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Panthers Reportedly Ready to Do Whatever It Takes to Trade for Texans QB Deshaun Watson

Can one player turn a franchise around?

It’s almost sounding like the Panthers are willing to find out, as reports are out that the Cats are doing just about whatever it takes in order to make a deal with the Houston Texans to get their hands on 25-year-old franchise QB Deshaun Watson.

After seeing the demise of Cam Newton and last season Teddy Bridgewater struggle, the Panthers want to upgrade the position and have someone under center they can count on for years to come.

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline spoke about how the Cats are clearly a team in the mix for Watson, and how they are going to push the issue to get Watson.

“This is a person in the know, and they told me that the Panthers will do anything they can to acquire Watson, and they will pay any price to acquire Deshaun Watson,” Pauline said.

“Their new GM Scott Fitterer, who came from the Seattle Seahawks, is on board with trading for Watson. More than anything else, and most importantly is, I was told the owner wants to make it happen.”

Imagine the marketing chances the team will have, as well as how quickly the team on offense will upgrade to another level with Watson playing at quarterback and being happy.

So what all is it going to take to get Watson to the Panthers? No doubt it’ll start with the 8th overall pick, but there’s likely going to be a lot more involved.

At the end of the day, it could be worth it – and it could put the Panthers right back on the map as a contender in the NFC.

Report Says Panthers Could Make a Huge Push to Try and Get QB Deshaun Watson

Could the Panthers be a real darkhorse for the services of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason?

Everyone knows that the 25-year-old is not happy in Houston and wants out, and there’s a growing list of teams that seem to want to be in the mix to acquire his services.

The Denver Broncos, Washington Football Team, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears are just four teams that could wind up getting into a bidding war for Watson.

Houston wants a king’s ransom for Watson as one would expect, and ESPN reporter David Newton said Monday that fans might be shocked at what the Panthers would be willing to offer as he was asked about a “bold offseason prediction” around the Cats.

“The Panthers will do whatever it takes to get Deshaun Watson, and that includes giving up three first-round draft picks and (running back) Christian McCaffrey,” Newton said.

“Owner David Tepper wants to win a Super Bowl. He’s made that clear. He understands it takes a marquee quarterback to do that.

“If you look at recent history, outside of (Kansas City Chiefs quarterback) Patrick Mahomes, the quickest way to do that is to trade for a marquee quarterback and not draft one in the first round. Just ask Tampa Bay.”

It remains to be seen if indeed the Panthers will be a team with enough assets to make a deal for Watson, or if another team is going to trump them for the quarterback.

Panthers Offered Bridgewater and 8th Pick in Draft to Lions for QB Stafford

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports today that the Panthers had an offer on the table for Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford which included the 8th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft along with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

It’s no secret that the Panthers have been on the lookout to upgrade the QB spot after Bridgewater went 4-11 as the Panthers starter in 15 games in 2020, throwing for 3733 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

For now Bridgewater remains the current starter for the Cats, and Saturday evening at the NFL Honors one Panther who spoke highly of the QB was running back Christian McCaffrey.

“When we signed Teddy this offseason, I knew we were getting a great player. I didn’t know we were getting such a great teammate,” McCaffrey said.

“He had a long road to get here, but Teddy always finds his blessings. And that positive spirit is contagious.”

The package that ended up landing Stafford from Detroit out to Los Angeles included a third-round pick this year, two future first-round picks and quarterback Jared Goff.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffery Misses Practice with Quad Injury

Just two days ago running back Christian McCaffery said that he “felt great.”

Now it looks as if the 24-year-old Panthers franchise back may not even make an appearance in Sunday’s affair against the Denver Broncos.

McCaffery didn’t take part in the open portion of practice on Thursday according to Panthers.com’s Bill Voth, as he’s still suffering from a quad and shoulder injury.

The running back started the week ready to go against his dads former team in Denver, and now unless he can make a recovery from the quad injury he likely will again be on the sideline.

McCaffery has played in just three games this season, and the team is 0-3 with him on the field, 4-5 without him.

With four games left in the season, it would not be a surprise to see the team simply decide it’s smart to shut down the back for the rest of the season.

We shall see if they go that route.

Panthers Place Eight Players on Reserve/COVID-19 List

The Panthers announced on Monday afternoon that they’ve placed eight players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Placed on the list by Carolina includes wide receivers DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel, defensive tackles Derrick Brown and Zach Kerr, linebacker Shaq Thompson, tackle Greg Little, and punter Michael Palardy.

The eighth player is wide receiver Ishmael Hyman, who is on the practice squad. The Panthers didn’t disclose if any players had tested positive for COVID-19 or if they were determined to be high-risk contacts of someone who had tested positive. Either scenario could land a player on the list.

It’s unknown if the players on the list will be able to play in Sunday’s home game against the Denver Broncos. Running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to play in the game against Denver, as coach Matt Rhule says that the young back should be healthy enough to play.

Christian McCaffrey Expected to Play Sunday According to Panthers Coach Matt Rhule

The 4-8 Panthers could get a massive boost this week as they play host to the Denver Broncos, as coach Matt Rhule says he expects running back Christian McCaffrey to be healthy enough to play.

Carolina, coming off a bye week, have the Broncos at home, then go to Green Bay, play at Washington and close out the 2020 slate at home against the New Orleans Saints.

McCaffrey has been nursing a high ankle sprain as well as shoulder injury, but was able to take part, albeit in a limited capacity, in practice leading up to the team’s loss a week ago Sunday against Minnesota.

“There’s nothing to make me think he’s not (going to play),” Rhule said.

“Just a matter of if he feels like he can go.”

In a rather odd stat, the Panthers are 0-3 with McCaffrey and 4-5 in games he has missed, but there is no doubt that the team is that much better with the 24-year-old out there.

In 2020 McCaffery has rushed for just 225 yards with five touchdowns after his injury woes began in week two.

Panthers QB Bridgewater Likely to Sit Sunday’s Game

The Panthers look like they are going to have to turn to P.J. Walker or Will Grier at quarterback this week, as the team does not appear confident that Teddy Bridgewater is healthy enough to play against the Lions.

NFL Media reports that that Bridgewater is not likely to play in the week 11 game, this after he was hurt last week with an MCL sprain.

He’s been a limited participant in practice this week.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule has yet to say who will start at quarterback, but evidently feels that Walker or Grier will give the team a better shot to win than a less than 100 percent Bridgewater.

Panthers Have a Long List of Injuries for Sunday’s Game Against Detroit

The Panthers were back on the practice field Wednesday as they start prep for their Sunday showdown at home against the Detroit Lions.

The team was without a number of key players for the practice, and while they are hopeful some of them may return for the NFC showdown, it’s unlikely that some of them will be able to go Sunday.

Here is the first injury report for the week for Carolina:

Player Injury Wed Thu Fri Status
RB Christian McCaffrey Shoulder DNP
G John Miller Knee/ankle DNP
CB Donte Jackson Toe DNP
LB Tahir Whitehead Rib DNP
QB Teddy Bridgewater Knee Limited
OT Russell Okung Calf Limited
TE Chris Manhertz Shoulder Limited
S Sam Franklin Ankle Limited
DE Yetur Gross-Matos Shoulder Limited
DE Marquis Haynes Shoulder Limited
RB Mike Davis Thumb Full

Coach Matt Rhule says that the Panthers will be without McCaffrey, Jackson or Okung for Sunday’s game against Detroit

The other big name to watch is Teddy Bridgewater, who suffered a mild MCL sprain late in last week’s loss to the Buccaneers when he was tackled from behind on a sack by Jason Pierre-Paul.

His playing status is very much up in the air for Sunday’s 1pm game.

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