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Cat Scratch Reader 10 hours ago
Carolina Panthers pick up Cam Newton's 2015 option

Carolina Panthers pick up Cam Newton's 2015 option

It's finally official! Quarterback Cam Newton will stay a Carolina Panther until at least the 2015 season, after the team picked up his fifth year option, according to a tweet from NFL Network's Albert Breer. This move won't have a financial impact in 2014, as Newton will continue to play under his original rookie contract that is set to pay him a base salary of $3.38 million and a signing bonus of $3.6 million. However, his salary will increase to $14.67 million in 2015. The Panthers can also still negotiate a long-term deal with Newton as he plays under this option.
Cat Scratch Reader 10 hours ago
CSR Thursday Night Open Thread

CSR Thursday Night Open Thread

We are two weeks away from the start of the NFL draft. Feel free to talk about all the latest Panthers news & notes. Here's a couple topics out there to discuss: So are you buying Logan Thomas being a better 'thrower' than Newton at similar points in their career? Is Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas more NFL-ready than Cam Newton in 2011? One analyst thinks so | AL.com"Here's the reality, which to many is inconceivable given the negative perception of Thomas, and Newton's relative success in the NFL after three seasons," Cosell writes. "Thomas is further along as a natural passer than Newton...
Battle Red Blog 11 hours ago
2014 NFL Mock Draft: With The Twenty-Eighth Overall Pick Of The 2014 BRB Mock Draft, The Carolina Panthers Select...

2014 NFL Mock Draft: With The Twenty-Eighth Overall Pick Of The 2014 BRB Mock Draft, The Carolina Panthers Select...

The Carolina Panthers were a league darling in 2013. What are their needs heading into 2014, and who will they select in the first round of the 2014 Battle Red Blog Mock Draft? As we creep toward the end of the 2014 BRB Mock Draft, only a handful of the NFL's upper echelon teams have yet to cast their lot. The Carolina Panthers, champions of the NFC South and now Steve Smith's sworn enemy, will make their voices heard. Nashmeister, I hand the microphone to you. With the 28th pick in the 2014 Battle Red Blog Mock Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Taylor Lewan (OT--Michigan). Carolina...
Cat Scratch Reader 14 hours ago

Panthers Again Expected to Under Achieve in 2014

Since 2009 these kinds of sour predictions for the Panthers have been no surprise. Yet after a 12-4 season and NFC South crown I would have thought that would change this offseason. Nope! Let's start with Vegas, who thinks the Panthers will sink to the middling class of the NFL and finish with no better than 8 wins: NFL Season Win Totals Openers - NFL - Forums - Pregame.comCarolina Panthers: Wins 8.5 Over:-120 Under:100 So if you think the Panthers will again have a winning season then all it will take is 9 wins so put your money out there. I think its a good bet. The Panthers ESPN...
Acme Packing Company 15 hours ago

APC Mock Draft: Carolina Panthers select Cyrus Kouandjio

With the 28th pick in our Acme Packing Company mock draft, the Panthers address the offensive line instead of the receiver position. Our NFL mock draft on Acme Packing Company continues at the back end of the first round with the Carolina Panthers selecting at pick 28. Background Last season, the Panthers returned to the postseason for the first time since 2008-09 (12-4). In a sort of a make-or-break third season as coach, Ron Rivera guided his team to a 12-4 record with the fourth-best defense and eighth-best offense in the NFL. Carolina started the season 1-3, but won 11 of their next 12...
Cat Scratch Reader 16 hours ago
And the Winner of the Pick the Prime Time Games Contest Is...

And the Winner of the Pick the Prime Time Games Contest Is...

Matt_Carter for being the first member to correctly pick one Panthers prime time game. Matt correctly guessed the Panthers would play the Eagles on Monday Night football. Congratulations Matt! We had other members come Oh so close to winning, including my entry. I correctly guessed the Eagles and Saints but had the Eagles on SNF instead of MNF. Even closer I correctly guessed the Saints on TNF but had it as a road game instead of a home game. The actual prime time games announced last night are: Steelers @ Panthers SNF Saints @ Panthers TNF Panthers @ Eagles MNF Surrycountycat correctly...
Cat Scratch Reader 20 hours ago

2014 NFL Draft: Panthers showing interest in top ranked center, but why?

Could Marcus Martin be the early round pick nobody saw coming? Earlier this month it was reported by Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post that the Carolina Panthers had a private meeting with USC center Marcus Martin. That’s right, the Panthers met with a center, who is considered by some evaluators as the best at the position in this year’s Draft. So why would the Panthers look at another center prospect, especially when they already have Pro Bowler Ryan Kalil on their roster? The answer is simple: versatility. Although Marcus Martin was an excellent center for the Trojans in...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 23, 2014
2014 Carolina Panthers Schedule Released

2014 Carolina Panthers Schedule Released

The Panthers received three prime time games. The NFL released scheduled for all 32 teams last night and the Carolina Panthers landed three prime time games, two at home and one on the road. That playoff appearance in 2013 was rewarded Panther fans! The Panthers first prime time game is a Sunday Night match-up home week 3 against the Steelers, who the Panthers also play week 4 of the preseason. That should require some serious planning by the coaching staff for both games. In week 9 the Panthers play the Saints at BoA Stadium in a Thursday Night contest sure to have divisional...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 23, 2014
CSR Wednesday Night Open Thread Special: NFL Schedule Release

CSR Wednesday Night Open Thread Special: NFL Schedule Release

Tonight we find out when the Panthers will play their opponents for the 2014 NFL season. Here's hoping the schedule makers give us a few more primetime matchups this year! Discuss it all right here!! This is now an Open Thread!!
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 23, 2014
A Look at Some Classic Mistaken Draft Predictions

A Look at Some Classic Mistaken Draft Predictions

Yardbarker posted 10 classic pre-draft mistaken predictions and the Panthers were involved in three of them. It's not all bad though, take a look. I can't blame McShay for this one as I made it too: The 10 biggest misses by NFL Draft experts2. Gabbert >> Newton: Gabbert is now a backup in San Francisco after three horrendous seasons in Jacksonville, while Newton is coming off a breakout season in which he led the Panthers to the playoffs. Actually I'm blaming McShay for my errant pick at #1 in the 2010 SBN blogger's mock draft. Yeah, that's the ticket. I feel so much better now. This is...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 23, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Panthers work out Davante Adams again

The Panthers are showing a lot of interest in the Fresno State wide receiver. According to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, the Carolina Panthers will be working out Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams today. This isn’t the first time the Panthers have shown interest in the talented receiver -- Panthers representatives attended Fresno State’s Pro Day in March to watch him work out, and receivers coach Ricky Proehl also conducted a private workout with Adams earlier this month. The 6-foot-1, 212 pound receiver was one of the most productive pass catchers in all of college...
2014 NN community mock draft: With the 28th pick, the Carolina Panthers select ...

2014 NN community mock draft: With the 28th pick, the Carolina Panthers select ...

The 2014 Niners Nation NFL mock draft is off and running. We move on to the Carolina Panthers, courtesy of user dave.bocchino. We're back for the 28th pick of the 2014 Niners Nation Community Mock Draft. You can see previous picks below in the draft table. You can also follow the mock draft board through this story stream. With the 28th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, dave.bocchino and the Carolina Panthers select Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State. He also considered UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su'a Filo, USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, and Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses. Here are his...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 23, 2014
2014 NFL draft: Cody Latimer, darkhorse for the Panthers pick

2014 NFL draft: Cody Latimer, darkhorse for the Panthers pick

There's one receiver Carolina has been looking at closer than the rest of the pack. Staring at ranking tables and draft projections will often skew your view of the NFL draft. They're fun reference materials and ways to organize your thoughts, but too often we see teams believe in a player that falls outside the scope of normal thinking. It happened with E.J. Manuel last year and Bruce Irvin before that, now it could the the Panthers who are charged with "reaching" if they take Cody Latimer at No. 28. Up to this point Latimer has been seen as a possibility in the second round, but...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 22, 2014

CSR Pick the Panthers Prime Time Games Contest

We have another contest for you Panther fans. The Panthers 2014 schedule gets released tomorrow night at 8pm. Let's see who can guess the Panthers prime time games correctly. Hat tip to Mr. Bernz for the contest suggestion! Here's the rules: 1. Pick a maximum of four of the Panthers games from the list of opponents that you think we be featured in prime time. HOME AWAY Atlanta Falcons (4-12) Atlanta Falcons (4-12) New Orleans Saints (11-5) New Orleans Saints (11-5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) Chicago Bears (8-8) Green Bay Packers (8-7-1) Detroit...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 22, 2014
Cat Scratch Radio Tonight 10pm ET

Cat Scratch Radio Tonight 10pm ET

All Panther fans welcome! Join us to talk all things Carolina Panthers! If you want to join the call the 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 you just want to listen then no problem there, just stay quiet but please mute your line to eliminate any background noise. 1. Follow this link to listen, chat or add your voice to the conversation through...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 22, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Tuesday Afternoon Prospect

Today we'll take a look at an ACC product who carved out a very productive college career. While searching for oil in the North African desert of Lybia in 1959, a British Petroleum survey crew stumbled upon the wreckage of a B-24 bomber. Upon further investigation, the wreckage was identified as the remains of "Lady Be Good", a WWII plane that failed to reach its airbase following a mission in Italy. Over the course of the past seven plus months, I've been combing the college ranks for the riches scattered across the college landscape in hopes of finding prospects who will make the Carolina...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 22, 2014
2014 NFL draft: Is Cyrus Kouandjio this year's Star?

2014 NFL draft: Is Cyrus Kouandjio this year's Star?

Injury concerns and fear cloud an otherwise perfect prospect for the Panthers. Rewind three months and the idea of Cyrus Kouandjio being a Carolina Panther is a pipe dream. The technically sound right tackle is purpose-built for the NFL and he was universally hailed as a top-15 pick, despite questions whether his game could translate to the left. It's rare to see a right tackle get that kind of reputation, but he earned it. Now the waters are muddier. Reports swirled from the combine that knee injuries caused red flags for several teams, just like reported heart problems did for Star...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 21, 2014
CSR Pick the Panthers Draft Contest Launches Thursday

CSR Pick the Panthers Draft Contest Launches Thursday

Think you know what Dave Gettleman is thinking as he prepares for the draft? Now is your time to shine. Get your best picks ready to post this Thursday Night 8pm ET! This is a Heads Up Post and not the actual contest! There is a reason for doing this heads up post and its this: If there is a tie between multiple players then the player that posted their picks first in the comment thread is the winner. Hence being timely with your picks can pay off. The rules are simple: post 8 players you think the Panthers will draft, in any order it doesn't matter. You don't need to match the player to...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 21, 2014
NFL draft history: Remembering 4/21 for the Carolina Panthers

NFL draft history: Remembering 4/21 for the Carolina Panthers

Before Luke Kuechly, he was the best. "Just another Monday," that's how we'll remember 4/21/14. It wasn't always this way. Back when the NFL wasn't trying to milk the draft for an extra month we'd be preparing for the first pick and waiting to hear "The Carolina Panthers are on the clock." Instead of waxing poetically about how a May draft is wholly frustrating, let's look back to 2001 when the team made their first round pick on Apr. 21. With the 11th pick in the 2001 NFL, the Carolina Panthers select... Dan Morgan, linebacker, Miami The 2001 draft was amazing in how successful the first...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 21, 2014
2014 NFL mock draft: Could Taylor Lewan fall to Carolina?

2014 NFL mock draft: Could Taylor Lewan fall to Carolina?

Two rounds, two huge needs filled. On Apr. 21, 2013 we were waiting. The final days of hand-wringing leading up to the draft, knowing the Panthers would probably take a defensive tackle but having no clue who would be available at the 14th pick. Star Lotulelei seemed like a pipe dream, then it happened. So too the idea of landing a highly-graded offensive tackle at No.28 seems improbable this year, but as the draft draws closer it could be a reality. SBNation.com released a new mock draft with just over two weeks until we hear the selections. The board breaks in a way that's very favorable...

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