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Cat Scratch Reader Apr 23, 2015

Fanpoll: Panthers 2015 Regular Season Record

Let's check the pulse of the CSR Membership now that the schedule has been digested to see how we currently feel. So how many games do you think the Panthers will win in 2015? Take the fanpoll below. Here's my guess by game showing how I ended up with my win total. Week 1 SEP 13 1:00 PM EDT ) AT JAGUARS (Win) Week 2 SEP 20 1:00 PM EDT * TEXANS (Win) Week 3 SEP 27 1:00 PM EDT ) SAINTS (Win) Week 4 OCT 4 1:00 PM EDT ) AT BUCCANEERS (Win) Week 5 BYE Week 6 OCT 18 4:05 PM EDT ) AT SEAHAWKS (Loss) - Man I so want to declare a 'Shock the World' prediction but...I'm a...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 22, 2015

Greg Hardy suspended 10 games by NFL

It was always unclear what path the NFL would take to deal with the off-field domestic violence issues that led to Greg Hardy missing the 2014 season, now we have an answer. The Cowboys' defensive end will miss 10 regular season games, the league announced Wednesday afternoon. Ready for the kicker? The Panthers face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, that's right -- Week 12. If the NFL's suspension remains at full-length it will be Hardy's first game back and he'll be extra motivated to show his old team what they're missing out on. Carolina chose not to retain Hardy largely due to his off-field...

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Carolina Panthers draft Shaq Thompson

With the 25th overall pick in the 2015 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, Carolina Panthers GM AndyMcNabb selects ... Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } The Panthers war room has just been notified they are on the clock. Ron Rivera looks around in dismay as his obvious choices of Jaelen Strong, Melvin Gordon, and Lael Collins have all come off the board. The needs of the Panthers are simple this year: Get some big bodies to protect Cam Newton (who was sacked some 40+ times in 2014) and draft as many Offensive weapons as possible. Last year Kelvin...

2015 NFL mock draft: Panthers select Dorial Green-Beckham

The Carolina Panthers take Dorial Green-Beckham with the 25th pick of the 2015 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 25th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2015 NFL mock draft, the Carolina Panthers select Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Go_beluga_whales is serving as the Panthers' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. I wanted to go LT or CB here, but there were no viable options on Day 1. The Panthers also signed Michael Oher and Jonathan Martin recently, so O-line can wait a round. With that, I took the BPA in 6-foot-5 WR Dorial Green-Beckham. DGB is a top-10...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 22, 2015

5 reasons the Panthers schedule is good and I can't work out why people are freaking out

The Carolina Panthers' 2015 schedule was released Tuesday night, and the vast majority of the Internet seems to think the team is facing an uphill battle. This doesn't make sense. Over here at Cat Scratch Reader we had a measured response to the schedule release, but this wasn't the case elsewhere. Heck, even NFL.com wrote about how hard it would be for Cam Newton and the Panthers to make a dent in the 2015 season, saying: "If Carolina isn't careful, they could be buried at midseason." It's odd to see so many think the Panthers are in trouble. Sure they could be buried at midseason, but so...
Daily Norseman Apr 22, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Carolina Panthers Select T.J. Clemmings

We're into the last quarter of our 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and we kick it off with the league's worst playoff team last year, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers finished with the same 7-9 record that our beloved Minnesota Vikings did, and took a pretty good thrashing from the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium, but that was still good enough for them to win the awful NFC South and even manage a playoff victory. The Panthers have a couple of directions they could go with this pick, but one of their needs stands out above all of the rest. With the 25th pick in the 2015 Daily...
Big Cat Country Apr 22, 2015

Jaguars vs. Panthers season opener: Carolina starts as 4-point favorites

The season opener is a little less than five months away, but that doesn't mean you can't put some money on the Jaguars to cover the spread. The Jacksonville Jaguars are opening the season by hosting the Carolina Panthers, and oddsmakers don't think the home team will win in Week 1. But they do think it'll be a pretty close game. According to Westgate Las Vegas, the Panthers currently have just a 4-point edge over the Jaguars, and depending on next week's NFL Draft, training camp, and preseason performances, that could fluctuate. That didn't take long... Week 1 lines are already here....
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 21, 2015

Panthers 2015 Schedule Features Three Prime Time Games

The Panthers land the first Thanksgiving Day game in franchise football with a week 9 match-up at Dallas. So here is via Panthers.com (sorry the font is lame, trying to get this up quickly) Week 1 SEP 13 1:00PMEDT ) AT JAGUARS Week 2 SEP 20 1:00PMEDT * TEXANS Week 3 SEP 27 1:00PMEDT ) SAINTS Week 4 OCT 4 1:00PMEDT ) AT BUCCANEERS Week 6 OCT 18 4:05PMEDT ) AT SEAHAWKS Week 7 OCT 25 8:30PMEDT ' EAGLES on Sunday Night Football Week 8 NOV 2 8:30PMEST + COLTS on Monday Night Football Week 9 NOV 8 1:00PMEST ) PACKERS Week...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 21, 2015

Predict the Panthers Schedule Open Thread

Hat tip to PantherBro13 for the idea in another comment thread. His prediction is below. So feel free to put yours in the comment thread. Prediction on the schedule Week 1 – @AtlantaWeek 2 – @Seattle (405 on Fox)Week 3 – HoustonWeek 4 – @Tampa BayWeek 5 – Green BayWeek 6 – @JacksonvilleWeek 7 – PhiladelphiaWeek 8 – @New York GiantsWeek 9 – ByeWeek 10 – @TennesseeWeek 11 – New Orleans (MNF)Week 12 – Tampa BayWeek 13 – @Dallas (425 on fox)Week 14 – Indianapolis (SNF)Week 15 – @New OrleansWeek 16 – AtlantaWeek 17 – Washington 1- Arik Armstead 2- Jake...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 21, 2015

Panther Paw Prints: Voluntary Offseason Work Outs

The Panthers started their offseason work outs yesterday. Here are a few choice tweets from the kick off. First from Ryan Kalil via Max Henson: C Ryan Kalil: "I'm excited to see what (Oher and Martin) can do. They are eager to work." — Max Henson (@PanthersMax) April 20, 2015 Yes there are a lot of people thinking the same thing Ryan. I'll be curious to hear more of your opinion on that over the coming months. Here's a couple more on Oher: Oher says left tackle is his natural position and his best fit. "I'm excited to prove that." — Max Henson (@PanthersMax) April 20, 2015 OT...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 21, 2015

2014 NFL Draft Flashback: The 5th Round Trade Up

Here's a look back to one of the more perplexing moves by the Panthers during last year's draft. Perplexing at the time anyway. You may recall the Panthers traded up in the 5th round last year 20 spots from #28 in the 5th round to #8. Here are the details: Panthers fill void left by Munnerlyn Panthers receive:" Fifth-round pick (No. 148): Bene Benwikere Vikings receive:" Fifth-round pick (No. 168; traded toFalcons)" Seventh-round pick (No. 225):Jabari Price Analysis: The Panthers needed to fill the void left by Captain Munnerlyn's departure, and Benwikere should be up...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 21, 2015

Cat Scratch Radio Tonight: 2015 Schedule Release Edition

The NFL releases the 2015 regular season schedule tonight at 8:00pm ET so it seems like a good time for another edition of Cat Scratch Radio. Join us at 10pm ET to discuss all the latest Carolina Panther news and notes with other Panther fans. 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...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 20, 2015

Mock Draft Monday: The Aggregate Mock

Dan Kadar with Mocking the Draft tried his best to aggregate the results of 20 different mock drafts from around the internet. In his words 'For some picks it worked, for others it was a disaster'. Dan first provided some ground rules to making this attempt work: 2015 NFL mock draft: Finding a consensus on 32 picks - SBNation.comFor this exercise, I had to impose some rules to give every team a unique pick. When there was a tie among top selections, I made the pick. On a couple of picks, I exercised my right as a self-styled mock draft enthusiast to change a choice. This only happened a...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 20, 2015

If you were an NFL GM, what positions would you spend your first round picks on?

On average, an NFL team only has six first round draft choices playing on the team that drafted them. With the recent release of DeAngelo Williams the Panthers are one of many that have five, three on offense and two on defense. Some bust, some get injured, and some do so well, that they leave via free agency....but mostly, they just get OLD, and have to be replaced. An NFL roster will suit-up 52 players on game day, but only about 10% will be made up of their former first round picks. Of coarse,"steals" can be found at nearly every position: Tom Brady in the 6th round, Marques...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 20, 2015

Mocking the Depth: Pre-draft Defense Edition

Let's take a look at the defensive side of the ball, top to bottom, and analyze where guys will fit for the Carolina Panthers prior to the draft. After analyzing the offensive side of the football, I'm going to take a look at my favorite side; the defense. Carolina has long been known for having a punishing defense, however last season it took a few games for them to put it all together. Part of that had to do with some poor play in the secondary, but most problems were due to the sudden absence of Greg Hardy. The pass rush needed to gel and the right guys needed to be lined up. Let's take...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 19, 2015

Panthers meet with Landon Collins, top-ranked safety in 2015 NFL Draft

The Carolina Panthers are showing interest in the top-ranked safety in the Draft. The Carolina Panthers have lacked stability at the safety position for several years now. Last offseason, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman signed veteran free agents Thomas DeCoud and Roman Harper as short-term stopgaps at the strong and free safety positions, but both performed extremely poorly during the 2014 season. DeCoud’s play was so bad, the Panthers ended up benching him after Week 11. DeCoud’s replacement was rookie Tre Boston, who played extremely well as the starter for the rest of the season at the...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 19, 2015

Carolina Panthers 2015 Mock Draft: Needs Edition

Last Sunday, I got into some deep water when I published my latest mock draft based entirely on who I felt could be the best player available in each of the seven rounds. Today, I will traverse the murky waters of focusing mainly on what I believe to be the Carolina Panthers most pressing needs going into the 2015 NFL Draft. Carolina Panthers 2015 Mock Draft: Needs Edition Round Prospect Height Weight School 1 OT Jake Fisher 6-foot-6 306 Oregon 2 WR Nelson Agholor 6-foot-0 198 Southern California 3 SS Jaquiski Tartt 6-foot-1 221 Samford 4 CB Ifo...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 18, 2015

Mocking the Depth: Pre-Draft Offense Edition

Let's take a look at how the Panthers overall roster stacks up, and what guys will be part of the 11 men starting on each side of the football. Last year I took a look at how individual position groupings might stack up come gameday, this time around I want to take a look at the overall roster. There's a lot of new faces that want to compete this year, along with the 2014 rookie class. That was an outstanding group, and now we have a better idea of where each guy's going to fit on the roster. Quarterbacks Predicted Starter: Cam Newton Backups: Derek Anderson, Joe Webb Not much to see...
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 18, 2015

CSR Saturday Open Thread

What's on your schedule this weekend? Will you be watching any of the NBA Playoffs as they begin today? Do you have any outdoor plans? Do you have to work this weekend? Are you excited about the upcoming NFL Draft? Whatever you're doing, feel free to spend a moment or two on our Saturday open thread.
Cat Scratch Reader Apr 17, 2015

Plenty Of Blame To Go Around In the Aaron Hernandez Case

One of the last things anyone needs in their life is the assurance that their bad behavior will go unpunished. Just ask Aaron Hernandez. When news of Aaron Hernandez's guilty verdict and subsequent life sentence without the possibility of parole was announced on Wednesday morning, I couldn't help but think of Rae Carruth, the former Carolina Panthers' receiver who shamefully decided to hire someone to murder his pregnant girlfriend back in 1999. Unfortunately, Cherica Adams didn't survive the attack and although his unborn son did survive, he suffered permanent brain damage after his oxygen...

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