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2019 Jets Free Agency Profile: Devin Funchess

Should the Jets pursue Devin Funchess? Welcome to the 2019 Jets Free Agency Profile series! Up until the start of the 2019 free agency period in March, I’ll be running through a bunch of names the Jets could potentially bring in with their hoard of cap space. Let’s get into it! Name: Devin Funchess Birthday/Age: May 21st, 1994 (age 25 on September 1st) Height/Weight: 6’4, 225 FA type: Unrestricted College: Michigan (drafted 41st overall by the Panthers in the second round of the 2015 draft) Team(s): Panthers (2015-18) Position/usage: X receiver 2018 stats: 14 games, 44 catches, 79...

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Film room scouting report on Delaware safety Nasir Adderley

Nasir Adderley is a potentially game changing safety. Should he be on the Panthers’ radar? As I begin my film scouting reports for the 2019 NFL Draft, I’m going to focus on doing reports on prospects that fit a need for the Panthers. Those positions include left tackle, interior offensive line, defensive line, and safety. Even if the Panthers re-sign Eric Reid, they have to upgrade the spot with a younger player. Rashaan Gaulden didn’t see many snaps in 2018, but I was never a huge fan of his potential coming out of Tennessee. At best, he becomes a core special teamer and a long term...

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2019 NFL Draft prospect profile - Juwann Bushell-Beatty, OT, Michigan

The Giants need a right tackle and like massive offensive linemen. Does that make Michigan’s Bushell-Beatty a match? The biggest selling point for Dave Gettleman as GM of the New York Giants -- other than his familiarity with the franchise -- is the Carolina Panthers’ history of turning later-round (or undrafted) offensive linemen into productive players. So while the Giants undoubtedly need to invest premium resources into their offensive line, there is also the hope that Gettleman will be able to uncover a diamond in the rough who can grow into a starter at some point early in his...

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Donte Jackson and D.J. Moore named to ESPN’s all-rookie team

The Panthers’ rookies received national attention for their notable performances this past season. ESPN’s all-rookie team included not one, but two members of Carolina’s 2018 draft class. Despite a disappointing 2018 campaign, the Carolina Panthers have displayed a plethora of promise for the future. Rookies Donte Jackson and D.J. Moore have a lot to do with that. They were selected to ESPN’s all-rookie team, which featured talents such as Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield, and other rookies who performed well on the big stage in 2018. Moore and Jackson were on that list, not as...


Cowboys’ Leighton Vander Esch will take over Luke Kuechly’s spot in Pro Bowl

According to Grant Gordon of NFL.com, Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is replacing Carolina Panthers Luke Kuechly due to injury. Vander Esch out of Boise State was drafted by the Cowboys with the 19th overall pick in last year’s draft. He was incredibly effective as a 4-3 outside linebacker for the team, totaling […] The post Cowboys’ Leighton Vander Esch will take over Luke Kuechly’s spot in Pro Bowl appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Panthers add Rashan Gary in Kadar’s latest mock

The Panthers need help on the defensive line. Will they address that need with the No. 16 overall pick? The Carolina Panthers will have just two defensive ends on the active roster when the league year begins in March—Mario Addison and Marquis Haynes—so it’s no secret that they must find players to fill out the depth chart before training camp begins this summer. As we’ve discussed several times already, there are two ways to accomplish this: Free agency and the NFL Draft. Just like last week, Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft has given the Panthers a pass rusher in his latest mock...

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2019 NFL Draft order: Detroit Lions 3rd round pick set after Eagles eliminated

A look at the Lions’ first three picks. The Divisional Round of the playoffs is over, and 28 of the 32 teams have now seen their seasons come to an unfortunate end. As each team gets eliminated, the order for the 2019 NFL Draft becomes clearer. With the Eagles, Colts, Cowboys and Chargers all eliminated over the weekend, we now know the order of the first 28 picks in the draft. Here’s a look: Cardinals 49ers Jets Raiders Buccaneers Giants Jaguars Lions Bills Broncos Bengals Packers Dolphins Falcons Washington Panthers Browns Vikings Titans Steelers Seahawks Ravens Texans Raiders (from...

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The Scratching Post: 1/8/19

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. 3 more coaching changes the Panthers should consider for 2019 | Lucas Ewing, PanthersWireAfter a 7-9 season, it’s not atypical for an NFL team to review their coaching staff and make major changes. Reviewing the Carolina Panthers' 2018 free agent signings | Steven Taranto, 247SportsOftentimes, free agency in the NFL can be just as much of a crapshoot as the Draft is: A free agent player having...

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The Panthers add a pass rusher in Kadar’s latest mock

The Panthers have the No. 16 pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s no secret that one of the biggest needs the Panthers have entering the 2019 offseason is a pass rusher. We’ve talked about this already on Cat Scratch Reader, but one of the easiest ways for the Panthers to add defensive ends to their depleted depth chart is through the NFL Draft. Last Monday, Dan Kadar of SB Nation had the Panthers adding depth to their secondary with the No. 16 overall pick, but this week he has changed his prediction to give the Panthers a pass rusher. 16. Carolina Panthers: Jachai...

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10 DE prospects the Panthers could target in the 2019 NFL Draft

The Panthers have the No. 16 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Could they take a defensive end to bolster their pass rush? The Panthers have a definite need for a pass rush in 2019. With all but Mario Addison and Marquis Haynes set to become free agents in March the Panthers have a serious lack of bodies at the defensive end position. There are two ways they could approach this problem: the NFL Draft and free agency. Arguments can be made for both solutions, but for the fun of it let’s take a look at the top ten defensive end prospects the Panthers should consider drafting in the upcoming...

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2019 compensatory draft pick projections are here from Over The Cap

This looks like news if you close your eyes and believe in yourself. Over The Cap, in addition to their stellar work keeping up with player contract details, are one of the best in the business at projecting the NFL’s black-box process for distributing compensatory draft picks each year. You didn’t click on this article because you are a first-time reader, curious about the mysteries of comp picks. You want to know what the Panthers are projected to receive. If, by some miracle, you are on this site and new to the concept of compensatory picks, then do yourself a favor and run away read...

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We want some Moore: A reflection on D.J. Moore’s rookie season

The Panthers’ 2018 first round draft pick showed much promise, and he is only getting started. Ed. Note: Please welcome CSR’s newest contributor Jason Hewitt, who is making his debut with this article. -BS For a rookie wide receiver whose quarterback was injured for the majority of the year, D.J. Moore played exceptionally well. Let’s be honest here. Moore should not have performed as well as he did. Cam Newton’s shoulder injury prevented any opportunity for him to throw any deep balls for Moore to take advantage of. This season, he had 788 receiving yards and two touchdowns, along...

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The top 5 needs for the Panthers in 2019

The Panthers will enter the 2019 NFL Draft with the No. 16 overall pick and a lot of holes to fill. The Panthers have the No. 16 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft thanks to their 7-9 record and third place finish in the NFC South in 2018. There are a lot of holes on the roster that have to be filled, and because there probably aren’t enough draft picks available to fill them the Panthers will have to be smart with their approach to the draft. Let’s take a look at the five position groups the Panthers need to address, in no particular order. Defensive end The Panthers have six defensive...

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Rookie progress report: Final grades for the 2018 season

How did the rookies fare in their first season in the black and blue? In this segment we’ve taken a look at the progress and projections of each of the Panthers 2018 draft picks. As disappointing a season this has turned out to be, there is a lot to look forward to with the young talent on this team. The 2018 Draft may go down as one of the best this franchise has had from top to bottom, with multiple contributors on both sides of the ball. Let’s take a look at how these guys finished the season up against their earlier projections. Grades are based on production relative to draft...

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Daryl Worley sends heartfelt message to Jon Gruden whose phone call ‘changed my life’

Last April Daryl Worley saw his NFL career flash before his eyes. An incident that saw him so drunk while driving that he was passed out in his car in the middle of an intersection. He was then arrested and charged with several felonies including DUI, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Worley had just been traded this offseason from the Carolina Panthers who had selected him in the third round of the 2016 draft, to the reigning Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles a couple weeks earlier. After the incident and the charges, the Eagles cut their losses along with...

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The Panthers add a safety in Kadar’s latest mock

The Panthers bolster their weak secondary with a safety picked at No. 16 in Kadar’s lastest mock. The Panthers ended the season on a positive note after beating the Saints 33-14 in the season finale yesterday (or negative note if you wanted them to lose) and ended up with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Dan Kadar of SB Nation’s Mocking the Draft has put out his first mock draft since the first 20 picks of the draft were officially set, and he has the Panthers adding a quality player to their defense. No, it’s not the elite pass rusher that most fans crave, but it’s a...

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Panthers receive No. 16 pick in 2019 NFL Draft

The Panthers finished third place in the NFC South with a 7-9 record in 2018. The Carolina Panthers have been awarded the No. 16 pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft after finishing the 2018 season with a 7-9 record, the team announced tonight. Carolina’s 33-14 victory over the Saints in Sunday’s season finale moved the Panthers to 7-9 – one of four teams to finish with that record. Twelve teams finished with a worse record than 7-9. Based on strength of schedule calculations between the 7-9 teams (the worse your strength of schedule, the higher you pick), the Panthers will...

Pride Of Detroit

2019 NFL Draft order: Detroit Lions have the 8th overall pick

The Lions dropped three spots thanks to their Week 17 win. The Detroit Lions’ 31-0 win over the Green Bay Packers pushed them to 6-10 on the season. As a result, they saw their draft positioning drop in Week 17, but maybe less than you’d think. Thanks to wins by the Falcons, Bills and Panthers, Detroit only dropped from the fifth overall pick to the eighth overall pick. Here’s a look at the final top-10 order for the 2019 NFL Draft. Cardinals 49ers Jets Raiders Buccaneers Giants Jaguars Lions Bills Broncos Obviously, dropping a few spots in the draft is not beneficial to a...

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2019 NFL Draft Order: Packers get 12th pick in round one, second pick still TBD

Green Bay’s loss on Sunday helped them move up a few spots in the draft. The regular season has come and gone for the vast majority of NFL teams, and we finally know the order of picks in round one of the 2019 NFL Draft — or at least where the Green Bay Packers’ first selection will be. Green Bay will have the 12th pick in round one as a result of their final record of 6-9-1 on the season. Green Bay’s loss to the Detroit Lions did help their draft position, as did victories by the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, who won on Sunday to both finish 7-9. That pushes them down...

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Panthers at Saints: 2nd half open game thread

The Panthers lead the Saints 23-0 at the half. The Panthers lead the Saints 23-0 at the half. Okay, sure... the Saints are barely trying and the Panthers are probably screwing themselves over in the draft order, but you have to admit that this game has been a lot of fun. Kyle Allen looks like a legit No. 2 quarterback and he’s better than Taylor Heinicke so at least we have that going for us. If you’re still enjoying this game, stick around and talk about the second half with us. Let’s keep the conversation going. Use this space to talk about the action as it unfolds. You know the...


Broncos can secure a top ten pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with loss

After the early games came to completion, we now know the Denver Broncos can secure a Top 10 draft pick with a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers The Denver Broncos needed at least two 5-10 teams to win their games and a few 6-9 teams to win theirs for them to sneak into a Top 10 draft pick for the 2019 NFL Draft. Both happened with the Buffalo Bills winning their game and both the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers winning theirs. It’s hard to root for losses, but if you are one of those fans who has already moved on to the 2019 offseason then you’ll want to see the Broncos come out...


NFL Week 17 Early Games - Live Blog

Here are the teams the Denver Broncos need to win to improve their 2019 NFL Draft positioning. It’s all about the 2019 NFL Draft for us Denver Broncos fans here. I wrote about which teams we need to win earlier this week in order for Denver to have a shot at sneaking into a Top 10 pick next year. Basically, the teams we want to be rooting for to win in these early games are the Bills, Giants, and Panthers. I haven’t quite figured out if its better to root for the Buccaneers or the Falcons, because strength of schedule calculations are annoying, so we’ll just have to wait and see on...

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Panthers 2016 NFL draft 1st round flashback

Here’s a look at the Panthers selection and who they passed on Defensive tackle was not on the list of top 5 needs for the Panthers at the time but the Panthers brass felt DT Vernon Butler was value at the 31st overall pick. At the time it seemed like a pretty good pick. Grading all 31 first-round picks in the 2016 NFL draft | For The Win 30. Vernon Butler, DT Louisiana Tech — Carolina Panthers GRADE: B Analysis: Defensive tackle wasn’t an immediate need for the Panthers, but it could be by this time next year. Star Lotulelei is two years away from free agency and Kawann Short is...

The Falcoholic

The Falcons are at #10 in the 2019 NFL Draft after their second straight win

They were around #6 heading into the Panthers game. “Wouldn’t it be very Falcons if this team lost a whole bunch of games but still finished up like 7-9, ensuring they didn’t get a top ten draft pick?” we all said earlier in the year, not really smiling with our eyes or our mouths. Surprise, surprise, the Falcons are heading for that outcome as we speak. With their second straight win, this one a 24-10 dismantling of the Panthers that the final score doesn’t really do justice to, the Falcons are at 6-9 with one game to go. That puts them at #10 in the current NFL draft pecking...

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Falcons vs. Panthers recap: Late in the year, Atlanta’s finally winning

Too little, too late, but entertaining nonetheless. The Falcons are way past the point where winning leads to any meaningful outcomes from a win/loss perspective or in the sense of actually competing for the playoffs, and they only hurt their draft stock with victories. But with a pretty easy slate at the end of the year and the pressure off, the Falcons have been absolutely cruising these last two weeks, and they appear to be enjoying themselves. Again, the implications of this aren’t real clear, except on the draft front. The Falcons may still wind up with a top ten pick—they have...

New Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin 2017 Highlights (Through Week 8) |

The Buffalo Bills sent 2018 third-round and seventh round draft picks to the Carolina Panthers for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Peyton Manning On Cam Newton, "Incredible start in his career" | NFL

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning explains some of the expectations that come with being the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and his thoughts on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's transition into the NFL since being selected No. 1 overall