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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Howdy once more, folks. This particular post is partly for people who haven't had their league draft to see how a live draft recently went. Not a MOCK live draft; we were drafting our teams for real.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Well, our first annual CarolinaCatChronicles.com fantasy football draft completed last night, and I thought I'd share with interested readers some of my impressions of what I saw in my own league draft.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Well, I'm here to help put many of those fears to rest - I hope - as I see things in a bit of a different light.
1- I think first and foremost, the Panthers' offensive line looked about as clueless as as people who have no idea who Mr. Boddy is. Both tackle Nate Chandler and rookie guard Trai Turner stayed completely out of the game - didn't even dress - so our already thin o-line started the game with quite a handicap.
When you're trying to "gel" an o-line, it takes time, patience and practice. Getting the o-line to play like the fingers of a hand is always the ultimate goal, but is only achieved by repetitions as a unit. So far, the Panthers haven't had that luxury. Chris Scott was in at RG and Garry Williams, a career castoff, started at RT. I have always liked LT Byron Bell, but I call him "The Turnstile" for a reason. He struggled all night long mainly against Chandler Jones.
Podcast starts at 7 pm discussing that Fiasco in Foxborough. Drawing at 7:30 pm.
The offensive line played terrible, the run game was non-existent, Cam looked indecisive at times and failed to connect on some easy open looks, the secondary blew coverages and missed tackles, and New England running backs ran through gaping holes left by a gassed defensive line. On top of that, Greg Hardy re-aggravated his shoulder, Robert Lester sprained his ankle, Cam took a knee to the back, and everyone else who didn’t get hurt played gimpy anyway. It was a long game, one that the Panthers never looked the least bit in control.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Bersin has shown a lot of potential over the years, but he just didn’t seem t quite ready for the NFL. Now after having a productive preseason, he has an opportunity to make the active roster. He stood out at the Fan Fest with a long touchdown grab, and he had a great camp since. He also had a solid game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an outside shoulder, 16-yard touchdown reception thrown by Derek Anderson.
Who is Brenton Bersin?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Yes, people like Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton get the headlines - 5 years $96 million dollars, or whatever the individual case may be. It sound like a ton of money, but as we all know headlines are simply sound bites to get you to read or listen as "teasers."
Take Dalton's contract for instance. Only $17 million in guaranteed money, which is far less than a guy like, say, Miami's WR Mike Wallace. He got about double that in guarantees, and he's not even a quarterback!
Monday, August 18, 2014
Super Cam’s return didn’t start off so super, completing only 1 of his first 5 passes. Newton stared down his receivers, had trouble getting through his progressions, threw a ball into triple coverage that miraculously wasn’t intercepted, and missed Kelvin Benjamin deep. It wasn’t until the second quarter that Newton rebounded after piecing together a drive sparked by Jonathan Stewart’s impressive debut and a sharp pass to new tight end, Ed Dickson. Cam looked unwilling to run, whether by coaches’ orders or personal hesitancy. He evaded a few pass rushes, but to be expected, he never pushed on the gas fully. Cam was clearly a little rusty. The worrisome part, however, is that his ankle looked squeaky also. Hopefully a few of drops of 3-1 oil will do the trick. I’m sure Jonathan Stewart has some borrow.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
I'm sure every fan of the Carolina Panthers has had this discussion, in one form or another, with other fans.
"Who would you say are the all-time greats of the Carolina Panthers?"
Friday, August 15, 2014
|No offense in the NFL can be consistently potent without having a successful ground game. Over the years, the Carolina Panthers have had some solid running backs. Some of the running backs that I can remember are Tim Biakabutuka, Stephen Davis, and DeShaun Foster.
Everyone remembers the 2009 NFL season when both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart rushed for 1,000 yards. They were the fifth pair in NFL history to reach that miraculous mark.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
|I met and interviewed Mike Rucker during the regular season last year, and he's one of the nicest guys you could ever ask to meet. He was participating in the Play-60 program and having fun with the kids - that's a sign of a real stand-up guy. Helping children.
The other reason is - and I asked him specifically about this - he played opposite of Julius Peppers in his prime. I asked Mike if it mattered to him that one guy was getting all the attention and limelight while he (Mike Rucker) was virtually ignored.
His answer was very professional: It didn't matter so long as we won. He said his job was to do whatever he was asked to do and he did it as well as he could every single down. I also learned that the most difficult offensive lineman for him to solve was New Orleans' Willie Roaf....who has just launched into the NFL Hall of Fame if I'm not mistaken.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
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Friday, August 8, 2014
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1) Panthers' front seven is still boss: Carolina's front four ate em up all night. Kawann Short played particularly well. Hardy grabbed a sack after Dwan Edwards tied up Buffalo's interior line. Ealy looked motivated to prove he belongs. All of this, and Charles Johnson didn't play. Watch out opposing QB's, Jack Bauer is right--there's no time!!
2) Barner got all the reps at halfback: It looks like the Panthers coaching staff is high on Kenjon Barner again. He got nearly every carry in the first half and was back there returning kicks. He did have a dropped pass, which came in a little hot but was a catchable ball. Even with the added weight, you can tell he is still going to get muscled around out there if he can't use his speed to get it done.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Ealy, however, has struggled in his first training camp, leaving some questioning his ability to make an immediate impact.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I thought about calling this column something like "Is Dave Gettleman the new Ex-Lax?" It would have probably made some people click on to look that wouldn't normally have done so, but was a bit too "out there" to actually put as the title - not to mention generating some rather unseemly analogies.
The point, however, remains the same. Dave Gettleman seems to get the "mostest from the leastest" as far as his free agent acquisitions have generally gone so far. Very smoothly.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Brensin Bersin is working hard to make this team. Here he is with the #1 unit catching a TD and making Melvin White look silly.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Now, I know that nothing is guaranteed and I know that no one can predict the outcome but there’s something about a new year that makes my heart smile.
Training camp and preseason football gives us the opportunity to see the potential of each individual player. We’re able to see the second, third, and fourth string players give their all in hopes of making the team. I feel for these guys; when they’re on the field, I can see their dreams hanging in the balance and one blown play may be the end.
I made the trip to Spartanburg over the weekend to get an up-close look at our 2014 Panthers. Despite the heat, the crowd was fantastic; fans dressed in their Sunday best – black, blue, and white jerseys, of course– made the trip to support our team and being in close proximity to other Panther fans made the upcoming season all the more real.
Cam Newton is under contract for the upcoming season, but the Carolina Panthers need to decide on whether or not to exercise his option for the 2015 season. If Dalton and Cutler are getting deals this big, how much should Cam Newton get when he signs a new contract with the Carolina Panthers?
How well were Cam Newton and Andy Dalton supposed to do in the NFL?
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
|When you think about the Carolina Panthers, who is the one player that best exemplifies the heart and soul of the team? Is it Cam Newton? Luke Kuechly? Greg Hardy? While all of those players are important to the team’s identity, only one player truly personifies the heartbeat of the Carolina Panthers……. Thomas Davis!
So why is Thomas Davis the heart of the team? To find out, let’s recap his football journey. Davis played college ball at the University of Georgia. As a safety in 2003, he was very successful leading an aggressive Georgia Bulldog defense and earning second-team All-SEC honors. In 2004, he was named a first-team All-SEC selection, a consensus first team All-American, and in 2005, he was the Panthers 14th overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft.