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Cat Scratch Reader 9 hours ago

DeflateGate Not About Brady's Balls

It was never about a man or one of his cronies letting a little air out of a football. Not by a longshot. No one knows this like fans of the Carolina Panthers. My name is Erik Sommers, and I am not a Patriots fan. My team, the Carolina Panthers, will not play the Patriots team this year in the regular season, and the ruling handed down yesterday by Judge Richard M. Berman will have no effect on my team's ability to make the playoffs. But I am still angry. All Carolina Panthers fans should be angry. All football fans SHOULD be angry. The New England Patriots cheated. AGAIN. They were let...
Cat Scratch Reader 11 hours ago

The Scratching Post: 9/4/15 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!
Behind the Steel Curtain 18 hours ago

Steelers vs. Panthers Preseason Winners and Losers

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their preseason Thursday at Heinz Field against the Carolina Panthers. See who were dubbed 'winners' and 'losers' after their 5th preseason game. The Pittsburgh Steelers' preseason record moved to 1-4 after they dropped the preseason finale 23-6 to the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field. These games don't matter, but if style points were considered in the past two games, the Steelers would be failing miserably. Despite the final score, there were several individuals who could be dubbed 'winners' while many could be labeled as 'losers'. Unfortunately for some...
Cat Scratch Reader 18 hours ago

Carolina Panthers 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 6: Post-Game Recap, Takeaways, and Awards

It was the usual second and third team affair, but the Carolina Panthers backups dominated those of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6. If it looks like NFL football, sounds like NFL football, and smells like NFL football, it probably is NFL football. Unless it is the fourth preseason game. In a game that only fans with free tickets would love, roster hopefuls of the Carolina Panthers came to play and dominated the backups of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6. If Panthers fans were looking for a little tuneup for starters, they were sorely disappointed. Panthers stars Cam Newton, Jonathan...
Behind the Steel Curtain 18 hours ago

Pittsburgh Steelers stumble into the regular season after dropping preseason finale to Carolina Panthers 23-6

The Pittsburgh Steelers finish the preseason 1-4 after a 23-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field Thursday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers finally reached the end of their extended preseason Thursday when the team hosted the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field. It was a beautiful night for football, but the football on display was far less beautiful as the majority of the benches were completely emptied by both football teams. Nonetheless, for those players looking to keep their NFL dreams alive, this game had plenty of meaning. Despite not having a score recorded in the first quarter,...
Cat Scratch Reader 20 hours ago

Panthers @ Steelers 2nd Half Open Thread

The Panthers have pretty much dominated the Steelers tonight and now lead 17-0. How about that Panther running game? How about that 80 yard drive in less than 2 minutes by Joe Webb? It's been a nice showing by the Panthers so far, Let's keep it going. This is Now a Open Thread!
Behind the Steel Curtain 22 hours ago

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers preseason scores, updates and open thread

The Pittsburgh Steelers finish their slate of preseason games Thursday night at Heinz Field when the Carolina Panthers come to town. Get the updates, scores and discussion everyone needs for the game. The Pittsburgh Steelers finish their extended 5-game preseason schedule Thursday night when the Carolina Panthers come to the Steel City. The super stars in this game won't be playing in this contest. No Ben Roethlisberger or Cam Newton, no Le'Veon Bell or Jonathan Stewart. These players are being protected for the regular season, which for the Steelers is one week from Thursday when they play...
Steelers Gab Sep 3, 2015

Steelers: Four keys to last tuneup against Panthers

The Pittsburgh Steelers will head into their last preseason game of 2015 at home, keeping most of their experienced players on the sidelines, giving guys still pushing for a roster spot the opportunity to show their level of commitment and understanding of the Steelers system. While the main focus will be on evaluation, three others will factor into this game against the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Mike Tomlin knows that the final preseason game, one that has been played against Carolina in the past few years, has historically helped determine the final roster for his team.  Thursday’s...
Cat Scratch Reader Sep 3, 2015

Panthers at Steelers Offensive Preview

Derek Anderson will earn his paycheck in what will hopefully be his last significant playing time of the season. Joe Webb will do his best to garner interest from other teams. In what will hopefully erase some of the bad memories from the last time Carolina faced off against Pittsburgh, this go around will largely resemble a game of Whose Line Is It Anyway. In the last exhibition game of the season (thank God), the points won't matter and almost everything will be made up. But what will matter, to the few bubble players fighting for a roster spot, is how well they can perform against 2nd...
Cat Scratch Reader Sep 3, 2015

Panthers at Steelers: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more

The Panthers close out the preseason with the annual Richardson-Rooney Cocktail Party. If there is such a thing as an important preseason game, then history suggests the fourth game is not it. Starters barely play in this game, and coaches are using it simply to determine which guys they are going to keep at the bottom of their 53 man roster. If you're into watching guys you've barely heard of play football at 3/4 speed for a few hours, then this is the game for you. When the Panthers take on the Steelers tonight we will get a better idea of who is likely to make the 53 man roster, because...

The preseason finale against Carolina: How much of a Steelers fanatic are you?

Thursday night, the Steelers and Panthers battle it out at Heinz Field in their now-annual preseason finale. Will you watch the game even though most starters won't play? Will you watch it if another pleasurable event presents itself? How big of a Steelers fanatic are you? Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field in the annual preseason finale between the two clubs. In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin said most "established starters" will not play Thursday night against Carolina (big shocker there). Thus, as was the...
Cat Scratch Reader Sep 2, 2015

Derek Anderson signs 2 year extension with Panthers

Derek Anderson has been the consummate professional since arriving in Carolina to be Cam Newton's backup, and that relationship will continue. On Wednesday he was rewarded with a 2-year contract extension that will keep him with the Panthers through the 2017 season. Anderson has been an excellent backup for the Panthers and consistently able to keep the ship afloat when Newton has missed games due to injury. Anderson is a player who has found his role in the NFL, and that's simply being the best backup in the league. Other fanbases might scoff at that lofty praise, but the numbers speak...
Cat Scratch Reader Sep 2, 2015

Preseason Week 4 - Panthers at Steelers Defensive Preview

The Panthers fly into Pittsburgh for the annual Richardson/Rooney cocktail party. And they'll probably play a football game while they're there. This is it. Just one final preseason game before we get to watch real football again. In this final game, you probably won't see much, if any, of the main starters. This is the final chance for back-of-the-roster guys to make an impression, as the Panthers roster will be 22 players lighter come Friday afternoon. The final preseason game bears next to no resemblance to the regular season. It is basically a tryout and a showcase, even more so than...

Steelers vs. Panthers 2015 Preseason: How to watch, TV schedule, live online streaming, odds, picks, announcers and more

The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field in the 2015 preseason finale. Get all the information you will need heading into the matchup. The Pittsburgh Steelers have made their first wave of cuts from 90 players to 75, and when they host the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field Thursday, it will be those last bubble players' last chance to prove their worth in their attempt to make the Steelers' 53-man roster. At worst, if they don't catch on in the Steel City, they are hopeful to possibly catch on with another NFL franchise, or be signed to the team's practice squad to...
Cat Scratch Reader Sep 1, 2015

Should the Panthers sign DT Phil Taylor?

The Cleveland Browns released Phil Taylor today, just three days after he got on the field for the first time in nearly ten months (in a preseason game vs the Bucs). Before you dismiss a player that was not good enough to play for the Browns, allow me to tell you more about him. Taylor was a the 21st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, but has only played in all 16 games once, his rookie season, and only played in five last season due to a knee injury. Entering his fifth season in the NFL, Taylor is no doubt a veteran presence, and at 6'3/334 fits the type of defensive tackle preferred by Dave...
Cat Scratch Reader Sep 1, 2015

Cat Scratch Radio: Patriots 17 Panthers 16 Edition

We have a ton to talk about tonight Panther fans. Roster cut downs, preseason results, preseason preview, fantasy drafts, etc...the list is endless. Join the call, all Panther fans welcome. BTW, my apologies for the technical difficulties last week. BTR just crapped out. 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...
Cat Scratch Reader Sep 1, 2015

Predicting the Final Roster Depth Chart - Update #3

Here's my third and last installment of trying to predict the final 53 man roster. I'm obviously leaning towards the vets over the young guys. It's tough to pass on Brandon Wegher at this point but which other RB do you cut instead? Offense (26) POS First Second Third Other WR Ted Ginn, Jr. Brenton Bersin Kevin Norwood Mike Brown LT Michael Oher Nate Chandler David Foucault LG Andrew Norwell Amini Silatolu Ricky Henry C Ryan Kalil Brian Folkerts Jordan McCray RG Trai Turner Chris Scott Martin...

Steelers established starters won't play vs. Panthers in preseason finale

Mike Tomlin's Tuesday press conference revealed some last minute notes for fans about the team's progress going into the end of the preseason. It's been a long preseason, but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with the Pittsburgh Steelers scheduled for their final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers this Thursday evening at Heinz Field. Head coach Mike Tomlin made it a point early in his Tuesday afternoon press conference to mention that any established starters on the roster, or any players who the Steelers know what they have to offer, will not see the field...
Cat Scratch Reader Sep 1, 2015

Jarrett Boykin released by Panthers, according to report

The Panthers wide receiver position has been in disarray since it was announced Kelvin Benjamin would miss the 2015 season with a torn ACL, now that picture is even blurrier with the news that Jarrett Boykin has been cut. Boykin's release was first reported by Black and Blue Review and it's a move that doesn't make a lot of sense right now. Yes, he was fighting for a roster spot at a contentious position. Sure, the team just traded for Kevin Norwood yesterday -- but Boykin has been a bright spot in preseason and has played like one of the best receivers on the team. It's hard to truly...
Cat Scratch Reader Sep 1, 2015

Melvin White indicates he's been cut by Panthers

This is a bit of a surprise. The Carolina Panthers appear to have cut Melvin White, judging from the cornerback's Twitter account. It's one of the most shocking cuts the team has made the the first round of roster trimming. White shocked fans and the team alike in 2013 when the undrafted free agent rose from roster hopeful to starting cornerback. His play wasn't always pretty, but there were enough flashes that made it feel like he could be a gem -- if only he developed more. White's problem in Carolina was that development never really took place. He stayed much the same player over the...

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