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Panthers 2017 Season Opener Countdown: 17 Days to Go

Panthers 2017 Season Opener Countdown: 17 Days to Go

With 17 days left till the start of the NFL regular season, let’s highlight #17 Devin Funchess. With 17 days to go till the NFL 2017 NFL Kickoff, we take a look at WR Devin Funchess. Bio Height: 6’4” Weight: 225 lbs Age: 23 College: Michigan Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI Experience: 2 years Career NFL.com Funchess has been the focal point of both praise and criticism in the past couple of years. When you take into account the fact that the 23 year old Michigan standout has only been in the league for 2 years going on 3, it makes one wonder if any that criticism...
Cat Scratch Reader 2 hours ago
The Scratching Post: Latest 53-man roster projection has a few interesting changes

The Scratching Post: Latest 53-man roster projection has a few interesting changes

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. Who will be on Carolina Panthers’ 53-man roster? Here’s the latest projection | Joe Person, Charlotte Observer Halfway through the exhibition schedule, the Panthers still have a lot of questions about the makeup of their roster. Their secondary depth remains an issue, particularly at safety. Two of their drafted rookies are still dealing with injuries, and the first-team offense was a mess at Tennessee. On the positive...
Cat Scratch Reader 9 hours ago
Titans 34 Panthers 27: Inside the Game Book

Titans 34 Panthers 27: Inside the Game Book

This was a tale of two halves so let’s look at it that way. 1st Half THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY CAR 2-4-50% TEN 4-9-44% Average Drive Start CAR 16 TEN 42 Red Zone Efficiency CAR 1-1-100% TEN 3-5-60% Turnovers CAR 2 TEN 0 NET YARDS RUSHING CAR 48 TEN 113 NET YARDS PASSING CAR 88 TEN 149 So while it is easy to point at the turnovers as killer, and they were, the defense didn’t exactly show out either. The defense, both 1st and 2nd team, gave up chunks of yardage as the Titans rolled down the field. Things got better in the second half once...
Cat Scratch Reader 18 hours ago
Panthers 2017 Season Opener Countdown: 18 days to go

Panthers 2017 Season Opener Countdown: 18 days to go

We’re down to 18 days until the NFL kicks off the 2017 season. Let’s celebrate by talking about #18 for the Panthers, WR Damiere Byrd. There are only 18 days until the 2017 NFL season kicks off. To celebrate, let’s talk about #18 for the Panthers - WR Damiere Byrd. Bio Height: 5’9” Weight: 180 lbs Age: 24 College: South Carolina Hometown: Erial, NJ Experience: 2 years Career Damiere Byrd was signed as a UDFA for the Panthers in 2015 and was signed to the practice squad after the preseason. He made his regular season debut at the end of last season against the Bucs and caught one...
Cat Scratch Reader 21 hours ago
Panthers at Titans recap: Five winners and Four losers in the Panthers 34-27 loss

Panthers at Titans recap: Five winners and Four losers in the Panthers 34-27 loss

Let’s scrape through the remains of the Panthers second preseason game and talk about who helped and harmed their cause looking forward. The Panthers lost to the Tennessee Titans during yesterday afternoon’s preseason game by a score of 34-27, but as we all know, these contests are mostly about individual evaluation and performance. Let’s talk about who helped themselves out, and who did not. Winners Christian McCaffrey Preseason game two was more of the same from the Panthers first round draft selection. More big plays, and another display of his pure speed and agility. McCaffrey...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 20, 2017
Carolina Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey continues to shine in preseason

Carolina Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey continues to shine in preseason

Carolina’s first round draft pick continues to impress when he steps onto the field. The Carolina Panthers made the right choice when they selected Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. That much we know for sure. McCaffrey impressed onlookers once again yesterday when he carved a path through the Titans’ defense en route to a 17-yard touchdown scamper in the 2nd quarter of yesterday’s preseason game. Just look at this run, y’all: DON'T EVER TELL ME THIS GUY CAN'T RUN BETWEEN THE TACKLES. pic.twitter.com/h8bY8O5Jgx— Billy Marshall...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 19, 2017
Ron Rivera Post Game: Panthers must be more physical

Ron Rivera Post Game: Panthers must be more physical

Here’s some statements by Panthers HC Ron Rivera after their 34-27 preseason loss to the Titans. I’m sure Ron Rivera will have plenty to discuss with his first teams this week after an ugly first half that saw the Panthers dig a 17-0 hole. Ron Rivera wants to see more physicality“If we can be physical in nature up front, and dictate to the defense…,” Rivera said, “it should open up some other things for us.” By and large, Rivera didn’t see enough physicality on display against Tennessee, although Carolina finished with 167 rushing yards (only 48 of which came from the...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 19, 2017
Panthers at Titans Final Score: Second and Third teams shine, but Panthers fall 34-27

Panthers at Titans Final Score: Second and Third teams shine, but Panthers fall 34-27

The Carolina Panthers played their second preseason game with mixed results. Takeaways Christin McCaffery is a savage. He logged 3 carries for 33 yards and a TD, with 2 receptions for 39 yards. The hype is real, this kid is good. Julius Peppers forced some rushed passes several times while lining up against Jack Conklin, a Pro Bowl tackle. The first team struggled a great deal this week. The Titans went up 17-0 in the first quarter against the first teams. Not a huge deal since the play book is hand cuffed and guys like Luke Kuechly didn’t play, but the timing issues were...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 19, 2017
Panthers at Titans: 2nd half open game thread

Panthers at Titans: 2nd half open game thread

The Panthers trail the Titans 24-10 at the half. Welp. Let’s be glad this one doesn’t count. The Panthers trail the Titans 24-10 at the half. How are you feeling, Panthers fans? At least that Christian McCaffrey kid is pretty good, right? The second half will be here shortly, so let’s keep the conversation going. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 19, 2017
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey scores first professional TD

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey scores first professional TD

The Panthers offense was needing a spark and the rookie RB delivered Finding themselves in a 17-0 hole and no momentum on offense the Panthers needed something good to happen. On 3rd and 2 McCaffrey ripped off 13 yards up the middle. Two plays later he capped the scoring drive from 17 yards out. DON'T EVER TELL ME THIS GUY CAN'T RUN BETWEEN THE TACKLES. pic.twitter.com/h8bY8O5Jgx— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) August 19, 2017 Once he squeezes through the hole on the right side he turns on the jets and dives for the pylon. I’m looking forward to more of the same from Christian...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 19, 2017
Panthers 2017 Season Opener Countdown: 19 days to go

Panthers 2017 Season Opener Countdown: 19 days to go

We’re down to 19 days until the NFL kicks off the 2017 season. Let’s celebrate by talking about #19 for the Panthers, WR Russell Shepard. There are only 19 days until the 2017 NFL season kicks off. To celebrate, let’s talk about #19 for the Panthers - WR Russell Shepard. Bio Height: 6’1” Weight: 195 lbs Age: 26 College: LSU Hometown: Houston, TX Experience: 5 years Career Shepard was signed as a free agent by Carolina in March. He spent the first four years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he primarily played on special teams. Here’s a summary of his career,...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 19, 2017
Panthers Paw Prints: Preseason Action Begins!

Panthers Paw Prints: Preseason Action Begins!

Brian brings us your weekly recap of all the Carolina Panthers action. Welcome to the new and improved Paw Prints! We have resurrected the name as your one stop spot for all the Panthers happenings this week. Sit back, relax, and get caught up on your week of Panthers football. Live football action has returned, CSR faithful! We got our first taste of live football action this week against the Houston Texans, along with the added bonus of joint practices with the Tennessee Titans. Football is back in full swing! Texans at Panthers Preseason Game 1 Recap Monday Morning Optimist The biggest...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 19, 2017
Panthers at Titans: Game time, TV channel, radio station, online streaming and more

Panthers at Titans: Game time, TV channel, radio station, online streaming and more

Here’s all the info you need to catch the Panthers in their second preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. The Panthers took care of business in their preseason opener last Wednesday against the Houston Texans, and will look to build upon those successes when they travel to Nashville to square off with Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. While the starters will see limited action, it’s still a good opportunity to see Panthers football. We can’t really complain about that, can we? We can expect most of the starters to see at least a series or two of action, with the backups...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 18, 2017
Depth at linebacker is a point of interest for Carolina Panthers fans

Depth at linebacker is a point of interest for Carolina Panthers fans

The starters are settled, but there’s a good competition going on for the back-up roles at linebacker for the Panthers. In my not-so-biased opinion, the Carolina Panthers have far and away the best linebacker corps in the NFL. The incumbent starters of Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis Sr, and Shaq Thompson will obviously see the field a lot this coming season, barring injuries. The players behind these three will be one facet of the game against the Titans on Saturday that should have Panthers fans watching intently. The Panthers routinely carry six to seven linebackers on the squad, so there...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 18, 2017
Panthers at Titans: Cam Newton will not play

Panthers at Titans: Cam Newton will not play

The Carolina Panthers announced that quarterback Cam Newton will not play in Sunday’s contest. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that the Panthers won’t end up playing Cam Newton on Sunday. Newton hasn’t thrown in a number of practices since training camp started due to his surgically repaired shoulder. Quarterback’s Derek Anderson, Joe Webb, and Garrett Gilbert will once again take over quarterback duties against the Titans on Saturday. This really shouldn’t come as much of a shock to Panthers fans. Not only is Cam recovering from a shoulder surgery, the Panthers are...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 18, 2017
Mocking the Depth: Week 2 Panthers offense

Mocking the Depth: Week 2 Panthers offense

A new look at the potential 53 man roster for the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers released their first unofficial depth chart not too long ago, but the only reason teams even do that is because the NFL forces them to. In turn, it is not a very telling sign of where the current roster stands. I am here to give you a better idea based on injuries and performances. Offensive Projection #1 Quarterbacks Starter: Cam Newton Backups: Derek Anderson, Joe Webb Cuts: Garrett Gilbert While this hasn’t changed much, it should be noted that Joe Webb has been having himself a fine preseason. He’s...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 18, 2017
Panthers 2017 Season Opener Countdown: 20 days to go

Panthers 2017 Season Opener Countdown: 20 days to go

We’re down to 20 days until the NFL kicks off the 2017 season. Let’s celebrate by talking about #20 for the Panthers, S Kurt Coleman. The 2017 NFL season kicks off in 20 days. Can you believe it? I know I can’t. While we’re on the subject of the number 20, let’s talk about #20 for the Panthers - S Kurt Coleman. Bio Height: 5’11” Weight: 208 lbs Age: 29 College: Ohio State Hometown: Clayton, OH Experience: 8 years Career Coleman has been a major contributor for the Panthers’ secondary since joining the team in 2015. He played well enough to earn a contract extension last July...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 18, 2017
The Scratching Post: Curtis Samuel returns to practice for the Panthers

The Scratching Post: Curtis Samuel returns to practice for the Panthers

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. Whether he gets a contract extension or not, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has a plan | Joe Person, Charlotte Observer “I haven’t talked to Marty about it or anybody about it,” Olsen said Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the Tennessee Titans. “If something gets done, great.” “But we’ve got a lot going on now with training camp and preseason and whatnot. So it hasn’t been really something...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 18, 2017
4th and Short: Preseason week 1 in review

4th and Short: Preseason week 1 in review

The guys talk about the first week in the NFL’s preseason. The guys are Right Back at it Again to finally discuss the Panthers first preseason game. They give their standout performers from Carolina's tilt against the Texans and look ahead to their upcoming match-up with the Titans. Also discussed are the goings on around the NFL, including rookie QBs standing out, the Patriots having the most annoying broadcast ever, the Jets being bad, and there's even some Christian McCaffrey vs. Leonard Fournette talk for those of you who haven't had enough. As always, email any questions or...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 17, 2017
The Night Shift: Do you think Ron Rivera is a good head coach?

The Night Shift: Do you think Ron Rivera is a good head coach?

It’s Thursday night. Let’s hang out. What’s up everyone? How are things this Thursday night? If you’re sitting around with nothing else going on, feel free to hang out here and chat about whatever (as long as it doesn’t violate the ToS...so no religion and/or politics) with others who are bored and on the internet. Here’s a question to get tonight’s conversation started. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate Panthers head coach Ron Rivera? As always, here’s my answer: I think he’s a solid 7. There are some things he’s done that completely baffled me (like his decision...

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