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  1. Panthers had commercials over the weekend for a special pregame presentation on their website done by Panthers TV. Starts at 6:45. There's nothing I can find on panthers.com about it. Does anyone know anything about it?
  2. So as I'm watching Mike and Mike my usual routine I hear who's the second best team in the league? I rewind turn it up they say Fpi has Pats 2nd they both say we've seen enough to determine the Iggles are the hands down second best team in the league. Is this the feeling of the media I'm super confused what makes them 2nd best ? Our offense was stagnant as Cam healed up we're better then our 18 ranked O and our D ranked 3rd vs 3rd ranked O and 22nd on D I don't see what makes them 2nd best in anyway. Glad it's Primetime all eyes on us. Does anyone see Iggles as a true contender based off what they've seen from them
  3. Today the Panthers of Carolina square off against the Lions of Detroit. I see this being a close, relatively low scoring game. Both teams mirror each other closely. The Lions are banged up on the offensive line, which gives me hope. Could be a big day for Pepp and Addison. On the other hand, Detroit is 1st in the league in turnover differential, while the Panthers are tied for next to last. Not great. I feel like a sack and fumble on Stafford or a big play to Tate over Byrd's head could be the difference today. Only question is, which will it be?
  4. A quick glance at the statistical matchup between the Panthers and the Saints. OFFENSE CAR Avg. Rank NO Avg. Rank Total Yards Per Game 271 25th 386.5 3rd Rushing Yards Per Game 96.5 18th 70.5 28th Rushing Yards Per Attempt 2.9 29th 3.7 19th Passing Net YPG 174.5 24th 316 2nd Sacks Per Pass Play 9.50% 26th 2.30% 1st Sacks Allowed 6 n/a 2 n/a Third Down Efficiency 48.30% 7th(t) 34.80% 23rd Points Per Game 16 22nd(t) 19.5 16th(t) DEFENSE Total Yards Per Game 196.5 1st 512.5 32nd Rushing Yards Per Game 60 6th 124 25th Rushing Yards Per Attempt 3.2 9th 4.1 19th Passing Net YPG 136.5 2nd 388.5 32nd Sacks Per Pass Play 10.40% 5th 4.10% 27th Sacks 7 n/a 3 n/a Third Down Efficiency 25.00% 4th(t) 57.70% 32nd Points Per Game 3 1st 32.5 31st Items of note New Orleans has the 3rd best offense in the league in terms of yards. New Orleans is first in the league in not giving up sacks. Carolina Panthers have a much better third down efficiency than New Orleans. Carolina Panthers rush for more yards per game than New Orleans. Carolina Panthers dominate in every defensive category.
  5. Hey all, I stayed up LATE last night to get all the gamebook data entered into my spreadsheet/database. I've learned if I don't do it quickly following a game, it's really hard to keep current. One new statistic I'm planning to track this year is Yards After Catch. As we all know, it's an area Panthers' receivers have struggled in for several years, and one thing the team is very definitely targeting for improvement as part of it's "offensive evolution" with the addition of guys like Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel, Russell Shepard, and Damiere Byrd. This is a stat I've never charted before, so I'm still playing around with how to present / analyze the data. Below is my first attempt at a table looking at the YAC for each receiver yesterday. I'd welcome comments, questions and suggestions as to what would be helpful - how to present the data. Here's the data I have so far. (data is presented left to right based on Total receiving yards) It's also interesting to compare the trios of Shepard, CMC & Stew with that of KB, Funch & Olsen: Some quick analysis: I'd venture to say that the YAC stats were one of the keys to the game for the Panthers. Obviously Russell Shepard's 21 YAC on his 40 yard TD score was important in terms of giving Panthers' offense some momentum (and it was the "go-ahead" score!). It was a big play that helped break open the game. Stewart's 9 yard touchdown was ALL YAC. He actually caught the ball 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage, so he ran 11 yards for a 9 yard score...! Also, the fact that a full 50% of Cam's "passing yards" actually came from the LEGS of his receivers has to be a good thing in terms of sparing his shoulder. Without the nice gains in YAC by Shepard, CMC & Stewart - (i.e. if their receptions were the same, but their YAC stats were more like those of Olsen, KB & Funch at 1.8 YAC per reception) - that could have subtracted 60 yards and 2 TDs from the score sheet. Cam's stats could have been 14/25 for 111 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT instead of 14/25 for 171 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. We still might have won the game 9-3 off of Gano's field goals. But we'd all feel VERY differently about it! Note: At the moment, I have no basis for comparison from previous Panthers seasons, or the league average. I'll try to be gathering some of that data (e.g. YAC data from Panthers 2015, 2016 seasons) in the coming days & weeks. But my sense is, the Panthers are off to a very good start in terms of improving their YAC statistics and that it's already made a difference!
  6. Watching the PSU game at the moment, and I'm really impressed with Saquon Barkley. The kid is a pounder and he is lightning quick. imagine what our stable would look like with him, Stewie, and McCaffrey.....
  7. Here is my last projection for the roster this year, including areas that may be targeted for free agency upgrades off the waiver wire. OFFENSE (26) Quarterbacks (3) Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Joe Webb. There have been calls for Webb to jump ahead of Anderson on the depth chart, but I don't see it happening. However, if it ever did, there would be no reason to keep Anderson on the roster. He provides no value elsewhere, unlike Webb. Running backs (3) Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey, Cameron Artis-Payne. I still see Fozzy Whitaker being a casualty this year. Ron Rivera recently said that Artis-Payne was "part of the puzzle". Fozzy has been a serviceable back but cannot fill in for both Stewart and McCaffrey. CAP can. Fullback (2) Darrell Young, Alex Armah. The Carolina Panthers keep two fullbacks? I know it sounds crazy, but Armah has shown enough in preseason to deserve a jersey. Don't think of it as two fullbacks, think of it as a starting fullback and a special teams player, much like the extra linebacker that is usually kept. Offensive line (10) Matt Kalil, Andrew Norwell, Ryan Kalil, Trai Turner, Daryl Williams, Taylor Moton, Chris Scott, Tyler Larson, Amini Silatolu, Gino Gradkowski. Here is one group that could benefit from an experienced veteran free agent. The Panthers still need depth at offensive tackle. A waiver wire pickup could replace Gradkowski's spot here. Wide Receivers (5) Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Curtis Samuel, Russell Shepard, Damiere Byrd. Keeping only five receivers makes sense as McCaffrey can fill in and probably be the second best target on the field behind Greg Olsen. Tight Ends (3) Greg Olsen, Ed Dickson, Chris Manhertz. Here is another position to keep an eye on once cut downs happen. Manhertz has looked mediocre and would not be difficult to upgrade off waivers. For those of you wishing Dickson off the roster, so sorry. He is by far the Carolina Panthers best blocking tight end. DEFENSE (24) Defensive line (9) Charles Johnson, Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Julius Peppers, Vernon Butler, Mario Addison, Daeshon Hall, Eric Crume, Wes Horton. I have added Eric Crume here based on the amount of time he has had this preseason. The 330 pound defensive tackle has done a good job of anchoring the defensive line when needed. Linebackers (6) Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, Shaq Thompson, David Mayo, Jeremy Cash, Jared Norris. Ben Jacobs loses his spot to fullback Alex Armah on special teams. The remaining six linebackers are the best unit in the NFL. Period. Corners (5) James Bradberry, Daryl Worley, Captain Munnerlyn, Corn Elder, Teddy Williams. Not a perfect unit, but so much better off than at this point last season. No longer a weakness, closer to a strength. Safeties (4) Kurt Coleman, Mike Adams, LJ McCray, Colin Jones. Free agent alert. It would not be difficult to improve on the depth here. I suspect the Carolina Panthers take a good long look at more than one safety option off of the waiver wire. SPECIAL TEAMS ( 3) Graham Gano, Andy Lee, JJ Jansen There has been some scuttlebutt surrounding Palardy making the team over Lee, but I don't agree. The Panthers showcasing Palardy so much this preseason may be more of a showcasing of talent for trade potential. Solid young punters are not exactly easily found and quite a few teams could use one. Gano has won the kicking battle over Butker. Practice Squad Austin Duke, Zeke Bigger, Brian Cox, Cole Luke, Toby Johnson, Jalen Simmons, Dan France, three other guys from other teams.
  8. After Last Night Game What's Y'all Depth Chart At Wide Receiver?
  9. A quick update on the rookie backs. Christian McCaffrey spent more time as a wide out today as Jonathan Stewart was in the back field. It is looking more likely that CMC will be on the field for the vast majority of snaps in one shape or another. McCaffrey also was the first up in punt returns and had zero drops. I did not see Damiere Byrd practice punt returns at all. Despite his solid performance against the Titans, Alex Armah remained behind Darrel Young. Armah did catch a nice ball from Joe Webb but was otherwise quiet throughout practice. However, Armah was last on the practice field today, getting in extra reps on the sleds. Thats right, on a very hot day when the rest of the team hurried indoors to cool off, Alex spent time by himself working on his run blocking.
  10. A few things of note with the receivers today worth mentioning. First, Curtis Samuel saw the most action since his only day of Spartanburg training camp practice. Samuel was used in much the same way that Christian McCaffrey is in the receiving game. That should be no surprise. Samuel still wears a sleeve on his leg to help prevent further injury. Kelvin Benjamin had a good day of practice and is now far and away the best performing receiver out there. Kelvin really seems to have taken the early year criticisms to heart and is out to prove everyone wrong. Funchess, on the other hand, did not have such a great day. Devin had an opportunity to score a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone but was out played by Daryl Worley. The starting receivers were still Benjamin, Funchess, and Shepard. That has not changed at all. Will it change this preseason? I doubt it. It will take poor performances in the regular season for any changes to be made, imo.
  11. Carolina Panthers snap counts for preseason week 2 against the Tennesee Titans - Defense Mayo LB 46 61% Jacobs LB 41 55% Williams CB 41 55% Crume DT 41 55% Cash LB 37 49% McCray SS 35 47% Jones FS 34 45% Hall DE 32 43% Luke CB 31 41% Norris LB 30 40% Southward CB 30 40% Mass DE 27 36% Moore DE 26 35% Sanchez CB 25 33% Cox DE 23 31% Bradberry CB 21 28% Short DT 21 28% Coleman SS 21 28% Davis LB 21 28% Webster DE 19 25% Worley CB 19 25% Wujciak DT 19 25% Parms SS 18 24% Adams SS 18 24% Lotulelei DT 18 24% Obada DE 18 24% Thompson LB 17 23% Addison DE 17 23% Horton DE 17 23% Munnerlyn CB 17 23% Peppers LB 15 20% Richards DB 12 16% Johnson DE 12 16% Boulware LB 6 8% Bigger LB 17 2% Jansen LS 7 21% Gano K 6 18% Butker K 5 15% Palardy P 5 15% Lee P 2 6% Miley DE 1 3%
  12. Keyarris Garrett didn't have to choose Carolina, but he did. The main reason why he landed in Carolina? Well, he can tell you that... Ricky Proehl was the main reason Garrett chose Carolina over a dozen other teams. While places like Atlanta are producing "recruitment videos" and other gimmicks, the Panthers are staying true to what actually works. Namely, excellent coaches who take the time and connect with the players. Coaches with a proven track record of developing young talent. Imagine being a rookie wide receiver and in your first practice having a coach that can not only tell you how to run a route, but also run it himself better than anyone else on the field. Instant. Respect. Garrett was wise in choosing Proehl and the Panthers. Afterall, coach Proehl has.... Turned Kelvin Benjamin, who some said was a project, into a thousand yard receiver in his rookie year. Took Devin Funchess, as inexperienced a rookie wide out can be, and molded him into a real threat and one of the better Panthers receivers late in the season. Made Philly Brown, and undrafted rookie, a contributor on offense almost immediately. Clearly, coach Proehl knows how to develop young talent. This year he has the NCAA's leading receiver Keyarris Garrett to work with. Just imagine.
  13. Keyarris Garrett didn't have to choose Carolina, but he did. The main reason why he landed in Carolina? Well, he can tell you that... Ricky Proehl was the main reason Garrett chose Carolina over a dozen other teams. While places like Atlanta are producing "recruitment videos" and other gimmicks, the Panthers are staying true to what actually works. Namely, excellent coaches who take the time and connect with the players. Coaches with a proven track record of developing young talent. Imagine being a rookie wide receiver and in your first practice having a coach that can not only tell you how to run a route, but also run it himself better than anyone else on the field. Instant. Respect. Garrett was wise in choosing Proehl and the Panthers. Afterall, coach Proehl has.... Turned Kelvin Benjamin, who some said was a project, into a thousand yard receiver in his rookie year. Took Devin Funchess, as inexperienced a rookie wide out can be, and molded him into a real threat and one of the better Panthers receivers late in the season. Made Philly Brown, and undrafted rookie, a contributor on offense almost immediately. Clearly, coach Proehl knows how to develop young talent. This year he has the NCAA's leading receiver Keyarris Garrett to work with. Just imagine. View full article
  14. I see a lot of excitement out there over a few of the Carolina Panthers undrafted free agents, and rightfully so. Last season safety Dean Marlowe and running back Brandon Wegher was able to claim a roster spot. The year before? Philly Brown and Andrew Norwell made the regular roster. This year the buzz is around wide receiver Keyarris Garrett and linebacker Jeremy Cash. Here is what needs to happen for them to make the roster, and who their competition is from last season's Carolina Panthers roster. Jeremy Cash - Linebacker - Duke Panthers Roster Competition: Ben Jacobs The path to the NFL for Jeremy Cash is clear. First, the training staff needs to put some weight on him, at least 8 pounds this offseason. That sounds like a lot, but with Cash's frame it is very doable in a pro regimen. Trust me, this kid is in for a healthy dose of protein and weights. Next, he needs to get excited about special teams, because that is now his bread and butter. The Carolina Panthers will not be calling upon the services of Jeremy Cash on defense this year, just as they hardly ever called on Ben Jacobs last year. But Jacobs, a former rookie camp invitee, cemented himself as an excellent special teams player and earned respect and a paycheck. Jeremy Cash must prove he can shed blocks and get downfield for tackles on the returner. If his performance at Duke is any indication, his natural tackling ability will be a huge asset for him to rely on. The Panthers' preseason was never more important for a rookie. He will have a few opportunities to make a real difference. If not, he may be practice squad bound. It is Cash vs Jacobs. The Panthers will not be keeping both this season. Keyarris Garrett - Wide Receiver - Tulsa Panthers Roster Competition - Brenton Bersin, Kevin Norwood, Philly Brown, Stephen Hill The Panthers will likely keep only five receivers this season. There are only three locks at the moment: Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess. The rest are competing for 2 roster spots. Keyarris Garrett is ranked by most sources as the second most valuable UDFA pickup behind Jeremy Cash. Garrett's path to the Panthers roster has solely to do with his performance at the wide receiver position. That's it, that's all. Out work, out hustle, and out perform Brown, Bersin, Norwood, and Hill and the job is yours. The good news for Garrett is his drive. He has been very vocal since the draft about his resolve. He plans to prove without a doubt he was the best receiver in the draft, as his production numbers in college would indicate. As a result, a swell of support has developed from Panthers Nation. Garrett has his work cut out for him, it won't be easy. Making it even more difficult for Garrett is the fact that he is practice squad eligible, when some of the others are not. This gives the Panthers another option to develop him into a future star. Garrett needs to show the Panthers that he immediately can make plays week 1 against Denver. If he fails to do so, practice squad is likely. Carolina Panthers Rookie Camp kicks off on Friday, May 13th. I will report back with initial impressions and photos.
  15. I see a lot of excitement out there over a few of the Carolina Panthers undrafted free agents, and rightfully so. Last season safety Dean Marlowe and running back Brandon Wegher was able to claim a roster spot. The year before? Philly Brown and Andrew Norwell made the regular roster. This year the buzz is around wide receiver Keyarris Garrett and linebacker Jeremy Cash. Here is what needs to happen for them to make the roster, and who their competition is from last season's Carolina Panthers roster. Jeremy Cash - Linebacker - Duke Panthers Roster Competition: Ben Jacobs The path to the NFL for Jeremy Cash is clear. First, the training staff needs to put some weight on him, at least 8 pounds this offseason. That sounds like a lot, but with Cash's frame it is very doable in a pro regimen. Trust me, this kid is in for a healthy dose of protein and weights. Next, he needs to get excited about special teams, because that is now his bread and butter. The Carolina Panthers will not be calling upon the services of Jeremy Cash on defense this year, just as they hardly ever called on Ben Jacobs last year. But Jacobs, a former rookie camp invitee, cemented himself as an excellent special teams player and earned respect and a paycheck. Jeremy Cash must prove he can shed blocks and get downfield for tackles on the returner. If his performance at Duke is any indication, his natural tackling ability will be a huge asset for him to rely on. The Panthers' preseason was never more important for a rookie. He will have a few opportunities to make a real difference. If not, he may be practice squad bound. It is Cash vs Jacobs. The Panthers will not be keeping both this season. Keyarris Garrett - Wide Receiver - Tulsa Panthers Roster Competition - Brenton Bersin, Kevin Norwood, Philly Brown, Stephen Hill The Panthers will likely keep only five receivers this season. There are only three locks at the moment: Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess. The rest are competing for 2 roster spots. Keyarris Garrett is ranked by most sources as the second most valuable UDFA pickup behind Jeremy Cash. Garrett's path to the Panthers roster has solely to do with his performance at the wide receiver position. That's it, that's all. Out work, out hustle, and out perform Brown, Bersin, Norwood, and Hill and the job is yours. The good news for Garrett is his drive. He has been very vocal since the draft about his resolve. He plans to prove without a doubt he was the best receiver in the draft, as his production numbers in college would indicate. As a result, a swell of support has developed from Panthers Nation. Garrett has his work cut out for him, it won't be easy. Making it even more difficult for Garrett is the fact that he is practice squad eligible, when some of the others are not. This gives the Panthers another option to develop him into a future star. Garrett needs to show the Panthers that he immediately can make plays week 1 against Denver. If he fails to do so, practice squad is likely. Carolina Panthers Rookie Camp kicks off on Friday, May 13th. I will report back with initial impressions and photos. View full article
  16. Now that the dust has settled on round one, the Carolina Panthers have unfinished business to get down to in round two. I told you no uncertain terms who would be the pick in round one. Things become a little more murky in round two. Nevertheless, here is what I think will happen. 1. Panthers will try to trade up Like last year, there are still a few players on the board that the Panthers really like. Hunter Henry, Derek Henry, Emmanuel Ogbah to name a few. This would likely require a trade up into the top 10 of the second round. I am not so sure Gettleman is willing to give up enough to move that far. One possibility, however, is banking on that probable third round compensatory pick for next season and trading the existing 2017 third round pick away along with this year's. The Carolina Panthers could more easily move up to the teens. This would put them in position to draft someone they may not have a first round grade on, but someone who could impact the team immediately. 2. Panthers mid-second round targets In the second round today, aside from the players listed above, the targets could be... - Sterling Shepard - WR - Shepard would round out the Panthers WR corps perfectly and the Panthers do like him quite a bit. - Kendall Fuller - CB - Despite a minor injury last year, Fuller still high on the list of wants. This would certainly make fans who are still worried about the loss of Josh Norman happy. 3. If the Panthers cannot move up If the Panthers are unable to move up and must pick at 30, I like... - Su'a Cravens - SS - Would immediately compete for playing time with the departure of Roman Harper. Some project as a small outside LB, the Panthers could treat him like they did Thomas Davis initially and put him at strong safety. - Von Bell - FS - The Panthers really don't need another FS, but they like Bell enough to take him anyways. - Devontae Booker - RB - Good mix of size and ability. A well rounded running back that could take a roster spot from Whitaker, Artis-Payne, and/or Wegher.
  17. Now that the dust has settled on round one, the Carolina Panthers have unfinished business to get down to in round two. I told you no uncertain terms who would be the pick in round one. Things become a little more murky in round two. Nevertheless, here is what I think will happen. 1. Panthers will try to trade up Like last year, there are still a few players on the board that the Panthers really like. Hunter Henry, Derek Henry, Emmanuel Ogbah to name a few. This would likely require a trade up into the top 10 of the second round. I am not so sure Gettleman is willing to give up enough to move that far. One possibility, however, is banking on that probable third round compensatory pick for next season and trading the existing 2017 third round pick away along with this year's. The Carolina Panthers could more easily move up to the teens. This would put them in position to draft someone they may not have a first round grade on, but someone who could impact the team immediately. 2. Panthers mid-second round targets In the second round today, aside from the players listed above, the targets could be... - Sterling Shepard - WR - Shepard would round out the Panthers WR corps perfectly and the Panthers do like him quite a bit. - Kendall Fuller - CB - Despite a minor injury last year, Fuller still high on the list of wants. This would certainly make fans who are still worried about the loss of Josh Norman happy. 3. If the Panthers cannot move up If the Panthers are unable to move up and must pick at 30, I like... - Su'a Cravens - SS - Would immediately compete for playing time with the departure of Roman Harper. Some project as a small outside LB, the Panthers could treat him like they did Thomas Davis initially and put him at strong safety. - Von Bell - FS - The Panthers really don't need another FS, but they like Bell enough to take him anyways. - Devontae Booker - RB - Good mix of size and ability. A well rounded running back that could take a roster spot from Whitaker, Artis-Payne, and/or Wegher. View full article
  18. Sweet Carolina

    There have been a great number of music videos sent to us this season, mostly rap or hip hop tunes with a Carolina Panthers flavor. I came across this unique song this morning, and really thought it was well done. The artist, Patrick Carroll, took the Sweet Carolina victory anthem of the Carolina Panthers and put it through an "Adam Sandleresque" filter. "Except Atlanta" had me laughing Nicely done Patrick! You can follow Patrick on twitter or on his YouTube
  19. Sweet Carolina

    There have been a great number of music videos sent to us this season, mostly rap or hip hop tunes with a Carolina Panthers flavor. I came across this unique song this morning, and really thought it was well done. The artist, Patrick Carroll, took the Sweet Carolina victory anthem of the Carolina Panthers and put it through an "Adam Sandleresque" filter. "Except Atlanta" had me laughing Nicely done Patrick! You can follow Patrick on twitter or on his YouTube View full article
  20. Jonathan Stewart returned to the Carolina Panthers practice field today with his usual sense of humor. Stewart participated fully in all drills that media was allowed to see. He took the first team snaps as usual . I did not witness any lingering issues with his foot that there may have been. However, all eyes will be on him tomorrow to see how the foot reacts to his first day back with a helmet. In my opinion, we will see Stewart full speed ahead on Sunday. Other practice notes: - Kurt Coleman was the first player on the practice field. His presence will be needed badly against the Seattle passing attack. - The receivers looked sharp, no dropped ball from what I was allowed to witness. Usually there is one or two. Devin Funchess has improved a great deal since the Panthers - Seahawks game earlier this season. He could be a big factor in the outcome. - Cam Newton was his normal self, laughing and cracking jokes during stretches. The team seems loose but focused on the task at hand. Confidence is in the air.
  21. Jonathan Stewart returned to the Carolina Panthers practice field today with his usual sense of humor. Stewart participated fully in all drills that media was allowed to see. He took the first team snaps as usual . I did not witness any lingering issues with his foot that there may have been. However, all eyes will be on him tomorrow to see how the foot reacts to his first day back with a helmet. In my opinion, we will see Stewart full speed ahead on Sunday. Other practice notes: - Kurt Coleman was the first player on the practice field. His presence will be needed badly against the Seattle passing attack. - The receivers looked sharp, no dropped ball from what I was allowed to witness. Usually there is one or two. Devin Funchess has improved a great deal since the Panthers - Seahawks game earlier this season. He could be a big factor in the outcome. - Cam Newton was his normal self, laughing and cracking jokes during stretches. The team seems loose but focused on the task at hand. Confidence is in the air. View full article
  22. Cam's Clear Case for MVP

    Not only has Cam Newton earned the Most Valuable Player of the NFL this season, he has redefined the position along the way. Anyone who watches the Panthers play on Sundays clearly understands this fact. However, there are still a few who try to dismiss Newton’s performance using the old way of judging a quarterback. Allow me to present to you the main bullet points of Cam Newton’s amazing 2015 MVP bid. 3837 Yards Passing - 16th in NFL Here is the one stat that is not all that impressive. Cam Newton only threw for 3837 yards. Strange that in this day and age nearly 4000 yards passing is not particularly impressive. If Cam Newton played the entire games against Atlanta and Tampa Bay, he may have surpassed 4000 yards. But, as you can see by the following stats… it really doesn’t matter. Many doubters will point to Cam’s completion percentage. It is easy to spot a living room couch expert that way. They have no idea how many dropped passes Newton has played through. Heck, if Ted Ginn held on to just half of his drops alone Cam Newton would have had well over 4000 yards and been ranked in the top 10 in this category. 7.8 Yards per pass - 7th in the NFL The Panthers are a running team. In fact, they ranked 2nd in the NFL in rushing overall. Naturally, on a team based on the run, the QB will be throwing less. Taking this into account, Cam Newton averaged 7.8 yards per pass which ties him for 7th in the league. This is more yards per attempt than Tom Brady. Throw in the fact that Cam did so without a single wide receiver that would start on any other NFL team. This stat becomes not only impressive, but nearly unbelievable. 35 passing touchdowns - 2nd in the NFL (tied with Bortles, E. Manning, Palmer) Thats right, Cam Newton is tied for 2nd place in the NFL for number of touchdowns thrown, also known as the most important stat for a QB in football. Moving down the field is meaningless if a QB cannot deliver in the red zone. Again, without a wide receiver that would start on any other NFL team. Simply amazing. Ok, so there are some traditional QB stats that clearly show Cam Newton is one of the top QB’s in the league. Do these stats make him a MVP candidate? Not really. They make him a very good quarterback. Now comes the part where he has redefined the position…. 56 Rushing First Downs - 5th in the NFL I have said it for many seasons now. Cam Newton is 80% of the Panthers offense. Without his first down runs, many improvised, the Panthers would rank very low on offense. However, because of Cam Newton, the Panthers scored more points in 2015 than any other team in the NFL. Cam Newton single handedly kept the chains moving 56 times this season. This is almost twice as many times as the next QB on the list…. Russell Wilson who ranked 33rd. 10 Rushing Touchdowns - 5th in the NFL (tied with RB Todd Gurley) Cam Newton is tied with probably Rookie of the Year RB Todd Gurley in rushing touchdowns. He is ahead of full time running backs like Doug Martin, David Johnson, DeMarco Murray, the list goes on. Cam Newton has one rushing touchdown less than Adrian Peterson. Take a moment and let that sink in. Cam Newton has already tied Steve Young’s career record for rushing touchdowns. Now, take into consideration that Cam Newton clearly was a very good QB in 2015 despite lack of weapons, he also was a top runner in this league. In other words..... Cam Newton was the majority of the production, both in the air and on the ground, in the offense that scored the most points in the NFL. That, my friends, is MVP defined.
  23. Not only has Cam Newton earned the Most Valuable Player of the NFL this season, he has redefined the position along the way. Anyone who watches the Panthers play on Sundays clearly understands this fact. However, there are still a few who try to dismiss Newton’s performance using the old way of judging a quarterback. Allow me to present to you the main bullet points of Cam Newton’s amazing 2015 MVP bid. 3837 Yards Passing - 16th in NFL Here is the one stat that is not all that impressive. Cam Newton only threw for 3837 yards. Strange that in this day and age nearly 4000 yards passing is not particularly impressive. If Cam Newton played the entire games against Atlanta and Tampa Bay, he may have surpassed 4000 yards. But, as you can see by the following stats… it really doesn’t matter. Many doubters will point to Cam’s completion percentage. It is easy to spot a living room couch expert that way. They have no idea how many dropped passes Newton has played through. Heck, if Ted Ginn held on to just half of his drops alone Cam Newton would have had well over 4000 yards and been ranked in the top 10 in this category. 7.8 Yards per pass - 7th in the NFL The Panthers are a running team. In fact, they ranked 2nd in the NFL in rushing overall. Naturally, on a team based on the run, the QB will be throwing less. Taking this into account, Cam Newton averaged 7.8 yards per pass which ties him for 7th in the league. This is more yards per attempt than Tom Brady. Throw in the fact that Cam did so without a single wide receiver that would start on any other NFL team. This stat becomes not only impressive, but nearly unbelievable. 35 passing touchdowns - 2nd in the NFL (tied with Bortles, E. Manning, Palmer) Thats right, Cam Newton is tied for 2nd place in the NFL for number of touchdowns thrown, also known as the most important stat for a QB in football. Moving down the field is meaningless if a QB cannot deliver in the red zone. Again, without a wide receiver that would start on any other NFL team. Simply amazing. Ok, so there are some traditional QB stats that clearly show Cam Newton is one of the top QB’s in the league. Do these stats make him a MVP candidate? Not really. They make him a very good quarterback. Now comes the part where he has redefined the position…. 56 Rushing First Downs - 5th in the NFL I have said it for many seasons now. Cam Newton is 80% of the Panthers offense. Without his first down runs, many improvised, the Panthers would rank very low on offense. However, because of Cam Newton, the Panthers scored more points in 2015 than any other team in the NFL. Cam Newton single handedly kept the chains moving 56 times this season. This is almost twice as many times as the next QB on the list…. Russell Wilson who ranked 33rd. 10 Rushing Touchdowns - 5th in the NFL (tied with RB Todd Gurley) Cam Newton is tied with probably Rookie of the Year RB Todd Gurley in rushing touchdowns. He is ahead of full time running backs like Doug Martin, David Johnson, DeMarco Murray, the list goes on. Cam Newton has one rushing touchdown less than Adrian Peterson. Take a moment and let that sink in. Cam Newton has already tied Steve Young’s career record for rushing touchdowns. Now, take into consideration that Cam Newton clearly was a very good QB in 2015 despite lack of weapons, he also was a top runner in this league. In other words..... Cam Newton was the majority of the production, both in the air and on the ground, in the offense that scored the most points in the NFL. That, my friends, is MVP defined. View full article
  24. I have gathered the data. I have crunched the numbers. I have applied our proprietary Huddle Algorithm. Now, without further ado, the Official 2015 Huddle Season Prediction The Good News Cam Newton is as healthy as he has been since 2011. Not many people are discussing this, but it remains the biggest factor on the Panthers 2015 season prospects throughout the entire team. A healthy Cam Newton is good for a few wins on his own, even if the rest of the offense is not clicking. The Panthers offensive line appears to be greatly improved over the start of last season. Mike Shula's passing attack requires a bit more time than many other passing attacks in the NFL, this offensive line should be able to provide it. This is a vertical passing attack, not a west coast dink and dunk. Pro Tip: Panthers rookie Daryl Williams will be starting more sooner than later. He will quietly be the Panthers best 2015 draft selection. Running backs are no longer a concern on this team. Last season we saw undrafted rookie Darren Reaves actually start a game due to injuries. Reaves did not even make it as far as training camp this season, that tells you how much this group has improved. Stewart, Artis-Payne, and Wegher are all capable of carrying a full load of snaps on their shoulders. This is the best running back depth the Panthers have had in many seasons. The Panthers now have the most talented and most complete linebackers corps in the NFL. The addition of first rounder Shaq Thompson has solidified that fact. The linebackers are the biggest reason the Panthers were able to pull off a victory against Arizona in the playoffs last season. They are improved since then, which is a scary notion for the rest of the league. The Bad News You knew it was coming, so here it is. The loss of Kelvin Benjamin is a tough one. The Panthers wide receiver corps are just not as talented without him, especially in the red zone where the Panthers offense struggles the most. Rookie Devin Funchess has not yet shown the ability to use his size to his advantage against NFL corners. Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery are currently the two best other options. Not good. Depth at corner is razor thin. Josh Norman, Peanut Tillman, and Bene Benwikere are a stout starting lineup. All three, however, have already been injured at one point or another since the start of camp. The Panthers need help here and will most likely be bringing in an additional corner soon. Don't underestimate the Star Loutelei foot injury. His foot flared up once the pads were put on in practice, which was a full 7 months after his surgery. Prepare to see Star off and on throughout the season. Colin Cole and Kyle Love are solid backups, but they are no Star. Special teams, and particularly punt coverage, remains a concern. This group looked less than stellar in preseason after a dismal 2014 season. There will be more than one game this season where a punt return could be the difference in the game. Conclusion The 2015 Panthers squad is built to win on the road. With a solid defense and running game, they will be able to slow the game down and run the clock. This quiets the away crowds and halts any momentum the home team may develop. Cam Newton's athleticism will make up for many passing plays gone awry. His impromptu scrambling will be the difference once again. For the past two seasons, the Panthers offense would have ranked near last place without his heroics. The Panthers defense will rank in the top 5 when it is all said and done this year. 2015 Panthers Record Prediction 11 wins 5 losses NFC South Title
  25. I have gathered the data. I have crunched the numbers. I have applied our proprietary Huddle Algorithm. Now, without further ado, the Official 2015 Huddle Season Prediction The Good News Cam Newton is as healthy as he has been since 2011. Not many people are discussing this, but it remains the biggest factor on the Panthers 2015 season prospects throughout the entire team. A healthy Cam Newton is good for a few wins on his own, even if the rest of the offense is not clicking. The Panthers offensive line appears to be greatly improved over the start of last season. Mike Shula's passing attack requires a bit more time than many other passing attacks in the NFL, this offensive line should be able to provide it. This is a vertical passing attack, not a west coast dink and dunk. Pro Tip: Panthers rookie Daryl Williams will be starting more sooner than later. He will quietly be the Panthers best 2015 draft selection. Running backs are no longer a concern on this team. Last season we saw undrafted rookie Darren Reaves actually start a game due to injuries. Reaves did not even make it as far as training camp this season, that tells you how much this group has improved. Stewart, Artis-Payne, and Wegher are all capable of carrying a full load of snaps on their shoulders. This is the best running back depth the Panthers have had in many seasons. The Panthers now have the most talented and most complete linebackers corps in the NFL. The addition of first rounder Shaq Thompson has solidified that fact. The linebackers are the biggest reason the Panthers were able to pull off a victory against Arizona in the playoffs last season. They are improved since then, which is a scary notion for the rest of the league. The Bad News You knew it was coming, so here it is. The loss of Kelvin Benjamin is a tough one. The Panthers wide receiver corps are just not as talented without him, especially in the red zone where the Panthers offense struggles the most. Rookie Devin Funchess has not yet shown the ability to use his size to his advantage against NFL corners. Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery are currently the two best other options. Not good. Depth at corner is razor thin. Josh Norman, Peanut Tillman, and Bene Benwikere are a stout starting lineup. All three, however, have already been injured at one point or another since the start of camp. The Panthers need help here and will most likely be bringing in an additional corner soon. Don't underestimate the Star Loutelei foot injury. His foot flared up once the pads were put on in practice, which was a full 7 months after his surgery. Prepare to see Star off and on throughout the season. Colin Cole and Kyle Love are solid backups, but they are no Star. Special teams, and particularly punt coverage, remains a concern. This group looked less than stellar in preseason after a dismal 2014 season. There will be more than one game this season where a punt return could be the difference in the game. Conclusion The 2015 Panthers squad is built to win on the road. With a solid defense and running game, they will be able to slow the game down and run the clock. This quiets the away crowds and halts any momentum the home team may develop. Cam Newton's athleticism will make up for many passing plays gone awry. His impromptu scrambling will be the difference once again. For the past two seasons, the Panthers offense would have ranked near last place without his heroics. The Panthers defense will rank in the top 5 when it is all said and done this year. 2015 Panthers Record Prediction 11 wins 5 losses NFC South Title View full article
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