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Cat Scratch Reader 13 hours ago

Film Review: How the Panthers used their safeties in 2013

With the departure of Quintin Mikell and Mike Mitchell, the Panthers had a lot of question marks in the secondary this offseason. The safety position played well above expectations last year, especially with the loss of incumbent starter Charles Godfrey early on in 2013. But Dave Gettleman has addressed the question mark at safety with the acquisitions of former Saint Roman Harper and former Falcon Thomas DeCoud. Today I'm going to evaluate how the Panthers used their safeties in Sean McDermott's defense last year, and try to project the usage of the new acquisitions. "Box"...
Cat Scratch Reader 21 hours ago

Thoughts About the Past Week in the NFL

This is just a few links and my thoughts about issues and events from around the NFL. Nawrocki: This guy has been fairly quiet so far...but I'm sure he has something in the works: Scouting the scout who smeared Geno Smith before last year's draft | NJ.comThe Akili Smith-Aaron Brooks comparison is a dead giveaway: Nawrocki tends to pepper his harshest critiques with coded language about black quarterbacks. Three years ago, Nawrocki similarly disparaged Cam Newton, whom he described as having "a fake smile" and who "comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup." None of...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 16, 2014

NFL free agency 2014: Three receivers who make more sense that Sidney Rice

Bringing Sidney Rice home has been discussed by Panthers fans, but there might be some better options. There are a lot of reasons why Sidney Rice would make sense in Carolina. He's the kind of reclamation project Dave Gettleman has shown to have an affinity for, Rice is a South Carolina native and still young enough to make an impact. On the surface it looks like a trifecta, but there are three players who make more sense and are still available. At this point it's hard to see what Rice brings to the table other than potential. Jaxon wrote about the possibility earlier today, but it's seen...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 16, 2014

Will the Panthers Bring Sidney Rice Home?

Actually the question might instead be 'Will Sidney Rice decide to come home?' since the decision is most likely his to make. The Gaffney, SC native is only 27 and could commute to Charlotte if he wanted. I enthused that the Panthers have made their interest known. Most agree it's a long shot either way: NFL Rumors: 'Long shot' Carolina Panthers sign Sidney Rice - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 270+ SitesRice would certainly get his fair share of playing time with the Panthers and has a formidable man under center in Cam Newton throwing him the ball, so it...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 16, 2014
CSR Mid Week Open Thread

CSR Mid Week Open Thread

It's that time of the week again! With the schedule reportedly coming out next week, any games you want to see as primetimers? Any games you are looking to go to? Bonus: care to caption this picture of Cam? This is now an Open Thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 15, 2014
2014 NFL schedule to be released April 22, per report

2014 NFL schedule to be released April 22, per report

One week until we find out how brutal the road is. The long wait is drawing closer to an end. In one week we will find out the Panthers 2014 schedule, according to Pro Football Talk. Opponents for the upcoming season were set in stone a while ago, but the release of the schedule will help determining how hard the road will be. Teams ideally like to have a bye week close to the center of the season without too many consecutive road games or cross country trips. In case you forgot who the Panthers will play, here's a reminder. Atlanta Falcons (x2) New Orleans Saints (x2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 15, 2014

Cat Scratch Radio Tonight: Mid-April Edition

Join us to discuss all the latest Carolina Panther news & notes. All Panther fans welcome! 10pm ET 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...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 15, 2014

Panthers Early 2014 Fantasy Football Analysis

The post linked below ranking the players spurred the notion to post this review, something I preview every year before fantasy season kicks in. This year I'm getting an early start. You might be surprised to see Newton ranked this high but honestly this ranking is on the money: Fantasy Football: Ranking the top 10 quarterbacks for 20144. Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) Newton has yet to finish a pro season outside of the top-four, so why stop now? He seemed to finally put it all together in 2013, although 2014 could be troublesome with no real proven weapons at his disposal other than...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 15, 2014
CSR Makes Round One Mock Draft Selection

CSR Makes Round One Mock Draft Selection

My pick for the Panthers in the SBN Annual Bloggers mock draft is in. Be sure to step over to Mocking the Draft to see my selection for the Panthers at #28. I found it to be an easy selection as many of my preferred choices were already off the board. I still think I got a solid pick at a position of need for the Panthers. I'll give you a hint, it's not a QB or a RB. ;) I'll also tell you the top players remaining that I passed on: CB Jason Verrett OT Morgan Moses OT Cyrus Kouandjio DE Louis Nix OG Xavier Su'a-Filo So be sure to jump over and grade my selection as well as provide any...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 15, 2014
2014 NFL Draft: Tuesday Afternoon Prospect Rewind

2014 NFL Draft: Tuesday Afternoon Prospect Rewind

Let's look again at one of the first prospects to make an appearance on T.A.P. In case you happened to miss what I said about CB Jason Verrett almost seven months ago, here it is again: Call it luck or a stroke of genius, but the Carolina Panthers mined a couple of large gold nuggets when they decided to use their first pick to select a defensive player in each of the past two drafts. Luke Kuechly and Star Lotulelei are already on their way to becoming cornerstones for a Panthers defense that is looking more dominant by the week. However, if the Panthers want to take their defense to an...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 15, 2014

Panthers Meet with USC S Dion Bailey

You better keep up with these visits to prepare for the CSR Pick the Panthers Draft Contest. Last year the Panthers met with most of their picks during the lead up to the draft. Source: USC Safety Dion Bailey Met with Panthers, BengalsThe converted linebacker is drawing middle-round grades from draft analysts. He was named second-team All-Pac-12 Conference. Bailey ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at the NFL scouting combine and bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times at his campus Pro Day workout. At the combine, he had a 34-inch vertical leap. Conventional wisdom says the Panthers will...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 14, 2014
2014 NFL Draft: CSR Fill In The Blank Interactive Draft Contest-Part 2

2014 NFL Draft: CSR Fill In The Blank Interactive Draft Contest-Part 2

Here's another chance to shine in the eyes of your fellow CSR members. Late last month, I put together a contest where members were challenged to finish a mock draft that I left incomplete. It was so much fun that I decided to do it again. The concept is simple. You will notice below that I have taken the time to put together an incomplete mock draft. I selected three players in the 2nd, 5th and 7th rounds this time around. The rest of the draft is up to you CSR. Your only task is to fill in the rest of the picks in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th rounds. Do your best to judge each member's draft...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 14, 2014

2014 NFL draft: Robert Herron works out for Panthers

Finding a No. 1 receiver is important, but getting an option for the slot concerns the team too. The Carolina Panthers conducted a workout with Wyoming wide receiver Robert Herron in early April, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Herron had his best season in 2013, finishing with 937 yards and nine touchdowns. He's a smaller receiver best equipped for the slot, but confuse that with him being special teams player. Herron did not return kicks and punts for Wyoming, meaning the Panthers' interest is purely as a complementary receiver. It's expected that he will be selected on day...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 14, 2014
CSR Monday Afternoon Open Thread

CSR Monday Afternoon Open Thread

Start of a new week means the start of new discussions! Got something to talk about? Discuss it here! This is now an Open Thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 14, 2014
2014 NFL draft: Kelvin Benjamin and the obsession of tearing down prospects

2014 NFL draft: Kelvin Benjamin and the obsession of tearing down prospects

Another year, another prospect with "issues." It's the ruse fans fall for every year. A month away from the draft there's always a magic bullet, the inescapable report designed by a motivated party to tear down a draft pick for some unknown reason. Maybe it's a team trying to ensure a player they like is available for them, perhaps it's a ruthless rival agent looking to get his player moving up the board. Now it's Kelvin Benjamin's turn, and sifting through the bullshit of what's real and fake will only make you tired. Benjamin reportedly blew off a meeting with an NFL coach, that's what a...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 14, 2014
Newton Featured in New 'This is Sports Center' Ad

Newton Featured in New 'This is Sports Center' Ad

I have to admit this one is pretty funny as Newton carries his lines well. This one is a play on all the hardware Newton has one in his short but illustrious career: So what do you think Panther fans, is this a good one? Are you thinking Newton is being over-saturated in his appearances?
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 14, 2014

Fan Poll: 'What if?' Scenario for the Panthers

Let's just play a quick scenario and suppose the following players listed below are the top 5 remaining on your board. Who do you go with? I'm giving you five to pick from from five different positions and please assume anyone you rated higher is already off the board. A nightmare scenario right? CB Jason Verrett - A smallish CB but a good athlete who should be able to play press man coverage OT Morgan Moses - Has great size and arm length but questionable footwork. Many mocks have the Panthers taking Moses as a need pick. DE Dee Ford - Can you ever have enough pass rushers? OG Xavier...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 13, 2014
Panthers Waive WR RJ Webb

Panthers Waive WR RJ Webb

The local Furman product is coming off an ACL injury. I can't say I had any expectations for the kid: Carolina Panthers waive former Furman WR Webb | NFL Football | The StateThe Panthers have waived former Furman wide receiver R.J. Webb, who spent his only season with Carolina on injured reserve after tearing his ACL during a minicamp practice last June. Webb, 26, was signed last May after participating in the team’s rookie minicamp as a tryout player. He was injured a month later. Webb caught 85 passes for 1,082 yards and eight touchdowns at Furman from 2006-2009. Anyone broken up...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 12, 2014
NFL free agency 2014: Why Alex Hall could be the Panthers most fascinating signing

NFL free agency 2014: Why Alex Hall could be the Panthers most fascinating signing

A rangy defensive end from the land up north. Alex Hall will be fascinating to watch. The Carolina Panthers added some pass rush depth on Friday with the announcement they signed defensive end Alex Hall, formerly of the CFL. Hall began his professional career in the NFL, a seventh round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2008. He bounced between several teams with unremarkable results, leaving the league with 38 tackles and 3.0 sacks in three seasons. Then the light bulb came on. Playing in Canada was the perfect alternate route for the former DII defensive end and he quickly became one of...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 12, 2014
2014 NFL Draft: Scott Crichton works out for Panthers

2014 NFL Draft: Scott Crichton works out for Panthers

The Panthers are showing interest in one of the Draft's most versatile defensive ends. Defensive end might not be a true "need" position for the Panthers, but don't be surprised if General Manager Dave Gettleman still ends up selecting one in the early rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. Gettleman believes in solid play in the trenches, and he comes from a Giants organization that invested heavily at the defensive end position, and saw that investment pay off with two Super Bowl victories. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that the Panthers are looking at the top defensive end prospects in this...

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