Four Downs: Panthers fall to Pats, faced with unanswered questions

The Carolina Panthers played their third game of the 2014 preseason on Friday night as they traveled to New England, where they lost 30-7 at Gillette Stadium. Here are four observations from the game: 1. CAROLINA'S SPECIAL TEAMS ARE ANYTHING BUT Special teams has been a major problem for the Panthers for the last five years, consistently ranking as one of the worst all-around...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers Primer: Preseason Week 3 vs. New England

Preseason Week 1: Carolina Panthers (1-1) vs. New England Patriots (1-1)Friday, August 22nd, 2014Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MATime: 7:30 PM ETTV: Local listings (NFL Network replay on Saturday at 1 PM, Monday at 4 PM)Weather: (Partly Cloudy) 66° F with 32% chance of rain and 4 MPH winds ENE at kickoffLast Week’s Results:Carolina: Win vs. Kansas City (28-16)Kansas City: Win vs...
Via Pro Football Spot
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Horton sees a Newton

The Carolina Panthers began the off-season with serious questions regarding three key areas: the offensive line, the wide receiving corps, and the secondary. The team made serious strides to answer those questions through the draft and free agency, but by training camp many of those questions had not been answered. Through the course of Panthers camps and the first preseason game...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rivera: Panthers OL rounding into shape

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) While he's not quite ready to name starters, Panthers coach Ron Rivera is pleased with how his offensive line has progressed following an offseason of change. The Panthers lost four offensive linemen from last year's roster to retirement, including longtime left tackle Jordan Gross. ''That's a bummer,'' Rivera said following Wednesday...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Five things to watch for when the Carolina Panthers play the Chiefs on Sunday

1. Offensive line: Of all the questions, this one figures to remain a topic every single week of the preseason for the Carolina Panthers. After the first preseason game, we heard neither strongly positive or strongly negative views of the offensive line’s performance. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as we approach second game of the preseason, but the same questions from week...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Five things to watch for during the Carolina Panthers’ preseason opener

1. Kelvin Benjamin’s debut: Kelvin Benjamin is the guy you pick first in the pick-up basketball game even though you just witnessed him shoot three balls off the side of the backboard and dribble two more off his feet. He’s that impressive of a physical specimen. He’s also potentially the x-factor in an offense in desperate need of elite playmaking skills outside of the quarterback...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers Primer: Preseason Week 1 vs. Buffalo

Preseason Week 1: Buffalo Bills (0-1) vs. Carolina Panthers (0-0)Friday, August 8th, 2014Bank of America Stadium Time: 7:30 PM ETTV: Local broadcast listings (NFL Network replays on Saturday at 3 AM, Sunday at 6 AM, Thursday at 1 PM)Weather: (Cloudy) 80° F with 53% chance of rain and 4 MPH winds ELast Week’s Results:Carolina: DNPBuffalo: Loss vs. New York Giants (17-13)What to...
Via Pro Football Spot
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers: 5 position battles to watch during training camp

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With training camp starting for the Carolina Panthers, nearly all of the positions are set. However, there are some that are wide open -- and may stay that way deep into training camp. Here's a look, at the top five position battles for the Panthers heading into the preseason: LEFT TACKLE This is universally considered the second-most important position on...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers Training Camp preview: Offensive line

We continue our series previewing the major story lines at each position heading into Carolina Panthers training camp. After looking at the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends, we round the week out with the hog mollies on the offensive line. Perhaps no other position is a greater cause for concern for Panthers fans than offensive tackle. The team’s greatest...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The Panthers’ Most Intriguing Training Camp Battles

#491762611 / Training camp is only days away, and it couldn’t have come along at a better time. The dullness of OTAs is beginning to fade away, and full-padded practice will give us the closest thing to football since February. Held at Wofford College, SC., Carolina’s training camp never fails to disappoint, as it introduces heated position battles along with...
Via TopSportsReport
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Quotable Monday: Panthers starting tackle Nate Chandler talks his biggest challenge

In what inspires DEFCON five levels of panic for Carolina Panthers fans, former defensive lineman turned offensive guard Nate Chandler will likely be the starting right tackle for Carolina in 2014. There’s even some talk that he may start at left tackle and Byron Bell may stay at right tackle, as they’ve been alternating so far in minicamps. While that seems unlikely, it’s...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers' Bell confident in filling void at left tackle

CHARLOTTE -- All-Pro Jordan Gross was a mainstay at left tackle for the Carolina Panthers for 11 years with the team. While other positions recycled and faced questions, there was never any doubt as to whom was going to be protecting the quarterback's blindside. However, much to the chagrin of the Panthers organization, the 33-year-old Gross announced his retirement at season...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Continue Run on Canadian Talent with Foucault

Valued at approximately $17 billion per year, gold currently serves as the third largest Canadian export. Behind the crude oil and automobile industries, the Canadian gold mining business is responsible for six of the world’s top 12 prospecting companies.As evidenced by one of their most recent signings, the Carolina Panthers are trying to strike some of their own gold with another...
Via Pro Football Spot
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers OT Byron Bell Sign His Restricted Tender

  Panthers LT Byron Bell officially signed his restricted tender on Monday, according to the NFL’s transactions release. Bell was one of the few remaining restricted free agents who had yet to sign their tenders. He’ll make $2.187 million for the 2014 season under this deal. Carolina is obviously very thin in terms of their offensive line depth, so Bell figures to be in a great...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking news: Carolina Panthers’ starting left tackle signs tender

Offensive tackle Byron Bell has signed his restricted free agent tenure with the Carolina Panthers according to multiple sources. The contract is worth $2.78 million in 2014 and it is a second rounder. This means other teams are free to sign Byron Bell to offer sheets, but if after a week the Panthers don’t match, the team that signs Bell will send Carolina a second round pick...
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May 05, 2014  |  1 Comment

Panthers center Ryan Kalil could be flanked by inexperience and question marks

Carolina center Ryan Kalil wasn’t about to sugarcoat it on Tuesday when he talked about replacing his friend and long-time Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross. Left tackle is a tough position, Kalil said, and despite being a Pro Bowl center, he doesn’t think he could play there. There’s one name off the list of potential left tackles for the Panthers, who had their second...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: More big changes are coming for the Carolina Panthers

For a team that went 12-4 and won its division in 2013, the Carolina Panthers are undergoing a lot of changes this offseason. It turns out Jordan Gross retiring and Steve Smith being cut was just the opening of the floodgates for changes to come. Did you miss any of the activity that happened this week? No worries, cover32 stayed on top of things so refresh yourself on anything you...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Power Rankings: Who’s the biggest fool in Carolina Panthers franchise history?

Last week, we rated every team’s GOAT – the greatest of all-time. This time around, it’s a different type of goat; the kind who will live in infamy in the franchise’s annals. These are the players, coaches, administrators or other random people connected with a team who did something that will forever be remembered, but for all the wrong reasons. They brought shame on themselves...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

How does moving Byron Bell to left tackle affect the Panthers’ draft plans?

Last week, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said last year’s starting right tackle, Byron Bell will move to the left side. He also added that Bell may be the starter at left tackle, a sentiment head coach Ron Rivera echoed. In the story we ran on cover32, we pointed out why it may not be a terrible thing since Bell is naturally left-handed, a better pass protector...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers’ next left tackle may be on the roster already: Should Cam Newton be worried?

Anybody who’s followed the Carolina Panthers this offseason is keenly aware of how big of an issue offensive line is. Perhaps the most gaping hole at this point is left tackle, a void created by Pro Bowler Jordan Gross’ retirement. Carolina missed out on some big free agents they targeted and with very limited cap space, signing a starting caliber left tackle at this point seems...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers miss out on another key free agent target

With Pro Bowl left tackle Jordan Gross retiring and right tackle Byron Bell being among the league’s worst, offensive tackle is an immediate position of need for the Carolina Panthers. One target that has been discussed is New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief. However, Strief decided to re-sign with the Saints on Monday afternoon, leaving the Panthers with few options...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

What offensive tackles in the NFL Draft should the Carolina Panthers look at?

In 2013, the Carolina Panthers had quite the imbalance of offensive tackles. On the left side, stalwart Jordan Gross earned a Pro Bowl berth for his performance throughout the season. At right tackle, Byron Bell was among the league’s worst offensive line starters. With Gross now retired, many would contend that offensive tackle is the biggest deficiency on the Carolina roster...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Offensive Line Prospects Impress At Combine

As reported earlier this week, Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jordan Gross has decided to hang up his cleats and retire.   This move is a major step back for a unit that surpassed many expectations in 2013, ranking ninth in run blocking and tenth in passer protection, according to Pro Football Focus.   So what does this mean going forward?   There are still some solid, if not terriffic...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: 2013 Week 4 NFL Power Rankings (#11)

Last week: 14 (+3) The one week I give up on the Panthers, this happens. They looked exactly as I expected they would this season last week and then some. They could easily be 3-0 right now and though my 12-win prediction for them isn’t coming true, last week’s win could easily propel them to 10 wins and a post-season appearance. They have to continue what they did last week...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Backstage Visitors At RAW + CM Punk’s Shot At WWE

– Kofi Kingston will appear at the National Guard Gala in Washington DC on February 26 at 6 PM. – TLC singer Chili, rapper Lil’ Scrappy, singer Bobby V as well as Carolina Panthers Armond Smith and Byron Bell were in attendance at last night’s WWE RAW. – CM Punk tweeted the following about the technical difficulties WWE experienced with fan voting through the mobile App…...
Via WZR Online
February 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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