Panthers Practice in Pads for First Time in 2017

Panthers Practice in Pads for First Time in 2017

The Panthers put the pads on for the first time today. After yesterday's big media day, where Newton described trying to stop him from running was like trying to stop a lion from roaring and Thomas Davis reminded that his business took place on the field not in the front office, the guys were surely ready to get the pads on and let out a little aggression.

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Carolina Panthers Now Have Two of the Six Paul Hornung Award Winners

Carolina Panthers Now Have Two of the Six Paul Hornung Award Winners

Two of the six most versatile college football players are now Carolina Panthers. Brandon Boykin (2011) and Shaq Thompson (2014) are both recipients of the Paul Horning Award, which "recognizes and rewards versatile, high-level performers in major college football."

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Stopping David Johnson Key to Carolina's Defensive Success

Stopping David Johnson Key to Carolina's Defensive Success

With the Carolina Panthers hosting the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship, much of the conversation has been focused on the Panthers thin secondary’s ability to contain the Cardinal’s powerful passing attack. Larry Fitzgerald’s impressive performance against the Green Bay Packers last week only narrowed many’s focus even more on Carson Palmer, the speedy wide receiver, and the dependable Michael Floyd even more.

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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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Don't Expect to See a Lot of Shaq Thompson Against the Texans

Don't Expect to See a Lot of Shaq Thompson Against the Texans

The Carolina Panthers 1st Rd draft pick only saw 17 defensive snaps in the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. It amounted to only 25% of all defensive snaps. When asked about Thompson’s marginal role, Ron Rivera explained that the rookie’s usage was “dictated by the their [Jags] personnel groupings.”  Without facing an athletic tight end, there isn’t always a need to play “base personnel” and against three receiver sets, Carolina feels substituting an extra corner provides a better defensive position to manage the passing attack. 

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Could the Panthers Grab Both Rookie of the Year Awards in 2015?

Could the Panthers Grab Both Rookie of the Year Awards in 2015?

It’s only happened once in history, and I even then it seems like one time too many.  In 1967, Detroit Lions rookies Mel Farr (RB) and Lem Barney (CB) swept the Rookie of the Year awards. Landing one rookie of the year is impressive enough, but stealing both is the literal heist of the century. Could Carolina be the 2nd team in NFL history to sweep the Rookie of the Year awards?

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Which Linebackers will Make the Final Roster

Which Linebackers will Make the Final Roster

The term, “embarrassment of riches,” doesn't even begin to describe how loaded the Panther’s linebacking corp is as a whole. The group has many of the key components that make up a special unit; there is star power, athleticism, smarts, cohesion, and most importantly depth. Over the next few weeks, Ron Rivera and Co. will begin to thin out the team and try to keep the 53 best football players on the roster. This will be no easy task, hours and hours will be spent in front of game tape and whiteboards in their attempt of choosing the best players for the team. Six linebackers made the final cut last year; and with more depth and competition, could we see that number rise? Let’s find out.

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Six Positions of Concern for Panthers in 2015

Six Positions of Concern for Panthers in 2015

The Carolina Panthers should have a stifling defense once again this year, so when I began to think about positions that might be a bit shaky this season, I was surprised to acknowledge that four of those six are on the defensive side of the ball!

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Shaq Thompson's Critics Need to Re-Think the Game

Shaq Thompson's Critics Need to Re-Think the Game

Although the NFL Draft is barely a speck on the horizon in the rear-view mirror now, I sill hear grumblings about his being too small to play as a linebacker, or how he's not great in deep coverage as a safety, or labeling him as a dreaded "Tweener." All these folks need to take their 20th-Century thinking into the 21st Century, and the picture should be a lot more clear. To borrow a phrase, this isn't your Father's National Football League. Since I am 48 years old, well, it isn't my college NFL, either. 

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Panthers Look Set to Improve in All Three Phases for 2015

Panthers Look Set to Improve in All Three Phases for 2015

Despite all the draftniks saying that the Carolina Panthers had a questionable draft, pointing to our first-round selection in Shaq Thompson. Some question if the Panthers are getting what they think they are in Devin Funchess. Still others question taking two linebackers in a 4-3 defense when we have Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, the best duo at those positions in the NFL.

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Who is Shaq Thompson? An Interview with Someone Who Knows

Who is Shaq Thompson? An Interview with Someone Who Knows

Few were not surprised when the Carolina Panthers picked Shaq Thompson at #25 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.  Most of the guys people wanted or projected were gone by the Panthers pick.  Todd Gurley shockingly went to the Rams, Andrus Peat went to the rival Saints, and hometown favorite DJ Humphries went one pick before to the Arizona Cardinals.  As the Panthers pick came up, few thought that out of who was left it would be a “tweener” linebacker out of the University of Washington.  A linebacker who is the size of a safety when the Panthers were in desperate need of a left tackle and a wide receiver?  

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Why I Chose Shaq Thompson

Why I Chose Shaq Thompson

A few days before the draft, some of the C3 writers agreed to a friendly bet that pinned each writer’s Panther mock draft choices against one another. After this experience, it is safe to say that predicting all nine Panther selections is a hard. Very hard. It did get off to a good start however, when I mocked Shaq Thompson to Carolina in round one. Here are the several reasons why I thought he’d be the choice at #25.

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Gettleman Keeping the Machine Oiled with Shaq Thompson Selection

Gettleman Keeping the Machine Oiled with Shaq Thompson Selection

Okay folks, raise your hand if you had Shaq Thompson penciled in at #25. Raise your hand if you saw him there in ANY mock draft. Raise your hand if you saw him in the first ROUND of ANY mock draft. Now you see why I'm no fan of "mock drafts."

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