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Ages of Current Panther Players

13 January 2015 - 10:53 AM

I did not look up each player's birthday, but added a year to their current age according to the Panther roster. In other words, this is how old they will be in 2015.   Some of the more interesting ages are in bold: 

 

Projected core players age in 2015:

QB Cam Newton 26, Derek Anderson 32; Joe Webb 29

RB Jonathan Stewart 28; Fozzy Whittaker 26; DeAngelo Williams 32

WR: Kelvin Benjamin 24; Philly Brown 24; Jerricho Cotchery 33; Brenton Bersin 25

TE: Greg Olsen 30; Richie Brockel 29; Brandon Williams 28; Ed Dickson 28

OT: Mike Remmers 26; Byron Bell 26; David Foucault 27; Nate Chandler 26;

OG: Andrew Norwell, 24; Trai  Turner, 22; Amini Silatolu, 27; Edmund Kugbila 25; Fernando Velasco 30

OC: Ryan Kalil 30; Brian Folkerts 25

DT:  Colin Cole 35; Dwan Edwards 34; Star Lotulelei 26; KK Short 26

DE: Charles Johnson 29; Mario Addison 28; Wes Horton 25, Kony Ealy 24

LB: Thomas Davis 32; Ben Jacobs 27; Adarius Glanton 25; Luke Kuechly 24; AJ Klein 24; Kevin Reddick 25

CB: Josh Norman 28; Melvin White 25; Bene Benwikere 24; Carrington Byndum 23

S: Roman Harper 33; Colin Jones 28; Thomas DeCoud 30; Tre Boston 23; Robert Lester 27

 


Reasons to feel great about next season

11 January 2015 - 12:54 AM

I never start threads, but I think this is important--You already know this stuff, but it may help to frame the situation at this time.

 

We just went toe-to-toe with the World Champions in their house.  They beat us by attacking our rookies and forcing a few turnovers.  Next year, they will not be rookies.  Next year, we will have a LT and another WR threat.  Next year, we beat them. Next year, we beat a lot of people.

 

About a third of the players who contributed was composed of rookie players (Brown, Norwell, Glanton, Ealy, Boston, Benwikere, Turner).  Of those somel were undrafted (Brown, Norwell, Glanton).  We had some overachievers, bargain-basement free agents like Remmers, Love, Cole, and Horton.   These players were assembled out of necessity due to some terrible contracts, dead money, and a cap deficit over $16m just 2 years ago. 

 

Then there were players on the roster whose talents were discovered.  Colin Jones, in my opinion, could be a pretty strong SS.  I think they should look at him there anyway.  Josh Norman stepped up and has become a strong CB.  All gained experience this year. 

 

We get everyone we want to return back next year.  In fact, most of our contracts are set through 2016, with the exception of Cam.

 

So what are our needs?  LT, WR for sure.  DT, RB, CB, S depth. 

 

Expect us to become elite in 2015.   These players are experienced now.  They are no longer rookies, bargain-basement free agent nomads, or bench warmers.   

 

The future is bright.


What do you say to the Panther critics?

29 December 2014 - 12:07 AM

What do you say to the fan that criticizes the Panthers for going 7-8-1 and making the playoffs?  The fan who refers back to the blowouts and the embarrassing games earlier this season?  The heckler?  The smart-ass brother-in-law from Dallas or Seattle?

You tell the fan that it was not pretty, but we won the division despite having to climb out of Hurney’s Cap Hell Hole, created by desperation characterized by overpayment and bad drafts.  You explain that we have a ton of dead money and our $13m franchise player was not only a distraction, but he was suspended for most of the season-fully paid.  You tell them that we lost a lot of talent last year to free agency and had to again crawl through the mound of unclaimed, bargain-basement free agents, undrafted rookies, and practice squad players for starting talent.  Don’t forget to tell them how Ealy, Horton, and Addison stepped up during Alexander’s and Hardy’s long-term suspensions.  Remember how incredible it is that Thomas Davis is still playing at a high level after 3 ACL surgeries.  Tell them how we pulled a rookie LB from Florida Atlantic to start today.  Mention Fozzy Whittaker’s story before sharing his statistics of late.  Perhaps you could share Tre Boston’s injury status this season and understand why he was late to the party.  Finally, explain how difficult it was for an injured Cam Newton to produce having bad ribs, a surgically-repaired, healing ankle, and no chance to develop chemistry with his WR corps in the preseason.  And about the WR corps, explain how NONE of them were here last year.  Mention that 7 rookies started for the Panthers today.  SEVEN ROOKIES STARTED (Benjamin, Brown, Benwikere, Boston, Turner, Norwell, Glanton).  That is about a third of all starters on offense and defense.  THREE UNDRAFTED PLAYERS STARTED (Bell, Remmers, Norwell) ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE.  Finally, tell them that the Panther’s record is 0-0 with 4 to play.


Rookies turning this thing around

24 December 2014 - 10:52 AM

http://espn.go.com/b...olina-panthers/

 

Great article by Newton (extends his video report-scroll to second article)

 

  • Andrew Norwell, LG: The undrafted rookie out of Ohio State was inactive the first six games. He made his first start in the eighth game at left guard when Amini Silatolu was injured. The Panthers have rushed for 100 yards or more in every game he's played.
  • Trai Turner, RG: Injuries have played havoc with the third-round pick out of LSU since training camp. But he's been healthy the last five in which the offensive line finally has developed chemistry.
  • Kelvin Benjamin, WR: The 28th pick of the draft out of Florida State has been a force since Week 1 and a top candidate for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He has 72 catches, the most among Carolina wide receivers, for a team-best 999 yards and nine touchdowns.
  • Philly Brown, WR: The undrafted rookie out of Ohio State made veteran Jason Avantexpendable last month. He gives the Panthers the speed and deep threat the offense has been missing. While he hasn't caught a lot of deep balls, just the threat of him forces defense to change coverage.
  • Adarius Glanton, LB: The undrafted rookie out of Florida Atlantic made his first start Sunday when A.J. Klein was placed on the inactive list with an ankle injury. He played 57 percent of the snaps, finishing third on the team in tackles with five, including a tackle for a loss.
  • Bené Benwikere, CB: The fifth-round pick out of San Jose State was the nickel corner at the beginning of the season before an ankle injury sidelined him for six straight games. He moved into the role as every-down corner the past three games after veteran Antoine Cason was released. He has an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
  • Tre Boston, FS: The fourth-round pick out of North Carolina missed most of the offseason and preseason recovering from a sports hernia. He was inactive for the first five games. He replaced veteran Thomas DeCoud the past three games and has played every snap.

Panthers sign Canadian OT; cut Bond

19 May 2014 - 01:18 PM

http://www.panthers....24-e19ea3d34dc9

 

I hope this is not already on the board--I didn't see it.

 

Cutting Bond is a bit of a shocker.


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