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  1. Lmao. First off, Cam’s not new to Coryell. Norv is Chud’d daddy pretty much, and it won’t be that hard to adjust. I love how these pundits always bring it back to Cam, like he isn’t the best player on offense. “Oh it’s all on Cam this and that.” Like if they brought up something legitimate like “gotta wonder whether the offensive line can hold up to Norv’s downfield centric scheme,” then yes that would be valid and an actual logical claim. But man, these guys always want Cam to flop for some weird reason.
  2. Hurney did get Cam weapons but crapped the bed for our offensive line. I’d say he should get part of the blame if the Panthers stagger.
  3. Dear lord you’d think Chargers and Vikings fans can’t warn us enough about Norv’s past tendencies, and you’d think maybe we’d start questioning how good our oline actually would be with Matt Kalil and dead God whatever vet Rivera will likely start at LG. Heck, even Ryan Kalil isn’t a sure thing. He’s been bad lately, though it’s definitely injury related. “If cam cant produce with this ‘talent’” lmfao
  4. lmfao. this right here is what’s gonna happen sadly. we’re not going to do well because our o-line will be bad and Norv will turn out to be a fraud and revert to his predictable 1980s playcalling while Cam takes all the blame because he’s not Superman and the Hulk in one body all the time. We have questions on the o-line. Norv could turn out to be as bad as he was in Minnesota and be predictable + call ISO routes all the time. But Cam will get all the blame despite him being far and away the best player on offense, and it’s sad.
  5. Saca312

    Hope y'all are ready to win.

    He definitely said that ‘coaching won’t change’ for PR fluff. I have a feeling he has everyone on the hot seat in reality. If we have a .500 season and miss the playoffs (given our unknown o-line situation sadly, it is possible) I feel he’ll be ready to clean house. Either way, I expect a huge fire lit under everyone to actually try and do good. We have the weapons and we could theoretically have an okay o-line (don’t start Silatolu Ron pls) for Cam to make a run, but it all starts from making the right coaching choices (pls give Cam the freedom he had in 2015) and personnel.
  6. I want to know if Curtis Samuel will have an expanded role offensively, alongside whether his ability of catching outside his frame has also improved. Daeshon Hall is another good name. Also interested in Donte Jackson and Damiere Byrd.
  7. Lol that would be dumb. Who we should trade is Daryl Williams with his value at sky-high alongside his high probability of regression next year. While all of you want to say “but but all-pro!”, his performance last year truly is overrated by many. He’s had a lot of help. For what it’s worth, he wasn’t as bad as the season progressed near the end (minus his terrible performance in the playoffs tbh), but still nowhere near his all-pro status, let alone being a franchise tackle.
  8. Saca312

    somebody made sterve smiff mad

    Basically, there was a guy who went to the mall and saw Steve Smith. The guy tried to go up to him and asked him “are you Steve Smith.” Smitty replied “not today” due to being on “daddy clock.” Pretty much doing what any respectable star would do in situations where they’d prefer no fan harassment. the disappointed fan then cried on twitter about it, and Smitty posted a reply for a bit before taking it down. as far as the OP...he clearly drunk.
  9. Some motivational words from the Panthers QB. I’m inspired.
  10. With the emergence of a whole new Cam Newton on his instagram story comes the controversy surrounding morality and ethics. For some groups, his eccentric use of language on a large public platform can be offensive to them, considering Cam liken to a lighthouse, lighting the way towards the path of true pure character and moral values as a role model. For others, they can actually find the humor and fun in seeing more of Cam’s day to day activities. Anyways, nearly a week ago, he comes out and explains just why he’s letting fans see his true self. The main message? To motivate the young people: ”I just want to inspire young boys... to know yo ass ain't got to rob or do none of that illegal poo, to damn get the bag as these young boys say” Whether you agree with his use of language or not, you have to admit he truly is inspiring in his own special way. Showing off how he’s working out, loving life, and putting in the hard work - that’s the true message. The focus isn’t on the language but rather the action. “Look at my growth. How I came from stealing laptops to being a renown physical nightmare on the field. Put in the work, and you’ll get there too.” That’s the message he wants to bring by being more open about his life.
  11. “Let Cam Newton be Tom Brady” THIS. RIGHT. HERE. When Cam makes his own adjustments and commands the line of scrimmage, we get 2015 MVP Cam. When we tie him up, we get limited Cam. Please. Let. Cam. Be. Cam. Norv.
  12. Once upon a time, Seattle was a force defensively; the legion of boom changing the way teams play football. Kam Chancellor made his name known as one of the top safeties in football. However, nothing lasts forever. Suffering through injury, it appears Kam has no choice but to admit his days are over. Kam Chancellor is not medically cleared to play Football. It appears he may never be cleared due to the nature of his neck injury and risk of lifelong paralysis. He hasn’t “officially retired” due to his attempt to squeeze out the remaining money from his contract, and essentially remain medically uncleared until he’s no longer able to get money. Basically, his career is done.
  13. At this point if Manhertz has the nod over Thomas because “experience” I can’t wait to see Silatolu start because “experience”
  14. It must have been so hard for Cam Newton last season. After all, one look at the Carolina Panthers playoff game against New Orleans shows it all – a catastrophe. Throwing dime after dime, only to watch his practice squad receivers drop those balls, it’s no wonder the Panthers quarterback wants improvement. No, not another uninspiring big body who can’t catch a cold nor gain separation. He’s already been through plenty of those. Rather, Cam Newton deserves someone he can rely on to make plays and be a star. Sure, the Panthers do have Christian McCaffrey. He’s certainly a play-maker. To add on, they also have Curtis Samuel and Damiere Byrd. They’re likely the Panthers future speedy deep threats. However, McCaffrey is primarily a runningback, and both Byrd and Samuel main strengths are down deep. Also, after last season, it’s clear they need more depth in the play-making department. So, it’s no wonder Cam Newton was quite ecstatic last Thursday during draft night. After the Carolina Panthers selected Maryland’s DJ Moore, he sent a simple text to Ron Rivera. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like that big of a gesture. After all, he only sent two words total. However, with those two words, he conveys his true feelings about the pick. With those two words, he sums up his struggles throughout his years in Carolina and optimism for the future in one. With those two words, he expresses an emotion that can only be described as one of total gratitude and relief. “Thank You.” As Carolina Panther great Steve Smith said on draft night, “[The Panthers] have never been able to replace me…until now.” Athleticism + Analytics One thing the Panthers are looking to change from the past two years is the type of play-makers to look for. Originally, they thought giving Cam Newton big body targets with immense catch radius’ would help propel the offense to success. After all, despite being false, most media analysts paint Newton as a quarterback who simply overthrows too much. With that logic, large receivers with big catch radius’ should be the remedy for that. However, that did not work out so well. When the Panthers employed the twin tower experiment in 2016, Newton arguably had his worst statistical season. Cam Newton was the NFL’s most aggressive quarterback, with 29.4% of his passes fitting through tight windows. This usually indicates both poor receiver quality play and offensive game-planning. So, it comes as no surprise that the Panthers have switched their approach to finding more shifty, speedy athletes, and DJ Moore is no exception. With a SPARQ in the 97.1 percentile and measurables that make combine analytics geeks gawk, his potential is through the roof. Measurable Measurement %tile Height 6′ 0″ 32 Weight 210 lbs 69 Wingspan 76¼” 37 Arm Length 31⅝” 40 Hand Size 9″ 21 40 Yard Dash 4.42s 83 Vertical Jump 39½” 90 Broad Jump 132″ 96 3-Cone Drill 6.95s 45 20 Yard Shuttle 4.07s 85 60 Yard Shuttle 11.18s 81 Bench Press 15 reps 55 Continuing on, the analytics department also are high on DJ Moore. According to numberfire’s analytics, the Panthers rookie wide receiver was the only one from his class to pass every threshhold. This indicates a player who has plenty of potential to be productive. Name College Reception Share Receiving Yard Share Touchdown Share DJ Moore Maryland 45.71% 53.25% 53.33% In this model, DJ Moore ranks third in reception share, receiving yardage share, and fourth in touchdown share. All around, he’s the best receiver of his class according to these metrics. He shows little to no red flags in terms of production through a numbers driven standpoint. When considering the rigor it takes to pass this metric’s threshold, it’s a really good sign that Moore is able to do just that. To compare, in 2017, no wide receiver passed numberfire’s thresholds on these three shares. So, based on that, passing such a metric certainly is no laughing matter. With a shift in perspective, the Panthers have drafted both an elite athlete and an analytic’s crush. The foundation is there, and it’s up for Carolina to build upon it. Play-maker Another thing the Panthers have been pressing the past two years is a shift from Cam Newton carrying the offense to getting play-makers to share that load with him. In 2017, they drafted Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, both versatile swiss army knives with all the potential in the world. However, it was clear Christian McCaffrey can’t do everything on his own either, and Curtis Samuel hasn’t exactly been the most healthy his rookie year. So, the Panthers looked to the 2018 draft to help with that regard, picking DJ Moore 24th overall. Taking a look at his film, it’s clear why they consider him a play-maker. Perhaps his best trait, DJ Moore gains a ton of yards after the catch. He is able to instantly switch to runner position and run through contact. He switches to a natural forward lean, allowing him to plow through defenders and explode after the catch. Shows exceptional ability with dropping his weight with precise footwork to stop fast and change direction. Unlike most receivers, Moore is aggressive at the catch point while also showcasing rare ability to fend off defenders and grind out yards. 00:0 Seen above, Michigan employs a screen with DJ Moore as the receiver. After catching the ball, he immediately sinks down to a natural forward lean and starts running. Showing off his explosive traits, he scampers down the field while breaking tackles all the way to the end-zone. From a simple tunnel screen to a home-run, that’s the threat he brings with his game. He also shows off crisp route running and maintains a deadly explosive double move in his repertoire. When defenders give him space, DJ Moore feasts on it. It’s very rare to see college defensive backs give him much wiggle room. However, when it happens, it usually ends up very bad for the defender. His explosiveness and sudden speed is special. Just check out the above clip. The defender plays off opposite Moore at the snap. DJ Moore shows off his deadly double move, then proceeds to explode right past the defender. With a quarterback who can hit Moore in stride, there’s no doubt that would’ve gone for a touchdown. His sudden shift in speed and explosiveness with his routes are incredible. A play-maker indeed. Sure Catching Technique As if cursed, whenever a Panthers wide receiver seemed to be doing well, they would find themselves hurt a few games later. Whether it be Devin Funchess’ arm, Curtis Samuel’s ankle, or Damiere Byrd’s injury, they all had some ailment plague them in 2017. As a result, the Panthers fielded practice squad players for the late half of their season. To add insult to injury, none of them were able to catch a cold or separate from a tortoise, making Cam Newton’s experience miserable. Now, with DJ Moore coming in the fold, he adds stability and reliability. When it comes to catching, he’s actually performs that action quite well. According to NFL.com’s Matt Harmon, DJ Moore had a 1.5% drop rate, which is really good. Considering the quarterback carousel he’s suffered through, that number is very impressive. When it comes to evaluating a receiver’s ability to catch, it’s imperative to examine what the player does at the top of his route and the catch point. Can the receiver create separation in contested situations? Will the receiver get physical and catch outside his frame? Can he extend, maintain solid hand-eye coordination, and show control throughout the process of the catch? All these questions and more help determine a receiver’s ability to catch and his overall radius For DJ Moore, despite having slightly smaller than average arm length, his catch radius is very large. He showcases exceptional hand-usage at the top of his routes to create separation and the upper hand in contested situations. Sinking his hips and dropping, Moore shows off fantastic ability to turn and eye the ball. He can catch outside his frame while maintaining good hand eye coordination, body control, and hands. As seen in the above clip, DJ Moore is matched outside against the defensive back. Dropping his hips, he’s able to stop and turn at a very fast pace, positioning himself towards the ball. Using his hands well, he’s able to gain separation at the top of the route. Finally, Moore shows ability to catch outside his frame with ease as he extends for the ball, and controls the ball with solid hand-eye coordination. As a result, he comes down with a solid completion in a contested scenario. It’s sure nice to know Cam Newton finally has someone he can trust to hold onto the ball for once. A Learning Process When Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Shuster was a rookie, there were plenty of concerns about his transition to the NFL. One particular trait analysts harped on was his ability to separate against press/man. One look at this tweet from NFLDraftScout Analyst Dane Brugler and its replies says it all. Simply put, JuJu never showed good technique against press and failed to separate against man. However, it’s pretty hard to tell that problem ever existed after his stellar season with the Steelers. With 58 receptions for 917 yards, he had a very successful rookie season, establishing himself as one of the best rookies from his class. With DJ Moore, he also has some of the same issues against press. Whenever he lines up outside, defenders are able to press him and shut him down consistently with early jams. Moore shows poor ability with timing and technique with his release, causing separation issues. To make matters even worse, he shows uncertainty and low confidence on fades and vertical stems, often letting the defensive back run the route for him. Defenders constantly put their hands on Moore early and push him to the outside, since he lacks proper stacking ability. In the above clip, DJ Moore is matched up against the Wisconsin corner in press. At the snap, Moore shows off a weak release, allowing the defensive back to remain calm and jam him early. As seen, he has no counter to the move and lets the defensive back stick to him, forcing him towards the sideline. Moore is barely even in-bounds by the time the ball arrives. As a result, he is unable to complete the catch in-bounds and the corner gets off with an easy job. This isn’t just an isolated issue either. For reference, there’s a cut-up of DJ Moore’s vertical stem routes online as well. His technique simply isn’t there; his route-running sub-par in these clips. According to Matt Harmon, Moore had a 65.4 percent success rate against press, just barely clearing the 40th percentile mark. A below average mark that isn’t encouraging. After all this, it’s fair to question whether DJ Moore will ever be successful in the NFL on the outside. However, context is also needed in this evaluation. For Moore, it’s clear it’s not a physical limitation, but rather a technique issue. Nothing from film or measurables indicates any issue physically the ability to perform against press. In JuJu’s case, the Steelers’ exceptional coaching staff taught him fundamentals and proper technique, ironing out his issues during his rookie year. It’s only fair the Panthers could easily do the same for Moore. WR Coach Lance Taylor may be new to the Panthers, but his impact is already noticeable. For Devin Funchess, it’s clear his development elevated with Taylor’s addition. Showing far more confidence in his route-running and playing style, Funchess has grown so much in comparison to the year prior. Taylor shows he’s able to develop talent, and it’s hard not to expect the same thing could be done for Moore. For Moore, he needs refinement in the timing of his release and use of hands against the jam. Learning these fundamentals at an NFL level should be able to fix up most of his issues. However, much like a pianist struggles to fix up certain measures they’ve repetitively played wrong, it won’t be the fastest transition. It is a learning process, but it’s a task that can be accomplished. As long as DJ Moore’s issues with press are fixed, the sky’s the limit for the potential of this explosive young man. The Now And Future When evaluating success in the NFL, it’s fair to ponder the question: is it the individual that makes up success, or the team? Whatever the answer may be, one thing is for sure – football is a team sport. While Antonio Brown and Julio Jones are well known game-changers, they’d be nothing without their quarterbacks. Panthers star MLB Luke Kuechly wouldn’t be as successful if it weren’t for Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short opening gaps on the defensive line. Even Tom Brady still needs wide receivers to throw the ball to. For Cam Newton, all he needs is another play-maker. Curtis Samuel and Damiere Byrd both excel down the intermediate-deep level, while Christian McCaffrey is the lonesome man capable of picking up the short-intermediate areas. Considering McCaffrey’s elevated role as a pure runningback in this offense, it’s fair to say the Panthers sorely need someone to take the short-intermediate load off him. DJ Moore may not be what many expect from a traditional first round receiver. As Ron Rivera mentions, he sees Moore playing the F (slot) with the occasional Z. Rather than place him at “X” or expect him to take on a heavy outside role, the Panthers coaching staff recognize Moore’s current limitations and seek to hide his weaknesses and hone in on his strengths early on. By placing Moore in the slot, they are able to take advantage of his great explosive ability in space, and as of now that is currently his optimal spot. As of now, Moore should be more of a “lay-up” type of player. He will be the guy who converts the short and intermediate areas of the field while gaining his absurd yards after catch. He’ll have the occasional deep explosive play as Taylor molds his ability against press, but early on the highlight reels will likely feature plenty of short/intermediates. As for a better picture of what his early impact may look like, think of a far more athletic version of Jarvis Landry with far less force-fed receptions. While Landry doesn’t contribute deep, he does pretty well down the short-intermediate range. While the Panthers shouldn’t be so narrow-minded as to force feed Moore the ball like the Dolphins did with Landry, they will likely use him as the go-to guy for Cam's lay-ups. DJ Moore fills and plugs in a pretty significant hole on the Panthers offense in a non-traditional way. Sure, his stats may not be out of this world as a result, and it’s pretty much guaranteed there will be people out there cursing this pick. However, he’s as safe and sure a pick as it goes when used properly, and it’s fair to assume the offense will be better However, he is the missing piece to help the Panthers maintain a balanced and strong receiving attack. A guy who can share duties between Wright and CMC in the short-intermediate range. And to that, Cam Newton says, “Thank You.”
  15. Sadly, a lot hinges on this. Aside from Trai Turner, I do not trust any other o-line member at all. Depending on their performance, it’s literally the difference between a 7-9 season and a superbowl imo. The weapons and Cam are great. The offensive line - not so great looking.
  16. I mean, I expected some pretty interesting comments. Like, at least acknowledging the humor, uniqueness, or surprise of Cam starting these kinds of things on his story. Or being pumped that he’s seemingly all in for next season. But no, we got the Huddle morality police barging in and acting all high and superior. Ironically, they’re the same ones who probably cuss a lot themselves, yet get in a hissy fit acting like 10 year olds these days don’t cuss like a sailor anyways.
  17. Lmao did this seriously turn into a “omg bash cam because he cussed” thing? the fact i still log on to this place...
  18. Honestly, just coming back to this thinking more about why Norv would be in so much love with him. First of all, he isn’t the biggest receiver, nor is he a deep threat. In fact, Moore seemingly is the opposite of what Norv is usually used to in a receiver. A smaller, shiftier, versatile guy who currently does his damage in the short and intermediate range. Now, I’m sure DJ Moore can develop into a deep threat once he understands beating press, but even then I think this speaks to Norv wanting to evolve his scheme around his players. I’m really interested to see what kind of offense Norv will put together.
  19. This x100. Funchess and Samuel are the two Panthers WRs I’m truly most excited about.
  20. I do think Torrey Smith is a risky investment, but we got rid of Daryl Worley who would’ve been a riskier investment. While Worley had his ups and downs (albeit it’s far better than the huddle is making it out to be), his attitude and character really was the primary factor of this trade from what I hear. He partied a lot - even before the Saints playoff game - and seemingly didn’t have that good of an attitude with the coaches or locker room. That’s a risk that’s just baiting to explode. If trading Worley’s a risk, then heck we surely don’t have much to worry about. The biggest risk we’re taking is letting Norwell walk instead imo.
  21. Correction: From Rapoport, it appears he hasn’t officially ‘retired.’ However, he still won’t play. His neck injury is bad in such a way that if he gets hit a certain way once more, he’s paralyzed for life. He has not been cleared to play, and it’s likely he never will. Him not retiring officially is to grab the money he can from his remaining contract.
  22. Saca312

    The Richardson Rule

    This is a prime example of why I don’t come back here on this site as often as I did last year. Too many posters here spewing nothing but trash while contributing little to the site overall and acting proud of it. Scot’s been one of the more diligent guys lately around here and contributing plenty of solid analysis and posts on the Panthers ownership and situation in general. But there’ll always be guys like you and others who find nothing better to do but bash any poster who’s trying to start some good discussion or post. I mean, for everyone that seemingly hates my posts, at least you’ve basically won and led me to have little interest in making any posts like I’ve done in the past.
  23. Lately, if you’ve been looking at Cam’s IG story, it appears he’s really taking this next season seriously. He’s stated multiple times he plans to be in his best shape ever, and seems to be really dedicated. From early morning workouts to working out in general, he really seems ready. Also, he has this message for the haters. From all accounts it appears Cam is fired up and ready. Seems to be in his best mood since 2015. Could mean something. Maybe we’ll get our first back to back winning season at minimum. Maybe, this could finally be our year in the Superbowl.
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    Cam Is Working Out With Antonio Brown

    Antonio Brown catching bombs from a real NFL QB. https://twitter.com/ab84/status/1012010513394364416?s=21