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Carolina Panthers Midseason Report Card: Secondary, Special Teams and Coaching
November 9th, 2013 at 8:10 AM
After an 0-2 start, the Carolina Panthers have won four straight and five of six to improve to 5-3 and pull within one game of the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South lead. With 2013 NFL regular season officially halfway over, Panthers 101 is doling out midseason grades for each...

John Kasay Ends His Storied NFL Career with Carolina Panthers
May 10th, 2013 at 12:04 AM
To those outside the Panthers community, John Kasay was just a great NFL kicker. In the eyes of the Carolina faithful, the 43-year-old Athens, Georgia, native was much more. Kasay, a member of the team's inaugural roster, signed a one-day contract on Tuesday to officially retire with the Panthers. Why exactly is...

Kicked to the Curb: Carolina Panthers Waive K Justin Medlock, Sign Graham Gano
November 20th, 2012 at 10:01 PM
This just in: There has been another casualty of the Carolina Panthers' abysmal 2-8 season. In a move that not many saw coming, the Panthers waived kicker Justin Medlock on Tuesday and replaced him with free agent Graham Gano. Medlock, 29, missed his third consecutive field goal on Sunday - a 40-yard...

Consider the Evidence: Carolina Panthers Special Teams Will Be Key to Success in 2012
September 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Any NFL coach will tell you that you can’t win a Super Bowl without stellar special teams play. Special teams dictate field position, swing momentum and can often be the difference between winning and losing. Just ask the Panthers. Ron Rivera’s team was absolutely atrocious on special teams last season, and it cost...

Carolina Panthers Special Teams News: It’s Young Guns Vs. Veterans as Kicking Competition Heats Up
August 21st, 2012 at 10:38 PM
The Panthers were downright awful on special teams last season. Consequently, head coach Ron Rivera has made it a priority to get better in this crucial phase of the game in 2012. In addition to shoring up special teams coverage, the Panthers have created an open competition at the kicker...

Carolina Panthers Sign Punter Nick Harris to Compete with Brad Nortman
May 7th, 2012 at 10:23 PM
The Carolina Panthers can't seem to decide on who they want to play punter heading into next season. The Panthers were in the market for a punter after releasing veteran Jason Baker in March, and have made a few curious moves since that time. Less than two weeks after drafting Wisconsin's Brad...

Punter Jason Baker Reflects on His Seven Seasons as Carolina Panther
March 25th, 2012 at 9:32 PM
The Carolina Panthers released punter Jason Baker last Wednesday after seven seasons with the team. Although his punting averages dipped last season," in part to make up for the Panthers' coverage deficiencies, Baker had nothing but good things to say following his release. Baker expressed his gratefulness for the opportunity given...

Carolina Panthers Bolster Special Teams, Sign S Haruki Nakamura, LB Kenny Onatolu to Three-Year Deals
March 18th, 2012 at 8:44 PM
The Carolina Panthers got some help on defense and special teams last Friday, signing safety Haruki Nakamura and linebacker Kenny Onatolu to three-year contracts. In addition to playing special teams, Nakamura - who spent the last four seasons in Baltimore - will likely compete with Sherrod Martin for the starting safety...

Carolina Panthers Release Punter Jason Baker, Resign Quarterback Derek Anderson
March 15th, 2012 at 9:25 PM
The Panthers released veteran punter Jason Baker on Wednesday in the wake of his worst statistical season in Carolina. General manager Marty Hurney said that the decision to cut Baker was not performance related, but strictly to help the Panthers get under the recently set $120.6 million salary cap. “We appreciate everything...

Carolina Panthers Sign Kicker Justin Medlock to Three-Year Contract
March 7th, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Kicker Justin Medlock was signed to a three-year contract by the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday. Medlock will compete with Olindo Mare for the starting job. ***PHOTO1*** According to the NFLPA webisite, Medlock will earn the league minimum salary or $390,000 in 2012, with base salaries of $480,000 and $570,000 for 2013 and...

Carolina Panthers Locker Room News and Notes
February 8th, 2012 at 8:58 PM
The Carolina Panthers signed long snapper J.J. Jansen and backup linebacker Jason Phillips to contracts on Wednesday. Jansen, the Carolina long snapper since 2009, was signed to a four-year extension. When it comes to NFL long snappers, usually no news is good news. Jansen, undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2008,...

Carolina Panthers: 2011 Season Special Teams Report Card
January 9th, 2012 at 2:45 PM
Field Goal Kicking ***PHOTO1*** Awful. Awful. Awful. Olindo Mare missed two chip shot field goals at key times in close games. In Week 8 against Minnesota, Mare missed a 31-yarder late that would have sent the game to overtime. In Week 14 against Atlanta,  Mare again missed a crucial fourth quarter...

Carolina Panthers Add Kicker Ada Kunalic, Place Jason Phillips on Injured Reserve
December 13th, 2011 at 8:48 PM
The Carolina Panthers added kicker Ada Kunalic to the roster on Tuesday, just two days after Olindo Mare missed his second chip-shot, fourth quarter field goal. Kunalic was undrafted out of Nebraska and attended Panthers training camp in the summer. To make room for Kunalic, linebacker Jason Phillips was placed on...

Carolina Panthers’ Special Teams Takes a Step in the Right Direction
November 22nd, 2011 at 9:08 PM
In one of the bright spots in last Sunday's game against the Lions, the Carolina Panthers did something that they haven't done in eight years; return a kickoff for a touchdown. I almost had to rub my eyes and make sure that I really did see Kealoha Pilares return a Jason...

Carolina Panthers Coaching Staff Deserves Brunt of Blame for Loss Against Tennessee Titans
November 15th, 2011 at 7:59 PM
The Carolina Panthers are 2-7, but this record could seemingly be flip-flopped if a few plays had different outcomes. Up until the Tennessee game this past weekend, I praised head coach Ron Rivera's attitude, and gave him the benefit of the doubt for the team's misfortunes this season. ***PHOTO1*** I am still...

Carolina Panthers Shake up Special Teams by Cutting Safety Sean Considine
October 5th, 2011 at 7:54 PM
The Carolina Panthers released safety Sean Considine on Tuesday, a seven-year veteran who saw all of his action this season on special teams. This move comes just two days after the Panthers surrendered two big returns to Devin Hester, one of which was a punt return for an NFL record 11th...

Carolina Panthers Face Miami Dolphins as Both Teams Look to Solidify Starters
August 19th, 2011 at 6:46 PM
Tonight, the Carolina Panthers face the Miami Dolphins at 7:30 p.m. ET at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. This will be a test of many matchups as each team looks to establish starters on offense, defense, and special teams. The Panthers will start Cam Newton for around two quarters to...