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  1. Jeremy Igo

    Rookie Camp - Day 1 Wrapup

    Here are some general thoughts and musings on how day one of the Carolina Panthers 2015 rookie camp went down in no particular order... Yes, Devin Funchess appears to be worth that first round grade Dave Gettleman tagged him at. I understand why people want to compare him to Kelvin, but when they see him on the field they won't ever again. He is much more of an athlete than Kelvin is. I don't mean that as a knock on Kelvin at all. Benjamin uses his size and length as his main weapon while Funchess appears to use his legs. He is sneaky quick. Funchess and Benjamin are two completely different types of receivers. Devin caught everything that was catchable in the team drills. A few balls were very poorly thrown, and somehow he was still able to get a hand on them, a major accomplishment in itself. I was actually more impressed with David Mayo than Shaq Thompson as far as the linebackers go. Of course, Mayo stayed mainly at the middle linebacker spot where he is most comfortable. Shaq definitely has more of a learning curve ahead of him in the Panthers defense. Mayo didn't have a perfect day and did get burned in coverage a couple of times, which is concerning. Still, I feel he had the better performance of the two. Unfortunate Shaq could not get in on the team drills due to injury. Maybe that is where he would shine. Damiere Byrd had the best play of the day, a gorgeous one handed grab over Corey Trim. I really like this Byrd kid and am excited to see more of what he can do in camp. UDFA Garry Peters out of Clemson also looks like he could push for a roster spot early. He made more than one really nice play on the ball and a nice strip on a ball that would have been a touchdown. Keep an eye on this, he could change the roster up a bit. Daryl Williams so far looks to be a real keeper. Its funny how obvious a true tackle is to spot now that we haven't seen one in a while. This kid has a future. Compared to the performance of David Foucault last year, he already looks like a 3 year veteran. Not sure why people say Cameron Artis-Payne is a "bowling ball" or is compared to Tolbert. He looks and plays nothing like Tolbert. Truth be known, his performance today reminded me of the first day of the old #34 back when he was second string to Desean Foster. His game resembles Deangelo's much more than Tolbert's. He had a few really nice quick shifts at the line today and found the hole quickly. That was encouraging. The quarterbacks this year have been.... bad. I mean.... really bad. I feel sorry for the receivers trying to make a name for themselves on such little opportunity to begin with, much less the fact that the ball is no where near them.
  2. Another Carolina Panthers draft weekend has come and gone, and there is much to be discussed. I realize not everyone spends their weekend watching the draft, so here are the important beats for you in case you are cornered at the office watercooler by folks wanting your opinion on the draft. View image | gettyimages.com Round 1 - Shaq Thompson - LB - Washington The Panthers selected a linebacker in round 1? Yes, yes they did, and here is why... Last season the Panthers defense improved dramatically when they put safety Colin Jones in at the nickel position. When a safety drops down to nickel, the Panthers call is Buffalo (think buffalo nickel is a large nickel). They love this defensive package so much that they ran it 80% of the time in the 2014 playoffs. The downside, however, was Colin Jones being not too great against the run. Enter Shaq Thompson. If you had to draw on paper a guy that would be absolutely perfect in that Buffalo spot, you would draw Shaq. A tackling machine at the line against the run, and able to cover as well. This will allow the Panthers to defend well against the run and the pass without making as many substitutions. Shaq Thompson will change how the Panthers approach a game defensively, and you can't ask for more than that from a first round selection. He will start. View image | gettyimages.com Round 2 - Devin Funchess - WR - Michigan The Panthers traded their 3rd and 6th round selections to move up in the second round where they grabbed Devin Funchess. Funchess is roughly the same size as Kelvin Benjamin. The trade happened because Panthers GM Dave Gettleman had Funchess ranked as a first round selection and didn't think he would last until the Panthers pick. Having Benjamin, Funchess, and Greg Olsen together on the field will present a real issue for opposing defenses. One can't help but think that this combination was formed to combat Seattle and their tall secondary, possibly getting the Panthers over the hump and into the NFC Championship. View image | gettyimages.com Round 4 - Daryl Williams - OT - Oklahoma Once again the Panthers trade up, this time costing them a 5th and a 7th round selection. Daryle Williams is known as a massive road grading tackle. He is 327 pounds of nasty attitude on the field. Look for the Panthers to initially put him in at right tackle with the possibility of moving him to the left later in his career. This season he will play next to Trai Turner where they will be the best run blocking right side the Panthers have seen in years. Improving the run game ultimately is the best way to protect QB Cam Newton. If Newton is not caught in 3rd and long situations frequently, defenses cannot aggressively pass rush him as often. Last season Newton faced an ungodly number of 3rd and longs, and paid the price physically. Williams will go a long way in remedying that. image credit Jon Shapley Round 5a - David Mayo - LB - Texas State Another linebacker? Sure enough. Mayo was a highly productive middle linebacker at Texas State, which is the number one thing David Gettleman looks for in late round prospects. He isn't as concerned with 40 times or cone drills as other GMs. This is how the Panthers landed Bene Benwikere and Tre Boston last season. Production, production, production. Mayo will initially play on special teams, an area of great need. Last season the Panthers special teams unity cost them games. Mayo will be given the opportunity to earn a backup role to Luke Kuechly. For Mayo to come into the Panthers and learn behind the greatest middle linebacker in the NFL is an ideal situation for him. Should he develop into a solid middle linebacker he will become trade material for the Panthers. View image | gettyimages.com Round 5b - Cameron Artis-Payne - RB - Auburn Dave Gettleman told us he would be drafting a running back, and he was true to his word. Artis-Payne has decent size (5'10 and 212lbs) and nice footwork. He seems to hit the open holes quickly, something Deangelo Williams struggled with the past few seasons. Payne becomes the closest thing to Jonathan Stewart on the roster and earns an instant roster spot because of that fact. Not to be lost in the mix, Artis-Payne is also solid in pass protection, something that is a requirement in the Panthers single back formations. So why all the trades? Many Panther fans were extremely excited with the prospect of 9 total draft picks this season. Dave Gettleman? Not so much. Because of the huge success from last year's draft, Gettleman knew that the likelihood of 9 rookies making this year's Carolina Panthers team was slim to none. Solution? Trade up, target your guys, and come away with 5 solid players that will make the team. Don't worry, this is not Marty Hurney being loosey goosey with the draft picks, this is Dave Gettleman calculating and executing. Big difference. In short.... bup bup bup bup bup.
  3. Here are some general thoughts and musings on how day one of the Carolina Panthers 2015 rookie camp went down in no particular order... Yes, Devin Funchess appears to be worth that first round grade Dave Gettleman tagged him at. I understand why people want to compare him to Kelvin, but when they see him on the field they won't ever again. He is much more of an athlete than Kelvin is. I don't mean that as a knock on Kelvin at all. Benjamin uses his size and length as his main weapon while Funchess appears to use his legs. He is sneaky quick. Funchess and Benjamin are two completely different types of receivers. Devin caught everything that was catchable in the team drills. A few balls were very poorly thrown, and somehow he was still able to get a hand on them, a major accomplishment in itself. I was actually more impressed with David Mayo than Shaq Thompson as far as the linebackers go. Of course, Mayo stayed mainly at the middle linebacker spot where he is most comfortable. Shaq definitely has more of a learning curve ahead of him in the Panthers defense. Mayo didn't have a perfect day and did get burned in coverage a couple of times, which is concerning. Still, I feel he had the better performance of the two. Unfortunate Shaq could not get in on the team drills due to injury. Maybe that is where he would shine. Damiere Byrd had the best play of the day, a gorgeous one handed grab over Corey Trim. I really like this Byrd kid and am excited to see more of what he can do in camp. UDFA Garry Peters out of Clemson also looks like he could push for a roster spot early. He made more than one really nice play on the ball and a nice strip on a ball that would have been a touchdown. Keep an eye on this, he could change the roster up a bit. Daryl Williams so far looks to be a real keeper. Its funny how obvious a true tackle is to spot now that we haven't seen one in a while. This kid has a future. Compared to the performance of David Foucault last year, he already looks like a 3 year veteran. Not sure why people say Cameron Artis-Payne is a "bowling ball" or is compared to Tolbert. He looks and plays nothing like Tolbert. Truth be known, his performance today reminded me of the first day of the old #34 back when he was second string to Desean Foster. His game resembles Deangelo's much more than Tolbert's. He had a few really nice quick shifts at the line today and found the hole quickly. That was encouraging. The quarterbacks this year have been.... bad. I mean.... really bad. I feel sorry for the receivers trying to make a name for themselves on such little opportunity to begin with, much less the fact that the ball is no where near them. View full article
  4. Carolina Panthers sign Stanford fullback Lee Ward. Ward is listed on the Panthers roster as being 5'11 246lbs. I noticed him today during one on one pass drills where he looked pretty good catching balls out of the backfield. With Mike Tolbert's roster shot not being a sure thing this season and Richie Brockel being hurt last season, Ward could have an opportunity to showcase his skills and make a case for himself.
  5. Today I had the opportunity to get a look at the newest Panthers wide receiver, second rounder Devin Funchess, at Panthers rookie camp. Devin strolled into his first practice as a NFL player like he had been there before, having some fun with NC State guard Zach Allen. Lots of comparisons will be made between Kelvin Benjamin and Funchess this season, but right away it was clear to me these are two completely different receivers. Funchess is much more fluid in his movements, relies less on his height to achieve his objective. He runs more like smaller slot receiver. There were no team drills today, so my observations are limited to positional drills. I can tell you that Funchess caught every catchable ball that came his way, sometimes in athletic fashion. (More about that in All-Pro). His eyes in all of my shots of him are clearly fixated on the ball, a skill that other more experienced players on the roster still have trouble with. Overall, and yes I know this is early, I can definitely see Funchess as the opening day #2 receiver. But you know what? Here is the shocker.... I could see him as an eventual number one as well with Kelvin Benjamin being the second receiver. Funchess looks every bit as good at this rookie camp as Kelvin did last year at his. There is still a long way to go, but this initial look was very encouraging. View full article
  6. I see a lot of misinformation out there right now regarding his size. But Shaq Thompson is not an undersized weak side linebacker. I see many comparisons to Thomas Davis, but that isn't entirely accurate. A better comparison that can be made physically is with the best WLB of the past two decades... Derrick Brooks. Derrick Brooks - 6'0 - 235lbs Shaq Thompson - 6'0 - 228lbs Only seven pounds separate the two players physically. It would have been unwise for Thompson to bulk up before the draft, not knowing where his new team would place him. Now that Shaq is a Panther, look for the training staff to have him add the needed bulk. Shaq could easily be at 235lbs by September. So when you see lazy reporting from the national media remarking about his size, brush it aside. It isn't accurate.
  7. Jeremy Igo

    Final Panthers Mock Draft

    Ok folks, one week to go. Much has changed in April, and the draft somehow seems to have gotten even more difficult to predict. I can't remember a draft where such question marks remained at picks 10 and below. Picking a single pick per round seems pointless. As such, I have decided to give you my top 2 picks for rounds 1-3, with a few other possibilities thrown in. Round 1 Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford - At 6'7 330 pounds this hog mollie could anchor the offensive line for years to come. This would put two Stanford tackles on the Panthers roster this year. Landon Collins - S - Bama - Hard hitting run stuffing safety that could make Roman Harper expendable. Collins was my original first round mock selection. He fell off due to wide receivers falling to the Panthers. I think he may be there now. Other possibilities: Shaq Thompson, DJ Humphries Round 2 Preston Smith - DE - Miss St - Panthers liked Smith at the Senior Bowl, and we all know Gettleman loves him some defensive ends. Smith has the frame and the motor to develop with Kony Ealy as a couple of solid defensive ends for the next 5 years. Devin Smith - WR - Ohio State - 27 yards per reception. I repeat, 27 yards per reception at Ohio State. Could be a solid #2 for the Panthers. Would be the second best receiver on the roster day 1 of OTA's. Other possibilities: Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher, Breshad Perriman Round 3 Devin Funchess - TE/WR - Michigan - Has been buzzing on the huddle lately, and for good reason. Many compare him to Kelvin Benjamin. Having Funchess, Benjamin, and Olsen on the field together would create a lot of opportunities against teams with smaller corners. Justin Hardy - WR - East Carolina - Hardy has impressed every team he has met with, including the Panthers. He may have worked himself up to a 3rd round selection. Skilled player that fills a need. It doesn't hurt that he also brings a built in local fan base. Other Possibilities: Duke Johnson, Jacoby Glenn
  8. Ok folks, one week to go. Much has changed in April, and the draft somehow seems to have gotten even more difficult to predict. I can't remember a draft where such question marks remained at picks 10 and below. Picking a single pick per round seems pointless. As such, I have decided to give you my top 2 picks for rounds 1-3, with a few other possibilities thrown in. Round 1 Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford - At 6'7 330 pounds this hog mollie could anchor the offensive line for years to come. This would put two Stanford tackles on the Panthers roster this year. Landon Collins - S - Bama - Hard hitting run stuffing safety that could make Roman Harper expendable. Collins was my original first round mock selection. He fell off due to wide receivers falling to the Panthers. I think he may be there now. Other possibilities: Shaq Thompson, DJ Humphries Round 2 Preston Smith - DE - Miss St - Panthers liked Smith at the Senior Bowl, and we all know Gettleman loves him some defensive ends. Smith has the frame and the motor to develop with Kony Ealy as a couple of solid defensive ends for the next 5 years. Devin Smith - WR - Ohio State - 27 yards per reception. I repeat, 27 yards per reception at Ohio State. Could be a solid #2 for the Panthers. Would be the second best receiver on the roster day 1 of OTA's. Other possibilities: Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher, Breshad Perriman Round 3 Devin Funchess - TE/WR - Michigan - Has been buzzing on the huddle lately, and for good reason. Many compare him to Kelvin Benjamin. Having Funchess, Benjamin, and Olsen on the field together would create a lot of opportunities against teams with smaller corners. Justin Hardy - WR - East Carolina - Hardy has impressed every team he has met with, including the Panthers. He may have worked himself up to a 3rd round selection. Skilled player that fills a need. It doesn't hurt that he also brings a built in local fan base. Other Possibilities: Duke Johnson, Jacoby Glenn
  9. Jeremy Igo

    Draft Talk with Jonathan Jones

    This week on the Huddle Podcast Sammi and I sat down with Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer to discuss the Carolina Panthers NFL Draft and more. Topics include: - Top Panthers Needs - Likely round 1 targets - Offensive tackles - various off topic musings and thoughts ... don't like it? Don't care. Direct MP3 Link -> Clicky iTunes -> Clicky or listen right here in your browser....
  10. The Panthers have not drafted a quarterback since 2011... they are due. Even though it doesn't appear to be a team need on the surface, the Panthers would be wise to invest a mid to late round pick on a quarterback project. Yes, Cam Newton is the starter and in all probability the long term solution at QB. However, backup Derek Anderson is a free agent in 2016 and should get quite a few looks from around the league. It is likely a team would be willing to give him a chance to start, something he does not have in Carolina. Joe Webb is also a free agent next season. The Panthers like Webb as a fill in for many positions, but not as a full time backup QB. So don't be shocked if this year Dave Gettleman selects a QB on day 3 of the draft. A guy they may be targeting is Oregon State senior Sean Mannion. Mannion is a projected round 4-5 QB, which places him squarely in the area the Panthers may be considering a project QB to be a high value pick. At 6'6 and 229 pounds, he has the physical build to be an elite NFL pocket passer. Throw in the fact that he played in a pro style offense, may be the most accurate passer in the draft, and has great arm strength and it becomes easy to imagine him being a 4th or 5th round steal. His lack of mobility seems to be the only reason he will fall in the draft. Luckily, the Panthers aren't concerned about mobility in their backup QB. (See Derek Anderson) Skills competition: Highlights: (Notice the pocket presence)
  11. Jeremy Igo

    Panthers top 5 draft targets

    As the NFL Draft is one month away, I thought I would lay out for you who I believe are the Carolina Panthers top targets are in round 1. I've crunched the numbers, looked at the fit, checked the visitations, and listened to the whispers. So without further ado.... Carolina Panthers Round 1 Possibilities Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford A NFL ready tackle that stands 6'7 and weighs 315 pounds. Have you heard the Panthers are in need of an offensive tackle? Yeah? Well, this could be the guy. It is somewhat doubtful that Peat lasts until pick 25, but it is possible. If he is there, he is the pick. Todd Gurley - RB - Georgia Aside from the injury, there isn't much not to love about this kid. The future of Jonathan Stewart is less than certain for next season. Gurley is one of the more talented runners to come out of the draft in years. If he should fall to 25, Gettleman would have a tough time not selecting him. Huge value at 25. Landon Collins - S - Alabama Had a nice meeting with the Panthers a while back. He is a prototypical Ron Rivera strong safety, that is to say he is aggressive against the run. Many will tell you he can't cover, but don't listen to them. You aren't rated the #1 safety in the draft if you cannot play in the defensive backfield. Could replace Roman Harper on day 1. Jaelen Strong - WR - Arizona St As stated in my current receiver depth chart, the Panthers are without a solid #2 receiver to compliment Kelvin Benjamin. Well, Jaelen Strong could be the ideal guy at pick 25 to fill that need. Not the fastest receiver in the draft, but makes up for it in routes, hands, work ethic, and instincts. Gettleman prefers these types of players as seen in previous drafts. (insert "the game is not played in underwear" audio clip) Cedric Ogbuehi - OT - Texas A&M An offensive tackle with a torn ACL in round 1? Yes, it could happen. If none of the above prospects are available in round 1, I feel the Panthers are interested enough in Ogbuehi to select him. If not for the ACL injury, Cedric is easily a top 10 pick. Like Gurley, it would be hard for Gettleman to pass up this kind of value. Remember, Gettleman is a 5 year plan guy. Selecting a player that may not play his rookie year is very possible. So there you have it, five guys I feel have a good shot at being selected in round 1 by the Panthers.
  12. Here is a look at how the Carolina Panthers receiver depth chart is shaping up, as I see it. #1 Receiver Kelvin Benjamin - Looking to build on a solid rookie campaign. #2 Receiver Help Wanted - Apply Within #3 Receiver / Deep Threat Ted Ginn - Back in Carolina, looking to regain stride Corey Brown - Showed great potential to build on. #4 Receiver / 3rd down possession guys Jerricho Cotchery - Mixed results in 2015 Brenton Bersin - Dependable role player, had a few nice first down grabs. Jarrett Boykin - Will push Bersin, possible special teams roster spot Question Marks / Special Teams Stephen Hill - Fan favorite with much to prove still De'Andre Presley - on the bubble Mike Brown - Special teams signing Marcus Lucas - Big body that showed flashes in 2014 training camp The Carolina Panthers still appear to be primed to draft a wide receiver early in the 2015 NFL Draft. I still like Jaelen Strong in the first round at 25, who the Panthers are also interested in.
  13. Here is a look at how the Carolina Panthers receiver depth chart is shaping up, as I see it. #1 Receiver Kelvin Benjamin - Looking to build on a solid rookie campaign. #2 Receiver Help Wanted - Apply Within #3 Receiver / Deep Threat Ted Ginn - Back in Carolina, looking to regain stride Corey Brown - Showed great potential to build on. #4 Receiver / 3rd down possession guys Jerricho Cotchery - Mixed results in 2015 Brenton Bersin - Dependable role player, had a few nice first down grabs. Jarrett Boykin - Will push Bersin, possible special teams roster spot Question Marks / Special Teams Stephen Hill - Fan favorite with much to prove still De'Andre Presley - on the bubble Mike Brown - Special teams signing Marcus Lucas - Big body that showed flashes in 2014 training camp The Carolina Panthers still appear to be primed to draft a wide receiver early in the 2015 NFL Draft. I still like Jaelen Strong in the first round at 25, who the Panthers are also interested in.
  14. With the Carolina Panthers owning a total of three picks now in the fifth round of the NFL draft, I figured round five deserves its own mock draft. We know the Panthers can trade only one of these picks, and after last year's draft trade that is very possible. However, for purposes of this mock I will assume the Panthers keep all three. Here are three players I feel would be among the best players available and also fill a need. Justin Hardy - WR - East Carolina 5'10 192lbs Hardy isn't a top receiver in this draft due to his less than stellar measurables, but if we know one thing about Dave Gettleman's drafting it is that he doesn't give a hoot about measurables. Gettleman was able to find gems like Benwikere and Boston last year in the mid rounds because of their slow 40 times. What Hardy can do is run block, run crisp routes, and catch the ball. In short, Hardy is a real football player, which has been common theme in my mocks this season. He has one of the lowest drop percentages in the draft this season, possibly due to his ginormous mits. Austin Sheperd - OT/OG - Alabama 6'4 315lbs I really like this kid the more I look at him, and its not just his beard.... By now you know what I look for in offensive linemen. Big mean guys from legit football programs. Well, Sheperd fits that bill nicely. He isn't a prototype physical specimen, but I don't care. He makes up for it in instincts, timing, and technique. Some have him listed as a tackle but I see him as a solid guard at first. His arms may not be long enough to be a tackle in the NFL. He started every game for Bama at right tackle in 2014, so I am guessing he could be used there in an emergency for the Panthers. Sheperd would immediately give Chris Scott and Amini Silatolu a run for their money at backup guard. Not bad for a late 5th rounder. (#79) Ladarius Gunter - CB - Miami (FL) 6'1 202lbs Big physical corner that teams are coveting now. Gunter gets a lot of comparisons to Josh Norman. Has good size and overall athletic ability. Practices well. Has gotten lost at times in coverages, just as Norman did early in his career. In the late fifth round, this kid would be worth the investment as a future project. Did well at the senior bowl, showed he is teachable. That may have raised his stock from the 6th or 7th rounds to the 5th. Also, has special teams experience. Could replace Josh Norman on the Panther special teams now that Norman is a starting CB. (sorry Heels fans)
  15. Kuech the Sneak

    Panthers interested in Landon Collins

    According to NFL.com the Carolina Panthers are working out safety Landon Collins on Tuesday. "Alabama safety Landon Collins, the top safety prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, will perform for the Carolina Panthers in a private workout Tuesday. One of three Alabama underclassmen to enter the draft, Collins told al.com of his scheduled workout with Carolina, which holds the No. 25 overall pick of the draft." Link Collins fits perfectly what Ron Rivera and Dave Gettleman love in a strong safety, mainly run stopping ability. I had the Panthers selecting Collins in my first However, due to the many wide receiver free agent moves this offseason, I no longer believe the draft's best safety makes it to pick 25.
  16. According to NFL.com the Carolina Panthers are working out safety Landon Collins on Tuesday. "Alabama safety Landon Collins, the top safety prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, will perform for the Carolina Panthers in a private workout Tuesday. One of three Alabama underclassmen to enter the draft, Collins told al.com of his scheduled workout with Carolina, which holds the No. 25 overall pick of the draft." Link Collins fits perfectly what Ron Rivera and Dave Gettleman love in a strong safety, mainly run stopping ability. I had the Panthers selecting Collins in my first However, due to the many wide receiver free agent moves this offseason, I no longer believe the draft's best safety makes it to pick 25.
  17. Jeremy Igo

    Todd Gurley To Visit Panthers

    The Carolina Panthers will receive a visit from Georgia running back Todd Gurley on Thursday. Gurley announced his plans to visit during Georgia's pro day today. Many are passing this off as "due diligence" on the Panthers part, but I am not so sure about that. Deangelo Williams was released recently, and Jonathan Stewart could be released next year. That would leave the Panthers without a drafted running back on the roster. Enter Gurley, a talented runner that suffered an ACL tear back in November. I don't feel the Panthers would spend a first round pick on a running back, but if Gurley drops to their second round selection he would both be a great value and allow the Panthers to release Jonathan Stewart in 2016 and save a substantial amount of money in the process. Keep an eye on this development, and don't be shocked if the Panthers do indeed draft a running back in the first three rounds of the draft.
  18. Jeremy Igo

    Panthers Sign Kurt Coleman

    As most Carolina Panthers fans google Kurt Coleman, I thought maybe I would make it a little easier to learn a bit about him. Kurt Coleman Can play both strong safety and free safety. Age: 26 5'10 195lbs Selected in the 7th round of the 2010 draft by Philadelphia. Spent his rookie year with Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott. After spending 4 seasons in Philadelphia, he played a year in Kansas City where he began to come into his own. According to the Kansas City Star ... The article, written a month ago, holds Coleman in a very positive light. I see many people compare him to Thomas Decoud, which isn't a very good comparison at all. Decoud finished the 2014 season with a -5.8 on pro football focus, a 10 point swing from Coleman. Decoud also is a few years removed from playing his best football. Coleman just had his best season as a pro in 2014. At only 26 years of age there is a good chance the Panthers are signing him on the upswing of his career. This isn't the type of big name signing that gets the casual fans excited, At the absolute worst, Coleman is solid veteran depth at both safety positions and adds special teams expertise. At best, he could supplant Harper or Boston as a staring safety. This is a solid signing that all Panthers fans should be happy about.
  19. Jeremy Igo

    Shaq Thompson In The First?

    <p>One of the more intriguing defensive players in this years draft is Shaq Thompson out of Washington. While reading up on his abilities, I couldn't help but make comparison's to the Panthers own Thomas Davis. Davis is in the twilight of his career, and now would be the time to groom an eventual replacement. Shaq Thompson might be the perfect candidate. Here is why... </p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.666667% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/464197094?et=4WzUCeEVSTBuGhO4bkfhzQ&sig=TyTes7zgM3jcWewBnVSaJYR3WOstTvvONzjJcLPaoFs=&caption=true" width="594" height="396" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p><div style="padding:0;margin:0 0 0 10px;text-align:left;"><a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/464197094' target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">View image</a> | <a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='http://www.gettyimages.com' target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">gettyimages.com</a></div></div><p> </p><p>First, the measurables ... </p><p> </p><p><strong>Thomas Davis 2005 Draft Profile</strong></p><p> </p><p>Height - 6'1</p><p>Weight - 230</p><p>40 yard dash - 4.6</p><p>3-Cone - 7.10</p><p>Vertical - 36.5</p><p>20 Yard Shuttle - 4.01</p><p> </p><p><strong>Shaq Thompson 2015 Draft Profile</strong></p><p> </p><p>Height - 6'0</p><p>Weight - 228</p><p>40 yard dash - 4.64</p><p>3-cone - 6.99</p><p>Vertical - 33.5</p><p>20 yard shuttle - 4.08</p><p> </p><p>As you can see, the two have a similar size, with Thomas Davis being slightly taller. Thomas Davis has slightly faster straight line speed, but Shaq Thompson was faster in the 3 cone (a more important measurement for a linebacker, imo). </p><p> </p><p>Most NFL scouts have Thompson playing a OLB in a 4-3 scheme but have some concerns about his size and ability to keep enough weight on. Thomas Davis had these very same concerns surrounding him, enough so that coach John Fox tried him at safety early in his career. I am not so sure if Shaq Thompson's case that is of real concern to the Panthers. They have a good history of keeping guys bulked up through their training staff. </p><p> </p><p>Like Thomas Davis who played safety and linebacker at Georgia, Thompson also played outside and inside linebacker and safety on occasion. He also played running back, which is pretty incredible. This tells me this kid is just pure football player, and if there is one thing that Dave Gettleman loves, its real football players. </p><p> </p><p>Shaq Thompson is all over the place on the mock drafts. Most agree he is a first round selection, but no one knows where he should fall. It is hard to project with a player like Thompson. Many teams may pass on him due to his uncertainty. It will take a strong defensive mind to take him and put him in a place of success. </p><p> </p><p>Should Shaq fall to the 25th pick, don't be shocked if the Panthers pull the trigger on him. </p>
  20. One of the more intriguing defensive players in this years draft is Shaq Thompson out of Washington. While reading up on his abilities, I couldn't help but make comparison's to the Panthers own Thomas Davis. Davis is in the twilight of his career, and now would be the time to groom an eventual replacement. Shaq Thompson might be the perfect candidate. Here is why... View image | gettyimages.com First, the measurables ... Thomas Davis 2005 Draft Profile Height - 6'1 Weight - 230 40 yard dash - 4.6 3-Cone - 7.10 Vertical - 36.5 20 Yard Shuttle - 4.01 Shaq Thompson 2015 Draft Profile Height - 6'0 Weight - 228 40 yard dash - 4.64 3-cone - 6.99 Vertical - 33.5 20 yard shuttle - 4.08 As you can see, the two have a similar size, with Thomas Davis being slightly taller. Thomas Davis has slightly faster straight line speed, but Shaq Thompson was faster in the 3 cone (a more important measurement for a linebacker, imo). Most NFL scouts have Thompson playing a OLB in a 4-3 scheme but have some concerns about his size and ability to keep enough weight on. Thomas Davis had these very same concerns surrounding him, enough so that coach John Fox tried him at safety early in his career. I am not so sure if Shaq Thompson's case that is of real concern to the Panthers. They have a good history of keeping guys bulked up through their training staff. Like Thomas Davis who played safety and linebacker at Georgia, Thompson also played outside and inside linebacker and safety on occasion. He also played running back, which is pretty incredible. This tells me this kid is just pure football player, and if there is one thing that Dave Gettleman loves, its real football players. Shaq Thompson is all over the place on the mock drafts. Most agree he is a first round selection, but no one knows where he should fall. It is hard to project with a player like Thompson. Many teams may pass on him due to his uncertainty. It will take a strong defensive mind to take him and put him in a place of success. Should Shaq fall to the 25th pick, don't be shocked if the Panthers pull the trigger on him.
  21. Per his agent... Williams is in his 4th NFL season, most recently with the Jaguars. A journeyman CB and WR, Williams will hope to catch on with the Panthers. Most likely, you will see him on special teams where his top end speed would be an asset. Williams has only played a single defensive snap in his career according to Ian Rapoport.
  22. Per his agent... Williams is in his 4th NFL season, most recently with the Jaguars. A journeyman CB and WR, Williams will hope to catch on with the Panthers. Most likely, you will see him on special teams where his top end speed would be an asset. Williams has only played a single defensive snap in his career according to Ian Rapoport.
  23. Jeremy Igo

    Panthers 3 Round NFL Mock Draft

    <p>Now that free agency has started and major moves have been made around the league, it is time to revise my Carolina Panthers Mock Draft Rounds 1-3. The Panthers have addressed tight end and returner in free agency, so my picks have changed to reflect that.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 1</strong></span></p><p> </p><p><strong>Jaelen Strong - WR - Arizona ST</strong></p><p> </p><p>With all the free agent wide receiver moves around the league, I see less of a demand in the first round for receivers. This may allow Jaelen Strong to fall to the Panthers if he can get by Philadelphia. At 6'2 and 215lbs, strong will remind many Carolina Panthers fans of a guy named Moose. </p><p> </p><p>Like Moose, Strong would fill the number two possession receiver role immediately. He isn't the fastest guy in the draft, but that won't matter. Strong is a football player, uses his hands well against the press and gets open. His 42 inch vertical at the combine was among the best at his position. Can also play the slot if needed. </p><p> </p><p>The combination of Benjamin/Strong would set Cam Newton up for continued success for years to come. </p><p> </p><p><img src="https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/vvQHnaswhh92wxjBg4Myj9rtrAw=/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/2440784/strong.0.gif" alt="strong.0.gif"></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 2</strong></span></p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><b>Jake Fisher - OT - Oregon</b></span></p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Yes, the Panthers signed OT Michael Oher, but I don't believe there is any chance they go into the 2015 season with Oher as the only option at left tackle. </span>Fisher's stock is on the rise since the combine, the Panthers may need to trade up a bit to get him, but it would be worth it. </p><p> </p><p>Fisher isn't the physical stud that the first round tackles are, but he is a true football player. The Ducks offensive line performance decreased drastically without Fisher in the lineup. Throw in the fact that he is accustomed to protecting a mobile QB, and this is a no brainer for the Panthers. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Round 3 </strong></span></p><p> </p><p><strong>Jacoby Glenn - CB - UCF</strong></p><p> </p><p>With the addition of Glenn the Panthers shore up their corner position for many years to come. Getting Norman, Glenn, and Benwikere on the field together in a nickel package would be a complete nightmare for the NFC South quarterbacks. </p><p> </p><p>Like Norman and Benwikere, Glenn is a ball hawk (7 interceptions in 2014 ). At 6'0 he has the size to compete against the taller receivers in the league. Throw in passion and football smarts and it becomes clear that this kid has a future in this league. </p><p> </p><p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/WNfptYq.gif" alt="WNfptYq.gif"></p><p> </p><p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/3kk5zdH.gif" alt="3kk5zdH.gif"></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
  24. Mr. Scot

    Cam Looking Dapper

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was recently spotted at Tim Te-bow's charity golf event at The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass(Ponte Vedra Beach, FL). Obviously, Cam displayed his unique style, but took it a little further with his shoe choice. I can only dream of the day I am hip enough to pull this look off.
  25. Sam Mills Fan

    Source... SnapChat?

    What a strange media world we live in today when popular social networking app SnapChat is used by NFL free agents to drop hints on their next destination. A could of snaps today have relevance to the Carolina Panthers First, Ted Ginn sent out on SnapChat that he was flying to Carolina and may end up there... I suspected a month ago, before Ginn was released from Arizona, that he would likely be back in Carolina. So this was no surprise, other than the fact that what could be final confirmation is coming from a popular app used by teenagers. Ginn will most likely be signed by Carolina on Monday before his signing would cost Carolina a possible compensatory draft pick. But then Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan sent out a snap of his admiration of a Carolina blue sky. Could he be hinting at his next destination as well? Morgan is a former ACC defensive player of the year and would be a significant upgrade over Horton, Addison, and Alexander. The possible move does make quite a bit of sense. A rotation of Johnson, Ealy, and Morgan would go a long way in making up for the loss of Greg Hardy. It is a weird, wacky world we live in folks. You never know where the next news will be coming from.
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