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Cat Scratch Reader 37 mins ago
Panthers sign center Fernando Velasco

Panthers sign center Fernando Velasco

Slowing building the offensive line with value. The Carolina Panthers strengthened their offensive line depth with the signing of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Fernando Velasco. The 29-year-old started 11 games last year and is expected to back up Ryan Kalil. Velasco is a Dave Gettleman guy. No, that doesn't mean he has a bevy of traits the Panthers general manager finds intriguing, nor does it mean he'll be a starter -- but he's a cheap, experienced option at center who could find himself rotating to other positions, should the need arive. He became an important part of the Steelers...
Cat Scratch Reader 2 hours ago

Under the radar: Darrin Reaves vs. Tyler Gaffney

Carolina dropped a sixth round pick on Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney, but did the front office find a better prospect in the UDFA ranks? Darrin Reaves has successfully remained under the radar. He plays a position in which Carolina has multiple entrenched starters; played collegiately for a two win Conference USA team; and never put up gaudy stats. CBS Sports lists the Alabama native as a two-star running back, who chose a scholarship at UAB over Vanderbilt. In doing so, Reaves and his father became the first father-son tandem to play football for the Blazers. A two-year starter, Reaves put up...

Ex-Steelers center Fernando Velasco signs with Carolina Panthers

He started 12 games for the Steelers in 2014, replacing injured Maurkice Pouncey, before tearing an Achilles in Week 14. A safety blanket has been removed. Ex-Steelers center Fernando Velasco signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers, eliminating the possibility of a return to Pittsburgh. Velasco ruptured an Achilles during the team's Week 14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens - 12 games after the Steelers signed him to replace Maurkice Pouncey, who was lost in the team's Week 1 loss to Tennessee. The Steelers suffered through one of their worst rushing seasons in the modern era,...
Cat Scratch Reader 4 hours ago

What I Can't Live Without Championship: Football vs Internet

Here we are CSR. Down to the final match. This one should be a humdinger. Some are saying this bout could stand toe to toe with the Ali-Frazier showdowns from yesteryear. Others are saying it could go down in history like the frenetic Panthers-Patriots '04 Super Bowl. Of course, there are always a few curmudgeons who will always think this series was fixed from the beginning. Who cares what they think. I say this finish will be legendary. Well, this is the last hurrah. Two #1 seeds in a winner take all match. Just like I planned....ummm, conspired...I mean....thought it would turn out. Just...
Cat Scratch Reader 20 hours ago

CSR Mid-Week Open Thread

It's Wednesday and there's nothing going on. Let's waste time with an open thread. There's literally nothing going on in Pantherland at the moment. It's so boring, Jerry Richardson is probably asleep at his desk right now. (To be fair, he probably does this all the time regardless of how boring it is.) Thankfully, the start of training camp is only three days away. In the meantime, let's talk about whatever. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 23, 2014

Panthers Training Camp Preview: Five players to watch

The Panthers always seem to have "all-pro training camp" stars who do very well in camp and inspire optimism. However, many of them seem to fizzle up once the lights come on and practice jerseys come off. There's many key positions that are in deep competition between seemingly low level talent. We will see winners, but it remains to be seen the level of play each player brings. Here's a look at five players to follow, and the storyline behind it. The Panthers always seem to have "all-pro training camp" stars who do very well in camp and inspire optimism. However, many of them seem to...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 22, 2014

Cat Scratch Radio: Eve of TC Edition

Join us tonight 10pm ET for another edition of Cat Scratch Radio. 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 noise. 1. Follow this link to listen, chat or add your voice...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 22, 2014

Carolina Panthers Trivia Tuesday: Name That Panther

Who will be first to answer correctly in this week's edition of Trivia Tuesday? Here are your ten clues: 1. Played for six franchises 2. Has 3 children 3. Four year letterman in college 4. Never earned Pro Bowl status 5. Selected in the 3rd round 6. Set a rookie record 7. Broke two school records that still stand to this day 8. Born East of the Mississippi 9. One of his favorite players to watch was Lawrence Taylor 10. Reportedly ran a 4.7 at one point
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 22, 2014

Here's what Cam Newton looks like in comic book form

This is how a super hero gets a comic book. Cam Newton is a superhero to fans of the Carolina Panthers and like all good superheroes he now has a comic book to prove it. Gatorade are dubbing Newton "The Blender" and he's in a new online comic designed to tell us about how the quarterback prepares for NFL games and show him enjoying the famous sports drink as much as possible. It's a totally fine and utterly pointless thing that's hard to determine who exactly it's pitched at. The comic isn't fun and goofy enough for kids, nor does it really give adults anything new to enjoy. Instead...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 22, 2014

What I Can't Live Without Tournament: Internet vs Music

Someone once said that the most important decisions in life are the one's you never have to make. I think it was Confucius or maybe Aristotle who penned these famously profound words. Who am I kidding? CSR can't fooled. Those words just came from the sick mind of some dopey dude who writes for this blog. So the second semifinal match comes down to this. Either you take a 3 month sabbatical away from the Internet or Music. Decisions, decisions. Important ones, I might add. Why? Because you'll never have to make them. I'm still not sure if this concept is unprecedented genius or pure...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 21, 2014
Panthers Training Camp Preview: Top 6 Position Battles

Panthers Training Camp Preview: Top 6 Position Battles

With training camp kicking off this Friday here are the Panthers top 6 position battles. Offensive Tackle The retirement of long time Panther Jordan Gross really left the Panthers in a pinch. As it stands right now two undrafted players Byron Bell and Nate Chandler have the edge though we don't know which will play the left side and which will play the right. Look for Bell to stick on the left side given he is the more veteran player and is left handed though its no guarantee. Veteran Garry Williams is also in the mix as well as 2nd year guy Andrew McDonald. The Panthers hope to coach these...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 21, 2014

CSR 2014 Panthers Training Camp Meet-Up Schedule

If you are headed to Panthers training camp this weekend then why not join some fellow CSR members to enjoy the experience? While training camp officially starts with Fanfest on Friday at BoA stadium, the CSR meet-up starts off the following day in Spartanburg, SC. Here's the CSR meet-up plan. You can check the Panthers training camp schedule here. Saturday 3:00pm Monster Subs 115 E Blackstock Rd. Spartanburg, South Carolina (864) 764-151 We meet at Monster Subs for some pre-camp carb loading. I have yet to try the Kraken Sub so that is what I'll be having. This allows for at least a...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 20, 2014
Ron Jaworski remains critical of Cam Newton

Ron Jaworski remains critical of Cam Newton

This is so frustrating. Cam Newton's rank in the spectrum of NFL quarterbacks will always be a hotly debated topic among Carolina Panthers fans. There's no doubting the multi-faceted passer is one of the league's top athletes and most dynamic play makers, but respect as a quarterback continues to allude him. Now there's another member of the national media doubting his abilities and Ron Jaworski's 2014 QB rankings will upset fans. Jaworski lists Newton as the No.14 quarterback in the league, worse than Colin Kaepernick -- three spots lower than Eli Manning. It's this latter ranking that's...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 20, 2014

CSR Sunday Night Open Thread

It's Sunday night TV night. It won't be long before this turns into Sunday Night football night. Until then we are left with your favorite Sunday Night TV or whatever else is on your mind. This is Now an Open Thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 20, 2014
Cam Newton, George Gring, and My Wish

Cam Newton, George Gring, and My Wish

ESPN and SportsCenter aired the piece on George Gring's visit with the team today. Needless to say, it is a heartwarming. The Panthers have had a bit of an up and down offseason. Highlighting the ups was DeAngelo Williams giving his first class seat up to (who he thought at the time was) a US Marine. Leading the charge for the lows is Greg Hardy's domestic abuse case. The Panthers have had stories from both ends of the spotlight spectrum. Luckily, the latest one the public will learn about will be a wonderful plus, not only for the team, but for the 6 year old boy whose dream came true...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 20, 2014

What I Can't Live Without Tournament: Football vs Meat

Our two semifinals matches feature a pair of one and three seed opponents facing off against one another. Now it's up to you to push your favorites through to the championship match. The first match of the semifinals is sure to leave some of you sweating bullets(not really). You will be challenged to picture yourself giving up football in order to continue your carnivorous ways or become a vegetarian so that you can keep up with the Panthers(NFL) and college football during the last quarter of 2014. Remember if Football is your choice, then you are to abstain from all forms of meat(anything...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 18, 2014

Are Panthers Most Likely to Fall in NFC South?

Everyone outside of the Panther fan base believes so. While I disagree I'm also obviously biased. The reality though I can't disagree with their reasoning. Vince Verhei with Football Outsiders via ESPN Insider: Fallers Carolina Panthers We tend to identify teams by their quarterbacks, and because Cam Newton turns 25 this year, we think of the Panthers as a young team. In reality, they were the fifth-oldest team in the league last year, and had the second-oldest offense. Old teams usually decline. Every wide receiver who caught a pass for the Panthers last year is now on a different...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 18, 2014
CSR Friday Night Open Thread - One Week Till TC

CSR Friday Night Open Thread - One Week Till TC

It's a another Friday Night but the last Friday night before training camp starts. We are one week out Panther fans. This is Now an Open Thread!
Hogs Haven Jul 18, 2014
Washington Redskins 2014 Player Profile: Frank Kearse, DL

Washington Redskins 2014 Player Profile: Frank Kearse, DL

Player profile for a roster hopeful on the defensive line Frank Kearse Defensive End / Nose Tackle Alabama A&M Drafted in the 7th round by the Miami Dolphins in 2011 @GoodFella_99 (Not very active) Career Stats Season Team Games Played Total Tackles Sacks 2011 Carolina Panthers 6 10 0.5 2012 Carolina Panthers 8 13 1.0 2013 Dallas Cowboys 2 1 0 Career 16 24 1.5 He was released by the Dolphins in their final cuts of 2011. In 2013 he was released by the Panthers in final cuts. He was signed to the Tennessee Titan's practice squad late that season and was later signed to...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 18, 2014
Ricky Proehl's addition to the Panthers is far more that tutelage

Ricky Proehl's addition to the Panthers is far more that tutelage

Having a gym in nearby Greensboro has always been a boon in hiring Ricky Proehl, now that's coming to fruition. It's hard for Cam Newton to remain incognito in Charlotte. He's one of the most recognizable NFL players today and when you pair that with his 6'5, 251 pound frame it's not exactly easy for him to blend in with the crowd. Somehow he managed to do that this week, all in a much smaller market. Greensboro isn't just where Ricky Proehl has his facility "Proehlific Park," it's also where I call home. So I was a little stunned to hear that Newton and the Panthers' receivers were in town...

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