Five Optimisms of the Carolina Panthers 2016 Season

Now that the dust has settled a bit on 2016, let’s reflect on some positives the team can take into the off-season. The first optimism I’m going to lay out to you, and this doesn’t count as one of the five, is that 2016 wasn’t as bad as it feels right now. The Carolina Panthers have a lot of positive things they can take away from this season, and I firmly believe that there...
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2 hours ago

Blake Griffin creating 'White Men Can't Jump' remake

Erik Horne Is Blake Griffin going to star in a remake of one of the greatest basketball movies of all time? Who knows as of now, but Griffin is co-oping with Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Ryan Kalil and "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris for a remake of early-90's hit "White Men Can't Jump.
Via Thunder Rumblings
14 hours ago

Panthers sign WR Mose Frazier to future contract

Former undrafted wide receiver from Memphis becomes Carolina's 16th future signing.
17 hours ago

Sean Lee replaces Luke Kuechly in the Pro Bowl

Luke Kuechly was medically cleared to play late in the season, after missing four games with a concussion. And since he didn’t play the last two because the Panthers were out of the playoff hunt, he’s not going to play in any other meaningless exhibitions. Via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cowboys middle…
Via Pro Football Talk
19 hours ago

Appalachian State, East Carolina to play in Charlotte in 2021

CHARLOTTE - Officials from Appalachian State and East Carolina gathered at the Carolina Panthers' home Tuesday. Five seasons from now, the Mountaineers and Pirates will be back in Bank of America Stadium.
Via Winston-Salem Journal
20 hours ago

Bo Jackson gets worried watching Cam Newton take hits

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was at the center of plenty of critical plays involving blows to the head, questionable officiating and more during the 2016 season. Watching from afar, the concerns for Newton’s health hit home for another former Auburn Heisman Trophy winner, Bo Jackson. Jackson created a stir last fall when he said in late September he would probably...
Via The Comeback
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Former Georgia QB Aaron Murray trying out for the Carolina Panthers

Former Georgia QB Aaron Murray may be the SEC’s all-time leader in passing yards, with 13,166 from 2010 to 2013, but that collegiate success hasn’t transferred to the NFL. Murray just completed his third season in the league, but has yet to throw a pass in a regular-season contest. After spending the past season with the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad, Murray tried out...
Via Saturday Down South
21 hours ago

Panthers WRs coach Ricky Proehl resigns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl has resigned from the Carolina Panthers so he can spend more time watching his sons play college football. Proehl's son Austin is a wide receiver at North Carolina. His other son Blake recently committed to play football at East Carolina. Proehl joined the Panthers as an offensive assistant in 2011 and was promoted to wide...
Via Associated Press
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Murray has tryout with NFL team

ATHENS — Aaron Murray has yet to throw a pass in a real NFL game, but the former Georgia star quarterback is still trying. The Carolina Panthers had Murray in for a tryout, Joe Person of the Carolina Panthers reported on Tuesday. The Panthers currently have three quarterbacks signed. Murray was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He was...
Via Dawg Nation
22 hours ago

Several Panthers coaches working East-West Shrine Game

Curtis Fuller, Sam Mills III, Chase Blackburn and Cameron Turner are helping prepare the prospects in St. Petersburg, Fla.
1 day ago

Graham Gano had surgery on his plant foot

Panthers kicker Graham Gano broke a bone in his left heel late in the regular season, which led to an amusing moment with coach Ron Rivera calling it a “ballerina” injury because the injury to his plant foot is similar to one commonly suffered by dancers. Gano tweeted a picture of himself with his left…
Via Pro Football Talk
3 days ago

Wilks replaces McDermott as Panthers defensive coordinator

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ron Rivera announced he has promoted Steve Wilks as the Panthers new defensive coordinator. Wilks has served as the Panthers defensive backs coach since 2012 and was given the additional title of assistant head coach by Rivera in 2015. He replaces Sean McDermott, who was hired as the Buffalo Bills head coach earlier this week. Wilks previously worked as a...
Via Associated Press
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Report: Bills close to hiring Sean McDermott as head coach

The Buffalo Bills may be close to making a head coaching hire. The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci reports that the Bills are “zeroed in” on Sean McDermott as their next head coach. He says the two sides could have something finalized in the next day or so. #Bills are zeroed in on Sean McDermott as their next HC. Could have something finalized in the next day or so. — Vic...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen leading in Charity Challenge

The Carolina Panthers didn’t have much to get excited about this season. After a Super Bowl appearance in early 2016 and lofty expectations coming into this year, they finished with a disappointing record of 6-10. Despite all of the disappointments, Panthers fans have never given up on their team. That proved to be true in a recent social media challenge that went viral in just...
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Thomas Davis: Beckham is 'cancer' when emotions boil over

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis had some strong words to describe the impact Odell Beckham Jr. has on his team when tantrums become a central issue. On more than one occasion this year, Beckham blew up emotionally, hurting his team in the process. It’s been a while since that happened, as the receiver found a way out of his emotional doldrums after a perilous start...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cam Newton pens heartfelt letter to son for first birthday

Cam Newton mentioned a few weeks ago he was planning to do something special for his son Chosen’s first birthday. On Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers quarterback delivered on that plan. Newton penned a heartfelt letter to Chosen, whose birthday is Dec. 24, and read it aloud in a touching video posted on Twitter by The Players’ Tribune. The footage opens with video of Newton...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Von Miller pays tribute to Gary Kubiak in passionate essay

Former Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak shocked the football world by announcing his resignation from the team after just two seasons. It was a stunning development for those not in tune with the happenings behind the scenes in Denver. Though, as we’ve learned since, Kubiak’s health issues made it a no-brainer for the Super Bowl-winning head coach. His exit from Denver...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers 2017 Free Agent Analysis

After wrapping up 2017 at 6-10, Dave Gettleman has his work cut out for him to have Carolina return to the playoffs. With the Panthers having 14 pending unrestricted free-agents, let’s take a look at what should be done with each. Charles Johnson Any longtime Panthers fan has a soft spot in their heart for Charles Johnson. After being a third round pick in 2007, Johnson went...
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Rivera: Panthers offense needs to evolve behind QB Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers need to evolve as an offense and find new and different ways to use versatile quarterback Cam Newton following a disappointing 6-10 season. Newton struggled in 2016, one year after being named the league's MVP. He threw just 19 touchdown passes - after tossing 35 in 2015 - and had 14 interceptions and a league-low 52.9 completion...
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman wants no part of Steve Smith retirement discussion

With Steve Smith confirming his retirement, it makes sense for him to ink a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers and retire as a member of the team that drafted him. Just don’t ask Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman about it. Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk captured the exchange: When asked during a season wrap-up press conference if he’d sign the former Ravens wideout to...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers blast Buccaneers’ ‘bush-league’ video boards

Ask the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take home-field advantage a bit too far. The Panthers took a one-point loss on the road against the Buccaneers to close the season and came away with two key complaints about Tampa Bay’s video boards. Kicker Graham Gano, who missed three of his four attempts, talked about how the video board showed a live shot of himself, while...
Via The Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers unhappy about video board antics during loss to Bucs

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed three of his four field goal attempts in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Did the stadium video board operator have something to do with that? After the game, Gano complained about the Bucs showing live footage of his kicks on the video board behind the goal posts he was kicking. The board displayed a solid red background when...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers start 2017 off with a loss

The Carolina Panthers did not have anything to play for in this game as they had already been eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the season. However, the Panthers still were looking to end the season on a high note and to gain some momentum for next year. The Panthers were unable to do that and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 17-16. Here’s how. The Carolina defense...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Oher’s teammate indicates he’ll play in 2017

Carolina Panthers left tackle Michael Oher has been sidelined by a concussion since Week 3. But a teammate who has talked to Oher feels he’ll be back next year. Fellow lineman Trai Turner feels that Oher, who was immortalized in print and film in The Blind Side, will be back in 2017. “I think he’ll play again. He never said or gave me an indication that he wouldn’t,”...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cam Newton charters flight to visit sick child in hospital

When people talk about Cam Newton, some often call him selfish. But Newton has done some things that are far from selfish, and the latest is making a sick kid’s Christmas wish come true. The Carolina Panthers’ quarterback chartered a flight to Atlanta and visited a ten-year-old boy with a heart condition. Austin Deckard is dealing with severe pulmonary hypertension. His wish...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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