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The Panthers will look to fix their defense through the NFL draft.
One year after quarterback Cam Newton dramatically improved Carolina's struggling offense, general manager Marty Hurney is looking for a few difference makers who can help upgrade the league's 28th-ranked defense.
Hurney says the team will take the ''best player available'' with the ninth overall pick, but concedes upgrading the defense this week is vitally important considering it allowed 377.6 yards and 26.8 points per game in 2011.
The Panthers did little to upgrade the defense in free agency.
They have seven picks in all, but none in the third round.
Coach Ron Rivera says if opposing teams look at the Panthers ''they're going to say, `Well, we can exploit their defense.'''
The Panthers are out to change that.
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Breath easy Panthers fans, Cam Newton will not be on the cover this year’s Madden.
The same cannot be said for Lions fans and Calvin Johnson fantasy football dynasty owners. The infamous Madden cover curse has hit Megatron this year. While it is hard to believe that Calvin won’t dominate cornerbacks like he did all last year, there is NO beating the Madden curse.
Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson has been voted by fans as the winner of the "Madden 13" cover vote with his victory over Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the finals.
Megatron beat Newton in the finals with a 52% advantage. More than 20 million votes were casted for the cover vote which saw 64 canidates voted down to one.
Megatron says he...
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson beat out Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the final fan voting for the cover athlete for EA Sports' "Madden NFL 13." "Everybody played Madden coming up. Everybody saw the guys that were on the cover," Johnson said. "I remember when I was in college I was a big Madden player, it's a big deal, it's a big deal...
Calvin Johnson is getting the recognition and notoriety a player of his caliber deserves, but maybe it’s not the kind he should want.
The Lions receiver won the voting to appear on the Madden ’13 video game cover. He topped Panthers quarterback Cam Newton with 52% of the 651,790 votes cast in the finals.
The voting was done as a 32-player tournament where each NFL team had...
Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Carolina Panthers [full archive here].
Season Recap: Cam Newton proved many doubters wrong and finished with perhaps the greatest rookie QB season of all-time. The future looks very bright for Carolina fans, but there are still many holes to be filled. All eyes will be on Newton as he enters...
Suspense was absent in the Carolina Panthers camp the week of the NFL Draft a year ago.
Everyone knew the franchise was going to take Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the top overall selection. And it worked out well, as Newton set numerous records during his rookie season.
This time around, however, the Panthers check in with the No. 9 overall selection, and the team can go...
The Carolina Panthers have had some considerable success with a few of their first-round picks over time, and have also selected some duds. More recently, the picks have been more helpful to the franchise than in its early years in the 1990s.
The teams last eight first-round picks remain with the organization, and last year the Panthers took record-setting quarterback Cam Newton...