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Cat Scratch Reader 7 hours ago
Panthers G Travelle Wharton Retires

Panthers G Travelle Wharton Retires

Longtime Carolina Panthers G Travelle Wharton announced his retirement from the NFL today, joining fellow Panther retiree Jordan Gross, who left the game earlier this offseason. Wharton was a 2004 3rd round pick out of the University of South Carolina, and was perhaps one of the most humble individuals on the Panthers squad. After starting off his first five games of the 2004 season on the inactive list, Wharton would start the final 11 games, helping that 2004 offensive line yield only 34 sacks, the third lowest total in team history. Wharton would go on to start 111 times for the ...
Cat Scratch Reader 8 hours ago

Cat Scratch Radio Tonight: TC Recap Edition

Join us as we discuss our meet up in Spartanburg to witness the first weekend of Panthers training camp. 10pm ET...all Panther fans welcome! 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 you just want to listen then no problem there, just stay quiet but please mute your line to eliminate any background...
Cat Scratch Reader 10 hours ago
Gaffney move and unfortunate blemish on Gettleman's resume

Gaffney move and unfortunate blemish on Gettleman's resume

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's plan to build from within is questioned when he hands the rights to one of his draft picks away for nothing in return. As he walked through a crowd of media and photographers, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman cracked a joke and a smile on his way to the practice field to catch a glimpse of mini-camp workouts. Gettleman, who is entering his second season with the team, is a larger than life personality at times. His thick Boston accent and gym wear are staples at Panthers practices. Unlike team president Danny Morrison, who is always in a suit and tie,...
Cat Scratch Reader 13 hours ago

CSR Training Camp Open Threads

Panthers training is under way! It's kicks off today at 6:30pm with Fanfest at Bank of America Stadium. This story stream will include all training camp open threads. Here's an open thread for those in attendance to keep the rest of us informed of what they see going on as well as to track the Tweets from the Panther beat writers. This is Now an Open Thread! Joe Person Tweets by @josephperson !function(d,s,id){var...
Cat Scratch Reader 15 hours ago

Mr. Gnome goes to Spartanburg

I took a Panthers gnome to training camp and got it signed by a lot of really confused players and executives. Some time ago, James Dator wrote a piece on the 'worst' Panthers merchandise money can buy. Within that story was an item that seemed tailor made for me. Never have I worn a Panthers branded pair of long underwear of which the in-seam fit so snugly, so perfectly, as this item fit my gnome de guerre. Of course, just having a logo branded on its hat and teddy bear was not enough for me. I knew that dedication and love must be felt as well as seen and so I decided to have tokens of...
Cat Scratch Reader 17 hours ago
Cam Newton gives special gift to fan in a wheelchair

Cam Newton gives special gift to fan in a wheelchair

Nice one Cam! Moment of the Day: Cam Newton removed his cleats, signed them and gave them to a fan at Camp! (h/t AP/Chuck Burton) pic.twitter.com/woGnKG164v — SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) July 29, 2014 Cam Newton gave a fan a very special gift on Monday at training camp when he removed his cleats, signed them and walked off the Wofford practice field in his socks. Panthers practice was wrapping up when Newton spied long-time Panthers fan Brian Cooper among the throngs of fans looking for autographs. The Pro Bowl quarterback walked over, took off his cleats and signed one before giving both...
Cat Scratch Reader 18 hours ago

CSR Training Camp Day 4 Open Thread

Follow the tweets and comments from those in attendance. Here's an open thread for those in attendance to keep the rest of us informed of what they see going on as well as to track the Tweets from the Panther beat writers. This is Now an Open Thread! Joe Person Tweets by @josephperson Jonathan Jones Tweets by @jjones9 Bill Voth (Black & Blue Review) Tweets by @BlackBlueReview Max Henson Tweets by @PanthersMax
Cat Scratch Reader 19 hours ago
2013 Season Flashback - Wk 9 Panthers vs. Falcons

2013 Season Flashback - Wk 9 Panthers vs. Falcons

Here's a flashback to the Panthers first match-up of the 2013 with the division rival Falcons. Entering Week 9 Panthers Nation was riding a high brought about by three straight weeks of blowout wins while the rest of the nation was casting a wary eye at Carolina. True, the team had beaten its most recent opponents 96-38, but those opponents were the bottom feeders of the league. Little credit was given to beating a 1-6 Minnesota Vikings, 3-5 St. Louis nor a 0-7 Tampa Bay. As the Panthers looked ahead to playing Atlanta at the halfway point in the season there were many questions as to...
Cat Scratch Reader 21 hours ago

Carolina Panthers Trivia Tuesday: Name That Panther

Who will be the first to Name That Panther in this week's edition of Trivia Tuesday? In order to arrive at the correct answer for this week's edition of Trivia Tuesday, you must be able to perform some simple arithmetic. So here goes. First you will need to divide the total number of wins the Carolina Panthers have accumulated during the regular season over the course of their 19 year existence by the jersey number of John Kasay. Then multiply that number by the total number of playoff appearances the Panthers have made during their history. Next you will take that number and subtract from...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 29, 2014

Kelvin Benjamin Injury Just a Bone Bruise

The MRI on rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin's knee came back positive. He will only miss a few practices as the Panthers take it easy with their prize rookie. Rivera on Kelvin Benjamin MRI: "We Want to Be Smart About It" Then he began: "Well, we got a bit of good news." Rivera further explained to reporters, who shared the update with paranoid Panthers fans glued to Twitter, that Benjamin suffered a bone bruise after bumping knees with a teammate during Sunday’s practice. "There is nothing structurally wrong. That’s probably the biggest thing I can tell you right now," Rivera...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 28, 2014

Training Camp Concern: Punt Return Game

If Panthers GM Dave Gettleman has no regrets letting talented kick and punt returner Ted Ginn leave via free agency last March then he should now. Those vying to replace him do not appear to have a handle on the job (or the ball). After the first weekend of practice it was the primary glaring weakness on display and I wasn't the only one that saw it: Punt returners again looking very shaky. The wind isn't helping, but still. — Joe Person (@josephperson) July 27, 2014 And Barner drops a punt. And Brown can't figure out a high one from Nortman. This is a concern — Jonathan Jones...
Richard Hill / Pats Pulpit Jul 28, 2014
Patriots Swipe Running Back Tyler Gaffney from the Panthers

Patriots Swipe Running Back Tyler Gaffney from the Panthers

The Patriots have picked up a free draft pick in Tyler Gaffney through waivers. The Patriots played the long game and double dipped at running back in this draft. After selecting James White in the fourth round, the Patriots managed to get sixth round pick Tyler Gaffney off waivers. Gaffney, a 5'11, 220 pound bruiser out of Stanford, was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He tore his meniscus in camp and the team tried to stash him on the Injured Reserve. In a moment of Jake Ballard-like clarity, Bill Belichick snagged Gaffney off the waiver...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 28, 2014
Tyler Gaffney claimed by Patriots off waivers

Tyler Gaffney claimed by Patriots off waivers

The Carolina Panthers rolled the dice and they were snake eyes. Carolina Panthers sixth round draft pick Tyler Gaffney is now a member of the New England Patriots after being claimed off waivers on Monday. The Stanford rookie was injured in training camp forcing him to miss the 2014 season, but in a shrewd move the Patriots saw their opportunity to build for the future. Gaffney was waived by the Panthers following his injury under the assumption he wouldn't be claimed. This would have achieved two goals for the team: Firstly it would have kept a roster spot open they could use to address...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 28, 2014
2013 Season Flashback - Wk 8 Panthers at Buccaneers

2013 Season Flashback - Wk 8 Panthers at Buccaneers

It's a TRAP! .500 is a number that defines a season. Any team above it had a pretty good year, and any team at or below it is either currently rebuilding or will be thinking about it. For the Panthers, being .500 was about an attitude change. A team that had spent the previous few seasons figuring out exciting new ways to lose was suddenly in a new and unfamiliar position of figuring out how to keep winning. Currently sitting at 3-3 and without a division contest under their belt, Panther fans were still not quite sure what to make of this team. However, on the strength of two straight wins...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 28, 2014
Kelvin Benjamin to undergo MRI on knee

Kelvin Benjamin to undergo MRI on knee

The Panthers rookie appears to be okay, but news like this is always worrisome. Carolina Panthers rookie Kelvin Benjamin will undergo an MRI on his knee after a collision in practice on Sunday, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press. It's not believed Benjamin was seriously hurt in the collision, but any news of an MRI in concerning -- espeically for a team that has already lost two players on offense to season-ending injuries. Both offensive guard Edmund Kugbila and running back Tyler Gaffney will miss 2014, and while Benjamin's injury isn't on the same level it's still...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 28, 2014

2013 Season Flashback: Wk7 Panthers vs. Rams

This game wasn't just a shellacking from the Carolina Panthers. This was a statement game. This was the sort of game that sets the tone for an entire season. Tired of getting kicked around, the Panthers took the reigns for the second week in a row. This signature game was part WWE, part NFL and helped pave the road for Carolina moving forward. The Recap The Panthers walked into a week seven game against the Rams with a 2-3 record, and the fan base's faith in Rivera was waning with each week. A win against the Vikings the previous week was enough to bolster a little hope, but the writing as...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 28, 2014
Panthers Training Camp Day 3 Open Thread

Panthers Training Camp Day 3 Open Thread

The Panthers are holding their first early practice this morning. Here's an open thread for those in attendance to keep the rest of us informed of what they see going on as well as to track the Tweets from the Panther beat writers. This is Now an Open Thread! Joe Person Tweets by @josephperson Jonathan Jones Tweets by @jjones9 Bill Voth (Black & Blue Review) Tweets by @BlackBlueReview Max Henson Tweets by @PanthersMax
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 28, 2014
Rivera to Name OT Starters After 2nd Preseason Game

Rivera to Name OT Starters After 2nd Preseason Game

In Ron Rivera's post practice interview yesterday he stated he will make a decision as to the who will start at left and right offensive tackle after the Aug. 17th preseason game against the Chiefs. Things heat up at padded practice Rivera said he hopes to have the starting offensive tackle situation sorted out by the second preseason game. Playing against the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs will help provide answers. "We are going to play two good pass-rushing teams when we get there," Rivera said. "Buffalo is a good pass-rushing team. I hope they play their first bunch of...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 27, 2014

CSR Training Camp Day 2 Open Thread

Here's an open thread covering the action at today's training camp practice at the Wofford practice fields. Here's an open thread for those in attendance to keep the rest of us informed of what they see going on as well as to track the Tweets from the Panther beat writers. This is Now an Open Thread! Joe Person Tweets by @josephperson Jonathan Jones Tweets by @jjones9 Bill Voth (Black & Blue Review) Tweets by @BlackBlueReview Max Henson Tweets by @PanthersMax
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 27, 2014
2013 Season Flashback- Week 6 Panthers vs. Vikings

2013 Season Flashback- Week 6 Panthers vs. Vikings

After a dismal defeat from Daryl Washington and the Arizona Cardinals, the Panthers began their eight-game win streak versus a depleted Minnesota Vikings defense. Let's flashback and see what started the spark to our NFC South Championship season. Sunday, October 13, 2013-Following the week after the Cardinals smacked the Panthers in a 22-6 defeat in Arizona, both team and fan morale were at a all time low.  It seemed as if the Panthers were yet doomed for their fifth straight losing season.  The overall atmosphere of CSR appeared as if fans were ready give up, as the pain could no...

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