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  1. Panthers Team Need No. 1: Offensive Line Silva’s Analysis 33-year-old C Ryan Kalil’s body has broken down, and he intends to retire after the season. Vikings castoff Jeremiah Sirles is not an adequate starting left guard. LT Matt Kalil was a predictable flop free-agent signing by ex-GM Dave Gettleman. RT Daryl Williams is in a contract year. Editor's Note: Fantasy Baseball season is here! Compete in a live fantasy baseball snake draft right now! Drafts take as little as 2 minutes to complete and last just one night. For a limited time, DRAFT is giving Rotoworld readers a FREE entry into a real money draft and a Money-Back Guarantee up to $100! Here's the link Panthers Team Need No. 2: Pass Catcher Silva’s Analysis There are indications this could be 33-year-old TE Greg Olsen’s final NFL season. Top WR Devin Funchess is in a contract year. Torrey Smith is not a solution to Carolina’s deep-threat void, and Curtis Samuel can’t be counted on after last year’s devastating leg injury. Panthers Team Need No. 3: Secondary Silva’s Analysis Running back qualifies as a lower-value need after Christian McCaffrey looked more like a space player/slot receiver than foundation back as a rookie. Secondary is a higher-value and more pressing need with mediocrity at virtually every position on Carolina’s back end. Top CB James Bradberry took a step back as a sophomore. FS Mike Adamsturned 37 in March. Norris’ Mock Draft Round 1 (24): WR D.J. Moore, Maryland - If the Panthers want Moore, they’ll have to select him in the first round (barring a trade back). He would (potentially) add a new dimension to the offense, explosion with the ball in his hands and true playmaking ability on the outside and inside. I could totally see corner or safety at this pick as well, but at some point, the Panthers must invest in more talent around Cam Newton, specifically at receiver. Round 2 (55): S Jessie Bates, Wake Forest - It might be a stretch to think Bates would be available this late, but even recent years have seen a run on safeties take place in round two. Bates can handle a variety of alignments and might be a piece for the Panthers to build around in their secondary. Round 3 (85): G Braden Smith, Auburn - The Panthers reportedly brought Smith in on a visit. He’s an outstanding athlete inside, exploding into his blocks or when getting to the second level. If the Panthers miss out on Frank Ragnow, Smith could be the target on day two. Round 3 (88): EDGE Chad Thomas, Miami - At EDGE, the Panthers need something beyond band aids. Maybe that’s Daeshon Hall, but that can’t be relied upon entering the 2018 season. Thomas has plenty of size to play on the outside and is still developing his counters if his initial move is stopped. Round 5 (161): CB Quenton Meeks, Stanford - It’s clear the Panthers like corners who aren’t afraid to come up and tackle, even on the edge. That is definitely Meeks. It does not appear their length “threshold” has carried over with Marty Hurney as GM. Round 6 (197): TE Andrew Vollert, Weber State - The Panthers have some real questions beyond 2018, including replacements for Ryan Kalil and potentially Greg Olsen. Vollert is more of a move/receiving tight end, but his athleticism and production are great. Round 7 (234): RB Jordan Wilkins, Ole Miss - I would love for the pick to be John Kelly here, and although some evaluators label him with an UDFA tag, I think he’s off the board. Enter Wilkins who fits the “hammer” role the team is apparently looking for. Round 7 (242): QB Logan Woodside, Toledo - The Panthers still don’t have a real backup quarterback on their roster.
  2. Damiere Byrd - WR - Panthers Panthers re-signed WR Damiere Byrd to a one-year contract. C Tyler Larsen and P Michael Palardy also signed one-year deals. All three were exclusive rights free agents. Byrd caught 10 passes for 105 yards including two Week 15 touchdowns last season, but he ended the year on injured reserve with a knee issue. With Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright now in the fold, Byrd is likely looking at a backup role.
  3. Damiere Byrd - WR - Panthers Panthers re-signed WR Damiere Byrd to a one-year contract. C Tyler Larsen and P Michael Palardy also signed one-year deals. All three were exclusive rights free agents. Byrd caught 10 passes for 105 yards including two Week 15 touchdowns last season, but he ended the year on injured reserve with a knee issue. With Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright now in the fold, Byrd is likely looking at a backup role.
  4. 1) 24. CB Mike Hughes - Central Florida - By the time we pick at 24, selecting any other position besides CB would be a substantial reach unless Calvin Ridley drops. Picking a TE or Safety would simply not be a good value at this spot. Hughes will immediately upgrade our secondary and become our CB2, he’s also a terrific return man. 2) 55. C Frank Ragnow - Arkansas – Ragnow will compete with Moton for starting LG this season. He will back-up Ryan Kalil at C, and will become Kalil's successor next year. With this one pick, Hurney will have solved 3 questions marks on our roster. 3) 85. WR DaeSean Hamilton - Penn State - Runs great routes, has good hands, and is a plug and play wideout. What's not to like? Hamilton is a guy who can keep the chains moving. Almost 80% of his catches in’17 went for 1st downs. 3) 88. FS Rashaan Gaulden – Tennessee – Gaulden plays nickel for the Vols but will convert full time to safety for us. He’s got good size and plays very physical, reminds me of Charles Godfrey. 5) 161. LB Skai Moore - South Carolina - TD will serve a 4 games suspension to start the season, oh, and he's also retiring. David Mayo will be a free agent next season and Ben Jacobs and Jared Norris are strictly special team guys. PFF lists Moore as one of the best cover LB’s in this year’s draft. 6) 197. QB Chase Litton - Marshall - Litton is an early entrant who has the size and enough arm talent to potentially develop into a solid backup QB. At 6'5'' 230 pounds he is almost the exact size as Derek Anderson. 7) 234. TE David Wells - San Diego State - Wells was leaned on to do some of the heavy lifting as a run-blocking specialist in the Aztecs offense last year. He’s a solid prospect to challenge Chris Manhertz as our blocking #2 TE 7) 242. CB Terrell Bonds - Tennessee State - This late in the draft Hurney will probably pick a small school guy who we can develop. We worked out Bonds at his pro day and like him as a slot corner to challenge Corn Elder and eventualy (possibly sooner than later) replace 30-year-old Captain Munnerlyn. · First thing you notice is that we didn’t draft a DE or a RB. We have 8 picks and approximately 10-11 positions of need. We simply CANNOT fill all our roster holes. · Every year there is always 1 position that we all believe we will draft and come draft weekend, we don’t. Last year was TE this year it will be RB. · Our offseason has not been “sexy”, we haven’t made a single move that truly gets everyone excited. This mock draft flows the “unsexy” theme. Not sexy but we get 8 good football players. · Hurney’s first priority for our early picks is that they have to immediately come in and play and possibly start for us. · With more needs than picks this year, Hurney has by now realized that trading back in the 1st round is his best option. · At the very least, acuiring 1 more pick in the top 100 should be enough to fill all our major roster holes.
  5. Panthers offseason

    ESPN columnist Mike Sando spoke with NFL coaches, executives and league insiders to gauge how each team has fared in the first wave of free agency (ESPN Insider required), and if Sando’s sources are correct the Carolina Panthers still have some work to do this offseason.
  6. What's left at CB

    Player (17 of 60) Pos. Age From To Yrs Dollars AAV Total GTD GTD at Sign 2018 Cap Potential Out JohnsonTrumaine Johnson CB 28 LA NYJ 5 $72,500,000 $14,500,000 $45,000,000 $34,000,000 $10,000,000 3 yr / $45,000,000 ButlerMalcolm Butler CB 28 NE TEN 5 $61,250,000 $12,250,000 $30,000,000 $24,000,000 0- ColvinAaron Colvin CB 26 JAC HOU 4 $34,000,000 $8,500,000 $18,000,000 $18,000,000 $7,750,000 2 yr / $18,500,000 CarrieTravis Carrie CB 27 OAK CLE 4 $31,000,000 $7,750,000 $15,500,000 $8,000,000 $5,300,000 2 yr / $15,500,000 ShermanRichard Sherman CB 29 SEA SF 3 $27,150,000 $9,050,000 $7,000,000 $3,000,000 $6,175,000 1 yr / $8,175,000 AmukamaraPrince Amukamara CB 28 CHI CHI 3 $27,000,000 $9,000,000 0- 0- 0- RobinsonPatrick Robinson CB 30 PHI NO 4 $20,000,000 $5,000,000 $10,000,000 $6,000,000 $2,250,000 HaydenD.J. Hayden CB 27 DET JAC 3 $19,000,000 $6,333,333 $9,450,000 $9,450,000 $3,916,666 2 yr / $13,000,000 Robey-ColemanNickell Robey-Coleman CB 26 LA LA 3 $15,750,000 $5,250,000 $8,000,000 0- 0- MitchellTerrance Mitchell CB 25 KC CLE 3 $12,000,000 $4,000,000 0- 0- 0- JosephJohnathan Joseph CB 33 HOU HOU 2 $10,000,000 $5,000,000 $3,900,000 $3,900,000 $4,000,000 1 yr / $4,000,000 LawsonNevin Lawson CB 26 DET DET 2 $9,200,000 $4,600,000 $4,550,000 $4,550,000 $3,925,000 1 yr / $5,050,000 ClaiborneMorris Claiborne CB 28 NYJ NYJ 1 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 0- 0- $7,000,000 BademosiJohnson Bademosi CB 27 NE HOU 2 $6,250,000 $3,125,000 0- 0- 0- BrockTramaine Brock CB 29 MIN DEN 1 $4,000,000 $4,000,000 0- 0- 0- AmersonDavid Amerson CB 26 OAK KC 1 $2,250,000 $2,250,000 $500,000 $500,000 $1,859,372 WilliamsTeddy Williams CB 29 CAR NYG 1 $880,000 $880,000 $60,000 $60,000 $720,000 SmithSean Smith CB 30 OAK TBD 0- JonesAdam-Pacman Jones CB 34 CIN TBD 0- Rodgers-CromartieDominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB 31 NYG TBD 0- LaneJeremy Lane CB 27 SEA TBD 0- RevisDarrelle Revis CB 32 KC TBD 0- CooperMarcus Cooper CB 28 CHI TBD 0- BethelJustin Bethel CB 27 ARI TBD 0- HallDeAngelo Hall CB 34 WAS TBD 0- NewmanTerence Newman CB 39 MIN TBD 0- HouseDavon House CB 28 GB TBD 0- WilliamsMarcus Williams CB 26 HOU TBD 0- GayWilliam Gay CB 33 PIT TBD 0- McCainBrice McCain CB 31 TEN TBD 0- WebbLardarius Webb CB 32 BAL TBD 0- SherelsMarcus Sherels CB 30 MIN TBD 0- WilliamsTramon Williams
  7. 1st - LT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame 2nd - SS Ronnie Harrison, Alabama 3rd - TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina 3rd - WR MIchael Gallup, Colorado State 5th - CB Kevin Toliver, LSU 6th - LB Leon Jacobs, Wisconsin 7th - CB Danny Johnson, Southern 7th - FS Marcell Harris, Florida
  8. Some updated news about potential owners to share & where the process stands. From 8:00 am this morning. Pretty good read. Some excerpts. http://www.espn.com/blog/carolina-panthers/post/_/id/29281/steelers-minority-owner-so-far-leads-short-list-of-potential-bidders-for-panthers Ha! I said so: Spring meeting in Atlanta on May 21st. Also guessed that the discovery period wasn't ended and bidding had not begun. I also said to not believe anything about potential owners until the final bidding begins. And to support that statement: Honest, I did not have anything to do with writing this article. But I should be paid just the same .........
  9. So who doe we bring back, who do we let walk? Player Pos. 2017 Team 2018 Team Type Current APY Guarantees Julius Peppers 43DE Panthers UFA $3,500,000 $1,650,000 Star Lotulelei 43DT Panthers UFA $3,272,300 $16,361,500 Graham Gano K Panthers UFA $3,100,000 $3,950,000 Andrew Norwell LG Panthers UFA $2,746,000 $0 Ed Dickson TE Panthers UFA $2,266,667 $2,000,000 Derek Anderson QB Panthers UFA $2,250,000 $1,500,000 Charles Johnson WR Panthers UFA $1,500,000 $350,000 Jairus Byrd S Panthers UFA $900,000 $0 Teddy Williams CB Panthers UFA $885,000 $80,000 Amini Silatolu LT Panthers UFA $855,000 $80,000 Andrew Gachkar 43OLB Panthers UFA $775,000 $0 Scott Simonson TE Panthers RFA $690,000 $0 Brenton Bersin WR Panthers UFA $690,000 $0
  10. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article201817204.html
  11. David Newton ESPN Staff Writer The NFL's investigation into an allegation by Marty Hurney's ex-wife that she was harassed by the Panthers' interim general manager could come as soon as today, multiple sources told ESPN.com. If cleared – and indications are that will be the case – Hurney still is expected to be named the fulltime GM. Hurney's ex-wife withdrew the harassment charge in court after a judge denied her attempt at a restraining order, but the NFL continued with its investigation headed by Lisa Friel. Hurney has been on paid administrative leave.
  12. Pretty much nails it: Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver: 2017 second-round pick Curtis Samuel flashed enough in limited opportunities to have an inside track on Carolina’s 2018 third receiver job, but he can’t be counted on as a surefire starter. Devin Funchess is entering his contract year, and the Panthers have next to nothing at wideout beyond that. Greg Olsen’s advancing age (33 in March) further solidifies pass catcher as a primary need. Under vertical-oriented new OC Norv Turner, the Panthers should emphasize adding a downfield threat. Offensive Line: The Panthers’ line struggled in both 2016 and 2017 in part due to injuries but largely to sheer ineffectiveness. Ex-GM Dave Gettleman whiffed badly on his five-year, $55.5 million investment on LT Matt Kalil. Stud LG Andrew Norwell’s contract is up, and he will command top dollar atop an otherwise barren interior O-Line market. C Ryan Kalil announced 2018 will be his final season. Defensive Line: Cornerback also warrants a mention after CBs James Bradberry and Daryl Worley’s underwhelming sophomore campaigns, and slot CB Captain Munnerlyn’s apparent late-season falling out with the coaching staff. Up front, the Panthers need to replace free agent DT Star Lotulelei, while DE Julius Peppers’ contract has expired after the 38-year-old led the team in sacks (11). Typically, Ron Rivera’s team has emphasized defensive line over secondary when deciding how to value assets.
  13. Listening to Darin Gantt, no real good is going to come from this untimely accusation and dismissal. He doesn't appear as high on our prospects a.k.a our "Rooney Rule compliance," and says this Hurney situation could blow up in the franchise's face no matter how you slice it. "So in the short term, the Panthers are likely going to choose who handles those duties while the league does its thing. Sticking with Hurney would likely cause some (more) public relations backlash, but hiring one of their other candidates will cause plenty of football problems. None of the candidates they interviewed last week has any meaningful background with coach Ron Rivera and his staff, the team’s scouts or the player personnel on hand." Gantt points to all the coming decisions in free agency that the Panthers have to make and says that it's, "Probably more work than a guy who needs directions to the executive bathroom is going to be able to handle efficiently. Drafts are projects months in the making, and a new G.M. will be cramming for a final without notes." Gantt goes on about how this may look kinda crazy to a new owner, and alludes to people's jobs bring on the line if this thing turns into a complete dumpster fire. "The people involved in the Panthers’ decision-making process have known Hurney for years, and have known that his divorce was a bad one (by the standards in which even the good ones are awful)...If they keep him now, there’s a better chance for stability on the football side for the coming season, which increases the chances for stability elsewhere in the organization under new ownership. If they don’t and the team struggles in front of the new boss, the changes in the building are going to be bigger than one man, one free agent or one draft pick." I would say that this is just a case of Gantt being Gantt, but he does bring up some reasonable points. I do believe it was him who basically said that everyone knows Hurney is going to get the job (and how the Rooney Rule was being mocked yet again), but at least he is getting down to the real reasons why he believed that Hurney may have been---oh, snap, be---the best choice (and maybe even the front office's thinking behind it). http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/02/07/time-is-not-on-panthers-side-for-hurney-decision/
  14. What started as a search on Orlando Brown, and perusing different scouting reports, has led me to some skepticism regarding this draft class as a whole. Not to say that there won't be your usual surprises, revelations and busts, but I think that maybe we should go into the draft with more of an open mind because at many positions there isn't necessarily a big gap between the first and third rounders this year. Yes, there is the Combine, Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game, but that thought is not likely going to change that much because the preponderance of the guys have been scouted for years. But, like Matt Miller said, here's to hoping that we find that gem. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2743367-matt-millers-scouting-notebook-is-this-the-worst-draft-class-of-the-decade This is pre-2017 season, but here's an ex-NFL guy on Brown: http://www.profootballweekly.com/lists/2017/05/30/eb51f897f8ef46dca99509c96f0b19e4/index.xml?page=1 Whether he progressed in these specific areas, I don't know, but perhaps someone can give us insight into that. Where you at Big Ugly purveyors...? Walter Football may (or may not) have some updated info. http://walterfootball.com/draft2018OT.php I am a WR guy, and I've already let you know how I feel about the class in the other thread, and reading some others' thoughts on the subject, my mind hasn't changed. I told you that you might want to value the free agents a little more, and Cleveland.com's Matt Goul agrees. I've already seen a few posts on here bemoaning some quality DE and DT prospects deciding to continue their college careers and thereby making this class weaker at the positions, so I really don't know what to think about this either. We never know how the draft is going to go, but there should be some quality defensive backs available. One thought is that perhaps teams will make a run on QBs, and will push other quality players down, but even the QBs aren't necessarily first round material, and many believe that there isn't a big difference between the projected first rounder(s) and the subsequent rounds. And, even if there is a rush, because the draft is not really loaded with true first rounders, then we're not necessarily going to be gaining a whole lot if teams decide to pick QBs in front of us. Like I said, DBs are intriguing, as well as RBs, but perhaps there isn't enough of a distinction to justify taking one in the first. I don't know. I think that this draft and strategy is going to be wide open as for what actually happens. As such, at least to me, if there is someone to be gained in free agency at any need-based position, then we might wanna go after them. Look over this article to familiarize yourself with the "players" in the 2018 draft at every position. It's not too long, and at least it will put some people on your mind. And, by all means, give us your thoughts. On an off note, with the daft class being a little "meh" as it is, perhaps the Hurney haters will find comfort in knowing that there is not too much to screw up or lose. I read somewhere (in different words) that this might be the perfect draft to trade down and amass more picks so that you can throw a little more darts on the board and see if they stick. Moreover, it might be a good draft to roll the dice and divvy up a few picks to get who you want in free agency also. We'll see.
  15. @Panthers to interview Norv Turner for offensive coordinator, get ready for Bang 8's, Deep Digs, Power Run game, and a ton of shifts on offense. His style will challenge his players. Outstanding offensive MIND — Torry Holt (@BigGame81
  16. Unrestricted Free Agents (12) QB Derek Anderson WR Brenton Bersin S Jairus Byrd TE Ed Dickson LB Andrew Gachkar K Graham Gano WR Charles Johnson DT Star Lotulelei G Andrew Norwell DE Julius Peppers DT Amini Silatolu CB Teddy Williams Restricted Free Agents (5) WR Kaelin Clay CB LaDarius Gunter TE Scott Simonson C Greg Van Roten G David Yankey Exclusive Rights (6) WR Damiere Byrd OT Dan France DT Drew Iddings C/G Tyler Larsen TE Chris Manhertz P Michael Palardy http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-potential-free-agents-in-2018/5e5884b9-3ba3-4838-82ab-4e10903ae043
  17. https://sports.yahoo.com/panthers-hire-norv-turner-offensive-010330274.html
  18. Leave everything out there. Every Panther player out there today gave Ron everything they had. It wasn't enough but we should be proud of our team and our season.
  19. To the practice squad That's right, Arizona's 4th round pick OG Dorian Johnson added to the PS.