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Cat Scratch Reader 54 mins ago

It’s Fantasy Football Draft Week

The fourteen CSR fantasy football leagues draft over the next 7 to 10 days. Here’s my draft schedule: CSR 1 Monday 9 pm ET CSR 13 Tuesday 9 pm ET CSR IDP 2 Wednesday 9 pm ET I’ll probably post the results and let you tell me how great I did. So is that too many leagues? Hell I have three more, 2 on ESPN and 1 NFL.com. I’m nuts I know...I just put a lot of effort into the draft and then through the first couple of waiver wires weeks and then I just play the guys I got. I used to do things a lot differently. I actually think there are three types of fantasy football mangers when it...
Cat Scratch Reader 1 hour ago

Panthers Roster Cuts: WR Stephen Hill and Ten Others Released

The Carolina Panthers are getting a head start on roster cutdowns, allowing guys that they knew they wouldn’t keep to hit the market immediately. The Panthers have made their first round of cuts today, with still four names to go before the four o’oclock deadline on Tuesday, August 30th. Here are the first eleven to be released: LB Jared Barber WR Avius Capers TE Braxton Deaver G Reese Dismukes DT Ray Drew OT David Foucault WR Stephen Hill DE Tom Lally C Matt Masifilo WR Miles Shuler OT Willie Smith The two most surprising names on this list have to be UDFA TE Braxton Deaver and OT...
Cat Scratch Reader 3 hours ago

Panthers 2016 Season Opener Countdown: 11 Days to Go

We continue our Carolina Panthers season opener roster countdown with a profile of YA BOI, Da Goat, The OG WR Brenton Bersin Let’s celebrate! And I’m not just talking about the fact that there are only 11 days until the first game, or the fact that I just turned 25 this weekend. No, the reason to celebrate is today marks the greatest day in our countdown. It’s Bersin fest, y’all. Bio Height: 6’3” Weight: 210 lbs Age: 26 College: Wofford Experience: 3 years Expected conclusion of career: Hall of Fame Career YA BOI! Brenton Bersin, affectionately known as Sunshine, came to...
Cat Scratch Reader 8 hours ago

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 8/28/16

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. Joe Person sits down with WR Brenton Bersin (Charlotte Observer) It’s nice of him to consider the rest of the WR group “competition”, even though he’s miles ahead of them in terms of leadership, confidence and skills. Brenton Bersin is the longest tenured WR on the Panthers roster (Bryan Strickland, Panthers.com) He’s the most talented, too. Brenton Bersin is the son of a Seattle cardiologist (Matt Calkins, Seattle...
Cat Scratch Reader 16 hours ago

Panthers' Ron Rivera: Panthers are 'right where they need to be'

This seems a surprising statement given how the first team offense played the night before. Rivera actually isn't upset about the level of play or the loss and here's why: Rivera disappointed, but not upset over Panthers loss | WCNC.com "We were in position to make plays, that is the best thing about it" Rivera said "Its not like we weren’t there, its not like we were getting out butts whipped. That is the thing I am OK with. We had opportunities and we didn’t make the plays, that’s the disappointing part. If we weren’t in position to make plays, I would be upset." "But I am not, I...
Cat Scratch Reader 23 hours ago

Panthers 2016 Season Opener Countdown: 12 Days to Go

With only 12 days until the start of Panthers football, let’s look at #12, WR Miles Shuler. There are only 12 days left until the Panthers kick off the 2016 season in the Mile High City. To celebrate, let’s take a closer look at one of the rookies trying to find a spot somewhere on the Panthers’ roster, WR Miles Shuler. Bio Height: 5’10” Weight: 175 lbs Age: 22 Hometown: Long Branch, NJ College: Northwestern Experience: Rookie Career Here’s a summary of his career from Panthers.com: College: Played final two seasons at Northwestern after spending first two years at Rutgers....
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 27, 2016

Patriots 19 Panthers 17: Panthers Player of the Game fanpoll

Cast your vote for the best Panthers player performance in the preseason loss to the Patriots. Here's your options, starting with some of the usual suspects. I then later move to the bubble players that made an impact on the third team. LB Thomas Davis Davis was typical Davis, all over the place. He made plays in coverage, in the flat and blitzing the QB. He certainly had more of an impact than what the stat box showed for his 38 snaps: 4 combined tackles, sack, forced fumble, QB hurry. LB Luke Kuechly If you prefer to make your choice on entertainment value then here's your guy. I'm pretty...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 27, 2016

Monday Morning Optimist (Saturday Edition): Where the Redfern Grows

Fortunately this one doesn’t count, but hey - we probably found our punter! If I’m being honest, the proper title for this edition of the Monday Morning Optimist would be At least nobody died, but I’m trying to remain upbeat here so I’ll avoid using it. This was a tough game to watch, y’all, and you’re not supposed to feel that way about the third preseason game. This is supposed to be the dress rehearsal for the regular season, and what we witnessed last night was a wardrobe malfunction of epic proportions. Simply put, Cam Newton was off last night. He was relying on...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 27, 2016

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 8/27/16

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. Bill Voth has more on the Panthers’ interest in signing a veteran safety (Black and Blue Review) As long as they’re nothing more than depth, it should be okay to sign either one. But if they have to start... Bryan Strickland answers questions in his latest mailbag (Panthers.com) It’s great to have KB back, but it’s even better to know that he doesn’t have to carry the load at WR like he did his rookie year. VIDEO:...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2016

Patriots vs Panthers Final Score: Patriots win 19-17

The Panthers starters took a step backward tonight in their 3rd preseason game. Usually this is when you want to play well. Instead it was the 3rd team that mounted a comeback. Here’s a quick hit recap 1st Quarter Cam had all day to throw early but no one could get open. Then a terrible 2nd punt by Scifres after he was essentially injured on the previous play when he was roughed. Worley getting tested early. Patriots drive the field but miss a FG. Kuechly dropped an INT that was right at him. He later makes a 3rd down tackle after looking like a missile out of the backfield. Panthers and...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2016

Patriots vs Panthers Preseason Game 2nd Half Open Thread

Patriots lead 9-0. Here’s an open thread to discuss the action in the second half of the third preseason game of the season. Scifres' first punt as a Panther... and he gets run over. After the penalty, his second attempt travels just 21 yards.— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) August 26, 2016 We might see the punting job settled int he 1st quarter. Scifres has ice on his knee after taking a shot to it on his 1st punt. Newton sacked on 3rd down and Redfern boots a great punt. His 61-yarder helps swing the field position.— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) August 26, 2016 Ugly pass by Cam...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2016

Panthers vs. Patriots: Key Players to Watch

A look at some key players to watch during the Panthers third preseason game against the New England Patriots. Here we are, the third preseason game. The "dress rehearsal" as it's been called. For some teams, this is a very realistic look at how the team is going to function during the regular season. For others, such as the Panthers and Patriots, it is a chance to really try out some of their younger guys in game action that more closely resembles a real game. These two teams however are not going to do much to show their hands in the regular season. Cam Newton won't be running, Tom Brady...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2016

Panthers working out S Donte Whitner today

The Panthers find themselves suddenly very thin at safety and in need of more than just bodies. While Whitner would be a nice addition to the secondary it seems unlikely the Panthers would pay starter money to a back-up player. Sure he could start if called upon but the starters are set and healthy at the moment. What to Make of the Panthers' Interest in Safety Donte Whitner Coleman and Boston are locked in as starters. Sure, Whitner went to three straight Pro Bowls starting in 2012, but his visit is all about depth. Whitner would add another veteran voice to a secondary that doesn't...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2016

Panthers vs Patriots: Offensive Preview

The Panthers face a good test in the most valuable tune up game before the start of the regular season. Week 3 of the preseason is always a good week. It signals the near end of the vanilla plays and sometimes dreadful play of all back up squads and begins to herald the start of the regular season and 17 straight weeks of glorious football. It is also the week where we get to see the first teams for both offense and defense stay out into the third quarter. For the Carolina Panthers, this will be another way to showcase and improve upon an already good offensive showing so far in the...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2016

Panthers 2016 Season Opener Countdown: 13 Days to Go

With 13 days left to go until the regular season kickoff, I couldn’t be happier to talk about the return of the hogmolliest receiver on the roster, Mr. Kelvin Benjamin. Bio Height: 6'5" Weight: 245 lbs Age: 25 College: Florida State Hometown: Belle Glade, FL Experience: 3 Career You can’t teach 6-5, 240 with a 34-inch arm length and 10-inch hands. This guy has unusual ball skills. He’s got what we call a very big strike zone. - Dave Gettleman, after the Panthers drafted Benjamin 28th overall in 2014 You could almost see the tears in Dave Gettleman’s eyes as he sat in the press...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2016

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 8/26/16

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. Shaq Thompson is ready to handle a larger load (Max Henson, Panthers.com) It’s almost as if Gettleman knew what he was doing when he drafted him. Bill Voth has questions for each position group before the preseason matchup with the Patriots (Black and Blue Review) I’m most interested in how Worley bounces back from his less than stellar outing against Tennessee last week. Here’s a great Q&A with former Panther Mike Minter...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 25, 2016

Panthers vs Patriots: Defensive Preview

It’s the Super Bowl XXXVIII rematch we’ve all been waiting for. Read the article for an idea of what to watch for from the defense. The penultimate preseason game is typically seen as the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season. As such, it is our best chance to see what the Panthers will look like come week 1. The schemes are still mostly vanilla, but the starters tend to play into the second half so it kind of feels like a real football game. The Panthers couldn’t have asked for a much better test for this final tune-up than the one they’re getting. Offensively, the Patriots...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 25, 2016

Panthers 2016 Season Opener Countdown: 14 Days to Go

With 14 days left until some sweet, sweet football, let’s talk about Joe Webb! With 14 days left until the start of Panthers football, let’s talk about #14, Joe Webb! Bio Height: 6’4” Weight: 220 lbs College: UAB Experience: Entering 7th year in league Occupation: Swiss Army Knife Career Joe Webb is one of my favorite players on the roster. He is ready and willing to do a lot of things plenty of 3rd string quarterbacks wouldn’t dare do. He returns kicks, he COVERS kicks, and then he’ll go 5-5 for 60 yards and a touchdown in a preseason game against the Titans. The man is a great...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 25, 2016

Panthers vs Patriots: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more

The Panthers return home to face the Patriots in the biggest game of the preseason. Game Day Information What: Carolina Panthers vs New England Patriots When: Friday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. EDT Where: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC) TV: Panthers TV; Mick Mixon, Mike Rucker, Kevin Donnalley (sideline) Radio: 1110 AM WBT (local), Sirius/XM 81 (804 online), Affiliate Stations Weather: 96°/72° / Mostly Sunny / 5 mph NNE wind / 0% precip. (Complete forecast) Miscellaneous Information Online Streaming If you don't live in the Panthers television market you can stream all NFL preseason...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 25, 2016

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 8/25/16

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. Devin Funchess is “light years” ahead of last year (Steve Reed, AP via Detroit Free Press) I’m really looking forward to seeing him on the field this year. Here’s the full Josh Norman story that has everyone talking about him again (Kevin Van Valkenburg, ESPN via Black and Blue Review) He sure likes to talk, doesn’t he? VIDEO: One on one with Tre Boston (Panthers.com) Here’s a good way to kill a few minutes while...

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