Ryan Kalil, Greg Olsen, and Luke Kuechly Spoof Cam Newton's Birthday Video

We all know that Ryan Kalil has a funny side, Greg Olsen has that inner white rapper thing going on, and it Luke Kuechly, well, looks good in a hat. Well these three guys went on a guys camping trip and decided to trip out and make a video spoofing Cam Newton's birthday video. These guys crushed it. Cam, sorry bro, these mugs got ya! If you like keeping it loose and having a good time, this vid is for you. I hope it's a signal of the fun these guys are going to have this season.

Cam forgot to invite us to his birthday getaway so we didn't invite him on our camping trip. #WeHadMoreFun

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By Tony Dunn
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Luke Kuechly Is 'Done' Talking About Concussions and is 'Excited About This Year'

Luke Kuechly Is 'Done' Talking About Concussions and is 'Excited About This Year'

Luke Kuechly probably feels like he's had another concussion after being beat with concussion related questions dating back to last season. He's missed nine game games in two seasons over it. Six of which he was actually in the concussion protocol. The others last year were after he was cleared and mainly precautionary due to the teams playoff chances and risk of other injury.

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Carolina Panthers Ranked In Top 10 Of NFL's Most Talented Teams

Hope's are high once again for the Carolina Panthers heading into 2017 following a slew of strong free agent signings in the off-season and bolstering up the offense in the recent draft with play makers and protection for franchise quarterback Cam Newton. 

The media has taken notice as well and some are liking a bounce back year for Cam Newton and the Panthers new-look offense. Big free agent signings such as bringing back home Julius Peppers and Captain Munnerlyn have many seeing this defense getting back into the top ten after being one of only two teams to be there for three consecutive years before dropping back last year.

In a recent rankings article, Gil Brandt has the Panthers ranked 9th on his top ten list of most talented teams in the NFL heading into 2017. Only the Atlanta Falcons (3rd) also made the list, although I imagine the Buccaneers weren't far outside of the top ten. Here's what Brandt had to say. You can read the full article here.

9) Carolina Panthers

 

 

 

It can sometimes seem as if quarterback Cam Newton is perpetually at a career crossroads, but I think he'll have a big year this year. He's certainly not lacking for weapons, with rookie matchup nightmares Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel joining running back Jonathan Stewart and tight end Greg Olsen on offense. Signing Matt Kalil to protect Newton's blind side was a key improvement. This team looks capable of scoring 500 points. On defense, Carolina helped itself by bringing back defensive end Julius Peppers and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and signing safety Mike Adams. If healthy, linebacker Luke Kuechly is one of the best at his position, while there's no reason defensive tackle Kawann Short shouldn't perform.

 

It was clear following a highly anticipated 2016 season with a losing record that Carolina had to make some changes. They did just that in one the busier off-seasons Panthers fans have seen in years. 

If everyone pans out and can stay healthy, the Panthers could be right back playing again in January for the fourth time in five years.

Written By Tripp Morgan

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Humor Break: How to Screw with the NFL's Officials

Humor Break: How to Screw with the NFL's Officials

Oooookaaaay folks, let's stop mocking mock drafts and hating on players You Don't Like and put our thinking caps on to see how to use longstanding NFL rules against players, opposing teams, and make life a Living Hell for NFL officials. BTW, why was Hochuli's call, pictured above, not "confirmed" in the first place? There would seem to be good evidence.....

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What Can the #8 Pick Get the Panthers?

What Can the #8 Pick Get the Panthers?

With both San Diego and Carolina’s Week 17 games culminating in defeat, the Panthers find themselves with their first top ten pick since the franchise drafted Luke Kuechly in 2012. Carolina will find themselves with the eighth selection in the draft, the pick is even more tantalizing considering this draft is loaded with front end talent and future stars. With this considered, will the Panthers be able to find and an instant contributor at the back of the top ten? Let the recent history of these picks tell the story.

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Saints Near Comeback Not Scariest Moment for Panthers Nation

Saints Near Comeback Not Scariest Moment for Panthers Nation

As fans, we get so wrapped up in the success of our team, we forget the brutality of the game and opportunity for serious injury. When Luke Kuechly went down in the 4th quarter, seemed disoriented and scared as he tried to catch his breath, we remembered. We worried. We prayed. 

 

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Will Kawann Short Follow in Josh Norman's Footsteps?

Will Kawann Short Follow in Josh Norman's Footsteps?

I must say that I wasn't 100% surprised when Carolina Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman rescinded the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman. 

I was only 95% surprised.

Now, as a fan, I (and indeed, all of you as well) have to consider what Gettleman's track record is. He has been Carolina's GM for four years (or is it five?) but the point being that he already has earned a rather miserly reputation. A few things stick out:

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Newton Cracks Top 10 in Merchandise Sales, While Kuechly is on the Bubble

Today, the NFLPA released player merchandise sales for the past year, and Cam Newton came in 7th. Luke Kuechly nearly broke the Top 10 at 11th. The list compiled by the NFLPA ranks players based on "all player-identified products sold by 80+ NFLPA Licensees."

Players ahead of Cam in merchandise sales:

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Peyton Manning
  3. Russell Wilson
  4. Aaron Rodgers
  5. Dez Bryant
  6. Odell Beckham, Jr.

Cam Newton also "leads in collegiate co-brand sales."

CamWow Rally Towel
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Wow! It's a CamWow!  This high quality 15 x 18 black rally towel is perfect to take to any game, event, tailgate, hang on the golf bag, or even throw over your head when you're on the sidelines.  If you are a Panther fan, you need a CamWow!

 

Draft Week Baby! What to Expect

The roster-building process may be a twelve month process; but no week is more important than draft week to establishing a team's’ identity.  A team’s superstars are generally not found through free agency.  Yes, there are exceptions to that rule, but relatively few.  Imagine if the Panthers picked Blaine Gabbert instead of Cam Newton.  And imagine if the Panthers took Quinton Coples over Luke Kuechly.   Wow, how different would this team be!

So sitting a pick 30, who can the Panthers select that has an impact on their identity?  There will be lots of options when the Panthers are on the clock, and Panther Nation is split on which direction to go.  Here are three ways we could go along with the reasoning behind them:

 

1-  Defensive End-  

 

The Panthers absolutely will draft a defensive end at some point in this draft. With Charles Johnson at the tail end of his career and Jared Allen having ridden off into the sunset, the Panthers have to grab some talent and they have to make an impact.  Generally, DEs take a year or two before they can make an impact so this would have to be the right guy falling for me to see this being the pick. The right guy for me is Kevin Dodd.  If he is there, he has to be the selection, unless one other guy is there.  Keep reading.

 

2-  Corner back-  

Quick, if the Panthers were to play this Sunday, who do the Panthers’ two starting CBs? That’s right, hmmmmm.  Losing Josh Norman is quite a blow and look for the Panthers to take at least two corners this weekend.  And if Mackensie Alexander, Eli Apple, or William Jackson are there at 30, don’t be surprised if that is how the Panthers go.  But more likely, the Panthers turn their attention to the likes of Kendall Fuller in the second round and may even trade up to do so.  Here’s a name to watch for the second CB that the Panthers select:  Harlan Miller out of Southeastern Louisiana.  He is on the Panthers’ radar and he reminds me of a combination of Bene Benwikere and Josh Norman.  Quick feet and a smart player, but will take time to develop.

 

3-  Running back-  

Alas, this is where I think the Panthers will go in round one.  Is this the biggest team need? No way.  But the first round of the draft is about finding the guy that you can put on your teams’ cereal box cover.  He has to set the tone for who you want to be. And with Jonathan Stewart entering his last year with the Panthers and most likely not playing 16 games, the Panthers have to find his replacement.  Yes, they could get someone later on or maybe even next year. But when your running game sucks, and you are a running team, then you suck.  See the Dallas Cowboys about that.  David Gettleman likes big and powerful men with traits that you can’t coach.  Kelvin Benjamin is the perfect example of what the team looks for.  There is no player that would be more exemplary of what the Panthers want to be than Derrick Henry.  If he is there, he will be the guy and will join Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin and Luke Kuechly as the faces of the Carolina Panthers.

This week is my favorite week of the off season and it is the most important.  Join the C3 crew this Tuesday night for our weekly Panthers show at 10:00.  But also, tune in on Draft Night, when we will have special guests all night long, and will just be having a blast talking about every pick.  And if you can’t get enough Panthers Draft info, here is an 82-page Draft Guide that focuses on our team, from our perspective and how each player would make sense in our scheme (or would not make sense).  Check it out, and check us out this week.  Leave us your comments and be a part of the voice of Panther Nation!

 

Posted By:  @PanthersDrafter

AKA Mel Mayock

Carolina Panthers Earn Berth in Super Bowl 50

Carolina Panthers Earn Berth in Super Bowl 50

The deed, as they say, is done.

FINALLY. After twelve long years, the Carolina Panthers have earned their way back to the Super Bowl, and a milestone one at that - the fiftieth Super Bowl ever played. 

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C3's Three Keys To The Game

C3's Three Keys To The Game

Panther fans know that this game is huge for many reasons.  Namely, the ability to take a seat at the big boy’s table of the respected teams in the NFC.  Also at stake is sole possession of first place in the NFC South.  Most importantly to me is the fact that every single game this year is going to loom large since both the Panthers and the Falcons seem destined for a solid year.  And though a Wild Card spot could be up for grabs, the only way to assure yourself a playoff spot is to win your division.  So winning this Sunday is absolutely huge.  Can we win this one? 

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Panthers Face Early Test Versus Houston

Panthers Face Early Test Versus Houston

When the schedule came out this spring, fans of the Carolina Panthers generally saw an easy September, a harder middle of the season, with things unwinding a bit easier again down the stretch. What nobody considered was going into battle without the team's best player - middle linebacker Luke Kuechly.

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Oh Wow is that Luke Kuechly and a CamWow?

So we here in Jacksonville tearing up the town.  The Crew's hanging out with the Roaring Riot crowd at the Double Tree, and I see this picture when I'm putting up a tweet of the crowd.  Let's just say, I'm going banannas!