the community we have here is to give everyone an opportunity to hang out and discuss things that don't always relate to Panthers football. Of course, our main goal at CSR is to provide readers with quality Panthers football analysis along with a place to discuss topics directly related to the Panthers, but we also want to give everyone a place they can hang out and chat about...
Cat Scratch Reader May 27, 2015

Panthers OLB Thomas Davis ranked as top 4-3 OLB in the NFL by PFF

Pro Football Focus ranked Thomas Davis as the top 4-3 OLB in the NFL. Here's what makes Davis so special. Pro Football Focus released their Top 101 of 2014 Rankings yesterday, and several Panthers made it onto the list. We already discussed Luke Kuechly last week on CSR (PFF’s ninth best player in the NFL in 2014), so today we’ll discuss Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis, who was ranked as the 38th best player in the NFL in 2014, and the top overall 4-3 outside linebacker. 38. Thomas Davis, LB, Carolina Panthers (52nd in 2013) The medical marvel that is Davis shows no signs of...
Cat Scratch Reader May 27, 2015

CSR Wednesday Open Thread: 5/27/15

What's on your mind today, Panthers fans? Are you looking for a place to hang out and chat today? Well, you've come to the right place. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader May 26, 2015

6 Key Training Camp Position Battles: Back-Up Edition

We previously looked at 4 key starter position battles. Now let's look at some key back-up position battles that will play out at training camp. Let's start with one that didn't materialize until after the draft: #2 Running back Fozzy Whitaker vs. Darrin Reaves vs. Cameron Artis-Payne I was surprised during one of Rivera's post draft interviews that he made a very candid comment about Whitaker being unproven at handling an NFL workload. Up until that point I would have thought this job was his to lose after his impressive performance against the Cardinals. Yet it means Rivera is aware of...
Cat Scratch Reader May 26, 2015

Newton Steps in it Again During Recent Interview

It would appear anytime Cam Newton tries to explain himself it always gets taken the wrong way. The latest example is his interview with WCCB-TV in Charlotte last week. The question that Newton answered that has set off a new round of criticism seemed harmless enough to me and so did his answer. Cam Newton: 'Nobody has ever been who I'm trying to be' | AL.com"You have been called the NFL's greatest talent as well as the NFL's greatest unknown. Do you agree with that?" Newton answered: "Absolutely not. And I say this with the most humility, but I don't think nobody has ever been who I'm...
Cat Scratch Reader May 26, 2015

CSR Tuesday Open Thread: 5/26/15

There's still not much going on in the NFL, so here's an open thread for you to discuss other stuff. I hate this part of the NFL offseason. It's that blank space between the draft and the start of training camp where there's just nothing to talk about. OTAs started today, so at least we're getting closer. What else you got floating through your head today? Here's the place to talk about it. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader May 25, 2015

CSR Monday Open Thread: 5/25/15

Waiting for your Memorial Day festivities to start? Come hang out with us in our open thread to pass the time. I hope you're all enjoying your Memorial Day. If you're stuck at home with nothing to do while you wait on your gathering to start, or if you're just hanging out at home all day without plans, we have an open thread for you to pass the time. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader May 25, 2015

How Cam Newton helped Stephen Curry develop in the NBA

There's only one athlete more beloved in the Carolinas than Cam Newton or Luke Kuechly, and he doesn't even play for a local team. Stephen Curry is lighting the NBA on fire by taking home the MVP award and decimating everyone who stands in his way to such an extent that Hornets fans are already pining for the possibility of a Charlotte homecoming. You might be surprised to find out that Newton had a major impact on Curry's road to NBA dominance. A profile on the Warriors' point guard by ESPN.com shines a light on how Curry prepared to take on the world. It took some time to learn, and Cam...
Cat Scratch Reader May 24, 2015

CSR Sunday Open Thread: 5/24/15

Bored on this football-less Sunday? Join us for an open thread! It's Sunday, and there is no football. Does this make you sad? We can't give you football, but we can give you a place to hang out and chat. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader May 23, 2015

CSR Saturday Open Thread: 5/23/15

Come hang out with us on this lazy Saturday afternoon. There's not much to talk about football-wise this weekend, but what else is going on that you'd like to discuss? Feel free to chat about (almost) anything you want. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader May 22, 2015

Ranking the NFL's quarterbacks with a tier-based system: A community thought project

Traditional 1-32 rankings are boring. Let's arrange the league's quarterbacks in a way that makes more practical sense. One of the best things about CSR is the potential for positive and healthy discussions about relevant topics in today's NFL, and we were fortunate enough to enjoy this yesterday when veteran CSR member ALAC posted a comment in James Dator's article on the NFL Top 100 list ranking Cam Newton #73 overall. In case you don't feel like clicking the link to ALAC's comment (don't worry, it will open in a separate window so you won't lose your place here), the gist of it is as...
Cat Scratch Reader May 22, 2015

CSR Friday Night Open Thread

It's another Friday night and time to talk Panthers or something else, you pick. Ask a question, share a picture or a joke, start a ridiculously long thread about something trivial. You can even...dare I say it, respectfully disagree with someone! Oh and be sure to grab a beverage... This is Now an Open Thread!
Cat Scratch Reader May 22, 2015

Panthers Sign Former Saint S Marcus Ball

The Panthers are trying to corner the market on former Saint safeties. The Panthers released S Kimirio McFadden to make room on the roster so it was a swap of one safety for another. Carolina Panthers sign former Saints safety Marcus Ball | NOLA.comThe Panthers have signed former Saints safety Marcus Ball, the team announced on Thursday morning. Ball was with the Saints for the 2014 season after spending two seasons in the Canadian Football League. He played in 12 games, with 16 tackles. He really doesn't ring a bell for me and here is why via his news log: Marcus...
Cat Scratch Reader May 21, 2015

Will the Longer Extra Point Kick Affect Vegas Oddsmakers?

Bovado released an interesting statement about the potential effect of the extended extra point try recently approved by the NFL. Here's the statement: "The new extra point rule from our perspective can only be a good thing since it may increase teams going for two which adds to the excitement of the game and to scoring, which bettors always love.  I can see point totals going up one or two points initially but until we see how many teams will actually go for two or how many missed extra points there are, it will be hard to adjust point spreads right off the bat.  However, long term,...
Cat Scratch Reader May 21, 2015

Cam Newton plummets in NFL Top 100 rankings, and that's just perfect

NUMBER 73: The 10th ranked QB on the #NFLTop100... @Panthers QB @CameronNewton pic.twitter.com/gr1CbTjCOx — NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 21, 2015 Did you hear the terrible news? Cam Newton forgot how to play football. Yep, he did. It seems the Panthers quarterback had surgery on his ankle last year and lost all ability to throw a ball, run with it, or score touchdowns. The NFL Top 100 Players list is rolling along, and Newton tumbled 49 spots since last year, now resting at No. 73. It's perfect. The NFL Top 100 is unlike other prefunctory rankings you'll see between now and the...
Cat Scratch Reader May 21, 2015

Mocking the Depth: Post Draft Analysis

A look at an expert's opinion along with some additional thoughts on the current state of the Carolina Panthers depth chart. Gregg Rosenthal busted out his NFL.com projected depth charts for the NFC South recently, here's what he had to say about the Carolina Panthers. I only included the quotes from his article that are relevant to my article, but feel free to check out the link for his entire analysis. Panthers Projected Starters Offense Defense QB Cam Newton DE Charles Johnson RB Jonathan Stewart DT Kawann Short WR1 Kelvin Benjamin DT Star Lotulelei WR2 Devin...
Cat Scratch Reader May 20, 2015

CSR Hump Day Open Thread

It's the mid-week open thread to discuss all of the latest news & notes. So what is on your mind Panther fans? As a long time Atlanta Hawk fan I'm actually looking forward to their game against Lebron tonight. I'm a bandwagon NBA fan at best. I never watch it until the playoffs start. This is Now an Open Thread!

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