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Evaluating every Carolina Panther draft class: 1998-2000

Continuing in our recount of the Carolina Panthers draft history, this column will cover three drafts that the team probably wishes it could have back, starting with the 1998 draft. First, I should explain what I consider when grading drafts. The importance of a pick playing out obviously correlates the order. I expect a first rounder to become a team leader, play on the team for...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Where Are They Now? Two-time Super Bowl starter Brenston Buckner

For many a career NFL journeyman, timing is everything. Sometimes perfect timing coincides with the perfect coaching staff and scheme. Sometimes it’s the right mesh of teammates; while other times it’s just the player finally maturing both on and off the field. For Brenston Bucker, whatever the reason may be, he seemed to find success at almost every stop. Although not every...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Reinforcements are on the way for the Carolina Panthers

The past few weeks have been rough for the Carolina Panthers, seeing the retirement of stalwart left tackle Jordan Gross, the cutting of the franchise’s greatest player Steve Smith and the decimation of the receiving corps. Losing Smith was so bad for one young fan that he was moved to tears, which went viral. In a classy move, Smith reached out to the fan to make amends. While...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Where are they now? Former longtime Panther Mike Rucker

Strength can come in various forms. It can come existentially, giving off an obvious appearance and commanding nature based on one’s imposing physical features. It can also come from within, only revealing itself in situations when the need for strength is dire. Mike Rucker’s persona has emanated strength and leadership since presumably a very early age. From starting on both...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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