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  • Panthers 2019 season opener countdown: 52 days to go
    by Bradley Smith on July 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports We’re counting down the days until the Panthers kick off their 2019 season, and there are 52 to go. We’re 52 days away from the Carolina Panthers 2019 season opener, so that means today’s countdown piece is devoted to No. 52 on the roster — linebacker Jared Norris. Jared Norris, Linebacker Bio Height: 6’1”Weight: 238 lbsAge: 25 yearsCollege: UtahNFL experience: 4 years Jared Norris was signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and has mostly played special teams during his tenure with Carolina. His season has ended with a trip to injured reserve in both 2017 (calf) and 2018 (toe). He signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers in March. He has played in 28 games with the Panthers since 2016 and has logged just one tackle on defense, but is tied for third on the team in special teams tackles according to his profile on the team’s website. With the Panthers moving to a hybrid defense that will feature a lot more 3-4 looks in 2019 and with Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson cemented as the two starting inside linebackers, Norris will once again see a lot of action on special teams. Because of his previous contributions to special teams it’s a safe bet that he’ll make the 53-man roster unless he gets injured during training camp or the preseason. […]

  • The Scratching Post: 7/18/19
    by Bradley Smith on July 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports 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. 25 Seasons of Panthers Football: Double Trouble in 2009 | Joe Menzer, Panthers.comDeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart become first teammates in NFL history to top 1,100 yards in same season. Ranking the top 12 pass-catching running backs in the NFL for 2019 | Tim Weaver, PanthersWireChristian McCaffrey looks like the best pass-catching running back in the NFL right now on tape. He has some serious competition for that title, though – enough to warrant a deeper look into the numbers. Carolina Panthers: Greg Van Roten could be relegated to depth role | Danny Jaillet, Cat CraveThe Carolina Panthers now have a bunch of depth at the offensive line. That could leave one particular Panther left out of the equation. 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! […]

  • Should the Panthers trade for Karl Joseph?
    by MickSmiley on July 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images He’s young, productive, plays a position of need, and is still on his rookie contract. Would a trade with the Raiders for safety Karl Joseph be worth the risk? While I’m thoroughly pleased with Marty Hurney’s moves this offseason, the one glaring hole remaining on the Carolina Panthers roster is at safety. Rashaan Gaulden is penciled in to start alongside Eric Reid, a prospect that leaves most Panthers fans feeling a bit queasy. Gaulden is still a giant question mark after being drafted in the third round in 2018 and playing just 143 snaps during his rookie season. In a recent article, The Ringer’s Robert Mays created a list of players who could be traded this offseason and one name made me pause, stroke my chin in pensive thought, and say, “hmmmmm….” That name is Karl Joseph of the Oakland Raiders. Here’s what Robert Mays had to say: The Reggie McKenzie regime took Joseph in the first round in 2016, but he doesn’t seem to be part of Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock’s long-term plan. After drafting safety Johnathan Abram in the first round and signing Lamarcus Joyner to a four-year, $42 million deal this offseason, Oakland declined Joseph’s fifth-year option—despite his career year in 2018. Joseph will now make $2.1 million in base salary on the final year of his deal, which could make him an attractive option for any team looking for a low-risk, high-pedigree player to add to its secondary. Mays targets the Dallas Cowboys as Joseph’s most possible landing spot, but I’d like to add the Panthers to the shortlist. While I’ve never broken down tape on Joseph, I like the basics from what I’ve been able to find. In three seasons he’s appeared in 40 games with 32 starts and registered 187 career tackles. PFF ranked him as the NFL’s No. 23 safety last year. PFF also graded him out as a very good run defender and pass rusher, but below average as a pass defender. (PFF haters, feel free to start hurling tomatoes.) He was also a 2016 first round pick for whatever that’s worth. His contract is also highly desirable. He’s on the final year of his rookie deal meaning his cap hit would be just $2.1 million (his base salary) if the Panthers traded for him. Joseph will be motivated to have a breakout 2019 campaign as he prepares to enter free agency next year. If he plays well this season, hopefully the Panthers would have the inside track to re-sign him. But if he plays well and signs elsewhere, his departure could potentially help Carolina’s comp pick formula (hip hip hooray!) The question then becomes what price the Panthers would have to pay to land Karl Joseph. Two trades that can shed a little light on this are the deals of former first rounders Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (dealt for a fourth round pick) and Eli Apple (traded for a fourth and seventh round pick), both of whom are defensive backs. Based on this, it would probably cost Carolina somewhere between a late third round and a fourth round pick to get Karl Joseph. The Panthers could also shore up the safety position via free agency, of course, but I thought it would be interesting to present the CSR community with this question: If you were Carolina’s general manager, would you trade a 2020 late third round or fourth round pick for Karl Joseph? It’s a yes/no proposition, so have fun. As for me, I’m a “yes.&rdquo […]

  • Panthers 2019 season opener countdown: 53 days to go
    by Walker Clement on July 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Brian Burns comes to the Panthers uniquely prepared to contribute right away. We’re 53 days away from the Carolina Panthers 2019 season opener, so that means today’s countdown piece is devoted to No. 53 on the roster — pass rusher Brian Burns Brian Burns, Edge Bio Height: 6’5”Weight: 250 lbsAge: 21 yearsCollege: Florida StateNFL experience: Rookie The Carolina Panthers have done more than probably any other team in the league to make over their pass rush game after a dismal 2018 performance. The biggest piece of that effort has to be their first round pick, Burns. The young pass rusher made first team All-ACC in his junior year before turning pro early as one of the most highly rated athletes in the draft. Landing with Carolina was a near perfect fit of player ability and team need. While Burns doesn’t have the ideal size that scouts look for in a run defender in the type of 4-3 fronts that the Panthers defense has been known for under head coach Ron Rivera, he does have both the size and athleticism to play a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker role. The Panthers have acquired a number of similarly built athletes this off season and seem primed to debut a new, more flexible defense in 2019 that could maximize Burns’ talent and potential. Fortunately, Burns came to the Panthers already experienced in playing for well-hyped and talented teams who experience heart break and unexpected quarterback injury. As ready as he is to contribute on the field, playing for Florida State has also prepared him emotionally to be a member of the Panthers locker room. Between being ready in body and mind and the team changing to emphasize his strengths, Burns should be looking forward to a smoother rookie season than your average NFL player. Only time will tell if that translates into the sacks and turnovers that the Panthers were missing in 2018. […]

  • The Scratching Post: 7/17/19
    by Bradley Smith on July 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports 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. After first-year trials, Eric Washington has new chance to grow | Steven Taranto, 247SportsThe 2018 Carolina Panthers' season provided an important lesson in the fortunes and follies of professional football: Oftentimes, best-laid plans will go to waste, things won't work out, and high hopes can be painfully and totally turned on their head. And it isn't always all someone's fault. Summer Scouting: NFC South wide receivers and tight ends | Will Bryan, Panthers.comDoes the NFC South have the best receiving corps in the NFL? Former Carolina Panthers offensive line coach dies at age 72 | Mark Price, Charlotte ObserverMike Maser who was an offensive line coach with the Carolina Panthers has died. Maser was with the team from 2003 to 2006 when the franchise made its first Super Bowl appearance. 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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