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  • The Scratching Post: 5/24/19
    by Bradley Smith on May 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Daryl Williams, Matt Paradis limited but "progressing great" | Bill Voth, Panthers.comAssuming both return to full health, the Panthers are looking at a potentially strong offensive line. Panthers’ Curtis Samuel developing into a quality option at outside wide receiver | Austin Gayle, Pro Football FocusCarolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel has taken his role reversal in stride, going from gadget player to successful outside receiver in just two seasons in the NFL. Kawann Short impressed by new Panthers pass rushers | Isaiah Houde, PanthersWireThe Panthers had an urgent need for pass rushers this offseason, so they went out and made some moves that appeared to be exceptional, at least on paper. Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, movies, non-football sports, you name it. As long as it’s allowed by the site’s ToS, it’s fair game here. You know the drill. This is now an open thread! […]

  • David Tepper reportedly scaling back hedge fund business to concentrate on Panthers ownership
    by Erik Sommers on May 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    David Tepper made himself a multi-billionaire in hedge fund management, but it appears he is more fulfilled in his new role as owner of the Carolina Panthers, so he wants to concentrate on that. Being able to purchase an NFL team is one of the ultimate signs of financial success in America, and now that Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper has realized that dream, he appears prepared to leave his old life as a hedge fund manager behind. According to reports, Tepper plans to return the capital base of his company Appaloosa management to it’s investors, and convert to a smaller family office. JUST IN: David Tepper is converting hedge fund Appaloosa into a family office and returning outside capital to focus more on running the Carolina Panthers - DJ https://t.co/rMH4uljRom— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) May 23, 2019 Appaloosa reportedly manages about $14 billion in assets, according to recent estimates, and there is currently no timetable scheduled for the return of this capital to the firm’s investors. The public reason for this move is to focus his attention on NFL ownership; from CNBC: The shift would represent a new era for the hedge fund leader, who founded Appaloosa in 1993 and grew it into a powerhouse, returning 30% a year. Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Tepper was looking to concentrate on managing the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise, which he purchased last year for a record $2.2 billion. Privately, this may just be a convenient excuse to get out of the hedge fund game, which has become increasingly volatile in recent years. Whatever the reason, Tepper has more money than he could ever possibly need, so who could blame him and other hedge fund guys for wanting to get out of the game after being in it for 30-40 years? As to what this means for the team, having a very involved owner can be a dual edged sword. So far, we have seen many great things for the team’s charitable works in the community, and the enaction of more forward thinking policies regarding inclusion and the mental health of team employees. Involvement in football decisions can be where historically this could become a bad thing... but you have to look at this on a case by case basis. At this point, there isn't much evidence to say either way, so let’s just see where this ride takes us. […]

  • 4 stats from D.J. Moore’s rookie season that could lead him to the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl
    by MickSmiley on May 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    D.J. Moore’s combination of potential, impact, production, and efficiency put him among some elite rookie wide receivers D.J. Moore had a solid rookie season after the Carolina Panthers selected him at No. 24 overall in the 2018 NFL draft. Despite playing for a team that doesn’t air the ball out very often and having a quarterback with a bum shoulder in Cam Newton, Moore still put up 55 receptions for 788 yards. But when looking even deeper into his rookie stats, Moore also averaged a healthy 14.3 yards per reception and 9.6 yards per target, which are both impressive feats for a first year receiver. Using those statistics, I looked back over the last 15 years to see how many rookie receivers put up numbers similar to Moore’s and what it may mean for his future. I’m calling this the “PIPE” Dream score (a metric I totally made up) based on four categories - potential, impact, production, and efficiency: Potential - Drafted in the first or second round Impact - Averaged at least 14 yards per reception as a rookie Production - Registered at least 700 receiving yards as a rookie Efficiency - Averaged at least nine yards per target as a rookie Here are the 10 rookie wide receivers drafted between 2004 and 2018 who qualified for the “PIPE” Dream team, per Football Reference: Pro Football Reference The Pro Bowlers - Julio Jones, Odell Beckham, A.J. Green, JuJu Smith-Schuster Four of the 10 “PIPE” Dreamers have been named to the Pro Bowl. Julio Jones, Odell Beckham, and A.J. Green have been three of the most dominant wide receivers in recent NFL history. JuJu Smith-Schuster exceeded 1,400 receiving yards in 2018, just his second year in the league. Putting D.J. Moore in this class of receiver bodes well for his career. The 1,000-yard plus a Super Bowl club - Hakeem Nicks, Santonio Holmes, Michael Clayton When you remove the Pro Bowlers from among the “PIPE” Dreamers, three of the remaining six players share the impressive feat of finishing their careers with at least one 1,000-plus yard season while also winning a Super Bowl. It was a bit surprising to see Hakeem Nicks and Santonio Holmes excluded from the list of Pro Bowl receivers, but both of them went on to have solid NFL careers. Michael Clayton had an excellent rookie season (80 receptions for 1,193 yards) but his career derailed from there as he never exceeded 500 yards in a season again. The 1,000-yard without a Super Bowl club - Lee Evans, Kenny Britt While Lee Evans never made a Pro Bowl or won a Super Bowl, he had a fine career which included his 2006 season with 82 receptions for 1,292 yards and eight touchdowns. Kenny Britt flashed potential but struggled with injuries throughout his career. His best season (2016) came in his eight year in the NFL when he recorded 68 receptions for 1,002 yards. Predicting the future for D.J. Moore D.J. Moore is one of just 10 rookie wide receivers to qualify on the “PIPE” Dream scale over the last 15 years. With the exception of D.J. himself, every other player on this list had at least one 1,000-plus yard season. Only Michael Clayton went on to have a disappointing career. This is obviously encouraging for Carolina’s young wide receiver. Because the Panthers have a fairly conservative offensive system and tend to spread the ball around, D.J. Moore may not immediately put up eye-popping stats or get enough touches to make a Pro Bowl. But with over 14 yards per reception and nine yards per target, he makes the most out of every opportunity. When it’s all said and done, let’s hope we have to create a new “PIPE” Dream category just for D.J. Moore: Pro Bowler with a Super Bow […]

  • Panthers 2019 OTAs Day 3 open thread
    by Bradley Smith on May 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Phase 1 of the Panthers’ Offseason Team Activities concludes today. The Panthers are currently engaged in Phase 1 of their Offseason Team Activities (aka OTAs), and you can follow along with the news coming out of Charlotte with our handy dandy Twitter feed below. A Twitter List by CatScratchReadr (If the embed doesn’t load for you, you can click this link to follow along.) Use this space to talk about the ‘action’ as it unfolds right before your eyes. You know the drill. This is now an open thread! […]

  • The Scratching Post: 5/23/19
    by Bradley Smith on May 23, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. Curtis Samuel starts OTAs with reason to smile | Bryan Strickland, Panthers.comComing off a strong finish to the 2018 season, wide receiver Curtis Samuel hits the ground running. Who's the answer at safety? New and improved Rashaan Gaulden prepared to make his case | Max Henson, Panthers.comAfter a frustrating rookie season, the former third-round pick is beginning to understand the bigger picture. David Tepper details plans for Panthers' new facility | Jeremy Bergman, NFL.comCarolina Panthers owner David Tepper provided some details of the team's planned new facility in South Carolina on Tuesday in a conversation with NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, movies, non-football sports, you name it. As long as it’s allowed by the site’s ToS, it’s fair game here. You know the drill. This is now an open thread! […]

 


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