12:15 AM EDT, Thu July 19, 2018
Cat Scratch Reader 11 hours ago
The Panthers have a bottom-tier pass rush according to PFF

The Panthers have a bottom-tier pass rush according to PFF

PFF ranks the Panthers’ pass rush No. 22 overall heading into the 2018 season. Pro Football Focus released their ranking for each team’s pass rush heading into the 2018 season, and their opinion of the Panthers is... not favorable. Let’s take a look, shall we? 22. Carolina Panthers PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP Edge Defender: Mario Addison, 80.6 overall gradeDefensive Interior: Kawann Short, 91.2Defensive Interior: Dontari Poe, 81.5Edge Defender: Julius Peppers, 73.8Key Rotational Player: Vernon Butler, 75.2 Pressure Percentage as a team, 2017: 37.6% (9th) Peppers produced 13 sacks in...
Cat Scratch Reader 13 hours ago
The case for limiting Christian McCaffrey’s rushing attempts

The case for limiting Christian McCaffrey’s rushing attempts

It’s time to think long-term about the Panthers dual-threat terror. There have been several offseason reports that Christian McCaffrey could see significantly more carries in 2018 than the 117 he recorded as a rookie last year. Coach Rivera is on record saying CMC could possibly exceed 200 carries. I really hope that doesn’t happen. The case for limiting McCaffrey’s rushes comes down to one word: Longevity. Running the ball takes a significant toll on a player’s body. Defensive linemen are huge. Linebackers smash rushers like heat-seeking missiles. Per injury data tracked by Pro...
Cat Scratch Reader 15 hours ago
Panthers make some coaching and organizational changes

Panthers make some coaching and organizational changes

The Panthers have made some moves, including figuring out what to do about recently resigned Curtis Fuller. Curtis Fuller, the Panthers defensive backs coach, stepped down amidst allegations of workplace misconduct. The Panthers didn’t have an answer to replacing him, until now. Richard Rodgers, former special teams coordinator turned assistant coach, has stepped in alongside Jeff Imamura to fill the void. Rodgers has been around for awhile and knows the system, so this is a decent short term fix for the position coaching vacancy. In addition, Mark Carrier has went from director of player...
Cat Scratch Reader 16 hours ago
Panthers 2018 season opener countdown: 53 days to go

Panthers 2018 season opener countdown: 53 days to go

As we count down the days until our beloved Carolina Panthers officially kickoff the 2018 season, we take a look at the players on the roster with the corresponding jersey numbers. We are 53 days away from the beginning of the Carolina Panthers 2018 season. That means today we take a closer look at linebacker Ben Jacobs. Ben Jacobs, Linebacker Bio Height: 6’4” Weight: 240 lbs Age: 30 College: Fresno State NFL Experience: 6 years Jacobs was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Browns in 2011 and bounced around between their practice squad and 53-man roster before being picked up by...
Cat Scratch Reader 18 hours ago
The Scratching Post: 7/18/18

The Scratching Post: 7/18/18

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. Three Questions: Wide Receivers | Max Henson, Panthers.comThe Panthers used a trade, free agency and the draft to bolster the WR corps. Will it help take the passing game to the next level? Carolina Panthers 2018 receivers: Analysis, predictions | Jourdan Rodrigue, Charlotte ObserverAn analysis of the Panthers’ receivers, including a big year ahead for Devin Funchess, D.J. Moore and Curtis...