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same as last year, Rivera says Cam has got to become a more sound QB

25 March 2015 - 07:08 PM

last year it was: Rivera on Cam: "He's got to develop as a passer."

today at the NFC coaches breakfast, it was:

Charlotte Observer:
Rivera said he wants to Newton his sharpen his "position-specific skills" this season to become a more polished quarterback.
"I think he relies so much on his great athleticism that sometimes he's not as sound as he needs to be with his fundamentals," Rivera said. "Now as he continues to grow, I think that's the next step is being sound in everything he does."

Rivera has big plans for Newton in 2015, including more no huddle. ... Rivera said: "One of the things we did to help him, once he was healthy and ready to roll, was to institute a no huddle. He seemed to handle that well. Starting from where we finished, we'd like to see him hone that skill."
Rivera went on to say that Newton needs to continue to try to break away from relying on his athleticism and sharpen himself as a passer. Thinking of Newton as a 100 percent complete quarterback is terrifying for many defensive coordinators.

David Newton @DNewtonespn
Rivera on Cam Newton. "Cam has grown. He’s at that preface of
taking it to the next step."

Joe Person @josephperson
Rivera: I think Cam's grown and he's on the precipice of taking
the next step to the next level.

David Newton @DNewtonespn
Rivera says Newton sometimes relies on athleticism that he's
not sound fundamentally. Wants that to improve.

Joe Person @josephperson
Rivera on Cam: Sometimes he relies so much on his athleticism
that he's not as sound as he needs to be with his fundamentals


Rivera confirms Panthers will be drafting a RB

25 March 2015 - 05:50 PM

Gettleman said we're drafting a RB now Rivera goes into more detail:

ESPN David Newton:

"Coach Ron Rivera said today at the NFL owners meeting the Panthers ideally would like to get about 15 carries from Jonathan Stewart and then 8-10 from another back.
That other back likely will be found in the NFL draft. The Panthers hosted Georgia’s Todd Gurley , expected to be the first or second back selected, last week.
“The thing you’ve got to be careful about in this league is you can’t rely on one player at one position,’’ Rivera said during the NFC coaches breakfast. “Running back has definitely been proven that you’ve got to have a good two-back tandem.
“And that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking for that complement to Jonathan.’’
“We want to make sure we have a guy waiting in the wings for an opportunity,’’ Rivera said. “But not necessarily just waiting in the wings, but being a part of what we’re doing in the game.
“And you’ve got to remember we’ve got to spread the ball to Fozzy. We’ve got to get it the ball Mike Tolbert as well because those guys are very capable players. They have shown they can be successful in what we do.’’


Rivera would like to see Cam signed long-term before 2015 season

25 March 2015 - 05:06 PM

David Newton ESPN:

Rivera said personally he'd like to see Newton's deal done before the season.
"Personally, yeah, I would," Rivera said. "Hopefully, we get everything worked out together."
Rivera is confident that general manager Dave Gettleman and Newton's representatives will get "something positive done."


WalterFootball's Mock for the Panthers: March 24, 2015

24 March 2015 - 07:49 PM

only has 5 rounds. not sure if he'll add more

1st R #25 Andrus Peat OT Stanford - 1st Team All-Pac-12. Recent mocks that have Peat falling to us at #25 include:
-Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com (Mar 23) - has us taking Peat
-Matt Miller (Mar 24) - has us taking DJ Humphries instead
-USA Today (Mar 22) - has us taking DJ Humphries instead
-Pete Prisco's latest mock - has us taking DJ Humphries instead
-DraftTek (Mar 23) - has us taking Shaq Thompson instead
The thread on him in the Huddle Draft forum:

2nd R #57 Nelson Agholor WR USC - 1st Team All-Pac-12 - one of the best WRs in the country last year. The thread on him in the Huddle Draft forum:

3rd R #89 Duke Johnson RB Miami - 1st Team All-ACC - one of the best RBs in the country last year.

4th R #124 Daryl Williams OT Oklahoma - 1st Team All-Big-12 - could be our future Pro Bowl RT. The thread on him in the Huddle Draft forum:

5th R #161 Ben Heeney LB Kansas - 1st Team All-Big-12 - #1 in the Big 12 with 10.58 tackles per game

5th R #169 JaCorey Shepherd CB Kansas - 1st Team All-Big-12. Was #4 in the NCAA and #1 in Big 12 with 18 passes defended last year. Was also #1 in Big 12 with 773 yds on kickoff returns (#5 in Big 12 in kickoff return average)

Trey Flowers DE Arkansas

24 March 2015 - 06:05 PM

today's mock by Sporting News (Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting) has us taking Flowers at #57 in the 2nd R

NGSC Sports:
"aside from the disparity in 40 time, Flowers tested as good or better than UF’s Dante Fowler Jr ... I’d be shocked if Flowers made it out of round two."

"Trey Flowers is the prototypical 4-3 defensive end ... Flowers has the makeup to be the best edge guy in the 2015 class. ... Projection: Mid 2nd, Early 3rd"

Former 12-year NFL Scout Louis Riddick @LRiddickESPN
Mar 2
if Trey Flowers /Arkansas could just...run fast(er). The kid is all football player.

Football Insiders:
"The 2015 NFL Draft is loaded at the defensive end position. With guys like Randy Gregory, Shane Ray, Alvin Dupree and so many more, it’s easy to see why many teams are going to come away with a stud pass rusher. However, for the teams that may be out of range to draft a top defensive end prospect, they will have an excellent alternative option in the second round in a guy like Trey Flowers ... Flowers could easily be a left defensive end in a 4-3 scheme... Flowers said: "If I can learn four defenses in four years it shows how coachable I am and the different schemes that I’m accustomed to."... If Flowers turns heads with a good combine performance, he could very well end up as a top-45 pick."

ProFootballSpot.com Josh Carney @ Josh_Carney412
Going back through Trey Flowers ' tapes. My goodness is this
man strong. Throws linemen around.

ABC 2 Baton Rouge Sports Reporter Seth Lewis @SethLewisInc
Arkansas DL Trey Flowers is tossing OL around like rag dolls.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Robbie Neiswanger @ NWARobbie
Dec 30
DE Trey Flowers finished his career with 47 1/2 tackles for losses. That ranks 2nd in school history.

FOX 16 Little Rock Austin Kellerman @ AustinKellerman
Dec 29
Trey Flowers leads all active SEC players with 45.5 career
tackles for loss