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Cat Scratch Reader 6 hours ago

Pro Bowl 2015: Rosters, rule changes, game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more

Find information here on the 2015 Pro Bowl game time, TV channel, rule changes, full rosters for Team Cris Carter and Team Michael Irvin The 2015 Pro Bowl comes on Sunday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Gone is the traditional AFC / NFC matchup and in is a fantasy football-style draft, which was held earlier this week. The two carolina Panther Pro Bowlers ended up on opposite teams, Olsen on Team Carter and Kuechly on Team Irvin. There are some new, odd rules the NFL is implementing for this Pro Bowl, including the size of the goal posts, the length of an...
Cat Scratch Reader 7 hours ago

Belichick Wants us to Believe in Divine Deflation

Patriots coach Bill Belichick held a press conference yesterday in which he defended himself, his team and the Patriots organization. The question is 'Does anyone believe him?' So after several days of investigation he is now (only now I might ask?) 100% convinced they did nothing wrong: Bill Belichick: Patriots followed every rule to the letter - NFL.com "At no time was there any intent -- whatsoever -- to try and compromise the integrity of the game," Belichick said. "I believe now, 100 percent, that I have personally and (the Patriots) have absolutely followed every rule to the...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 24, 2015

CSR Senior Bowl Game Open Thread

If you're having a hard time figuring out what you should do on this Saturday in the middle of winter, then how about spending a portion of the afternoon watching the 2015 Senior Bowl and discussing(with your CSR friends, of course) the possibility of adding some of these talented prospects to the Carolina Panthers' promising roster. 2015 Senior Bowl- 4:00 pm EST Here are some questions to ponder and discuss as you view the Senior Bowl: Which of these prospects do you believe would fit like a glove on the Panthers? Who among these prospects do you think is being overrated/underrated? Who is...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 23, 2015

Newton Appears in NFL 2015 Bad Lip Reading Video

In fact he appears four times while Kelvin Benjamin appears once. Hat tip to Gadgetdog for linking this up via Fanshot. Here's the points in the video you will see our Panther players. :12 Cam in a long piece, which I will call 'Paco Sinbad' :55 KB in which I think they actually got the lip rading right. I think he did say 'He bumped into me' 1:23 Cam 'Simmer Down' 2:15 Cam 'Tiny Boat' 2:45 Cam 'Vivian' Enjoy!
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 23, 2015

CSR Friday Night Open Thread

It's the return of the Friday Night open thread. Feel free to discuss all things Panthers, NFL, football or even Friday night TV action. This is Now an Open Thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 23, 2015

Carolina Panthers 2015 NFL Draft 3.0

Here's my third stab at it with approximately three months left remaining until the 2015 NFL Draft begins. 1st Round: OT Ereck Flowers The immediate impact and upside were just too good to pass up on this pick. Like all prospects, Flowers has his flaws, but they aren't irreparable. 2nd Round: WR/KR Tyler Lockett You know those returning and deep threat, speed issues the Panthers endured last year? Well, they're a thing of the past with this pick. This 5-foot-10, 180-pound lightning bolt definitely has size concerns, but those details are soon overshadowed once you take a look at what his...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 23, 2015

Panthers have 4 rookies in first round of NFL re-Draft

This is stunning. There are a lot of criticisms one could level at Dave Gettleman for the Panthers' roster in 2014. The salary cap was a problem, but there's no excuse for just how bad the offensive line was for much of the season, or how poorly many of the team's free agent signings panned out. For those critiques there's one enduring piece of praise: The draft was good, really good. In fact, it could have been the team's best ... ever. Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated wrote a re-draft of the 2014 first round and the Panthers landed four players in the first round. 18. New York...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 22, 2015

CSR 2014 Season FFL Overall Champion Has Been Determined

Congrats to Password is Taco! for winning the CSR 3 League and also scoring the highest amount of points during the season of all league winners. Your name shall now be entered into the eternal CSR archives so that your victory can be treasured by future generations of the PW is Taco clan! Here's the list of CSR League Winners: CSR1 Southtunnel 1349 points CSR 2 Matt Ketchum 949 CSR 3 Password is Taco 1497 CSR 4 Terminator's Misfits 1263 CSR 5 MMA Pitbull 1421 CSR 6 Kasayfan4 1275 CSR 10 TxPanther 1363 CSR 12 Knightmare1984 1360 CSR 13 Brian Beversluis 1384 Congrats to all of...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 22, 2015

Luke Kuechly and Greg Olsen to square off at Pro Bowl

The Carolina Panthers are lucky enough to boast the league's best inside linebacker and one of its best tight ends, now we'll get to see how well the two stars fair against each other. The Pro Bowl teams were picked on Wednesday night with Luke Kuechly and Greg Olsen on opposite teams. Kuechly was the second defensive player picked overall and his team's first defensive selection. He will play alongside Elvis Dumervil and Clay Matthews on Michael Irvin's team. Kuechly was highly regarded by both teams with only Patrick Peterson being selected before him at any defensive position. Why take...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 21, 2015

Graham Gano talks about deflated footballs, and the world goes mad

Since the whole "deflated ball" story is a hot topic right now, here is a situation that we experienced this year... — Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) January 21, 2015 Panthers kicker Graham Gano jumped out of the frying pan and right into that fire by tweeting about deflated football on Tuesday night. It's a situation that ends badly either way. Either die-hard Patriots fans will attack you for suggesting they broke NFL rules, or dyed-in-the-wool fans who detest Belichick's Pats will make overarching claims that deflated footballs could have turned the tide in a 45-7 rout. There was just...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 21, 2015

Senior Bowl Prospects The Carolina Panthers Will Be Eyeing This Week

The 2015 Senior Bowl is this Saturday and, as always, there will be a plethora of outstanding prospects to keep an eye on. Today, I've provided a list that includes the players whom I believe the Panthers will be concentrating on the most. This year's Senior Bowl invitees look as impressive as ever. As you can see, the list of players that I've put together below is quite extensive. However, it doesn't represent every single prospect that will actually be in Mobile this week. The only players which I've listed are ones that play at positions that I believe Dave Gettleman and company will be...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 20, 2015

Gettleman Found His Head Coach...in the Head Coaches Office

Upon being hired by the Panthers we have long wondered if GM Dave Gettleman would eventually bring in 'his guy' to coach the Panthers. Historically speaking when new GMs are hired it's more of a 'when' rather than 'if'. It appears Gettleman has found his coach and its the same as the old coach. Gettleman gives Rivera huge kudos about his ability to get players to play down the stretch when they apparently have little to play for. Dave Gettleman-Ron Rivera blind date becomes good Panthers marriage - ESPN "Ron and I are growing together," Gettleman said during Tuesday’s season-ending news...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 20, 2015

Panthers 2015 Season Stat Review: PFF Ratings - Offense

Here's a look at the final season Pro Football Focus performance ratings for the Panthers that play offense. Though they do tend to confirm much of what we already think we know, I never advocate putting too much weight behind a single metric. Observations So while we might be quick to point out the low grades by the two tackles, Bell and Chandler, how much stock do you put in the grades for Tolbert and Benjamin? With Turner healthy all this line needs is a left tackle to become competent based on the green grades for Kalil, Norwell, Turner and Remmers. I wouldn't mind some competition...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 20, 2015

Carolina Panthers Tuesday Afternoon Prospect Evaluation: Dorial Green-Beckham

Today we'll travel to the Midwest to find our next prospect. How many of you have ever found yourself in a relationship that was born out of a superficial trait like outer appearance? If a hundred people were asked this question and they were forced to be honest about it, then I am quite confident that the number of yes's would be somewhere in the nineties. It is no secret that we humans can be easily persuaded by what we see with our eyes. Initially, we're willing to overlook some of those imperfections if the physical attraction is strong enough. But what happens when those pesky flaws...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 20, 2015

Panthers Projected to Receive One Comp Pick in 2015 Draft

The loss of S Mike Mitchell has brought the Panthers a 5th round compensatory pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Yet should they actually get more? I was thinking we would get up to three comp picks after the free agent losses last offseason yet I failed to consider the free agents we gained: Carolina Lost (4): Mike Mitchell, Captain Munnerlyn, Ted Ginn, Brandon LaFell Gained (3): Jerricho Cotchery, Joe Webb, Antoine Cason So our 3rd string QB and a CB we cut Dec 2nd cost us a couple draft picks? Ouch! We got the raw end of the free agent deal last offseason for sure! I tell you...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 20, 2015

Andy Dalton is going to the Pro Bowl, and that's hilarious

Bwahahaha! Let's get one thing out of the way right now: Cam Newton does not deserve to go to the Pro Bowl. The Panthers quarterback would probably tell you the same. He was inconsistent when it mattered, didn't have many convincing wins and statistically suffered thanks to injury and missing two games. Despite all this Newton was still better than Andy Dalton. Why does this matter? Dalton is now a Pro Bowler. Dalton will replace Aaron Rodgers, who has withdrawn from the game due to injury. In doing so it highlights just how ridiculous the Pro Bowl has become as the biggest laughing stock...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 20, 2015

Free Agent Pickings Might be Slim in 2015

The Panthers finally have a little money to spend but they might instead not have anyone to spend it on. The pickings appear slim at the three positions the Panthers could use some veteran help: OT, WR and DB. My thinking is they roll the dice at WR yet again, as the Charlotte Observer staff suggests: Carolina Panthers potential free-agent targets for 2015 - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC Receivers: Randall Cobb is the other priority in Green Bay along with Bulaga, so it's doubtful he'll hit the market after another solid season. Baltimore's Torrey Smith could...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 19, 2015

Panthers 2014 Season Stat Review: Team DVOA

One of the more sophisticated football statistical analysis is Football Outsiders Team DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average). Here's how the Panthers ranked in both offense and defense for the season. Let's start with the offense: Offense DVOA Rank: 20th Carolina finished ranked 20th in offense overall after coming 10th in 2013. Breaking it down they came in 23rd in passing and 17th rushing, both significant decreases from 2014 where they were 14th and 4th respectively. These rankings certainly support the notion the Panthers need to add more weapons to the passing game while doing a...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 19, 2015

It's Patriots vs. Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX

I still can't believe the Packers lost that game. It looked like Ron Rivera was coaching them in the 1st half with all those FGs. So what do you think of this match-up Panther fans? The Seahawks have to feel lucky to be there. If not for that botched on-side kick I don't think they would be there. The Patriot offense looks like it can handle the Seattle defense though I doubt the run the ball as well as they did against the Colts. I'm hopeful it will be a good game to watch Panther fans. So who do you think will win? Poll Who do you think will win the Super Bowl Panther fans? ...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 19, 2015

The Cam Newton Double Standard

We here at CSR have touched on this before, but is there truly a bias against the Panthers QB? To set up the reasoning for writing this, I start with a story from last night. I was sitting down with my Dad eating dinner and talking about the Conference Championship games going on that night. Naturally the discussion turned to the Green Bay-Seattle tilt. That game was a doozy and a half. I didn't get to see all of it, but got to see some of the more interesting parts. As we are discussing this game, I found myself getting angry. I couldn't figure out why. The more I talked with my Dad about...

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