Panthers Release Cornerback Robert McClain

Robert McClain

Despite starting in the Super Bowl just eight months ago, today cornerback Robert McClain finds himself out of a job after he was released by the Panthers.

McClain’s role decreased this year after Carolina drafted three corners, and also the team likely playing out the last four games of the season for nothing than pride wants to take a closer look at younger players.

McClain came to the cats last season and ended up as a starting cornerback in the playoffs after injuries to both Charles Tillman and Bene Benwikere.

He played 11 games and made six starts this season.

Cam Newton Speaks Out Over Stories Of Why He Was Benched Sunday Night

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton called speculation over why he was benched for the first series of Sunday’s loss at Seattle “falsified stories.”

A lot has come out after Newton was sat for the first series of Sunday’s disaster in Seattle, and ESPN’s David Newton reported Thursday that Newton is staying consistent that it was a wardrobe situation that forced coach Ron Rivera to sit him Sunday.

“I violated the wardrobe [policy], and that’s it,” said Newton, who was punished for not wearing the required tie on the flight to Seattle. “You don’t have to dig into certain stories that I violated curfew, was out at a club, somebody was calling the room. I still stand by Coach Rivera’s decision, and that’s just a warning for everybody.

“At no point in time — or even still — do I think I’m above the law. I never thought that. I’m not that type of player.”

“When you start hearing falsified stories from the people that really know you, that’s when it really affects you,” he said. “And I haven’t.

Chargers at Panthers NFL Week 13 Capsule

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5-7) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-8)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  CHARGERS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER   4-1
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCoy: 0-0 Ron Rivera: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 28-21 vs. Tampa Bay L 40-7 at Seattle
LAST GAME 12/16/12: Panthers 31 at Chargers 7. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams has 144 scrimmage yards & TD catch. Panthers DE Charles Johnson has 2 sacks & FF.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/04: Chargers 17, Panthers 6. San Diego RBs Jesse Chatman & LaDainian Tomlinson each rush for TD. Chargers’ defense limits Panthers to 263 total yards.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (SD), 93 (Car). XM: 384 (SD), 228 (Car).

STATS

PASSING Philip Rivers: 266-425-3353-25-14-93.0 Cam Newton: 203-371-2614-14-8-80.6
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 251-992-4.0-10 Jonathan Stewart: 138-511-3.7-7
RECEIVING Tyrell Williams: 53-837-15.8-6 Greg Olsen (TE): 61-820-13.4-3
OFFENSE 367.8 346.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 -6
DEFENSE 360.1 369.6
SACKS Melvin Ingram: 6 Mario Addison: 6.5
INTs Casey Hayward: 7 (1L) Thomas Davis: 3
PUNTING Drew Kaser (R): 45.2 Michael Palardy: 45.2
KICKING Josh Lambo: 98 (35/38 PAT; 21/25 FG) Graham Gano: 79 (25/28 PAT; 18/22 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.9 rating in past 2 meetings. Ties for 4th in NFL with 25 pass TDs…RB MELVIN GORDON had 138 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD last week. Ranks 4th in NFL with 12 TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.)…WR TYRELL WILLIAMS aims for 5th in row with rec. TD. WR DONTRELLE INMAN has 168 rec. yards (84 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2. TE ANTONIO GATES has 109 career TD catches, 2nd most by TE in NFL history. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with rec. TD. TE HUNTER HENRY ties for 3rd among rookies with 5 TD catches…CB CASEY HAYWARD has 4 INTs in past 5. Leads NFL with 7 INTs & 17 PD. LB MELVIN INGRAM leads team with 6 sacks. Rookie DE JOEY BOSA has 5.5 sacks, 9 TFL & FF in past 8. Ties for 3rd among rookies with 5.5 sacks. Rookie LB JATAVIS BROWN is 1 of 6 in NFL with 50+ tackles (51), 3+ sacks (3) & 2+ FFs (2)…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has 19 pass TDs vs. 6 INTs for 99.8 rating with 5 rush TDs in past 9 at home. Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with rush TD. Passed for 231 yards & 2 TDs for 99.4 rating in last meeting…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 7 rush TDs in past 7. FB MIKE TOLBERT had 2 rush TDs in last meeting…WR TED GINN JR. aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Has 9 receptions for 195 yards & 2 TDs in past 2. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN has 5 TDs in 7 career games vs. AFC. Since 2013, TE GREG OLSEN leads NFL TEs in receptions (295) & rec. yards (3,748)…DE KONY EALY has sack in 3 of past 4. DE CHARLES JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. LB THOMAS DAVIS has 2 INTs in past 3 vs. AFC. Since 2013, is only NFL LB with 400+ tackles (407), 14+ sacks (14.5) & 8+ INTs (9). CB DARYL WORLEY leads rookie CBs with 66 tackles. S MICHAEL GRIFFIN had team-high 14 tackles last week.      

What if the Panthers Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Panthers will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Cam Newton Sits to Start Game vs Seattle Due to Dress Code Violation

Cam Newton

The Panthers blowout loss to the Seahawks was complete with their starting quarterback having to miss the first series of the game due to a dress code violation.

Cam Newton sat the bench to start the game in place of backup Derek Anderson, who went and threw a pick on his first pass attempt on a throw intended for Mike Tolbert.

Word is Newton didn’t wear a tie, which is a team violation. It didn’t matter much who played, as the Panthers were never in the game in the tough loss to the Seahwks.

Panthers Place Center Ryak Kalil and Backup Gino Gradkowski on IR

Ryan Kalil

The Panthers have placed two-time All-Pro center Ryan Kalil and his primary backup Gino Gradkowski on injured reserve, further weakening an offensive line that has been decimated by injuries this season, the Associated Press reports.

Carolina signed free agent center Ryan Wendell and offensive tackle Dan France from the Cleveland Browns practice squad on Tuesday to fill out the 53-man roster.

Kalil had missed three of the past four games with a shoulder injury. Gradkowski recently injured his knee.

Tyler Larsen, who filled in at center on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, is expected to start this week at center when the Panthers visit the Seattle Seahawks.

The Panthers previously lost left tackle Michael Oher to a season-ending concussion and backup offensive tackle Daryl Williams injured his leg on Sunday.

Panthers Can’t Rally Late; Fall to 4-7 After 35-32 Loss to Raiders in Oakland

Carolina Panthers v Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr came back from an injured pinkie to lead another fourth-quarter comeback and the Raiders won their fifth straight game, beating the Panthers 35-32 on Sunday.

Carr threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns despite missing a series after the injury, leading the Raiders (9-2) back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to clinch their first winning season since 2002.

After leading a game-tying drive earlier in the fourth quarter, Carr hit Michael Crabtree on a 49-yard pass on third-and-9 from the 14 to help set up Sebastian Janikowski’s 23-yard field goal with 1:45 left that gave Oakland the lead.

Cam Newton led the Panthers (4-7) into Oakland territory on the final drive but Greg Olsen dropped a pass on third down that would have put Carolina in field goal range and Khalil Mack stripped Newton on a fourth-down sack to seal the win.

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Cam Newton Says NFL Players Have Earned the Right to Celebrate During Games

Cam Newton

Cam Newton said NFL players are “owed” the opportunity to celebrate after big plays, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

The reigning Most Valuable Player said Tuesday he has no idea if the NFL’s sinking TV ratings early this season are tied to the league’s crackdown on celebrations, but the man who made “the dab” famous agrees with others players that they should be allowed to express themselves.

“The league has to understand it’s entertaining to see that,” Newton said.

Newton, whose Panthers host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, said he tuned into Monday night’s game to see how New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would celebrate if he scored a touchdown. Beckham didn’t disappoint, doing his best impersonation of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance, prompting a giddy Newton to imitate Beckham’s dance from behind the podium.

Beckham wasn’t flagged for excessive celebration, but some players have been this season.

“If it was up to me, there would be no type of….” Newton said, before breaking into a wide smile. “You’re asking a person who celebrates. But it’s fun. It’s like when a person gets a sack, I try not to look to see what they do, but it’s all in the game.”

Newton grew up in Atlanta watching Deion Sanders high-step into the end zone and still remembers wanting to wear a bandanna like the old Miami Dolphins so he could look cool.

Given how hard NFL players work leading up to games — “we’re here until 10 at night and back in at 6 a.m.,” he said — they deserve to let loose when a play goes as planned.

“All of that bottled up inside of you and being able to do exactly what you planned and foresaw yourself doing, you are owed something,” Newton said. “Some people let it out with a celebration. Some people let it out in different way. It’s a give and take thing. But it’s kind of reciprocated feeling when a fan goes to see their favorite player and sees them celebrating.”

Newton said people stop him all of the time out when he’s out in public and want to talk about his first down celebrations or doing the “dab” after a touchdown — mostly stuff that doesn’t involve actual plays on the field.

“The little nuances of the game, people can’t get enough of,” Newton said. “I know I can’t.”

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