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Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly Wins Defensive Rookie of Year
February 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 AM
The future is bright for the Carolina Panthers. For the second consecutive year, a first-year Panther took home Rookie of the Year honors. One year after quarterback Cam Newton won Offensive Rookie of the Year, linebacker Luke Kuechly was named the top defensive rookie at the NFL Honors awards program at the...

Confident or Cocky? Carolina Panthers Rookie CB Josh Norman Talks a Big Game
July 17th, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Most rookies - let alone a fifth-round pick from a mid-major school - don't begin running their mouths and calling out veteran players before playing a single snap in an NFL game. Josh Norman isn't most rookies. Norman, a 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback from Coastal Carolina, isn't intimidated by the transition from the...

Boom or Bust? Evaluating Carolina Panthers Rookie Cornerback Josh Norman
May 31st, 2012 at 9:02 PM
The Panthers used their fifth round pick in this year's draft on Josh Norman, a cornerback out of Division 1-AA Coastal Carolina. Despite unquestionable talent, many teams passed on Norman because he was a small-school prospect with a checkered past. He was arrested for driving with a suspended license in 2009...

Is Fourth-Round Pick Joe Adams the Next Steve Smith?
May 21st, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Joe Adams and Steve Smith have a lot in common. Both are wide receivers. Both are under 6-feet tall. Adams was a fourth-round pick, Smith was a third rounder. And Adams, just like Smith, will begin his NFL career as a kick returner. The parallels are eerily similar. Smith - who will...

Despite Draft Strategy, Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera Comfortable with Defensive Line
May 20th, 2012 at 10:26 PM
***PHOTO2*** While the Carolina Panthers received mostly praise for their performance in April's draft, many fans and analysts were surprised that the team didn't address the defensive line until the fourth round (DE Frank Alexander) - and didn't draft a single defensive tackle with one of their seven picks. While there were...

Carolina Panthers Rookie Minicamp Recap: Brad Nortman, D.J. Campbell, Josh Norman Impress Ron Rivera
May 15th, 2012 at 9:25 AM
There were an influx of new faces at Bank of America Stadium last weekend as the Carolina Panthers held rookie minicamp for their drafted and undrafted first-year players. ***PHOTO1*** First impressions always count the most, and a few rookies have already managed to catch the eye of head coach Ron Rivera. Brad Nortman's...

Carolina Panthers First-Round Pick Luke Kuechly Will Play Outside Linebacker
May 12th, 2012 at 9:53 AM
When the Carolina Panthers drafted linebacker Luke Kuechly with the ninth overall pick, many wondered how exactly he would fit into the defense. Now we know. After Friday's rookie minicamp, head coach Ron Rivera tentatively declared that Kuechly will play weak-side linebacker, keeping Jon Beason in the middle. “We’ll start him on the...

Carolina Panthers Sign Every Draft Pick
May 11th, 2012 at 6:52 PM
***PHOTO1*** Just a day after inking ninth overall pick Luke Kuechly to a four-year deal, $12.58 million deal, the Carolina Panthers locked down their remaining six players in their 2012 draft class Friday morning. Under the collective bargaining agreement, all draft choices receive four-year deals. Second-round selection, offensive lineman Amini Silatolu, was...

Carolina Panthers Sign Top Draft Pick Luke Kuechly, According to Reports
May 10th, 2012 at 9:08 PM
Exactly two weeks after they drafted him ninth overall, the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with Luke Kuechly. The former Boston College Eagle agreed to a four-year deal, worth $12.58 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. According to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Kuechly was one of the best players...

Carolina Panthers Rookie Draft Picks Assigned Jersey Numbers
May 8th, 2012 at 5:27 PM
The Carolina Panthers rookie draft picks have been assigned their preliminary numbers. These numbers, of course, are subject to change once final cuts occur in early September. Carolina’s first-round pick, linebacker Luke Kuechly, didn’t have too much of a choice as to what number he would get. The ninth overall selection...

Carolina Panthers Draft Report Card: a Pick-By-Pick Analysis
May 2nd, 2012 at 10:44 PM
1)  (9th overall) - Linebacker Luke Kuechly, Boston College Luke Kuechly was considered by many to be the best "football player" in the entire draft. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound former Boston College standout was a tackling machine in college, averaging nearly 16 stops per game in 2011 - tops in the nation....

Carolina Panthers Sign 11 Undrafted Free Agents, Including Owner’s Former Neighbor
May 1st, 2012 at 9:41 PM
The Carolina Panthers signed 11 undrafted free agents following the NFL draft this past weekend, four of which were wide receivers. Brenton Bersin, WR, Wofford Will Blackwell, G, LSU Nate Chandler, DL, UCLA Jared Green, WR, Southern Wes Kemp, WR, Missouri Princeton McCarty, RB, Idaho Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee Matt Reynolds, OL, BYU Lyndon Rowells, RB, Humboldt State Ryan Van...

Linebacker Luke Kuechly Very Impressive in First Interview with Carolina Panthers
April 30th, 2012 at 9:31 PM
Carolina Panthers fans have to be excited about their selection of linebacker Luke Kuechly with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. His size, speed, and college resume speak for itself and leads us to believe he will be just as ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay puts it: “One...

Carolina Panthers Rewind: One Year Ago
April 28th, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Do you remember where you were exactly one year ago?  Maybe you were coming back from Spring Break wondering how you could get that unwanted tattoo removed. Maybe you were spending those tax refund dollars on that new 60’ TV you’ve always dreamed of. Or, possibly, you were figuring out...

Carolina Panthers NFL Draft Preview: Second-Round Options
April 27th, 2012 at 7:11 PM
The Panthers greatly strengthened their linebacking corps yesterday with the addition of Kuechly. Although adding Kuechly was theoretically the right move and will make the Panthers defensive unit stronger as a whole, the Panthers still need to address their biggest needs, which start up front. There is a slew of...

Just How Good is Carolina Panthers Linebacker Luke Kuechly?
April 27th, 2012 at 8:31 AM
***PHOTO1*** After months of speculation, the wait is finally over for Carolina Panthers fans. Just before 9 p.m. Thursday night, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell walked up to the podium at Radio City Music Hall, opened an envelope and said, "With the ninth pick of the 2012 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers...

Draft Night Breakdown: Carolina Panthers First-Round Options
April 26th, 2012 at 5:40 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Carolina Panthers sit in an interesting spot with the ninth overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft. The first hour or so will be exciting for Panthers fans as we begin to see who will and will not be on the board when the Panthers are on the clock...

Carolina Panthers News and Notes on Eve of NFL Draft
April 25th, 2012 at 10:17 PM
***PHOTO1*** The 2012 NFL draft will kick off Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Carolina Panthers will have seven selections overall, including two sixth round picks. Here's a quick breakdown: Round 1: 9th overall Round 2: 40th overall Round 4: 104th overall Round 5: 143rd overall Round 6: 180th overall Round 6: 207th overall Round 7: 216th...

Carolina Panthers Should Take LSU Defensive Tackle Michael Brockers with Team’s First Pick
April 20th, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Last season, the Carolina Panthers defense had more holes in talent than a piece of Swiss cheese. The return of Thomas Davis and Jon Beason at linebacker will significantly help the Panthers on the field and making their draft decision provided they stay healthy. The Panthers ranked 25th in pass defense and...

General Manager Marty Hurney: Carolina Panthers Open to Trading Down
April 19th, 2012 at 7:34 PM
With the ninth overall pick and no obvious selection, the Carolina Panthers' draft status is anything but clear. It just got even cloudier on Thursday. At the Panthers pre-draft press conference, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney opened the door to potentially trading down if the right situation presented itself. If Carolina does...