At this time last year, Newton was on top of the world. He was the reigning MVP and coming off a 15-1 season that included a Super Bowl appearance. With the return of Kelvin Benjamin to the league’s highest scoring offense, everyone expected Newton to turn in another strong season.Read More
Carolina may be eying a safety in the Top 100 picks as Tre Boston looks less and less like he will be a substantial contributor. Veteran Mike Adams, who the Panthers added this offseason, is clearly a short-term fix. Carolina will need to find an answer for this position which has been a patchwork of players since Gettleman took over.Read More
Zay Jones had for the most part been overlooked going into the post season despite record shattering numbers for both most career receptions (399) in NCAA history and most receptions in a single season (158) in NCAA history.Read More
Every year, fans fall in and out of love with certain players. We always have favorites who didn’t make the team or who we believe, given a real opportunity, could contribute positively to the team. Coincidentally, we nourish these affections as we fall out of love with guys who are approaching the twilight of their career or who we believe never fully capitalizes on their potential. I’m one of these fans.
Over the past few years most Panther fans have already found themselves in Draft/Free Agency mode at this point in the NFL Season. Fortunately the script has been rewritten for 2016 as Carolina finds themselves playing in the NFC Championship game. However, there is no time too early to start looking at college prospects that may fit Gettleman’s mold. Someone that may strike the Panthers’ eye is South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave. Hargrave is a late riser in the scouting process, but has been rising up draft boards after a strong showing at the Shrine Game.Read More
Well folks, you can put down your binoculars and let out a disappointing sigh, the Byrd has flown the coop. After a solid start through his first two preseason games, Byrd’s production steadily declined.Read More
Each year, NFL teams start with 90, then move to 75, and then with swiftness cut it to the final 53-man roster. It’s a tough process for players, organizations, and fans. Teams have to let talent go.
Carolina slashed away today. Many were expected, while some were surprising. Today Carolina waived:Read More
After the first two preseason games, Damiere Byrd has firmly planted himself in the fight for a roster spot. Our man has tallied 5 receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown thus far, good for the top three in each category among our receivers throughout the first two games. Though the brutal loss of Kelvin Benjamin brings little good, a silver lining may be the possibility of a young receiver stepping up in his absence. Byrd finds himself with a far greater chance of making the final roster than when the preseason first began, but he is still a “long shot” for right now.Read More
Friday, Carolina kicks off the preseason again against the Buffalo Bills. A year has past, but do the same questions linger for the Carolina Panthers? What will Panther coaches hope to learn from this match?
Byrd Watching is back once again, and will cover everything you may have missed regarding backyard baller Damiere Byrd at this past minicamp. Minicamp is the preamble to training camp, and like OTA practices, no pads are worn and player on player contact is kept to a minimum. Due to injuries and experimentation, Byrd got several chances to earn more snaps at several different positions and looked good while playing them.Read More
The second installment of Byrd Watching picks up where we left off after the first week of organized team activities. Since then, there has been several intriguing story lines and promising sample sizes from young players. For the most part, OTAs are closed to the media, and most of what takes place is never heard of. When reporters are allowed on the practice field, their write ups are usually short, and only contain the most noteworthy plays.Read More
The new series covering backyard baller Damiere Byrd kicks off here with some observations from the first round of Organized Team Activities. The first two days of OTAs were closed to the media, so the happenings are somewhat unknown. However, the third and final day was open to reporters, and several of the lineups and performances were interesting to say the least. There are many unknown players that peak my interest during these practices, but probably none more so than the aforementioned UDFA pickup Damiere Byrd.Read More
The past two draft classes have been loaded with depth and talent, this is why scouting undrafted free agents is so important. Last year Gettleman was able to bring in big contributors to our team, and starters in Philly Brown and Andrew Norwell. At this time, we have signed 10 undrafted free agents and invited one to our rookie minicamp. Even though we didn't bring in a couple of the names I really wanted, I am more than excited for this crop of players. I’ll try my best to rank these players off their potential to make the team, and give my prediction for their future.Read More
Many years ago the late great Dean Smith was coaching basketball at North Carolina, and doling out life lessons to his players. One of his on the court lessons was that after a made basket, the player who put the ball in the hoop was to give a point of recognition to the player who threw him the pass. Even today, you can see this tradition continue to take place on basketball courts across the country. A brief 270 miles from UNC, a group of orange and purple clad men have been pointing a particular passer for the last four years.Read More