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Cat Scratch Reader 56 mins ago

Player Spotlight: Trai Turner

Bio: Age: 22 Height: 6' 3" Weight: 320 lbs College: LSU Tigers Years Active: 3 Drafted in the third round of 2014 draft, Trait Turner is the prototype 'Hog Mollie.' A power running necessity and J-Stew's new best friend, Turner paves the way for a running game that sets the tempo on a rejuvenated and powerful offense. If Turner continues his dominance in the trenches we could expect to be hearing his name in much bigger conversations. College: Turner made 20 starts out of 25 games at LSU. He delivered 29 blocks resulting in a touchdown vs only giving up 3 sacks during his LSU tenure. ...
Cat Scratch Reader 3 hours ago

2016 Carolina Panthers OTAs Day 2 Open Thread

The Panthers continue OTAs with day two. In case you haven't heard, the Panthers began Phase Three of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) yesterday. Here's the info on what that means: Phase 3 consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or "OTAs." No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted. NFL.com So they can't really do much, but hey—it's FOOTBALL! This is the first of four installments of Panthers OTAs that will run from May 24-26. The remaining schedule is listed...
Cat Scratch Reader 6 hours ago

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 5/25/16

Here's your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume: Here are five things that stood out to Bryan Strickland from yesterday's practice (Panthers.com) Bill Voth shares his notes from the first day of OTAs (Black and Blue Review) Max Henson takes a closer look at the turnover at Thieves Avenue (Panthers.com) VIDEO: Ron Rivera talks to the media after the first day of OTAs (Panthers.com) Feel free to discuss these links, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want:...
Cat Scratch Reader 17 hours ago

Falcons Win Bid to Host 2019 Super Bowl

The Panthers could be going for their third SB victory in a row in February of 2019. Well it's possible anyway though obviously unlikely. Super Bowl 2019, 2020 and 2021 Dates, Locations Announced by NFL | Bleacher ReportIt's a wonderful day for our city and franchise and I know the people of Atlanta and all of Georgia will deliver a spectacular Super Bowl celebration in 2019. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be an outstanding venue for the game and with all of the attractions and hotel rooms within a mile of the stadium this is going to be the most walkable Super Bowl ever. Atlanta has truly...
Cat Scratch Reader 20 hours ago

On Fandom and Bojangles Chicken

Gotta Wanna Needa Getta Hava a butt every twelve inches I went to Panthers-Titans game in Charlotte in 2011. At some point during the event someone over the intercom proudly proclaimed: "Congratulations on x number of consecutive sell outs!". This was announced as I was engaging in full relaxation, stretching my legs onto the seat in front of me, arm around the seat next to me. I could look around and see plenty of lower level seats up for grabs. I could have spat out of the top of the stadium from my seats, and not had to worry about the chance of hitting someone when it came back down. I...
Cat Scratch Reader 21 hours ago

Mocking the Depth: Linebackers

A look at the Carolina Panthers linebacker position after free agency and the 2016 NFL Draft. The Panthers' strongest position on defense is definitely the linebacker group. Between the two elite playmakers and the batch of young athletes backing them up, the Panthers are set up to continue to field a top level group for the next several years. The defense is fueled by their sideline to sideline skill and hard hitting style of play. Unfortunately, when you have a surplus of talent at one position, tough decisions are a certainty in the future. Rookies Jared Barber (UDFA) Jeremy Cash...
Cat Scratch Reader 22 hours ago

What is the best fourth round pick the Panthers have made?

The fourth installment of our eight-part series takes a look at the fourth round selections over the brief history of the Carolina Panthers franchise. Which one was the best? That's up to you to decide! With the 2016 draft now behind us, I feel it's pertinent to take a look back into the history of Carolina's draft picks to answer one simple question. What is the best draft pick the Panthers have made? On the surface, the answer to this question may be simple. It has to be Cam Newton, right? He is our franchise quarterback and reigning NFL MVP, after all. I know you're probably saying that...
Cat Scratch Reader May 24, 2016

2016 Carolina Panthers OTAs Day 1 Open Thread

The first day of Phase 3 is upon us. In case you haven't heard, the Panthers begin Phase Three of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) today. Here's the info on what that means: Phase 3 consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or "OTAs." No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted. NFL.com So they can't really do much, but hey—it's FOOTBALL! This is the first of four installments of Panthers OTAs that will run from May 24-26. The remaining schedule is listed below. ...
Cat Scratch Reader May 24, 2016

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 5/24/16

Here's your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume: Shaq Thompson was involved in a head-on collision on Sunday morning (Darin Gantt, Pro Football Talk) Bryan Strickland shares five things to watch during OTAs (Panthers.com) Mike Tolbert is ready to compete for the starting fullback position (Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer) VIDEO: Panthers Insider talks about the first installment of OTAs that begin today (Panthers.com) Feel free to discuss these links, or use this thread to...
Cat Scratch Reader May 23, 2016

If I ever quit supporting NFL football this will be why

The thought of seeing my favorite players become incapacitated or worse die at an early age due too brain damage is a scary thought. Finding out the NFL is at least partially complicit makes it even worse. I'm not sure where I stand with all this. I'm not writing this to make a point one way or the other. It's long been obvious there is a greater need to protect the players health both in the short and long term. I also can understand the NFL wanting to keep the narrative less critical, its human nature. Yet if the trend continues then seeing a lot of former players I loved in wheel chairs...
Cat Scratch Reader May 23, 2016

Panthers LB Shaq Thompson involved in car crash

Carolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson was involved in a head on collision with former Duke QB Anthony Boone this morning. Multiple sources tweeted today that Shaq Thompson was involved in a head on collision this morning that ended up sending former Duke QB Anthony Boone to the hospital. Blackandbluereview.com had a few more details. Boone and Thompson, who don't know each other, were driving in the opposite direction on Potter Road when Thompson crossed the center line. Both drivers tried to swerve, but their cars collided head on. Apparently Shaq Thompson is fine, however he'll...
Cat Scratch Reader May 23, 2016

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 5/23/16

Here's your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume: Sporting News listed Cam Newton as the 20th most hated NFL player of all time. Yes, all time. (Reece Helms, Cat Crave) The NFL's spring meetings are in Charlotte this week (Bill Voth, Black and Blue Review) Greg Olsen had fun at the NASCAR All-Star Race (Chase Wilhelm, Fox Sports) PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at the Top Cats Headshot photo shoot (Panthers.com) Feel free to discuss these links, or use this thread to chat about...
Cat Scratch Reader May 22, 2016

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 5/22/16

Here's your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume: The Panthers had nine players in PFF's Top 101 of 2015, including two in the top ten (Brandon Croce, PanthersInsider.com) Greg Olsen knows a return to the Super Bowl isn't guaranteed (Tom Jensen, Fox Sports) VOTE: Who do you think has a better car; Cam Newton or Thomas Davis? (ESPN) VIDEO: Max Henson answers fans' questions in his latest mailbag (Panthers.com) VIDEO: Panthers insiders discuss rookie mini-camp...
Cat Scratch Reader May 21, 2016

Mocking the Depth: Tight Ends

The Carolina Panthers added tight end Beau Sandland in the draft and attempted to bring in some more talent via the rookie camp/tryouts. Let's take a look at how they fit. The Panthers possess one of the better NFL tight ends in Greg Olsen, but beyond that they haven't brought much talent to the tight end room in the past. It appears that this offseason that could change a bit, with 6 tight ends currently on the roster. Every year Ron Rivera makes at least one comment about the desire to use more two tight end sets, and it makes sense after Cam's extraordinary rookie season where Olsen...
Cat Scratch Reader May 21, 2016

Player Spotlight: Bené Benwikere

Big play Bené to his friends and Carolina fans alike, the best is still ahead for the former Spartan. With major shake ups in the Panthers secondary, this could be the year that Bené makes his mark on what is becoming a perennial contender. Bio Age: 24 Height: 6' Weight: 190 lbs College: San Jose State Years Active: 3rd Season Helpful Pronunciation Guide: Ben-ay Ben-WICK-urr-rhee College Big Play Bené played four years at San Jose State in various positions. Twice he led the team in interceptions and ended his college career tied for first place in San Jose State history for most...
Cat Scratch Reader May 21, 2016

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 5/21/16

Here's your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume: DBs coach Steve Wilks likes what he sees in the rookie cornerbacks (Bryan Strickland, Panthers.com) Check out Thomas Davis's Panther-themed car (David Newton, ESPN) VIDEO: Panthers Insider takes a closer look at Keyarris Garrett (Mike Craft, Panthers.com) PHOTOS: Here's an inside look at Ron Rivera's office (Max Henson, Panthers.com) Feel free to discuss these links, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want:...
Cat Scratch Reader May 20, 2016

Panthers add WRs LaRon Byrd and Tobias Palmer to 90-man roster

Tight ends Jake McGee and Andrew Bonnet were cut to make room for the new wide receivers. The Panthers have done some shuffling to the back-end of their 90-man roster, as they added wide receivers LaRon Byrd and Tobias Palmer to the team earlier this afternoon. Undrafted rookie tight ends Jake McGee and Andrew Bonnet are the unfortunate victims of the shuffle as both were waived to make room for Byrd and Palmer. Here's the story on the new guys, from Panthers.com: Byrd played at the University of Miami and has spent time with six different NFL teams beginning in 2012 when the Arizona...
Cat Scratch Reader May 20, 2016

College Football Preview: The Year of the Running Back

With the 2017 NFL Draft still 11 months away, for many this is too early to talk about draft prospects. However, for Panthers' fans that also are college football fans, it is not too early to talk about what is expected to be an outstanding running back class. In 2016, 23 running backs were drafted, but only one in the first round, and only four before pick #119. Of the top nine running backs, eight were seen as assets in the passing game. Ezekiel Elliott (27 catches and outstanding in pass-protection), Kenyan Drake (29, but underutilized), CJ Prosise (26 catches 2015. former WR), Tyler...
Cat Scratch Reader May 20, 2016

The Scratching Post: Carolina Panthers News 5/20/16

Here's your Panthers news for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume: Greg Olsen had an interesting experience while training to drive the pace car for the NASCAR All-Star Race (Jeff Gluck, USA Today) Olsen also said he doesn't plan on slowing down any time soon (Bill Voth, Black and Blue Review) Ron Rivera believes Cam Newton is just scratching the surface of his potential (David Newton, ESPN) The Panthers made some changes to their scouting department (Max Henson, Panthers.com) VIDEO: Ryan...
Cat Scratch Reader May 19, 2016

Panthers hire two scouts to fill openings

The hires fill holes created by a departure and a retirement. They were also a number of other changes within the department: Carolina Panthers bring in veteran scouts to fill openings | The Charlotte ObserverStokes, a former Seattle Seahawks safety, was the Miami Dolphins’ assistant general manager before being fired in February. Stokes spent 12 years with Seattle in various scouting and personnel roles, and also served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ director of college scouting. Patten, a former Duke offensive lineman who played for several NFL teams, was most recently the San...

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