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Weekly Rewind: Greg Hardy’s future; Preparing for training camp

Just hold on Carolina Panthers fans, football is almost back. We know you can hardly contain your desire for football since you’ve had to wait since January but it’s okay. Training camp is less than a week away. In case you’ve been under a rock or busy with your “job” (psssh) this offseason and need a refresher on what you should be watching for, we have you covered. In...
Via cover32 - Panthers
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New list says it’d be a “shock” if Carolina Panthers make playoffs again in 2014

In May, we penned a list of storylines that wouldn’t shock us during the upcoming season, developments that would seem like surprises to most but everyone should have seen coming. Today, it’s time for the opposite, a collection of plotlines that would be truly shocking if they happened during the upcoming season. With that in mind, To see 10 storylines that would be shockers...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

What should we make of A.J. Klein going into his second year?

We continue our series looking at how Carolina Panthers’ rookies from 2013 performed and what we should expect looking forward. We’ve already examined the 2014 prospects for Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, and Edmund Kugbila. Now we move onto linebacker A.J. Klein, who displayed his talent in a spot start against the San Francisco 49ers last November. He had six tackles and sacked...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking back at the 2013 Carolina Panthers draft class one year later

Grading last year’s draft is almost as foolish as grading this upcoming draft the day after, but nowadays people want instant analysis so that’s what we at cover32 are going to give them. The best we can do is grade based on what we know from one year of this class being in the league. As the 2008 draft showed us, year one performance doesn’t mean the player will or won’t...
Via cover32 - Panthers
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Top outside linebackers in the draft: How much does Thomas Davis have left?

On the surface, outside linebacker doesn’t appear to be a massive need for the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers finished second in defense last year and have a strong linebacking corps lead by Pro Bowlers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. However, the other starting spot will likely be occupied by either journeyman Chase Blackburn or 2013 fourth round pick AJ Klein which could complicate...
Via cover32 - Panthers
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Grading Their 2013 Draft Class After Year One

The 2013 Carolina Panthers draft class was heavily criticized after the event‘s conclusion and was graded as one of the worst in the entire league.The biggest needs - wide receiver, cornerback and safety weren‘t even addressed. Instead, they took not one, but two defensive tackles in the first two rounds.One year later, it looks a little different, though not a lot. The receiver...
Via Football Nation
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Carolina Panthers

POINTS SCALE Round 1: 0-5 Round 2: 0-4 Round 3: 0-3 Round 4: 0-2 Round 5: 0-1 Round 6 & 7: Same system as undrafted. Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale. Round 1 - Star Lotulelei DT, Utah Analysis - Lotulelei started all 16 games and had a major impact on the Panthers defense especially when it came to stuffing the run.  He made 42 tackles and three...
Via DraftSeason
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Previewing San Francisco

 Carolina hasn’t lost to San Francisco since 2001, and they would like to keep it that way following Sunday’s playoff game. Yes, that does mean that Carolina won their first matchup this season in Week 10, but you wouldn’t know it the way the 49ers are being favored on the road. A lot of the talk this week has focused on what has changed since the two met in November. Basically...
Via The Farm Club
January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Squash Bucs, Win 8th Straight

If there’s one play that could personify the 2013 Carolina Panthers season, then it came today. Up by four with just under 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter, head coach Ron Rivera gambled on fourth down once again. This time, it came down to the rushing ability of quarterback Cam Newton. Newton grabbed the snap, jumped over the pile in his best Superman impression and...
Via Pro Football Spot
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers Kaepernick fined for facemask penalty

The NFL handed out fines this week for and against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The league slapped 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick with a $7,875 fine for grabbing the facemask of pursuing Carolina Panthers pass rusher A.J. Klein on Sunday. Carolina safety Quintin Mikell was also fined $7,875 for his hit on a sliding Kaepernick in the third quarter.
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Football: IDP – Week 10 Waiver Wire and More

Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America That sound you hear is Sean Lee owners about to jump off the cliff, and if you haven’t heard by now then well now you know that Lee injured his hamstring on a wrap up tackle vs the Saints and is now out 3-4 weeks (perfect timing right?!) also might as well add that Charles “Peanut” Tillman has been placed on the “shall return”...
Via The Fantasy Fix
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Putting 49ers in third and long key to success for Carolina defense

Putting 49ers in 3rd and long key for Carolina Thirteen times on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers were faced with a third down. And against one of the league’s best defenses, only twice did the home team convert. The Panthers held the 49ers, who entered the game with a conversion percentage of 40.2, to 15.4 percent on third downs in the 10-9 victory. “We had a great game plan...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Team Previews: Carolina Panthers

Key Additions WR Domenik Hixon, DT Colin Cole, ILB Chase Blackburn, CB D.J. Moore, CB Drayton Florence, S Michael Mitchell, KR Ted Ginn, DT Star Lotulelei (draft), DT Kawann Short (draft), G Edmnd Kugbila (draft), ILB A.J. Klein (draft), RB Kenjon Barner (draft) Key Losses WR Louis Murphy, C Mike Pollak, DE/OLB Antwan Applewhite, DT Ron Edwards, DT Andre Neblett...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers draft pick A.J. Klein sits down with NFL Draft Zone

A.J. Klein needs no introduction to anyone paying attention to football. A monstrous 6/2 240+ pound LB from Iowa State, Klein plays the position the way it was intended- with fire and determination. After totaling 117 tackles as a senior (with 14 against West Virginia and 19 vs. Tulsa in the 2012 Liberty Bowl), Klein received an invite to the prestigious East/West Shrine Bowl,...
Via NFL Draft Zone
June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

A Very Underrated Defensive Panthers Draft

Last offseason the Carolina Panthers stole the best defensive player in the draft with the 9th overall pick. The defensive Rookie of the Year, Luke Kuechly, led the entire league in tackles with 164 and immediately emerged as Carolina’s franchise player on the other side of the ball. Although the 7-9 Panthers and new GM Dave Gettleman only had five total picks in the draft, they...
Via Taking Bad Schotz
May 08, 2013  |  1 Comment

Draft Review: Panthers hit home run with Lotulelei

Grading the picks: Round 1: No. 14 Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Review: The Panthers have an illness to thank for this home-run pick.Lotulelei acquired an undisclosed virus before the NFL Combine that caused an irregular heart test, for which he was later cleared, that allowed him to fall here. With Sharrif Floyd, Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Reid still on the board, general manager Dave...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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