2014 Carolina Panthers Season Evaluations: Offensive Line

For much of the 2014 season, the Carolina Panthers offensive line was just that, offensive.Veteran stalwarts Jordan Gross and Travelle Wharton retired in the offseason, removing the foundation of a line that had already been cracking. To replace them, Carolina did some reshuffling, moving former right tackle Byron Bell to the left side and inserting converted defensive tackle Nate...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Season review

The Carolina Panthers put their fans on a roller coaster ride the past calendar year. To an outsider the Panthers lost a divisional round game 23-10 to the San Francisco 49ers on January 10th, 2014 and then 364 days later lost a divisional round game 31-17 to the Seattle Seahawks on January 12th, 2015. Two seasons, two divisional games, two losses by 13 and 14 points, respectively...
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Injuries abound as the Saints march in

The NFL is a rough sport owned, coached, and played by men with large egos. Every team deals with injuries, but no team likes to use injuries as an excuse, which is why the media is here to do it for them. The Carolina Panthers have had their share of crucial injuries, but the more alarming aspect of their injuries is that many have occurred along the offensive line, one of the most...
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers: Team overview heading into opener vs. Bucs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At this point last year, nobody thought the 2013 Carolina Panthers would end up with a 12-4 record and NFC South title. Some anticipated the playoffs ... but nothing like what actually transpired. That resurgence now has Panthers fans wondering why lightning can't strike twice. That might be a tall order considering in the previous 19 seasons, Carolina has never...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Newton's health, state of the RBs and more key issues facing Panthers

2013: 12-4; NFC South Champs; Lost 23-10 at home to San Francisco in Divisional round. Head coach: Ron Rivera (25-23, 4th season). Key departures: WR Steve Smith, WR Brandon LaFell, WR/KR Ted Ginn, OT Jordan Gross, G Geoff Hangartner, G Travelle Wharton, CB Captain Munnerlyn, S Michael Mitchell, S Quintin Mikell. Key arrivals: WR Jerricho Cotchery, WR Jason Avant, WR Tiquan Underwood...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers capsule

CAROLINA PANTHERS (12-5) New faces: WRs Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery, and rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin. CB Antoine Cason, TE Ed Dickson, FS Thomas DeCoud, SS Roman Harper. Key losses: WR Ted Ginn Jr., OT Jordan Gross, WR Brandon LaFell, S Mike Mitchell, CB Captain Munnerlyn, WR Steve Smith, OG Travelle Wharton. Strengths: QB, DE, LB, TE. Weaknesses: OL, WR, CB. What's New: Panthers...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Winners and losers from training camp

Carolina Panthers training camp ended Tuesday, and much to the satisfaction of the coaching staff, the team was able to leave Wofford College with answers to many of the questions they sought entered training camp. Despite coming off one of their most successful seasons in the franchise’s history, the team faced almost adversity almost immediately to begin the off-season. Within...
August 13, 2014  |  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...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Retired Panthers OL Jordan Gross Loses 70 Pounds, Looks Like Michael Phelps

  Peter King wrote this week about retired Carolina Panthers lineman Jordan Gross leaving football after last season and losing 70 pounds from...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Former Carolina Panthers Offensive Lineman Jordan Gross Has Dropped Some Serious Weight

Last season when former Green Bay Packers/Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday retired he did the unthinkable and become nearly half he man he used to be. No, not because he was a man without a purpose anymore. He simply lost some serious weight.This season it appears that former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross has undergone a similar transformation.@theMMQBLast...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers News: Travelle Wharton set to announce retirement today

The 10 year veteran on Carolina's offensive line is set to announce his retirement today, according to Darin Grant with Following the training camp today Wharton is expected to hold a press conference announcing the end of his tenure and joining his other teammate who also retired this offseason, left tackle Jordan Gross.#453119353 / gettyimages.comAfter coming in...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Three Bold Predictions For Training Camp

At the beginning of the season, Ron Rivera looked like he wouldn’t make it to midseason before being fired in Carolina. At the end of the season, he was Coach of the Year. The Carolina Panthers were the feel good story of the year in the NFL and proved the former Chicago Bears star could take a team, build a solid defense, and have the offense play up to its counterpart’s standard...
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July 21, 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

Carolina Panthers: Make a move…or two.

In a little over three weeks training camp begins for the Carolina Panthers at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and there are still a few major questions as the team enters the new season, their 20th in the National Football League. After a solid draft this past May and a few free agent signings to help bolster roster depth the Carolina Panthers have been able to deal with some...
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Quotable Monday: GM Dave Gettleman says players have “unfinished business”

It’s Quotable Monday! This week, we look at some comments Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman recently made to the Charlotte Observer. Talking about the energy of the players this offseason, Gettleman said, “I think they feel they have unfinished business. It’s been since they walked in the door back in April. They’ve worked very, very hard. They’ve been very...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rewind: Power Rankings, Carolina Panthers’ best coach ever, top-20 RBs in the NFL

In case you missed it the best columns from the cover32 universe this week. National Columns - Top 10 in 2014: The best defensive tackles in the NFL today (READ) - Power Rankings: Rating each NFL team’s greatest coach in franchise history (READ) - Ten other NFL franchises that should change their name (READ) - Top 10 in 2014: The running backs on the verge of breaking in (Nos...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Which Panther will emerge? We’ll see Jordan Gross this season; more

It’s been an interesting week regarding the Carolina Panthers and this is our Weekly Rewind in case you missed anything. Here are the stories and columns you may have missed: -Quotable Monday: Steve Smith talks about state of his relationship with Carolina (READ) -Cam Newton made a 6 year old with lymphoma’s wish come true. Some pretty awesome photos. (READ) -Jordan Gross may...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Jordan Gross may be retired, but you’re going to see him a lot this season

It was a devastating blow to the Carolina Panthers when stalwart left tackle Jordan Gross retired earlier this offseason. Not only was he arguably the greatest offensive lineman in team history, but he also was a fan favorite. Fortunately for Panthers fans, they’ll still be seeing — and now hearing — him a lot this season. The 33-year old Gross will be on the field during every...
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June 17, 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's end...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: OTAs begin, with it questions

The Carolina Panthers started organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, and like many teams around the league, the day came with many questions regarding the upcoming season. The team hasn’t been on the field since their January loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional playoff game, and quite frankly, they look nothing like that Panther’s team that went 12-4 on their...
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Things are looking up right now for the Carolina Panthers

The majority of this offseason has been very painful for the Carolina Panthers. Steve Smith was cut, Jordan Gross and Travelle Wharton retired, and Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are still making approximately $1 billion. However, things are starting to look up this week for the franchise. They potentially found their starting right tackle, first round pick Kelvin Benjamin...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers Rumors: Panthers working out tackle J'Marcus Webb

Now with the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the Carolina Panthers are still in the moves of applying some new additions to the team.  Announced earlier yesterday, free agent offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb worked out with the Panthers on Thursday according to Kevin Patra with #176594001 / gettyimages.comThe veteran tackle is also planned to visit with the Minnesota Vikings...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Seven round mock 2014 NFL draft

The 2014 NFL Draft is fast approaching and with it the excitement and anticipation at the opportunity to improve one’s team with marquee draft choices. Equally probable is the chance your team makes the wrong choices, potentially setting the franchise back years. The Carolina Panthers aren’t necessarily in a position to set the franchise back at all, but their immediate success...
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers have plenty of options at No. 28

The NFL Draft is unlike the NBA Draft in a lot of ways, obviously. But perhaps the most important is that most NFL teams absolutely cannot afford to waste a first-round pick on a talented player with upside that is yet unproven. The Panthers haven't taken that route very often, and it's probably why they've been pretty successful with their first-round picks throughout the franchise...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

In Depth 2014: Carolina Panthers

Carolina stumbled out of the gate in 2013 and at the quarter pole it looked like coach Ron Rivera might be headed toward an ugly exit. Then, all of a sudden, the team came together, winning 11 of 12 and chasing down the Saints to win the NFC South title. Carolina even notched a playoff win to cap a turnaround season. But the offseason has produced considerable change. Left tackle...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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