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A Leap of Faith: Revisiting the Carolina Panthers’ Decision to Draft Cam Newton
July 4th, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Just two short years ago, the Carolina Panthers had one of the most abominable seasons in NFL history.  The Jimmy Clausen-led offense was the worst in the league by leaps and bounds. Carolina was so terrible that, on average, they lost by more points (13.3) than they scored (12.2). The Panthers...

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 2012 NFL Draft Special: Taking a Closer Look at Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe
April 22nd, 2012 at 6:56 PM
Overview: Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe saw his stock rise considerably after an impressive performance in February's NFL Combine. Poe, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 346 pounds, did 44 reps on the 225-pound bench press - tops at the combine. To compliment that tremendous strength, Poe also demonstrated elite speed, running the...

Carolina Panthers 2012 NFL Draft Special: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
April 9th, 2012 at 9:40 PM
Addressing the defensive backfield will be one of the highest priorities for the Carolina Panthers in the upcoming NFL draft. Chris Gamble had a solid year, but the team is still lacking a solid number two corner to play on the other side. Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick could be that...

Carolina Panthers 2012 NFL Draft Special: Defensive End/Linebacker Melvin Ingram
March 27th, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Overview: South Carolina's Melvin Ingram is one of the most versatile defensive players coming out in the 2012 NFL draft. He is one of several players that the Carolina Panthers will be taking a look at as draft day continues to inch closer. The 6-foot-2, 264 pound hybrid defensive end/linebacker was...

Carolina Panthers Get Compensatory Sixth-Round Draft Pick, Sign Guard Mike Pollak
March 26th, 2012 at 7:58 PM
The Carolina Panthers were awarded another draft pick on Monday, a compensatory sixth-rounder (no. 207 overall), giving the team a total of seven picks in April's upcoming NFL draft. The Panthers were awarded the pick because they signed two free agents last year - defensive tackle Ron Edwards and kicker Olindo...

Carolina Panthers 2012 NFL Draft Special: Defensive Tackle Devon Still
February 27th, 2012 at 10:00 AM
After losing a coin flip with the Miami Dolphins on Friday, the Carolina Panthers now know they will have the ninth selection in April's NFL draft. Now that they know when they will pick, they can focus all their efforts toward evaluating talent. One player the Panthers will surely be...

Carolina Panthers Lose Coin Flip to Miami Dolphins, Get 9th Pick
February 24th, 2012 at 8:53 PM
Early Friday morning in Indianapolis, the Carolina Panthers lost a coin flip with the Miami Dolphins, leaving the team with the ninth pick in April's draft. The coin flip was conducted because the Panthers and Dolphins both finished with a 6-10 record and a .504 strength of schedule. The Panthers will get...

Carolina Panthers 2012 NFL Draft Special: Analyzing Defensive End Quinton Coples
February 19th, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Defensive end Quinton Coples is one player that the Carolina Panthers will have on their whiteboard heading toward April's NFL Draft. Coples, who played all four years at the University of North Carolina, is one of several potential picks for the Panthers. The team will either have the eighth or...

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock: I Would Still Draft Andrew Luck Over Cam Newton
February 18th, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Given the unpredictability of the NFL draft, many would say that it's foolish to proclaim a future NFL player, let alone a future NFL quarterback, a superstar before he even plays a down at the professional level. However, don't tell this to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. ***PHOTO1*** Despite Cam Newton's...

Examining Potential Carolina Panthers First-Round Pick Michael Brockers
February 13th, 2012 at 9:47 PM
One potential first-round pick for the Carolina Panthers in Michael Brockers, a defensive tackle hailing from the SEC powerhouse LSU. While there are a number of potential picks for the Panthers, who will pick eighth or ninth depending on a coin flip, Brockers’ could be a great fit in the...

Despite Criticism, Cam Newton Still Wants to Be an Entertainer
February 2nd, 2012 at 5:35 PM
Cam Newton took a lot of heat before last year's NFL draft for saying that he wants to be an entertainer and an icon. This had a lot to do with why many of Cam’s critics thought he would ultimately fail as an NFL quarterback. They saw him as an...

NFL Draft Special: Carolina Panthers Should Consider Adding More Offensive Firepower with First-Round Pick
January 25th, 2012 at 7:10 PM
This season has proved that defense is necessary to win championships. However, this season has also proved that dominant offense and subpar defense can also be a winning formula. The new-look Panthers established themselves as one of the NFL's top offenses with Cam Newton under center this season. They also...

NFL Draft Special: Should the Carolina Panthers Select a Wide Receiver with Their First Pick?
January 24th, 2012 at 9:00 PM
When you evaluate the Carolina Panthers 2011 season, it is obvious that the team's biggest weaknesses are on the defensive side of the ball. Consequently, conventional wisdom would indicate that the team should draft a defensive player with eighth or ninth pick in April's NFL Draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper has the...

Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft: Carolina Panthers Select Dre Kirkpatrick with First-Round Pick
January 19th, 2012 at 10:13 PM
It's no secret. The Carolina Panthers have multiple weakness on the defensive side of the ball. For this reason, conventional wisdom would indicate that they would address this need with their first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft in April. Mel Kiper would agree. According to ESPN's NFL draft specialist, Carolina...

Cam Newton: I Blame JaMarcus Russell and Vince Young for Critics’ Lack of Respect
January 16th, 2012 at 1:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will be the subject of a feature story in the upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine. Newton isn't just an incredible talent on the field, he's also a great role model with a charming, infectious personality. However, he also has a tendency to stir...

Who Should the Carolina Panthers Take in the 2012 Draft?
November 14th, 2011 at 9:36 PM
My fellow Panthers 101 writer Stephen Duty wrote an extremely optimistic article suggesting the Panthers still have a chance to make the playoffs. Although I love the optimism, let’s be realistic here. If the season ended today, the Packers (8-0), 49ers (7-1), Giants (6-2), and Saints (6-3) would enter the...

Cam Newton Headlines a Potentially All-Time Great Rookie Quarterback Class
October 27th, 2011 at 8:23 PM
Despite endless hours of film study and scouting done by general managers, coaches, and analysts, the NFL draft generally comes down to luck. However, the 2011 Draft was supposed to be about a different kind of luck. Namely, Andrew Luck. After the Stanford quarterback followed up an unbelievable sophomore season...

Evaluating Carolina Panthers’ Preseason Quarterback Play
September 5th, 2011 at 12:00 PM
One would be foolish to expect Cam Newton to come in right away and save the Carolina Panthers. Learning how to run an NFL offense takes time, and it would be unfair to expect immediate greatness from Newton. At the end of the day, he is still a rookie, as...

Carolina Panthers Face Cincinnati Bengals in Matchup of Rookie Quarterbacks
August 25th, 2011 at 8:35 AM
The Carolina Panthers face the Cincinnati Bengals tonight at Paul Brown Stadium in a game featuring two of last year's worst teams. This contest will be headlined by the play of Andy Dalton and Cam Newton, two rookie quarterbacks who have been handed the keys to their respective offenses. Neither Carolina's...