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Defensive tackle Ron Edwards arrived at Carolina Panthers training camp with one thing on his mind: ''I just wanted to hit something.''
You can't blame him.
Edwards' first season in Carolina lasted all of about two-and-a-half hours. He tore his triceps in Carolina's first training camp practice last summer. The Panthers quickly placed him on injured reserve, ending his 2011 season.
Now healthy, the Panthers are counting on Edwards to bounce back this year and be a key ingredient on defense.
The 12-year NFL veteran will be asked to take on double teams up front and allow the linebackers to run to the football. It's a thankless job, but his teammates realize just how important it is to have the 325-pound space eater on the field.
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Cam Newton exceeded all expectations last year, especially mine. Coming out of Auburn I was not expecting Cam Newton to be able to adapt to the NFL game. Watching his interview with Coach John Gruden, when he could not name a single play, I thought he was going to fail.
I have no problem admitting I was wrong. Cam Newton exploded onto the scene and became a superstar in the...
The Carolina Panthers' roster for the 2012 season does not officially have to be cut down to 53 players until August 31, but it’s never too early to take a crack at how that roster will shape up.
Quarterbacks: Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Jimmy Clausen
Running Backs: DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Tauren Poole
Fullbacks: Mike Tolbert, Richie Brockel
Spartanburg, SC – The Carolina Panthers worked out in the rain this morning. But the big story of the day was that Jeff Otah, the injury-plagued offensive tackle is returning to the team after his trade to the New York Jets was voided when Otah failed his physical with New York.
Jeff Otah’s return to the Panthers could be awkward
The Panthers can keep Otah on the physically unable...
Wide receiver Brandon LaFell says he's ready for a bigger role with the Carolina Panthers.
And he'll get it this year.
LaFell enters his third season as the Panthers' No. 2 receiver and will start alongside five-time Pro Bowler Steve Smith.
LaFell started six games at the end of last year and played well but knows this is no time to relax. The Panthers (No. 20 in the...
The defensive backs struggled last season. To their credit, however, the front seven struggled to pressure the quarterback, leaving opposing receivers more time to get open. Despite criticism, Chris Gamble has been a solid number one option at cornerback for the Panthers. Captain Munnerlyn is an excellent option at nickelback, but lacks the size to be a solid number two option...
General manager Marty Hurney said the Carolina Panthers are waiting for the results of a physical exam on offensive tackle Jeff Otah before making a decision on the future of the team's former first-round draft pick.
Carolina traded Otah to the New York Jets last week, but the deal was rescinded after Otah failed his physical. He reverted back to the Panthers' roster.
The dog days of training camp are upon us and the heat of Spartanburg, S.C. is taking it's toll on the players of the Carolina Panthers slowly, but surely.
The Panthers have been at it since Saturday, July 28, and some players have begun to leave their mark on the fields of Wofford College where the Panthers have practiced since the franchise was founded in 1995.
For the first time in 18 seasons, the Carolina Panthers enter the preseason with their kicker and punter positions both up in the air.
After years of stability with kicker John Kasay and punters Jason Baker and Todd Sauerbrun, the Panthers have an open competition at both spots.
Veteran kicker Olindo Mare, who had a pair of costly late-game misses against Minnesota and Atlanta...
The New York Jets attempt to get a right tackle to possibly start over Wayne Hunter failed as Jeff Otah was unable to pass his physical sending him back to the Carolina Panthers.
General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said "He did everything we asked for the past week and the terms of the trade weren't met so he's going back to Carolina,"
The Jeff Otah era is over in Carolina.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney announced the team had terminated the contract of the offensive tackle, a former first-round draft pick, after he failed a physical.
Brandon LaFell is eager to play a bigger role this year in the Carolina Panthers' offense.
And he's going to get that opportunity.
According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Carolina Panthers have cut offensive lineman Jeff Otah after they failed to trade him to the New York Jets once he failed two physicals with the Jets.
At this point Otah’s career may be over.
Comments on the Carolina Panthers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
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Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 14): Should I say Cam-olina Panthers? 2011 NFL Offensive Rookie of Year Cam Newton is just scratching surface of how good a quarterback he can become.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 18: Sophomore slump for Cam Newton? He's about to find out. Would help...