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Cat Scratch Reader 9 hours ago
CSR Fantasy Football update: Who has the best roster in CSR1?

CSR Fantasy Football update: Who has the best roster in CSR1?

Let's talk about fantasy folks. It's Fantasy Football time again, so it's time to discuss team rosters. CSR1 held its draft on Monday night and different approaches led to some interesting rosters. Check out the teams and let us know who you think did best. To keep this objective I wont reveal the manager's name. We'd love to hear from you too. Share your team in the comment and let the critiquing begin! Cardiac Cats QB: Nick Foles WR1: Roddy White WR2: Percy Harvin RB1: Matt Forte RB2: Giovani Bernard TE: Kyle Rudolph W/R: Alfred Morris DEF: New England K: Justin Tucker BN: Terrance...
Cat Scratch Reader 10 hours ago

CSR Wednesday Night Open Thread

Now that camel's back day has almost concluded, we can begin discussing in earnest the first SEC game of the year tomorrow night as Texas A&M travels to Columbia to face South Carolina. If college football isn't on your mind, then most any other topic will do. Here's a question to ponder if you're having a hard time getting a conversation started: Which are you more interested in viewing? The Texas A&M-South Carolina game or the Carolina Panthers-Pittsburgh Steelers duel.
Cat Scratch Reader 13 hours ago
Is It Worth Kicking the Tires on Stephen Hill?

Is It Worth Kicking the Tires on Stephen Hill?

Rumor has it the Jets may be looking to trade or cut Stephen Hill. Is it worth taking a look or are there better options currently on the roster? It's possible the Jets could be looking to move their physically talented WR Stephen Hill. I'm not an advocate of trading for him, but if he hits the market should the Panthers snatch him up? Coming out of Georgia Tech, Hill was considered to possess all the physical tools you could ask for, but had suspect hands and route running. Here is Dan Kadar's scouting report on Hill. He is also strong in run blocking, another positive for a team focused...
Behind the Steel Curtain 13 hours ago

Inside the Steelers Locker Room: Darrius Heyward-Bey and Derek Moye talk Panthers

BTSC's own John Phillips went inside the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room and gathered some sound bytes from two players that are relying on a big performance Thursday to make the Steelers 53-man roster. BTSC's own John Phillips went into the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room to talk to two players who are relying on huge performances this Thursday in the final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers to solidify their spot on the 53-man roster. The audio is above, but some interesting information coming from two player battling it out at the wide receiver position in Darrius Heyward-Bey...
Cat Scratch Reader 15 hours ago
Preseason Game 4: Bubble Watch

Preseason Game 4: Bubble Watch

Well Panther Nation, this is it! One more preseason game for the bubble players to prove themselves before we find out who the final 2014 Carolina Panthers will be! And you know what that means... Football season is finally back! Without further ado, lets see which Panthers have the most to prove in this week's game against the Pittsburg Steelers. Week 3 Recap Joe Webb - 4th Season - QB - Stock Rising With Cam Newton nursing a broken rib, Derek Anderson's wife expecting to give birth any day now, and Matt Blanchard's placement on IR, Joe will get an entire game this week with which to...
Cat Scratch Reader 17 hours ago
Notable cuts around the NFL

Notable cuts around the NFL

The final cuts are in around the league. Typically the first roster shave is filled with unsurprising cuts, such as camp bodies and over the hill veterans. Still there are usually a few names that could potentially find a spot elsewhere whether it be because of scheme fit or lack of depth. Here's a look at some of the more notable cuts. Max Starks The former Steeler went to a Super Bowl as a starting tackle and played in Pittsburgh for the majority of his career before landing in Arizona this offseason, and with the void of offensive line talent in the NFL this cut is a little more...
Cat Scratch Reader 19 hours ago
Panthers vs. Steelers preseason 2014: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more

Panthers vs. Steelers preseason 2014: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more

The Panthers finish the preseason with their annual matchup against the Steelers. We're now one week removed from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doing us a favor by using his almighty powers to allow the Panthers to take a bye week during the preseason. I feel bad for the Patriots and their fans, because I'm sure they were looking forward to watching their team get revenge for last season's loss on Monday Night Football. Oh well. Such is life, I suppose. Contrary to popular belief, last week's preseason game never happened. Nope, not at all. Also, since the game never happened, Cam Newton...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2014

Cat Scratch Radio Tonight 10 pm ET: Preseason Week 3 Edition

Join us to discuss all the latest Carolina Panther news & notes 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 to the conversation through...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2014

Made from Scratch: Panthers at Steelers; What's in the Fridge Edition

Another week, another weeknight football matchup for the Panthers, this time against the Steel city's finest. Or... at least their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th finest. We won't see much of the starters, so here is a special "What's in the fridge?" edition of Made from Scratch. After three straight weeks of fresh cooking and culinary delights abound, at some point you just have to clean out the fridge. The Panthers have quite the smorgasbord in store for you, with a decadent mixture of cold and hot dishes that you either need to eat or throw away. We all know how Rivera and Gettleman like to keep a...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2014
Panthers make roster moves to cut down to 75 players

Panthers make roster moves to cut down to 75 players

Four players were lost to injury and that puts the roster at 75. The Carolina Panthers needed to cut down to 75 players on Monday and four players will be put on injured reserve or the PUP list in order to hit that mark. The team is now at the league's mark and will play the final preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers before making its final cuts to 53. Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports that quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end DC Jefferson and center Kevin Matthews have all been placed on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Meanwhile wide receiver De'Andre...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 26, 2014
CSR Panther Roster Cut Down Open Thread

CSR Panther Roster Cut Down Open Thread

The Panthers have four more players to cut today to get down to the mandatory maximum of 75 players. Here's an open thread to discuss the news as it unfolds today. 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 Aug 26, 2014

Carolina Panthers Trivia Tuesday: Name That Panther

It's that time again. You've got 10 clues to put this puzzle together. Based on how well you've played in the past, this one should be easy. Remember that the answer can be past or present. Here are your 10 clues: 1. According to one outlet, he ran a 4.60 at his pro day 2. Played defensive back on a part time basis in high school. 3. 3 time state champion. 4. Once tied a record that stood for more than half a century. 5. Also played baseball in high school. 6. Played in the arena league. 7. Has one brother. 8. Double majored in accounting and finance. 9. Arms measured 31 inches long. 10....
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 25, 2014

Carolina Panthers Song Of The Week: Cruel Summer

Let's take a trip into the 1980's for a trip down memory lane. You know that feeling you get when the first few moments of a nostalgic song begins to play on the radio? All of a sudden, present realities are put on hold for a few minutes in order to be transported to a different time and place. Maybe it's the memory of a former love interest or an important milestone achieved. Many times it's simply a movie and that's where my imagination takes me whenever I hear today's song of the week, Cruel Summer. For me, the first thing that pops into my mind anytime I hear this one hit wonder by...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 25, 2014

TJ Olsen Recovering from Final Open Heart Surgery today

The son of Thor is currently in ICU after having his third, and theoretically final, open heart surgery today to help treat his rare heart condition. Greg Olsen is a fan favorite both on and off the field. The former Chicago Bear has made a very comfortable home in Charlotte with his wife Kara, and two twin children, Talbot and TJ. For those not familiar with the story, TJ was born with a very rare and serious congenital heart condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome or HLHS. His sister, Talbot, was born without complications. HLHS, in brief, is a disease where the left side of...

Roethlisberger not expected to play against Panthers

The Pittsburgh Steelers' franchise quarterback won't be participating in the team's fourth and final preseason game this Thursday when they host the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger does not anticipate playing at all Thursday night. Is already looking at film of the Browns. — Scott Brown (@ScottBrown_ESPN) August 25, 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't be a part of the team's plans heading into the fourth and final preseason game Thursday against the Carolina Panthers. According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com and other sources, the Steelers'...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 25, 2014

Why Can't Cam Newton Slide?

Most QBs make it look pretty easy. I found sliding to be fun and easy when playing baseball as a kid. So why can't Cam Newton slide instead of lunge forward like he has been doing since his early college days? It would reduce the stress on the coaching staff and the fanbase if he would learn to slide that is for sure: Cam Newton needs to learn how to slide - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN"A lot of concerns," Rivera said. "Every time he runs there are concerns. ... He's competitive by nature. Competitive people, who are truly competitive, always try to do the hard thing. Cam will never try to do...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 25, 2014

20 Years of Panthers Uniform History: Part 1

This year the Panthers celebrate their 20th year of existence with a memorial patch (seen above). Believe it or not, this is one of only a handful of notable uniform changes for this organization over the years. Although Carolina’s football club may seem to many traditionalist to still have that expansion look, their uniform ranks up with the likes of Dallas, Chicago, and Kansas City in its staying power, and in my humble opinion, the Panthers look is a classic uniform design. Let me begin by saying that I have been a uniform nerd all of my life.  I have always loved sports, but I...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 24, 2014

CSR Sunday Night Football Open Thread

You know the routine. Anytime is a good time to discuss football or anything else on your mind. Tonight it's an NBC prime time preseason game that features the Cincinnati Bengals on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. I'll take the home team with a final score of 34-24.
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 24, 2014

Cam Newton injury: Panthers QB fractured rib vs. Patriots

He should be ready for the regular season, but at what cost? The Panthers loss to New England in the team's third preseason game has greater ramifications than rattling fan confidence with the news Cam Newton suffered a hairline fracture to one of his ribs and will miss the upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Ron Rivera is confident Newton will be available for the regular season opener vs. Tampa Bay, but the injury is a stern reminder of just how dangerous preseason play can be for franchise quarterbacks. On Saturday night Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tore the ACL in...
Cat Scratch Reader Aug 24, 2014
Panthers Make First Cuts of the Preseason

Panthers Make First Cuts of the Preseason

The first preseason cut casualties are in, and by the looks of it, nearly one position on the offense might be set. Today, the Panthers made a large set of cuts today, letting go of 10 of the 14 required players to reach Tuesday's 75 player limit. Here is a list of the cuts made today: RELEASED POS PLAYER EXP COLLEGE WR Tiquan Underwood 6 Rutgers WAIVED POS PLAYER EXP COLLEGE WR Toney Clemons 1 Colorado P Jordan Gay 1 Centre DT Linden Gaydosh 2 Calgary DE Alex Hall 4 St. Augustine's T Oscar Johnson 1 Louisiana Tech WR Marvin McNutt 2 Iowa LB Anthony Morales R Weber...

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