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    I turn 42 today, but I feel 10 years younger. Late last year I was on the precipice of heart disease. One day, I found myself in the emergency room with blood pressure high enough to cause a heart attack or stroke. I laid on their bed as they got it under control, and all I could think about was how my wife was overseas and my kids have no one to pick them up from school if something happened to me. After they fixed the issue, that day I went to my primary care physician who then put me on two blood pressure meds along with a cholesterol med. I turned 40, they said, these things happen. It is your genetics, no way around it. I realized I was now a guy that had to be on a prescription med tether the rest of my life. That didn't sound good. So, for months I did all the reading up on the issue I could. Anything nutrition related I read, listened to, absorbed. I investigated all of the latest trends, some I was very familiar with. I have been doing the low card high protein thing off and on for the better part of this century. Some sounded like they were just made up (blood type diet? huh?). Then, one day I stumbled upon one way of eating that had actual scientific proof of not only halting the progression of heart disease, but actually reversing it. One way of eating had randomized double blind peer review studies and even angiograms of arteries being opened up again. So, at Christmas last year I started a Whole Foods Plant Based diet. Basically, I cut out all animal products and processed foods. The idea is to fill your body with foods loaded with nutrients at every opportunity, and stop eating foods that are proven to contribute to heart disease. For breakfast, instead of eggs and sausage, I would have a fresh smoothie with berries, leafy greens, and oatmeal. For lunch, instead of a burger and fries, I would have a big salad with beans and corn. For dinner, instead of pizza I would have perhaps a bean and brown rice burrito with whole wheat tortilla. Snacks throughout the day were apples, oranges, pears, unsalted mixed nuts. I do enjoy a glass of red wine in the eves. To be completely honest, I was hoping this new way of living did not work. It seemed a bit extreme, but not as extreme as cracking open my chest for surgery. I would give it a few weeks, see what happened. Fast forward 4 months to today, my 42nd birthday. I have lost 33 pounds. (218 to 185) Having to buy new clothes is the only downside I have discovered. I am off all blood pressure meds. My BP now hovers at 110/70 which is ideal for anyone of any age. I am off all cholesterol meds. The only cholesterol in my body now is the cholesterol it makes itself. I went from 4 cups of coffee a day to a single cup in the morning. I have so much energy now that I just don't need it. A few weird things happened also. My chronic back pain I have had for years went away. This might be due to the anti inflammatory nature of plant foods. Also, my household has been sick a few times with cold, flu, and a nasty stomach bug. I, however, was not touched by any of it. That is definitely new for me. Anyways, I wanted to tell you all this in case you ever find yourself in the spot I found myself in. If you find yourself on cholesterol, blood pressure or type two diabetes meds, it is extremely likely you don't have to be. It is a lifestyle choice that led you there, and it can be reversed. In fact, you can start to see reversal in just a few weeks. Your body is eager to fix itself, you just have to stop injuring it so that it can catch up. Am I saying you should have zero animal products? No. I now have a nice piece of fresh fish every other week or so. Just a choice I have made. You can have up to 10% of your daily calorie intake be from animal products and still see the same benefits that I have seen. Just make sure it is a nice cut of meat and not a hot dog or lunch meat. Processed meats are classified as Group 1 Carcinogens by the world health organization, alongside cigarettes and asbestos. If you want to know more, here are some resources I found helpful, all based in science and nutrition. The China Study - Book Forks over knives - Netflix Documentary The Rich Roll Podcast - Podcast nutritionfacts.org - Website If you want to try it out, a free 21 day kickstart plan can found here -> http://www.pcrm.org/kickstartHome
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    > Post photo guaranteed to stir up controversy. > Post article telling everyone to stop worrying about controversy. Win...
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    Talk to me when Luck wins league MVP while accounting for 50 total touchdowns with Ted Ginn Jr as his #1 WR.
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    great christ am i drunk. a bunch of tens were buying me shots at burke st. and foothills but i turned them down to write this post for you because of all the pointy elbows. my dude who knows a big dude who told me about captain munnerlyn well before anyone else picked it up told me about shula's plan to revolutionize the offense. here it is. ...basically it's obvious as fug. everyone here has called it philosophically: we're getting faster. that's clear. but shula, who's low key riding a hot seat with rivera (gettleman is ice cold and will happily hand select his own staff if rivera doesn't cut it) has demonstrated a desire to evolve much the way he did going into the 2015 season. ted ginn was a dinosaur and his speed was about to start seeping away, rendering him useless. KB is a chronic sandbagger and funchess has a branden lafell-esque ceiling, let's be honest. the latter two are about as fast as my grandma and she's dead. shula recognized that seven-step drops for lumbering wide receivers are getting us in trouble, so he and gettleman put heads together and decided a proper scatback and a true deep threat wide receiver were the answer. why? because this: in this extra shitty picture note that the presence of KB and funchess in a single wing scares no one, not even the atrocious saints secondary circa 2016. this is because the free safety can rove and cover back quarters and the strong safety is fast enough to drop back if the play is diagnosed as pass and cover his section of the field. this is ultimately because KB and funchess aren't fast enough to demand two high safeties. adding samuel changes this. mccaffrey changes it even more. suddenly that strong safety has to move back to a normal position, two high, to respect the threat. envision if you will this play: no defensive assignments shown but you don't need them to see that safeties are pooping their pants. FS has to play high to account for samuel in the slot or outside. olsen demands the string safety. KB ad funch see consistent single coverage due to the inability of safeties to bracket. and then there's mccaffrey. safeties can't cover him physically, and if they tried they'd break their ankles. carolina picking him opens up massive lanes in the backfield and flats if mccaffrey is being moved around properly. short version: mike shula is gaining a smudge of credibility. let's just see if he can pull it off.
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    Cam Newton. 2015 NFL MVP turned to 2016 afterthought. The NFL hates him. The media hates him. It's been that way since Auburn, and there appears to be no end to the mayhem. Everyone is out with their storylines of typical Cam hate, while he keeps on proving everyone wrong. One of the most typical cases against Cam is that he's a running quarterback who is very inaccurate. They claim he can't make any of those passes, and forcing him to throw against the defense will prove to be his downfall. He proved everyone wrong in 2015. As the moniker went, "Contain Cam and Double Olsen," it seemed that plan would never work, as the Panthers went on a 14-0 stretch, finishing off with an eventual 15-1 record. Teams made Cam Newton pass, and he completely annihilated them. However, his 2016 season resurfaced those arguments. Arguably his worst year as an NFL player, Cam Newton was beaten and battered behind practice squad players for his o-line, and his accuracy took a dip. The naysayers point to that year as the true view of what Cam Newton really is as a quarterback. The common argument everyone uses against Cam is his historically average to low QB rating. Cam Newton's QB rating has never been top notch, and that's an undeniable fact. What no one accounts for is the surrounding talent around him, and how that affects that rating. When his receivers can barely catch half the time and get little separation, that's going to be a factor. Heck, even Kelvin Benjamin's highlight reels shows this problem. As amazing as this catch was, this still proves the point Cam Newton doesn't have much to work with. A very tight window to throw into that Kelvin Benjamin somehow snagged. Kelvin Benjamin usually wins with his size, not separation, but even that was limited last year. When that happens, he's about as useless as far as helping Newton as the rest of the WR corps. The Panthers WR corps barely got much separation, and that's a problem if you're not Kelvin's size. Even Funchess had issues with this. This made life a lot harder for Cam Newton, and thus made him look like an "inaccurate QB." Not only that, but Shula is plenty to blame for making Cam's life miserable too. Matt Harmon went over this problem in greater detail in an article he posted a while ago. As seen here, Cam Newton threw 24.9 percent of his pass attempts into right windows, which have been defined as when receivers have less than one yard of separation. That's not a good stat for any QB, and not something anyone would want to be the top in the league with. His wide-receivers actually helped to HURT Cam Newton rather than help. An unexpected twist Gettleman didn't expect, and Shula just poured fire on. The flames of chaos are what resulted with the team built. Yep. Kelvin Benjamin came dead last in getting separation, with Funchess not far behind in 4th place. While Kelvin Benjamin has his massive size to help compensate, it's still not the most ideal situation at all. And with Funchess being inconsistent as ever, he didn't help matters at all. Cam Newton's situation was absolutely terrible. However, Shula deserves a ton of blame for Cam Newton's short-comings as well. After all, he's the one that forced Cam Newton to be in the situation he was in. Effectively, Cam Newton was forced to hit the hard and difficult passes most of the time. Scheme forced him into a situation where his accuracy would take a toll. Shula made Cam Newton throw in plenty of uncomfortable situations, whether airing it out deep or away from the numbers, which caused his accuracy to dip. Harmon emphasizes that Cam Newton is an accurate passer, but he isn't going to hit every tight-window difficult throw Shula seems to enjoy torturing Newton with. A lot of people argue that Cam Newton is the one forcing himself to throw deep on every play rather than hit the short pass, but Harmon presents it in another way. Rather than Newton requiring himself to be a deep passer. In fact, this problem was evident all throughout 2015. Believe it or not, this problem of being forced to throw downfield existed. No one cared because it worked, but Cam Newton truly was in a very tough situations no QB in the league has had to go through. Cam Newton deserved MVP for more ways than one that season, but if difficulty of passes were an option, Cam Newton would be passing that by far. And he has Shula to thank for making his life difficult. Cian Fahey goes over it in greater detail in an article posted last year. As if Newton's job could get any harder. 2015 was a complete miracle of a season given the fact Newton was pitted in a horrible situation, but 2016 showed what happens when Shula kept up with his silly shenanigans. Do you not realize how hard it is to even throw when your wideouts can barely get a yard of separation. Just imagine having to do that with defenders roaming the backfield as you have 7 out of 11 offensive personnel working on just keeping Cam Newton standing. The odds were against Newton the whole time. Yet he consistently delivered time after time. I just want to emphasize this. 77.1% accuracy throwing downfield under pressure. You have 7 men focused on keeping you upright, with the rest having less than one yard of separation going deep. Yet Cam Newton had a 77.1% accurate rate in 2015. And people say he's an "inaccurate QB." He was the offense, and sustained that high level of play for a whole NFL season. No easy feat however you look at it. However, it was expected this "put everything on Cam's shoulder" wouldn't work for much longer. 2016 showed that what happens when Cam Newton is literally the offense, and when it's futile to even expect the Panthers desecrated o-line to make an impact. So, how should the Panthers fix this problem? Matt Harmon offers a solution below: Simply put, the Panthers front office rectified this issue by adding two play-makers in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel who both can gain separation. Now teams have to respect the fact these two are present on the field, and easy targets for Cam Newton to get the quick passes to. Not only that, but I also believe free agency helped a bit in finding another quality WR in Russell Shepard who could surprise people. Don't disregard his ability as a receiver, as he's can get separation really well. Another argument made against this is that Cam Newton isn't accurate if he doesn't throw 20+ yards down the field. They say he's terrible at the short and intermediate passes. Well, this statistic should make you rethink that real quick: A 72.37% accuracy rate. In the 11-15 yard range. The two players above him are Brady and Rivers, both QBs well respected for their superb abilities. Cam Newton is among them. And let me remind you, that's WITH the type of receivers Cam Newton has, and the low amount of separation they're able to garner. So, Is Cam Newton Really Inaccurate? Answer is simply no. He has had no one on his WR corps who could gain separation, and Shula didn't help at all. He was able to prevail against the odds in 2015, but that luck wouldn't last long into 2016. Gettleman has figured out this was a real issue, and made moves in free agency and the draft to better equip Newton with weapons. Armed with guys who can separate and make plays, Cam Newton has a lot more new shiny toys he's never had before in his career. Fact of the matter is, Cam Newton is accurate. He just needs the right tools around him to finally breakout, and 2017 may just be his lucky year.
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    What is one to do/go see when one gets the opportunity? Excited to announce that I am indeed moving out of the "12th Man, Russ is better than Cam cause he's a team leader, who's Matt Hasselbeck?" territory I've spent all 23 years of my life in, and am moving to Charlotte this Sunday. Before anyone asks, No, I unfortunately am not employed by the Panthers, but I will say that I am currently employed by a player on the team. So what are the MUSTS to do in Charlotte, NC, SC in the Summer/Fall that I absolutely MUST do or see? I am beyond excited, as Charlotte is by far the greatest, most beautiful place on Earth. Trading in 5 degree, rainy and snowy winters for hot and humid summers is going to be well worth it. Bump this if needed, but this has been my source for 10 plus years and everyone on here is fantastic with suggestions and anything related to this beautiful area. #KeepPounding
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    It all began when Bradberry was fixing his mom's toilet. It was 2016 when the NFL Draft commenced to the second round. Names were called, with cheers and tears decorating the scene of hopeful prospects, excited about the chance of fulfilling their dreams. Bradberry was sitting in his mom's humble home with friends, parents, and sister all watching the TV; patiently waiting and hoping his name would be called. Coming from a small school in Samford, Bradberry knew that he was going to largely be under the radar. Even so, he felt his skills were superior to most other prospects in the draft, and he made sure that fact was known. As the second round came towards the end, James Bradberry lost out on hope. He figured he would have to wait until the third round to hear his name called. As the TV went on announcing other inferior prospects, Bradberry's mother motioned for his ear. She told Bradberry that he needed to go fix her toilet. Bradberry agreed, assuming that his name wouldn't be called until a little while later. Then, his phone rang. Bradberry put down what he had on hand to listen, and the rest is history. "I'm Not Josh Norman. I'm James Bradberry" Coming in to Carolina, everyone was ready and armed with Josh Norman comparisons. After all, the Panthers have just recently released their All-Pro corner to free agency after negotiations between Gettleman and Norman's incompetent agent went nowhere, so it was only natural the next guy in would be put to the test. Bradberry doesn't like that comparison. He wants to build a name for himself, not in the shadows of any other corner or All-Pro. Cam Newton decided to provide a little help to Bradberry's goal in his own way. As per tradition, Cam Newton was armed and ready to pronounce a nickname on the new #24. A very interesting nickname indeed. Very fitting for any guy who demands respect. With Bradberry's polite, calm demeanor, it's pretty much polar opposite of his on-the-field aggressiveness, but that's just a part of who James Bradberry is. A humble guy who doesn't like flashy things and won't say much, but a guy who just wants to make an impact in a major way. His mother always told him to remember that there's always going to be someone better than him and to never be satisfied with where he's at. Wise words, and stuff Bradberry keeps very close to his heart. The Beginning: Building That Name For Himself James Bradberry's 2016 season began against the defending Superbowl Champs with the Denver Broncos. It was during this time Bradberry got his first taste of what an NFL regular season game looks like, and he didn't do half bad. For a rookie, he made quite the impression that night, containing WR Demaryius Thomas to only four catches for 48 yards. Even Thomas had to comment on such an impressive performance by a rookie. However, the Panthers lost that night as Gano's did what he does best; miss clutch field goals. Bradberry provided a very swift assessment as to why he was the cause of the Panthers' demise. Even so, Bradberry knew that this was not going to be the defining point of his rookie season. He was out to make a name for himself, and Bradberry knew he needed to put forth the work if he wanted to achieve that goal. As Demaryius Thomas said, Bradberry needs to put in that hard work if he wants to get better. In comes the 49er game. Arguably one of the worst teams in the league, the Panthers were ready to pounce and demolish the talent-less 49ers to a pile of rubble. The day started off a bit slow before the Panthers hit high gear, finishing off the Gabbert-lead 49ers 46-27. Easing plenty of Panther fans' fears of a possible Superbowl collapse, this score and performance reminded fans of the danger the Panthers present to the league. James Bradberry's performance was top-notch. Although it was against 49er receivers, Bradberry had a field day. He intimidated and dominated the talent-less receivers, shutting them down with every move. Bradberry would also show up in run support. Against the 49ers, he was able to sniff out RBs in open space and shut them down. He was putting together a top-notch performance, sort of like a revenge tour after what he deemed was a "poor debut" against the Broncos. Bradberry capped off his performance with a solid interception of a pathetic throw by Gabbert, shoving and twisting the knife of a loss right down the throat of a demoralized 49er team. Cam Newton came rushing in, being the first to congratulate Major Bradberry on his first career interception. Overall, James Bradberry finished as the best performing corner that day, eclipsing Josh Norman's own amazing performance. Finishing at a 93.3 grade, Bradberry turned plenty of heads and eyes as a potential match-up nightmare. Throughout the season, it wasn't easy for Bradberry or Carolina. The Panthers defense started off really slow, with its usually dominant front seven being near the bottom tier of the NFL prior to the bye week. Bradberry wasn't getting any help from that. When Bradberry first faced the Falcons, it wasn't good. Before getting hit with turf toe, Bradberry tried a few looks of his own against Julio Jones, and it didn't go over well. He would later leave the game early with turf toe, leaving Bene to get burned for 300+ yards. Worley would also get hit with the injury bug, and the Panthers would be forced to play the Saints with Zach Sanchez and Teddy Williams as starters. To put it in short: The Panthers defense entered the bye week as one of the worst in the NFL. Bradberry would look to change that when he got back. Redemption: Solidifying His Name Bradberry and the Panthers would come back firing all cylinders. With the rejuvenated and restructured defensive front, the Panthers came back once again as one of the NFL's most feared fronts. Bradberry would be back healthy and ready to do his job. In a rematch against the Saints, Bradberry made his presence known. Able to make prevent a TD in a play you only see elite corners make, James Bradberry was ready to turn around and completely dominate. To compare, one could simply look at how JNo didn't fare well on a similar style play against us. James Bradberry would hold off Saints WR Brandin Cooks to 42 yards on 7 catches. A very solid day indeed. Later on, Bradberry would take on Raiders WR Amari Cooper. Cooper was coming off a fantastic season, dominating the league with his stellar big-play ability and 100+ yard days. A huge test for an up and coming corner. Needless to say, Bradberry brought career lows that day. Amari Cooper caught just four of seven targets for a season-low 22 yards in Sunday’s game, only one of which coming in the second half. According to PFF.com, Cooper’s final grade on the day was 51.1. A very poor grade that Bradberry just seems to hand out even against "fortuitous matchups." Soon, Bradberry would be ready to face his biggest challenge yet once again in Julio Jones. Their first meeting didn't go over too well, but Bradberry would be looking to change that. To redeem himself and the Panthers, Bradberry knew he would have to bring his best game yet. Bradberry would take on the challenge and come out on top, finishing off Julio Jones with 1/3 catches for a total of five yards. On a short pass, Bradberry locked on to Julio Jones and flopped Jones straight to the ground for Julio's only 5 yards against Bradberry. A very strong and athletic move you don't see normal corners make on Jones. On another play, Bradberry was able to beat Julio Jones' press and completely lock him up. Matt Ryan never considered throwing to Julio's way after seeing how tightly locked up Julio was, and threw the other way instead. Shutting down Julio Jones seemed to be a part of Bradberry's instincts. Keeping Julio Jones from being a major contributor, Bradberry rose up to the challenge and shut him down. If Luke was healthy and if Cam was as well, we could've very well stopped the Falcons from getting a win. In one of Bradberry's best plays of the year, he was able to stay step-by-step with Julio Jones. Mind you, Bradberry was forced to remain in trail coverage with Julio Jones having inside leverage in what should've been a huge gain. Bradberry remained in pace with Julio and broke up that pass. Bradberry redeemed himself against Julio Jones their second go around, and the NFL realized that maybe the Panther's secondary isn't as bad as it seemed. For anyone watching the game, the loss was certainly not either of the corners fault, with a whole host of reasons in front of any blame falling on the Panther's backfield (minus Tre Boston). To finish off a spectacular season, Bradberry would grab his second and final interceptions of the season in one of the most acrobatic moves that you don't see normal men make. With that interception, Bradberry achieved his goal. He made a name for himself, being one of the most impressive rookie corners the NFL has seen in a while. Looking like a solid veteran starter, Bradberry made the most of his opportunity of his rookie season, and turned some heads. PFF would finish off grading Bradberry as the best rookie corner from his draft class, ahead of guys like Jalen Ramsey and Tavon Young. With plenty of work and ability to improve on, Bradberry has only scratched the surface of his potential. With a full off-season of training and work ahead of him, Bradberry will surely be looking to solidify his name in NFL history. So, How Does The Future Hold? Bradberry is a guy who soaks in information from coaches. He's like a sponge; he'll take in any advice and apply it. This off-season, Bradberry will have plenty of film to work with and soak every juicy bit of information he can muster. With a constant drive to improve, Bradberry will look to get better. His pass coverage will only get better as he gets used to the NFC South's elite receivers, and his instincts will be refined when he hits that sweet spot of his career. One thing Bradberry could improve on is attempting to go for the ball more often. He only had 2 total interceptions his rookie year, and he could certainly look to trust his instincts more. Nevertheless, Bradberry's already proved he could be an elite shut-down corner real soon. The Panthers upgrade on defense should certainly help. Getting rid of a prime reason our pass-rush was terrible in Ealy and replacing him with Hall and Peppers is a definite upgrade to the same unit that was 2nd in the league in sacks, and adding CB Captain Munnerlyn, Corn Elder, and SS Mike Adams will only help to strengthen our safety and nickel positions, allowing our corners and linebackers to have plenty of help. With Steve Wilks now driving the defense as DC, it's very likely we see a lot of formations that will highlight the strengths of our secondary. Wilks was our prior secondary coach who was one of the best in the league, and his defensive mind will only strengthen Bradberry and his role on the Panthers. @Mr. Scot went over the change nicely in the following thread: For next season, Bradberry is very prime to already hit a breakout season. He has potential to achieve his first pro-bowl season if he keeps working his hardest. Plenty of people have already taken note of this potential, as certain sites are already naming Bradberry as their number 1 breakout player for next year. However, one thing will always remain true. Bradberry did not enter this league hoping to be a good replacement for Josh Norman. He doesn't want to be compared to any all-star corner or anyone at all for that matter. All that matters to Bradberry is that people remember his own name - James - and no one else. Major Bradberry. Already making a major impact in the league, with major potential in his future.
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    Those of you who posted a pic of a disabled person with a helmet make me wish we had negative rep back. I do not see how you can think the tragic misfortune and suffering of innocent people is funny.
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    This guy is a rabid Panthers fan that hates the Falcons. It's like a Huddler just got signed by the Panthers.
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    Easier to pick up his option than to pick him up.
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    Oh man he bought his mom a new car what a dick.
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    Julius Peppers. Number 90. Just saying that name ignites waves of nostalgia throughout the Panther fan-base of one of the greatest Panthers to ever wear the uniform. Picked at #2 overall in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, Julius Peppers was one of the sport's greatest athletic freaks. Measuring at 6'7", 290 lbs, he played like he was 250 lbs with speed and athleticism unlike any other. His mere presence on the field sent shock-waves of fear throughout NFC South QBs, understanding they were about to face one of the best talents in the NFL. Peppers would have a very productive and monstrous stretch with the Panthers. From 2002-2009, Julius Peppers would only have 2 seasons below double-digit sacks, with one of those years being due to him being placed on IR with a knee injury. His play would elevate him to one of the most recognized Panthers of all time, with his jersey being iconic for the franchise. However, the 2009 off-season did not treat Peppers well. Marty Hurney - GM for the Panthers well-known for his outrageously overpriced contracts - would be unable to retain one of the most important Panthers on the roster. Peppers would not take the situation well at all, and made sure he let his disdain known. He felt the Panthers were insincere with their approach to getting a long-term deal done, and felt the silence from the Panthers was offending. Peppers would go on to play with the Chicago Bears for four years, then the Green Bay Packers for another three. In those years, he would have multiple double-digit sacks, never going below 7 sacks in total. He would play as an Outside Linebacker in those stints - something Peppers wanted to do when he was free from Carolina. He would remain largely injury free and looking ageless on the field, terrorizing QBs as if he were 23. Finally, 2017 came. Julius Peppers would become a free agent, and a notable opportunity popped up. DE Charles Johnson - unofficial Panthers GM - would strike right at Peppers and attempt to reel him back in. The Panthers front office has changed dramatically, with a new GM who Julius Peppers could repair relations with. Peppers would take the opportunity and come back home with a smile. With old feelings aside, Julius Peppers signed a one-year deal with the Panthers. Hoping to rebuild his relationship with Charlotte, Peppers came back with the goal of simply earning back the love of the Panther fan-base. Coming back on a homecoming tour of sorts, the Panthers look prime and ready to achieve great things in 2017, with Julius Peppers being a huge part of the effort. "An Ageless Wonder" Year after year passed. Season after season, Julius Peppers stood strong. Age never seemed to affect him much, producing year after year and yielding results. Currently, Julius Peppers is at the ripe old age of 37 years old - not exactly young in NFL terms. Nevertheless, Peppers has overcome the odds and produced quality seasons, having only one season below 7 sacks during his injured year in Carolina. See his season stats for yourself: A small crop of the media subdued the impact of Julius Pepper's return, citing his age being a factor. They believe Julius Peppers is done; his career finished. They simply can't comprehend Julius Peppers still making an impact at such an old age. Julius Pepper's has something to say about the naysayers. Panthers DL Coach Eric Washington agrees. He does not see age limiting Julius Peppers in any way in terms of production or impact. In fact, Washington doesn't see much of a change from when he last saw him seven years ago. It's well to note Washington does not give this kind of praise lightly. It's no fluff piece. When he says something, it's usually something you can take for fact. Washington does not see any signs of Julius Peppers slowing down. Julius Peppers is the epitome of one of the NFL's most ageless wonders. No matter the age, it appears father-time can't get quite the large hold on Peppers. Producing Sacks Even At His Old Age The Carolina Panthers did not bring in Julius Peppers just to let him sit on the bench and rot. They brought him in to produce and get sacks. The contract the Panthers gave Peppers has plenty of sack-incentive rewards, which shows they expect Julius Peppers to hit the ground running. Once again, Julius Peppers produces even with age. PFF recently released a chart showing Julius Peppers throughout the years, and while the tail-end of his career shows a slight decline in average, you still can't deny Julius Peppers is still a force. In fact, 2016 was one of his better seasons with Green Bay with some arguing 2015 was better. Even when age should've caught up with Peppers by now and show a steady decline in ability, the graph shows that Peppers actually got better. Julius Peppers' 2016 season is not something to look down upon. The Packers put him in a more limited role in snap counts, but they did not expect him to be sitting doing nothing. Peppers would help repay their efforts by exerting quality play on the field. Peppers would begin the season with a 1.5 sack performance against the Vikings. Showing his ability of getting after the QB, Peppers would help crumble their weak offensive line and get the sacks he needed. Showing his athleticism and intelligence, Peppers would pressure the QB and target him when the opportunity presented itself. Peppers jumped off to a fine start. He would pressure QBs and impact plays like he normally does. He is a fine technician as a pass rusher, and that has not changed one bit. His overwhelming weight and power pushes back offensive linemen like they weigh nothing. Against the Cowboys, Julius Peppers would face his first true test. Arguably the best o-line in the NFL, the Cowboys offense employed a juggernaut; a near impenetrable wall of meat that gives any defensive coordinator headaches. Peppers would rise up to the challenge and produce. Julius would rush right by stout RT Doug Free and slam right into Dak Prescott, forcing a fumble recovered by the Packers. A monstrous and speedy play. Nothing easy of the sort against any guy from the Cowboy's o-line unit. He would contribute and impact the game in plenty of ways, and helped the Cowboys defensive unit in any way possible. He wouldn't stop there. Later, the Packers would face the Falcons, and Peppers would not disappoint. Lining up against the Falcons RG in a mismatch situation, Peppers would take advantage of the situation. On the inside, Peppers would come in and eradicate Matt Ryan's attempt to scramble. Peppers would slam Ryan right to the ground where he belongs. Sure, Julius Peppers may not have had the most eyebrow raising start, especially considering he was still getting used to the Packers new system of employing him in certain situations. Rather than being an all game DE, the Packers employed him more as a pass rush specialist in a reserved role. Peppers still didn't really enjoy his start, even though he achieved 3.5 sacks. Peppers felt he was leaving a lot on the field, and he could've done far more. Rather than being a force Peppers expected himself to be, he felt he was focused on getting used to how he was being utilized more than being able to focus on the game. After all, Peppers had an average of 28.9 snaps per game, which is considerably lower than his first two years at Green Bay (2014: 48.5 snaps; 2015: 41.8 snaps). Peppers would soon get his wish, as he would begin a stretch of back to back sack games in the later season. The Redskins would be well known in 2016 to have a pretty stout offensive line. With Kirk Cousins known for getting out the road in decent time and solid guys up front, the Redskins had a pretty strong offense. This was not going to be an easy task for anyone; even Julius Peppers. Even so, Julius Peppers would emerge. Going against RT Morgan Moses, Peppers would be an impact player in the game. He would get the leverage against Moses and go right after Cousins for an easy sack. In the following game, Peppers would continue his hot streak of getting sacks. Against the Wentz led offense of the Eagles, Peppers would in and provide pressure to the young rookie. Even with the tackle holding Peppers, he still was able to break free and push Wentz to the ground. Not an easy feat for anyone to do. This is the type of stuff you'd expect to see from HoF caliber DEs in the NFL, no matter the age. Being able to push and power through the odds to get right to the prize. In the next game, Peppers would come off with another sack and solid production. In the frigid cold and snow that enveloped the field, the Packers would come in and give the Texans a game. Peppers will grab himself another sack to extend his back to back sack games to three total, pinning Osweiler to the ground. Against the Bears, Peppers would once again show up and produce. He comes blazing off the edge, snatching the ball right off the QB's hands for a strip sack fumble. Beating the tackle who challenged him, Peppers would come in and get himself a football. Finally, Peppers would show up where it mattered most - the Playoffs. When the bright lights shone right on the Packers in the big moment, Peppers would come in and produce. Against the Giants, Peppers achieved a sack. Lining up on the right side, Peppers would come in and beat his tackle, smacking down Manning when he attempted a scramble towards him. This play would cap off a very productive season from the 36 year old veteran, whose play seemed to defy the odds of age itself. Peppers would comment on his sack against the Giants, and how pivotal it seemed. Peppers would finish off his 2016 season with 8.5 total sacks counting the postseason. Just 1 sack away from Panther's DE Mario Addison's sack total, Julius Peppers would've been by far the 2nd best sack specialist on the Panthers defense. His production speaks for itself, and age doesn't seem to be able to touch Peppers much at all. The Packers knew this very well and how special Peppers truly is. His play at such an old age is not normal, and the effort he puts in the game is unlike any other. McCarthy and Hyde all had glowing words when speaking of Julius. The Future, And The Carolina Reaper's Comeback Tour Julius Peppers always wanted to return to the Panthers after some point in his career. To end right where his career started and where most of his life was wrapped around was a dream come true for the HoF Caliber Panther great. First thing that Peppers wanted to achieve was rebuilding that relationship with the Panthers fan-base. He knew the way he left made many fans bitter, and his tactics of showing his distaste led many to call him a traitor against the organization. Even so, Peppers wants to leave all that behind and plead with Panther fans his case, and earn their respect back. Peppers felt he's learned a lot in his time out of Carolina and grown as a person. In his interview, the notable change in poise and confidence greatly differs with his shy, uncomfortable demeanor when talking to the press when he left Carolina. Julius Peppers comes back knowing he probably won't be able to achieve the greatness of his prime on the Panthers, as age will always win out in the end. His role will be limited due to such, but already coming from Green Bay experiencing what it's like to have less snaps, Peppers should be more than ready to make the most of those opportunities he's given. When asked about his role, Pepper's smiled. He already knew what his purpose was going to be with the Panthers when he signed the contract, and he was ready for the challenge. He knows this role will only help to squeeze out a few extra years out of his career, and help him remain a high quality pass rusher. With other stout pass rushers coming around him, Peppers game should only trend and continue upwards. Returning back in his 4-3 DE role, Peppers should fit in nicely and produce well. With new rookie Daeshon Hall coming in, Peppers will also be expected to mentor Hall and help him ease into the NFL. His impact from a veteran standpoint will be huge; much like a better version of Jared Allen in a way. Helping those around him get better with his experience and growth is something Peppers should be able to live up to. Julius Peppers did not come in to sit on the bench. Gettleman signed Peppers expecting him to impact the team in a major way. The 37 year old Carolina Reaper is in no ways done quite yet. Don't ignore what Peppers has done recently and in the past. He will be back, giving NFC South quarterbacks nightmares once more. Bet on it.
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    We can only hope it isn't called back for a Benjamin hold....
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    @SJTG4 I'm really not in the mood to talk poo or argue this morning, so I'll just say this: as a Panther fan, you should sit back and root for whatever player is wearing the uniform - regardless of their appearance or whatever it may be giving you doubts. I rooted Cam on, I rooted Jimmy Clausen on, I rooted for Everette Brown. save the bullshit you're saying for when a player actually does not live up to expectations. until then, cheer them on and hope they are successful. I
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    So much talk about the Panthers "evolved" offense, not much talk about the new Wilks defense that could be even more exciting to see. When I asked Jeremy Cash if the new defense will be more aggressive his eyes lit up and he didn't hesitate to answer in the affirmative. Last year to start the season there was a nightmare scenario on the defense. - Rookie corners - Nickel not fully recovered from injury. Adequate replacement (Leonard Johnson) would not come for weeks. Don't get me started on Zack Sanchez. - Ineffective defensive end play (to put it nicely) - One pro caliber starting safety not playing his typical position. All this adds up to a perfect storm of suckage, The only saving grace was excellent play from Star, Luke, and Thomas. If any of those guys were not playing at a high level the defense would have been historically bad. Fast forward to this year - Corners no longer rookies. Both looked solid late last season. - Captain Munnerlyn at nickel. Corn Elder his backup. Sanchez likely gone. - Peppers is back. Mario Addison will see increased time. Deshaun Hall to spell the starters. - Two pro caliber starting safeties! Yeah!! Looky there, all of the biggest issues look like they could be fixed. Throw in Steve Wilks who is chomping at the bit to let the guys get aggressive again with less fear of the long back breaking play, and what you have there my friends is the potential to be the top defense in the league.
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    I think it is safe to say the Panthers absolutely know what they are getting in CMC... at least more than youtube scouts. Dave Gettleman "Well I watched all of his touches over two years. So what’s that, 700 touches he had between running and passing? And the returns. It was really funny, I was just talking to Mr. Richardson about it. There was a run he had and I don’t remember who it was against so don’t ask but he was running in the tackle box. He sees the backside linebacker. The front side linebacker is getting blocked. It’s a real tight space and he cuts his angle and actually bangs off that linebacker who is getting blocked and the backside linebacker couldn’t get there because of the angle he took. Then he steps on the gas like the road runner and see you later. That was pretty special."
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    ***WARNING: A LOT of gifs in this thread. Please adjust your cellular plan accordingly*** 2016. The year every Panther fan wants to forget. From the close games, the injuries, to finishing off with a 6-10 record, it was a very disappointing finish after an unforgettable 15-1 run. Cam Newton and the offense appeared to have regressed, with injuries up front and on Cam's throwing shoulder. Couple that with WRs that scare no one, and you just stirred up a recipe for disaster. Many would say one of the primary causes is Cam himself. After all, he's inaccurate, isn't he? He was erratic and making wild throws all the time, so I mean he's got to be the cause of it all. Jonathan Kinsley - author of the Deep Ball Series - has a different take. A guy who analyzes All-22 Film on various players, he saw a QB who had another stellar season while everything crumbled around him. He argues that Cam Newton's 2016 was great, and that injuries, WRs, and other factors were the real reason for a "regression." Kinsley decided create a twitter thread on the topic; highlighting Cam Newton's countless insane throws, and why so many factors hindered what could've been a memorable season from Cam. This will be a big breakdown. A lot of plays to look over, and a lot of good stuff. So without further ado, here's Cam's 2016 season in All-22 GIF Form (GIF credit all to Kinsley. Wish I had All-22 myself, but I don't, so this will make due): All-22 Breakdown When you look at Cam Newton's season, it really isn't as bad as everyone is making it out to be. He's still making insane throws, and he's deadly accurate when need be. Offensive line issues were clearly a huge role in Cam Newton's suffering, along with wide receivers getting lack of separation. It was never Cam Newton at all. The following goes all the way until the Chargers game, marking the timeline of when Cam Newton was healthy. This is a look at a spectacular season overshadowed by offensive woes everywhere. This is the real Cam Newton, and this is what he really did in 2016. Panthers VS Broncos Beginning with the Broncos, Cam Newton made magic. Even under heavy bombardment from the healthy, stout defensive front of the Broncos, Cam Newton still prevailed. Cam Newton's poise is like no other. He remains confident even against great odds. When the Panthers o-line was under great distress, Cam Newton refused to panic. He remained calm, and found a way to turn the situation into a positive. Cam Newton diagnosed the blitz and scrambled away. Olsen recognized the Broncos backfield locking down all available receivers, leaking out as an option for Cam. Newton found his favorite TE and turned a negative into a really good play. Newton never panics. The Panther's offensive line was not playing well that night - understandably so - yet Cam doesn't freak out. He kept on making play after play. Of course, Cam Newton never got a flag from the hit in this play, but it was still amazing to watch it unfold. Newton was able to evade what should've been a sure sack from #94 and find his outlet for a positive play. Plays like this are what make Cam Newton special. Cam Newton had a really good game against the Broncos. Leading a last-minute clutch drive, the Panthers looked like they were ready to hit the league with a bang. Of course, Gano missed the FG, beginning the mess you call the Panthers 2016 season. Panthers VS 49ers Against the 49ers, Cam Newton shone. Although the start would be a tad slow, most of the game featured Cam Newton doing Cam things. When given plenty of time and space in the pocket, Cam Newton looked just like any other elite QB in the league. His timing was impeccable; his progressions flawless. The 49ers helped bring out Cam's best. Cam Newton had to deal a lot with his receivers not getting much separation. This was evident all throughout his 2016 season, as I went over in an earlier article. Even so, Cam Newton would breakout against the 49ers and make some MVP like throws. You cannot tell me that Cam Newton is not accurate when you see him make plays like this. Against a corner with maybe a quarter of a yard of separation by the time the ball got near the WR, Cam Newton placed the ball perfectly in his hands. When Cam actually has the time to go through his progressions, he will punish any defense. Reading through what was going on throughout the field, Cam Newton stood tall and poised as he delivered a strike on an unbelievable throw to another WR with a DB draped all over him. With barely a yard of separation at most and a DB gunning right to the WR, Cam Newton placed the ball perfectly at a position to only where his WR could catch it. A completely unbelievable throw that Cam made on a regular basis. When you look at Cam Newton's deep balls, they truly are special. Once again, you have another wide receiver who barely has an inch of separation if anything at all. The corner was all over him, and any mistake in throw would've resulted in an immediate interception. Well, safe to say Cam Newton hit it right on the dime. An unbelievable throw. A beauty to watch unfold. Cam Newton just places it right where it needs to be for a solid big play. Not many quarterbacks can do this. With wide-outs barely getting any separation at all, Cam Newton was still able to deliver. Cam Newton's rocket for an arm would also help him place needles in haystacks. If you asked me to explain how Cam Newton defied the laws of physics and reason in this play, I would be unable to answer. This is completely unbelievable. He fit in a ball between three defenders in total. Nothing more to say other than it was unbelievable. The Panthers would finish off against the 49ers with a large score of 46-27. Cam Newton looked like an MVP on the field, and the offense was gelling. Panthers VS Vikings This game went well until it didn't go well. Oher had a concussion in between the 49er game and Viking game that went unnoticed for weeks, and Cam paid the price. Nevertheless, there were plenty of positives that came out of Cam's play that still make you wonder how he's not a first ballot hall of famer already. Cam Newton threw some pretty unreal throws that game. In a tight window with two defenders ready to gun down the ball, Cam Newton made a spectacular throw. He timed the ball perfectly and executed the play well. You see a Viking DB ready to run right over and snatch the ball, yet his arrival was too late. Cam's bullet streamed right to where it needed to be without a second to waste, completing a really outrageous play. Cam Newton showed great awareness and timing, creating a solid completion. Cam Newton just knows how to place the ball right. He acts like there's no corner near the guy he's targeting. Cam Newton throws a beauty to his receiver in the path of a corner. The corner couldn't keep up, while Cam's receiver was in just the right spot. Just inches away from the Viking corner, Cam's receiver did his job. Catching the football where Cam wanted him to catch it, even with a Viking DB so close to it. It's throws like these that make you wonder what this season could've been. The Panthers would lose that game and Michael Oher to concussion protocol. The beginning of the Panthers o-line collapse. Panthers VS Falcons It was a pretty pathetic game from all counts. Our defense looked like elementary schoolyard kids going against a bunch of highschoolers, and Remmers was about as helpful as swiss cheese. Even so, Cam Newton still made some amazing plays. Under a very creative blitz by the Falcons, Cam Newton was under pressure. A Falcon defender was gunning straight for an unguarded Newton. Even with the pressure, you never once see Cam Newton falter or cave in. That was like a freight train going right after Newton, yet he never panicked. He threw the ball and took the hit like the man he is. A completely and utterly amazing way of completing a pass. Stuff that only Cam Newton does. Oh, and yet again we get another one of those needle in haystack passes in this game. Cam Newton throws a dart on the bullseye, hitting his guy Greg Olsen right in the nick of time. With three defenders surrounding him and one just centimeters from touching it. Just try telling me Cam Newton is inaccurate with a straight face. Just try. As you all know, Cam Newton gets hit by Deion Jones as he attempts to rush in for a touchdown. Newton would experience a concussion that would bring him out of the game against the Buccaneers the following week. The Panthers went on to lose against the Falcons. Panthers VS Saints Oh boy, this game was fun, and not so much in a good way. From Zach Sanchez attempting to play corner, to having our wide receivers throwing passes, this game was another exhilarating one against the Saints. The Panther's o-line kept crumbling like crackers, and Remmers was LOL. Even so, Cam Newton still had plenty of bright moments. When faced with condensed pockets, Cam Newton knew how to evade danger. After all, having Remmers as your LT will likely get any QB to scoot quickly away from his side at any given time. Hit patience, maneuverability, and awareness was immaculate, creating a completion. Lord have mercy on Cam's soul. He still made insane plays when everything was collapsing around him. When Cam Newton had dozens of Saints defenders after him, he just simply used his legs. Keeping watch downfield at the endzone, Cam made a beautiful completion to a Panther WR, solidifying a touchdown. His running and athletic ability is just beyond amazing. Cam Newton keeps on making play after play when things should've gone downhill. As bad as 2016 was, it could've been a whole lot worse were it not for Cam Newton. Oh, and about Cam Newton being inaccurate... Cam's timing on the throw was immaculate. Flies right by the Saints defenders for a perfect pass to Olsen. A completely beautiful pass and play that seems to come naturally for Cam Newton. Unlike Matt Ryan, Cam Newton commonly threw to WRs who weren't wide open most of the time. Oh, and there was this... It's safe to say Cam Newton did his best to make our o-line look competent. Getting out a throw before being bombarded by Saint defensive linemen. That was embarrassing. The Panthers would lose in a close one 38-41; same score as 2015's outcome in the dome, with the teams switched. Panthers VS Cardinals Straight out of the bye week, someone injected some serious juice in our defense. Star Lotutelei was the star, amassing 3 sacks against Palmer, with our offense making work and doing good things. Cam Newton would do fantastic as well. When the opportunity presented itself, Cam Newton was ready to turn on the jets. After all, the Cardinals defense presented a perfect opportunity for Cam Newton to run right through them. Hitting feet on turf, Cam ran right through the Cardinals to gain a huge chunk of yards. Cam Newton's running ability is what makes him special. Being able to run and power through defenses is what makes him one of the NFL's biggest threats as a QB. If he just a pure runningback, he'd probably be one of the top in the league. Can we all just appreciate the fact Jonathan Stewart exists? Had it not been for him, Cam Newton would've been IR'd way earlier in the season. Even so, the o-line was having quite a bit of trouble, so Cam Newton helped them out a little bit on this play. Newton never lowers his eyes, and he never flinches. He handles the situation he knows he was given, and comes out with a solid pass. His o-line may have crumbled, but Cam certainly did not. The Panthers would go on to annihilate the Cardinals, demoralizing the team that lost to them in the 2015 NFC Championship once more. Panthers VS Rams If you didn't get the memo that our o-line sucked, you could really tell they did in this game. Jonathan Stewart wasn't able to do much at all in the run game, and the Rams defense nearly put our offense in a stalemate against their team. The fact Ryan Kalil got hurt did not help matters either. Cam Newton still did really well. Cam Newton will probably be like one of those grannies who loves to knit. He seems to be a natural when it comes to threading the needle, and this throw was certainly no exception whatsoever. He heaves a beautiful ball between two Rams defenders. Strikes Kelvin Benjamin right where the ball should go, and leaves the crowd speechless. Sure, Cam Newton may be inconsistent at times, but when he's accurate, he's deadly. Of course, you once again see our o-line make a fool of themselves and Cam having to make them look good. Another beautiful work of art from Newton. His pocket awareness is stellar. With guys all over him, Cam Newton makes the throw just in time to prevent what should've been a quick and easy sack for the Rams. The Panthers would win in a slow, but steady game. Panthers VS Chiefs The Panthers would get on with a huge lead in the first part of the game, then blow it. Simply put, Kelvin Benjamin couldn't heave in a pass when he should've, and Cam Newton made a throw he probably will forever regret. Even so, there were plenty of instances where Cam Newton shined. Cam Newton is a huge man. Trying to take him down is like trying to take down a bear barehanded. It is just not going to work out in your favor at all. Cam Newton carries three defenders on his back for an incredible touchdown. Pounding right through them as if they were dummies, Cam Newton made work and got to his prize. A beautiful sight to behold from the league MVP. Once again, our o-line sucks and Cam Newton has to bail them out. In another condensed pocket, Cam Newton does masterful work at finding a way of making plays. Staying steady in the pocket as everything closed around him, Cam Newton didn't flinch or falter. Does masterful work at finding another WR who can't get much separation for a solid play. A common theme in Cam's 2016 season seems to be condensed pocket passes, and he passed each and every test. The Panthers would choke the game in embarrassing fashion, so you can kiss the Panthers playoff hopes goodbye at this point. Panthers VS Saints Part 2 If you really thought the Panthers would let the Saints go 2-0 against the Panthers in 2016, well that's about as likely to happen as Drew Brees retiring with another Superbowl ring on the Saints. The team as a whole did good, aside a slippery offensive start. Bradberry was a beast, Butler blocked a kick, and our defense ate Brees for lunch. Sadly, Kuechly got concussed for the rest of the season, but still plenty of positives from that game. Cam Newton didn't do half bad either, and he has Bradberry to thank for that. When Bradberry got overly excited and committed a foul on Kuechly's ST return TD, Cam Newton got an opportunity to make a highlight reel play, and succeeded. On a beautiful catch and pass from Cam Newton to Ted Ginn, his deep ball hit the mark for a touchdown. No quarterback in the league can do what Cam does with consistent precision when it comes to deep balls, and stuff like this is beautiful. Oh, and another pin the tail on the needle while being surrounded and smothered in another condensed pocket. Jeez does it get any better than that? Puts the ball right on the dime in another tight window while being pressured from all sides. Just imagine what he could do with a healthy o-line and time? The Panthers squash the Brees led Saints and leave them out to rot out on the BoA parking lot. Panthers VS Raiders If only Rivera wasn't so stupid and actually lived up to his "Riverboat Ron" name. Instead, we elected to try our gassed and tired defense on the field rather than have Cam go for it on 4th down on a very good drive, so that was fun. Even so, Cam Newton was a pretty good positive when our o-line started looking competent. Ironically, it was when our backup center got IR'd and Daryl Williams getting hurt for our o-line to be half decent, probably because Tyler Larsen looked pretty dang good. But that's beside the point. On one amazing play, Cam Newton helped inject fire into the offense with a picture perfect pass to Ted Ginn. Ginn never broke stride as Cam threw him a beauty, burning through the Raiders defense for an easy touchdown. Of course, that wasn't enough, as the Raiders came back in the 4th quarter. To rub it all in, Derek Carr played with a broken finger, so that's no fun. Panthers lose. Panthers VS Seahawks Oh, this game. The one where Ron Rivera went crazy once again and benched Cam Newton for the first series for wearing the wrong tie or something. I don't remember. I just know it was absolutely stupid to sit your MVP like that during any game of the season. To be honest, the Panthers looked like a 7th grade middle school team trying to play in the NFL. They were downright awful. Nevertheless, some positives from Cam's play can be taken from that game. For example, Cam Newton's laser target accuracy. For those of you who say Cam is a terrible passer, your argument is invalid as of right now. Honestly, is Cam even human? No one - and I mean no one - should be able to make passes like these on a consistent basis. This isn't even a once in a blue moon type of thing. This is a common near-every-game occurrence. This should never have been on target at all, yet Cam makes it happen. Of course the Panthers were murdered, as Kurt Coleman was injured and others. Panthers VS Chargers The Panthers would come back in Charlotte showing that they still had a lot left in the tank. They came out and played hard against the Chargers. Shaq Thompson got an interception, and so did Daryl Worley; his first. The defense played lights out, and Cam Newton was no slouch either. Once again, you see Cam Newton do Cam Newton things, and this amazing scramble was no exception. At this late in the season, it was beautiful to see. This should've been a huge sack for a large loss. The O-line did what it was known best for and crumbled in front of Newton. Newton was forced to retreat to the 29 yard line - 19 yards away from the line of scrimmage - and maneuver his way around a ton of angry defenders. To put it short he turned this into a five yard gain. Oh, and Cam Newton is still deadly accurate. Knock on his inconsistency all you want; facts are he's an extremely accurate passer when he's accurate. It's just amazing how many of these passes you'd see in Cam's film. It's like it comes naturally for him; putting the ball right through the tips and edges of defenders. This isn't normal for any QB to do on a regular basis. Of course, Kelvin Benjamin later nearly fumbles the football, so Cam had to sacrifice his shoulder after taking a hard hit to the ground after trying to knock over the returner. Yet people still bring up Cam's fumble in the SB and act like he doesn't try/has heart. Nevertheless, the Panthers won that game, even though Cam's rotator cuff got torn. He would continue to play, but his inaccuracy shot up like a rocket due to the fact he could barely throw. Cam still had some unbelievable throws in that stretch, but a lot of other bad ones too. I don't feel they are indicative of what Cam truly is, hence why they're not included. Anyways Chargers were made into Bolt stew. The end. Conclusion Cam Newton's 2016 season may have not been his best, but it still was massively underrated. Film shows a lot more things than simple stat sheets do, and Cam Newton was near damn amazing. If our o-line and offense been any better, Cam Newton would be clear-cut MVP over Matt Ryan and likely on its way to Houston. He was that good. The film analysis above proves that Cam Newton was more than a stat sheet. Sure, not every throw was as pretty as in this breakdown, but not all of that was his fault either. These just show how underrated Cam Newton has been in 2016, and what our season could've been like. Extra Stats On How Good Cam Newton Is To take a look at how efficient and amazing Cam has been lately, check out these stats from the pantherswire: To bring it to earth, @tiger7_88 offers a very simple explanation and breakdown of Cam Newton and Dan Marino in comparison: And some miscellaneous stats for your enjoyment. Credit: Again, credit to Jonathan Kinsley for many of these GIFs, as they were an integral part of this thread. Everyone go visit his twitter and see some more analysis and GIFs of Cam, along with other amazing analysis.
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    Panthers 16-0 Bucs 0-16 Aints 0-16 Failcons 3-28 Suck it.
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    Let's just go ahead and switch him to TE before Sanjay has a heart attack.
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    @sanjay_rajput just got put on a heart attack watchlist.
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    Let this sink in. This guy runs a 4.31, and he doesn't drop passes. Just picture that for a moment.
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    The Lord is Russ Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green astroturf; He leadeth me beside the still gatorade. He restoreth my football soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for the Panthers sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for The Atlanta Falcons blew a 25 point lead. Amen.
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    I sorry........ its May, I'm enjoying a good sctoch and don't need this.
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    No matter what happens....at least we'll never have a butt hole for a stadium.
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    But he won't be there since the 49ers are selecting 100+ players at #2!
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    I'll be the first to say the 2017 NFL Draft is the best thing that has ever happened for this offense. In terms of how amazing it was, it could rival 2013 in terms of immediate fixes and impact. In this draft, we have successfully retooled and equipped this offense in a manner that will put the ball in the hands of our coaching staff, as there's really nothing much you could do - aside another TE - to make this offense into a bigger juggernaut than it is now. Part of what's contributing to this evolution is the addition of a very speedy slot receiver in Curtis Samuel. His ability to blow the top off of defenses in space will eradicate the necessity of any Ginn type production, and the offensive looks of having him and McCaffrey at the same time will give defensive coordinators migraines. It's a mixed offense of power and speed, and this 2017 offense could honestly bring about a whole new style of offense never seen before in Carolina history. The only issue is that we have Shula as OC. Now, there's a common argument that said that our lack of weapons and injured o-line in 2016 hampered Shula, and that 2015 was a fun offense that Shula helped contribute to. I don't buy that, but right now I'm hoping that may truly be the reason for Shula's ineptitude. With Gettleman getting the players he did, he's basically telling Shula that it's no longer on personnel and completely on the coaching if the offense falls flat again. Even so, there's still no doubt 2017 will be fun to watch on both sides of the ball. Curtis Samuel will be a huge part of this evolution. The traits he shows as a WR makes him more than worth his draft stock, and his impact will be immediate. The amount of looks and mismatches we could create just adds to the flavor with Samuel and McCaffrey on the field, and I'm just stoked to see what will happen next year. Here's a look at how this Ohio State weapon comes in to replace an old Ohio State weapon in Ginn and more: Background Curtis Samuel was the face of the OSU offense. Every OSU game thread that exists, you'll see something along the lines as "why wasn't Samuel used here" or "Samuel isn't playing enough" or "fug [insert OSU coaching staff member here]." You effectively had Samuel as 75% of the offense, and the other 25% were supporting cast. A guy whose speed and ability in space will make him quite the match-up nightmare for any team. A one-year starter at Ohio State, Samuel moved to a hybrid H-back role as a sophomore and became the centerpiece of the Ohio State offense as a junior, separating himself as the most dangerous offensive weapon on the roster. He grew up modeling his game after Percy Harvin and filled a similar role in Meyer's offense, lining up in the backfield as a receiver - only player in Ohio State history to finish with 1,000+ yards rushing and 1,000+ yards receiving. A natural ball-handler, Samuel is a balanced athlete with the explosive traits and natural acceleration to produce chunk plays in various roles. Samuel is ideally suited for a hybrid offensive position that highlights his instinctive run qualities as a rusher, but also his many route-running capabilities as a slot receiver. At the Combine, Curtis Samuel ran a 4.31 40 yard dash and had a 37” vertical. For comparison, Ginn ran a 4.28 in his combine, and averaged in the 4.3 range when tested in his pro/workout days. His speed, acceleration, and burst are all proven to be true assets to his game through his performance. Overshadowed by John Ross' prior 4.22 dash, Samuel came out with a very impressive run even amid the closed curtains. An impressive athlete, whose game backs up those traits. Breakdown I'm pretty much evaluating him as a pure slot receiver. He can play inside and has showcased fantastic ability in running to the outside and in between tackles, but his main dish comes straight from his work in the slot. From watching him, he could legitimately be in contention as one of the best slot receivers from this draft class, and that's a serious deal. What was a common theme was how much he could've grown and literally broke out with 2000 yard seasons, but so much potential was washed away because of bad QB play. Curtis Samuel is a pretty special player. He can act as a solid runner and a speedy, polished slot receiver. Samuel may not have the best catching technique as a wide receiver, but that doesn't matter. Samuel catches the ball his way, and he does not let go of it. When Samuel secures the ball, it's secured for good. He has the ability to take on collisions immediately after the catch and hold on to it for dear life. Samuel showcases the ability to take hard collisions right when he catches the ball and comes down as if it never fazed him at all. Right when a DB guns on him, he will have the ball secured and come down with it to the ground. You see WRs in the NFL who can't secure the ball as well as Samuel in situations like these, yet Samuel showcases ability that even some pros can't emulate. This is a common theme in Samuel's repertoire. He will make a lot of solid catches in contact, and that's something you just can't teach for most WRs. A common argument that people make is that Samuel "isn't a polished route runner." Sure, it's plausible to assume that, considering he only recently attained his role as a WR. It's fair to say he could be raw. However, further analysis reveals there may not be so much validity within this. Curtis Samuel showcases some real nice traits as a route runner that I believe is very underrated. Part of that is most likely due to inept quarterback play, as a lot of targets he had were inaccurate or completely off the mark. This failure proved to be a hindrance in what Curtis Samuel could've become. Nevertheless, understand Samuel is more of a route runner than people give him credit for. Samuel has many examples of showing polished footwork and jabs to create an advantage for himself. Samuel has an array of moves he utilizes to get himself separation and wide open. In the following example, Curtis Samuel shows off a nice slant: The result was the Michigan corner being left in the dust as Samuel got free in the horizontal game. The pass was sadly wide left of Samuel, but this should not discredit any of Samuel's efforts. The defender is left in the rear view mirror with Samuel likely getting an easy first down and then some had the completion been made. Curtis Samuel can beat people with his moves and route running ability. In the following example, he goes against Jourdan Lewis - a very solid prospect - and leaves him in the dust. Samuel begins with a hesitation that stops the CB right in his tracks, then he does a good job of using his hands here to keep himself clean. The QB overthrows yet again in another fine example of Samuel's good route work, but don't let that distract you. It happens all the time for the Buckeye, and I don't believe that'll happen with Cam much at all in any deep passing situation. To top off these amazing traits, you see Curtis' burst to pull away. The subtle part about this is how there’s a nice inside release from Samuel, but he makes sure he “stacks” the DB and gets back on track. He knows what he’s doing as a receiver. Even further down the field, you can see him avoid contact. This should’ve been a 40 yard TD, but yet again OSU's QB is about as JAG as it gets. He gets separation and slides past defenders like they were mere statues, and gets himself open. With a competent QB, that's a sure touchdown. When you see Curtis Samuel against press coverage, he usually dominates. He will fight for the ball and win the match-ups. He will get physical when need to, and force defenders to respect his presence. Curtis shows an efficient release. Later, you see his "stacking" ability, then pulling away for a touchdown. He beats the press coverage and comes away with gold. Samuel may not have commonly faced this type of coverage, but every time he has, he's dominated. Now Curtis Samuel in the horizontal slot game is deadly - with emphasis on the deadly. Samuel is a match-up nightmare with his speed and ability to win, and he will leave you in the dust if you are not careful. If Samuel gets his way in the slot, it's all over for any defender. You see, this is exactly the type of person Cam Newton needs. A slot receiver who can stretch the middle of the field, get separation, and burn corners to the endzone. That right there is absolutely critical for Cam Newton's success, and Samuel provides that option. His ability to stretch the field and work his way in the middle will give any defender a run for his money. Again, put him in the slot, and he delivers. He will fly by defenders like they're nothing and get himself some easy touchdowns. He thrives in space, and exploits zone coverages on a common basis. Had his QB even been average, he could've been talked about in the mid first round to early first round as a prospect. Now, there's a common misconception that Samuel drops a lot of passes. The answer to that simple question is that he doesn't whatsoever. In fact, he's arguably the most efficient 3rd down possession receiver and catcher on the Buckeye's offense. According to CFB film room, Samuel only had a drop rate of 3.2%. That's a very low and efficient amount and certainly an improvement over Ginn's catch rate. However, Samuel does need to learn to catch out of his frame. He can occasionally mistime his jump and fail to recover the ball. This is an issue that you see in spurts in Samuel's game, and a primary reason why some dub him as a guy who drops passes. The Clemson game first comes to mind as a textbook example of where Samuel can improve his game: These are the only instances he drops, but it is a teachable issue to fix. Most of the time, it isn't much of a problem, but even so this flaw exists. He will need some refining in that area, but there's still no doubt he'll be as productive as ever. Conclusion A very quick, versatile, and reliable slot receiver that Cam desperately needs. The ability to beat press, man, and zone coverages is evident in his game, and his talent as a route runner should not go unnoticed. He makes magic in space and showcases the ability to beat corners well with a variety of moves and jabs. Samuel utilizes his hands and arm a lot to gain separation and an advantage over the defender in most situations. His added value as a runner and returner makes this Ohio prospect even more intriguing. While I had not specifically addressed this area much due to the basic fact he's going to primarily be in the slot on the Panthers, he has the ability to really make defenders miss and enough flashes shown that he could honestly be a competent RB if he just chose that route only: A weapon that will truly transform the Panthers offense. I cannot tell you how good this pick is after watching some more of him. Samuel will pave the way to match-up nightmares and looks with game-breaking speed. A perfect fit and role for the Panthers.
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    Well, we now know what "evolve" means. It means no longer sitting pack while horrible long routes are run and Cam's head gets treated like a speed bag. These first two picks tell us the Panthers want to get faster on offense. Hike.. one missip... two miissip... ball out. I fuggin love it, mainly because I have been calling for it for years. Come at me.
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    I don't normally start threads since I don't usually have time to follow up on them, but something's been percolating in my brain that I wanted to get some thoughts on. Everybody's been talking about how the addition of both McCaffrey and Samuel will change our offense. Much of the talk has been about how the scheme will change, how much they'll be used in the pass game, how explosive they are, etc. Well, to me, the forgotten man in all this excitement over our offensive evolution is JStew. So, I've been thinking about how the addition of these explosive playmakers will effect Stewart's production this year. The more I think about it, the more I believe he may just have a monster year. For pretty much forever, he's had to run into a stacked front game after game. Teams haven't had to worry about anything on the outside, and even with Smitty, we had so few true offensive weapons that they could still stack the box. So whenever he ran, it was literally like running into a wall with no openings. Most of what he got, he got through brute force and his ability to break tackles. Now, with the addition of McCaffrey and Samuel, not to mention Olsen and KB still being significant threats, we will be able to spread teams out...keep them from clogging the middle. Instead of putting a Safety in the box, they will now have to dedicate him to protecting against the big play (and with CMC, Samuel, Olsen, and KB, it can come from anywhere). What this means is that for the first time in many seasons, Stewart should see some real holes and a little daylight when he gets the handoff. And despite his age, he is still a powerful runner that very few guys can stop by simply trying to grab him...or by themselves. As a result, I expect he will likely have far more big runs than we have seen in the last few seasons. IMO, we have the potential to be a truly versatile offense. We have the ability to go power on defenses and just bully them into submission, but then we can switch gears and go all speed on them and run them ragged...all without changing personnel. We're not just an offense with a lot of weapons, we are an offense built to perfectly counter anything you want to do on defense. And I genuinely believe Jonathan Stewart will be the hammer that beats down defenses this year.
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    Gives me hopes of this in the future...
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    "Cam needs weapons!!! Gettleman hates Cam and does not want to give him weapons!!!! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!" Drafts two offensive playmakers. "Not those weapons. Cam needs other weapons. Gettleman sucks!!!!! ARRRGHHHH!" Some people just live to complain.
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    In the midst of the drizzle and sprinkle of rain and cloud, Russell Shepard shone. During the first day of the Panthers 2017 OTAs, Russell Shepard put on a clinic. He outperformed his peers with ease, making catch after catch like clockwork. He captivated his coaches, his peers, and his teammates all alike with his energy, skill, and effort. Russell Shepard went on the field making plays. With plenty of tough catches and finding ways of getting open, Shepard got plenty of good reviews from everyone present. However, one thing stood out. Shepard's talk and attitude was like a blazing fire on the field. He made sure his passion for the game was made known to everyone, and he was not afraid of getting fiery when he needed to be. Shepard's talk even grabbed the attention of Cam Newton, who everyone knows is arguably the team's biggest cheerleader. Shepard loved it. He made sure everyone knew what he thought of Cam Shepard loved the atmosphere. The fun talk, the plays he made, and the attitude everyone brought was just awe-inspiring for the former Buccaneer. Shep felt like he belonged every minute, and he certainly didn't mind. It was a beautiful beginning for a guy who started off his career barely making rosters. As an undrafted free agent, it's expected that a player's career would start off slow. But when the opportunities presented itself, Shepard shone through. Entering The NFL With A Bang Russell Shepard is a guy with a big-mouth. He's not afraid to let his thoughts out, and doesn't care how the media perceives it. He'll trash-talk, joke, and have fun all around, having not a care in the world what he says. His entry into the NFL was no exception. Russell Shepard's came into NFL in a wave of controversy. The Eagles signed Shepard as an undrafted free agent, after every other team passed up on him in the 2013 draft. However, Shepard's comments on being signed would perk up some ears. When doing an interview, Shepard revealed that he pretty much knew he would end up on the Eagles before the draft was over. Seems innocent enough, until you read into the wording. Controversy erupted, with many questioning how Shepard was able to evade being drafted and sign with the Eagles as a UDFA. They looked into the wording as if Shepard had already officially signed with the Eagles before the draft was over. This would be a clear violation of NFL rules and guidelines, and likely blown up into a huge scandal. Luckily, that wasn't the case. The Eagles released an official statement refuting that idea, and Berman of philly.com offered a logical explanation for Shepard's talk. It was very likely that Shepard got calls about people asking him about UDFA opportunities rather than calls about being drafted. Shepard's comments were overblown and misconceived by the media, as the interpretation was not representative of actual events. Russell Shepard would enter in and compete with the Eagles, but a surprise cut would come up in August of 2013, landing him back on the streets looking for a job. Working His Way Up When Russell Shepard hit the waiver wire, the Buccaneers were ready to grab him. Seeing something special in the undrafted rookie, the Buccaneers felt that they couldn't let this opportunity slide. In September of 2013, they put pen and paper together and signed Russell Shepard on the team. Now, the Buccaneers didn't know how to use him at first. He was too raw to start off as even a backup wide-receiver, and it's not like he'd be ready to return to his dual-threat QB position of high school. However, when they gave him some snaps at Special Teams, they saw something in him. That was all it took for them to see that Shepard's going to be a special guy. Russell Shepard would begin his career as a special team ace, while working on his skills as a wide-receiver. In his first three seasons, Shepard played in 43 of a possible 48 games, leading the team during that span with 30 kick-coverage tackles. Shepard cemented himself as the foundation of the Buccaneer's special teams group, and enjoyed every second of it. In 2015, Russell Shepard achieved the role as the Buccaneers Special Teams captain. Recognized for his steady improvement, energy, and skill on the team, Russell Shepard would receive that title with plenty of support. Everyone knew Shepard was an integral part of the team, and his drive and passion was awe-inspiring. Shepard worked hard to achieve that point. Every sweat, tear, and laugh was for something, and getting to the point he did as a UDFA was no small task. However, Shepard knew he wasn't done there, and he was ready to show it. The Beginning Of Something Special It was the summer of 2016. As usual, the Buccaneers held their annual training camp; a competition between NFL players to save their jobs. Only 53 men are be able to make the final roster, and everyone made sure they poured every ounce of effort on the field. Russell Shepard was back, ready to liven things up. Having a popular reputation around camp, he wasn't afraid of talking and getting everyone pumped up. Throughout the dog-days of the Florida summer, Shepard would be up and energetic, yapping and hyping up a storm. Shepard is well known as a hype-guy. One of the key reasons he even was a Special Teams captain was the energy and hype he brought around to all players around him. His fun talk and quirks all brought a smile and laugh from everyone surrounding him. His leadership was unmatched, and his passion untouchable. Even Jameis Winston had to surrender the title of most passionate player to Shepard. However, this training camp felt a little different for Shepard. Shepard felt he was much more refined and fluid on his routes, and he looked like a real NFL WR on the field. Things were beginning to click together, and the practice/experience he built up produced results. Shepard knew something special was brewing inside of him. The hard work and tireless effort he put in to reach this point started to look like it was paying off. 2016 could be the year that Shepard dreamed of. Russell Shepard began the year like normal; being a special teams monster. Racking up the tackles, Shepard did his job. Terrorizing returners, Shepard was a heat-seaking missile; aiming and directing himself at his target. Showing no mercy, Shepard would lay the wood on anyone that dared to stand in his way. Against the Panthers, Shepard was relentless. He gunned down our returners and helped add to our stat sheet as one of the league's most mediocre return teams in the NFL, and he made Ginn's day into a nightmare. Ted Ginn's hands are well-known for being made out of slippery butter, and his return skills sloppy at best. It was a trait the Panthers had to accept for their best speed threat. Combine that with Teddy Williams and you can see where this is going. When Ginn was attempting to return a punt, Teddy Williams came blazing in and slammed right into Ted Ginn. This caused Ginn to trip up and cough up the ball. Now, it probably wouldn't have been much of a problem had Russell Shepard not existed. Shepard's concentration and focus was on all game. When he saw Ginn cough the ball, he knew he couldn't just sit there and let it slide. As if by instinct, Russell Shepard leaped right towards the ball and fell on top of it. Positioning himself in a desirable situation, Shepard made the most out of this opportunity to recover a punt. He displayed blinding speed and ability to go after the ball. Knowing that every play he made would define who he is, Shepard made sure none of his opportunities went to waste. Shepard would continue on being a ST gunner. Tackling and pinning down returners was his job; his life. He would make pregame speeches and rally up his team, making plays all the while. However, Shepard's opportunities didn't end there. When Vincent Jackson was forced out of the lineup, the chance Shepard dreamed of materialized. Against the 49ers, Shepard entered the game as a WR2/3 for the first time in his career. An opportunity that Shepard knew only comes once in a lifetime, he made sure he made the most of it. Not only that, but the 49ers hosted Russell Shepard's old coach - Chip Kelly - who cut him from the Eagle's squad. Not only was this Shepard's best opportunity to show off his football skills, this was his best shot at showing the former Eagles Coach exactly what kind of big mistake he made. Russell Shepard added to his stat sheet that day, nearly reaching his total yardage of his whole career. He caught five passes on six targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. He looked like a natural on the field; his route-running fluid. Shepard's touchdown would involve leaving the 49er corner on an island and beating him with a beautiful move. It was a fantastic showing for the Buccanneer WR. Shepard was able to make the most of his opportunity and made a huge impact. His teammates sat on the sidelines, watching it all play out, with Jameis Winston smiling; overjoyed at how all their hard work paid off. Russell Shepard didn't stop there. Against the Oakland Raiders, Shepard kept making the most of his opportunities. Shepard gained a touchdown and achieved a modest amount of yardage in the looks he was given. Shepard ran a 7 route and seemed unaffected by a late jam, making a gorgeous catch in the endzone. It was plays like this that Shepard knew he had the potential to make. To see them come to fruition on the field was the cherry on top after all the hard work he put forth. Route-running and playing corners started coming naturally for him, even when it really was his first season receiving so many looks. Shepard would continue on his streak of solid play. Against the Chiefs, he would gain 54 total yards, catching 3 out of 4 targets for huge chunks and gain. When Cecil Shorts went down later in the season, Shepard would just keep on getting more and more opportunities. Against the Seahawks, he would gain a good 23 yards on 2 catches. Showing off a good deep hitch route up top, Shepard gets himself open fast to grab the ball. One thing the Carolina offense loves to utilize are deep hitch routes. They had a knack of working out well whenever Carolina used it, and Shepard's no stranger to the route. One of his primary routes appear to be deep hitches, and he looks smooth through and through. When faced up against the Cowboys, Shepard was given a look and turned it into yards. One of the interesting things about this play is how Shepard would come back and adjust for the inconsistent ball Jameis threw. Rather than let it be another dud from Jameis, Shepard turns the play into a positive and gets a huge chunk of yards. Shepard was having the year of his life. Having already eclipsed his total yardage for his career prior to 2016, it was a memorable time for the ST captain. Against the Saints, Shepard put on a clinic. Shepard exploited the Saints defense through his route running and speed. Whenever he was given the slightest space, Shepard would make the most of it. On the above deep hitch, Shepard grabs the ball and pushes himself upfield for even more yards. He completes the task efficiently and well, looking clean and polished. His route running was stellar for a guy who came in as a UDFA some years ago. Russell Shepard kept up his impressive showing. Taking an inside release, he creates leverage on the Saints DB. Topping it off with a skinny post, Shepard makes a very tough grab with a DB wrapped all around him. Jameis may have looked like a complete idiot, nearly botching up the snap, but Shepard looked like a high quality wide receiver. Shepard finished off the day with a total of 61 yards, averaging 20.3 yards per catch. A very productive day, Shepard played well and made the most of it. No longer just a special teams ace, he was a key contributor in the Buccaneers offense, helping out when the opportunity presented itself. Russell Shepard finished the 2016 season with a total of 2 TDs and 341 yards on 40 catches, averaging 14.8 yards per catch. Eradicating his career total of 91 yards and 1 touchdown past, Shepard showed up, and had one of his best seasons yet. Shepard's Future With The Panthers When Russell Shepard signed with the Panthers, he was excited. Just the culmination of everything's he's been through, and the opportunity the Panthers presented led to Shepard's joy when he signed the dotted line. When he says he's an energetic guy, he means it. He's on the field talking up a storm and having fun. A guy very much like Cam Newton in his talk and demeanor, and a peak at the Saints game is no exception to this. No wonder Cam Newton was in love with him at first sight. Shepard even shows a knack of turning any bad situation into a sentimental one. When Thomas Davis hit Shepard with a very rough tackle, Shepard didn't mind much. Davis made sure he apologized immediately, and tempers were never raised. In fact, Shepard was fine with the whole situation, even turning it into a sentimental memory. Already having a connection with current Panthers special teams coach Thomas McGaughy, Shepard mentioned how he owed his career to him. McGaughy saw the potential in Shepard. McGaughy coached David Tyree - known for his helmet catch from Eli Manning in the Superbowl - who was also a quality ST ace for the Giants. When he met Russell Shepard, he saw a guy with more athletic ability and potential than Tyree ever had. Shepard's role with the team will be far more than what he saw with the Buccaneers. Filling Philly Brown's role, Shepard will get plenty of looks and chances to make an impact. In fact, his skill may even allow him to challenge Funchess for the #2 WR job. He will be an integral part in revamping our ST corps - with Cash - and making his mark known in the league. Shepard knows what his role will be with the Panthers, and he's ready to make the most of it. He's been through so much already, and he knows his future is only beginning to unfold. To prove to the NFL he's ready to make a mark. ________________________ Read my prior condensed analysis of Shepard here:
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    -Someone teach this guy to be a leader. -Bet it was Cams -These guys do not care about football at all -Don't see a playbook anywhere
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    Hanging out together in the off season...says something.
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    Greg Olsen just took to twitter recently voicing his thoughts on his placement on the NFL's Top 100 list. Better watch out.
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    His mouth is in the wrong spot. Christ he can't even do that right.
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    Give me Cash and Boulware
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    Alright, I'm done with this fug. Ban the dumbass.
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