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The Scratching Post: 11/15/18

The Scratching Post: 11/15/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Kyle Love of Carolina Panthers angry with video | David Newton, ESPNKyle Love said of the video that has some thinking he was sleeping during Thursday’s game: “People will believe anything about you as long as it’s negative ...” Backup running back role now belongs to Cameron Artis-Payne | Jelani Scott, Panthers.comThe former fifth-round pick talks about what C.J. Anderson's release means...
16 hours ago
Panthers claim Kenjon Barner off waivers; waive Josh Hawkins

Panthers claim Kenjon Barner off waivers; waive Josh Hawkins

The Panthers made a roster move late this afternoon. The Panthers have added another running back to their roster after claiming former Panthers, Eagles, Chargers, Eagles, Panthers and Patriots running back Kenjon Barner off waivers. Cornerback Josh Hawkins, who the Panthers claimed after being released by the Packers in September, was waived to make room for Barner on the roster. Panthers claimed RB Kenjon Barner, who's back for a third stint in Carolina. Corresponding move is waiving CB Josh Hawkins.— Joe Person (@josephperson) November 14, 2018 Hawkins saw limited playing time...
18 hours ago
Torrey Smith worked out on the sideline during practice today

Torrey Smith worked out on the sideline during practice today

The veteran wide receiver is closer to making a return to action after working out with trainers on the side during today’s practice session. The Panthers were back on the practice field today ahead of their Week 11 matchup with the Detroit Lions, and on the injury front there’s not much to worry about at this time. Wide receiver Torrey Smith—who has missed the last three games with a knee injury—worked out on the side with trainers today. He was officially listed on the injury report as a DNP, but the fact that he’s doing work on the side is encouraging. I don’t want to...
23 hours ago
The Panthers are probably going to be a wild card team

The Panthers are probably going to be a wild card team

Carolina looks to be in good position to keep the lead for second best in the playoff race. Earlier this week, I pointed out that the Carolina Panthers are still tied for the third best record in the NFC and are technically still in control of their own destiny in the NFC South. We all know that destiny will be determined by the series with the Saints. We also know that it will be very difficult to beat what looks like the best team in the NFL once. Doing it twice sounds impossible. That leaves the Panthers’ best and likeliest hope as a struggle for one of the two wild card spots. This,...
Nov 14, 2018
The Scratching Post: 11/14/18

The Scratching Post: 11/14/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Panthers in the Power Rankings: Week 10 | Panthers.comFind out where Carolina stands in various power rankings across the web, presented by Daimler. Panthers' path to playoffs, No. 1 seed becoming clearer | Steven Taranto, 247SportsAs mid-November approaches and the pursuit of the playoffs becomes serious for teams around the NFL, the Carolina Panthers have distinguished themselves from the pack in...
Nov 13, 2018
Tuesday Turtle Spotlight: Progress is progress

Tuesday Turtle Spotlight: Progress is progress

Rivera’s first quarter fourth down call was what we’ve been waiting for his whole career. Perhaps the only upside to last Thursday’s blow out loss to the Steelers is that it afforded us little material upon which to base this column. The Panthers, for better or worse, had only one opportunity to make an aggressively conservative decision. Their failure was mostly on the players. We’d be auditioning for Cirque du Soleil if we could contort ourselves enough to blame Ron Rivera and his staff for this one. The Panthers have been all over the place this season, but they have been...
Nov 13, 2018
Christian McCaffrey is now a ‘must start’ fantasy football running back

Christian McCaffrey is now a ‘must start’ fantasy football running back

The second year running back is a top 10 fantasy football performer at his position. While Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is fourth in points for quarterbacks he is still not a ‘must start’ every week. I would instead advise playing the match-ups depending on who your back-up quarterback is. For instance, I liked Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck’s match-up better than Newton’s last week and both outperformed him. When it comes to running back Christian McCaffrey though, he is a must start every week no matter who the match-up. The reason McCaffrey is a sure thing week...
Nov 13, 2018
Christian McCaffrey is on pace to break the Panthers’ all-time record for yards from scrimmage

Christian McCaffrey is on pace to break the Panthers’ all-time record for yards from scrimmage

With each one of his shifty moves, we could be watching history in the making. Christian McCaffrey is on pace to break the Carolina Panthers single-season record for total yards from scrimmage. Through nine games CMC has churned out 1,018 yards (579 rushing, 439 receiving) which averages out to 113.1 yards per contest. If he can keep this pace over a full 16-game season, McCaffrey will produce 1,810 yards from scrimmage which would shatter the Panthers record. Per Football Reference, here are the team’s all-time leaders: By exceeding 1,800 yards, McCaffrey wouldn’t only break the...
Nov 13, 2018
The Hog Molly Report: Throw the Steelers tape away

The Hog Molly Report: Throw the Steelers tape away

I don’t need to tell you that Thursday night’s game was a disaster for both lines, so we’ll eschew our normal format and talk about where we go from here. Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Hog Molly Report, where winning in the trenches is all that matters. Before we begin, we open with the reciting of our usual motto: “Big men allow you to compete. We're certainly going to look at the big hog mollies.” In the spirit of Mr. Gettleman’s words (regardless of him having moved on) and the philosophy of building a team from the inside out, my goal will be to watch the hog mollies...
Nov 13, 2018
The Scratching Post: 11/13/18

The Scratching Post: 11/13/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Panic? Pray? Or parade? A look at the Carolina Panthers at midseason | Jourdan Rodrigue, Charlotte ObserverIt feels like only yesterday that the Carolina Panthers were clackin’ pads in training camp and sweating in the Spartanburg heat. Around the NFC South: Saints are sizzling | Bryan Strickland, Panthers.comNew Orleans opens up two-game lead, but wild card hopefuls take a tumble. Carolina...
Nov 12, 2018
Panthers waive C.J. Anderson, sign Travaris Cadet

Panthers waive C.J. Anderson, sign Travaris Cadet

The Panthers have released the veteran running back after signing him to a 1-year deal in free agency last offseason. Update (5:24 p.m. ET) - The Panthers have signed former Appalachian State running back Travaris Cadet to fill Anderson’s spot on the 53-man roster. Panthers have signed RB Travaris Cadet following C.J. Anderson's departure. https://t.co/HbXEEnRe4U— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) November 12, 2018 The Carolina Panthers have waived running back C.J. Anderson according to Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers have waived running back CJ Anderson, who...
Nov 12, 2018
Panthers waive C.J. Anderson

Panthers waive C.J. Anderson

The Panthers have released the veteran running back after signing him to a 1-year deal in free agency last offseason. The Carolina Panthers have waived running back C.J. Anderson according to Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers have waived running back CJ Anderson, who was signed to a 1-year deal in free agency this spring.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) November 12, 2018 Anderson signed a one-year contract worth $1.7 million in the offseason, but he hasn’t been much of a factor in their offensive game plan through the first nine games of 2018. Anderson...
Nov 12, 2018
The Panthers can still win the NFC South

The Panthers can still win the NFC South

A division crown is just on the edge of possible The Panthers best path to the playoffs is to win the NFC South. Amazingly, after last weeks’ loss and the Saints dominant 8-1 record, a division crown is still in reach for the Panthers. It is possible, but only just. The team that lost to the Steelers 52-21 last Thursday isn’t going to to do it, but a team motivated by that loss might. It’s no secret that the Saints are having a hell of a year off the venerated arm of Drew Brees and the lightning, Christian McCaffrey-esque talent of Alvin Kamara. Their only loss came to the season...
Nov 12, 2018
The Carolina Panthers are tied for the third best record in the NFC

The Carolina Panthers are tied for the third best record in the NFC

Cam Newton and company still control their own destiny when it comes to the playoffs. Shit happened last Thursday night, per Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. What didn’t happen was anything that outright ruined the teams plans to play football in January. The Panthers are currently tied for the third best win-loss record in the NFC heading into Week 11. They are behind the class of the NFL in the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams. They are tied with Washington and the Chicago Bears, each of whom lead their divisions. That’s not a bad place to be for a team with as many...
Nov 12, 2018
The Scratching Post: 11/12/18

The Scratching Post: 11/12/18

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. The Rivera Report: Tackling fundamental flaws | Bryan Strickland, Panthers.comPanthers will be back to basics along the line of scrimmage after the bye. Burn the tape? It's not that simple | Max Henson, Panthers.comYes, the Panthers have to move on quickly. But they also need to take a hard look at what went wrong in Pittsburgh. Steelers Expose Cam Newton, Panthers as Pretenders | Gary Davenport,...