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Panthers Play Hard in Opener, Vow to Continue to Keep Getting Better as Season Goes Along

When the Carolina Panthers and new coach Matt Rhule took the field for the first time Sunday to take on the Raiders, not many truly knew what to expect.

From the perspective of looking like a football team that knew what they were doing, that came rather easily which is a great sign for the long term success of the franchise.

The game against Las Vegas was a good measuring stick to see where the Panthers stood, but there’s got to be more games played to get a true sense of what players deserve to play.

If you bet on the Panthers with OnlineCasinoSnoop.com, you liked your chances as the team held a lead into the fourth quarter and even with the game on the line.

The problem is the Raiders just would not go away, and eventually Jon Gruden’s bunch were able to do enough to pull out a 34-30 win.

“There are no moral victories in this sport,” Panthers steady QB Teddy Bridgewater said after the loss.

The new Panther QB finished 22 of 34 for 270 yards and one touchdown in his debut. He said he was brought to tears during the playing of the Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in pregame warmups, thinking about his own journey back to being a full-time starting QB following a horrific knee injury in 2016.

“I was thinking about the process and the journey,” Bridgewater said. “I shed so many tears I had to run off the field early.”

It’s good to have a team leader like Bridgewater, who is embracing his chance to not only play a lot for the Panthers, but be a vocal leader as well.

In a season that looks like it’s going to have plenty of growing pains, having a high character quarterback that can do things outside of the pocket is a huge plus for the team.

“I thought he did a great job today. I thought he was poised, decisive. He’s a heck of a player and a heck of a leader, and I’m excited to continue to play with him,” Panthers running back Christian McCaffery said of the team’s new QB.

The journey to getting back to being respected in the league is going to be in the hands of this franchise.

A loss Sunday was in a lot of ways expected, as the bookies in Vegas had the Raiders as a slight favorite.

The young cats get another shot this week as they travel to play the Bucs in Tampa, a task that with a few bounces their way, it could be an upset for this young team on the rise.

Wednesday’s Injury Report for the Panthers Battle with the Raiders

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

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C Rodney Hudson (not injury related), G Richie Incognito (not injury related), TE Jason Witten (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

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CB Damon Arnette (thumb, groin), T Trenton Brown (calf), DT Maliek Collins (thigh)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

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WR Nelson Agholor (groin), WR Bryan Edwards (knee), LB Nicholas Morrow (knee)

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS

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DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

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G Dennis Daley (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

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DE Brian Burns (ankle), S Juston Burris (rib), RB Trenton Cannon (shoulder), CB Corn Elder (hamstring), DE Yetur Gross-Matos (wrist), CB Donte Jackson (toe), C Tyler Larsen (calf), T Greg Little (ankle), T Taylor Moton (wrist), T Russell Okung (ankle), CB Troy Pride (ankle), WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring), DT Kawann Short (shoulder), TE Ian Thomas (toe), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (hamstring), LB Shaq Thompson (groin), DE Stephen Weatherly (hamstring), LB Tahir Whitehead (groin)

Former Panthers QB Newton Inks with the New England Patriots

It took some three months, but former Panthers franchise quarterback Cam Newton has a new football home – and it’s with the six-time Super Bowl Champion Patriots.

Newton and the Pats have agreed to terms on a one-year deal after the quarterback was dumped by the Panthers, the team that drafted him first overall in 2011, back on March 24th.

It didn’t take long for Newton to become a star in the NFL, as he led Carolina to three straight NFC South titles from 2013-2015, a Super Bowl and four total postseason appearances.

Newton earned the 2015 NFL MVP award and was named to three Pro Bowls during his run in Carolina.

Injuries ended his career with the Cats, as he underwent multiple shoulder surgeries and missed all but two games in 2019 due to a foot injury that ultimately required a procedure.

The Patriots were steadfast in their search for a veteran QB, but also seemed just fine going with 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham and 11-year veteran Brian Hoyer atop the depth chart at the QB spot.

The 31-year-old Newton passed the physical and is healthy, with both his shoulder and foot not having any issues according to ESPN.

The Panthers, a 5-11 team last season, have Teddy Bridgewater listed as their starter at quarterback right now, followed by Will Grier and P.J. Walker.

One Massive Name Not on the List of Choices for the Panthers G.O.A.T.

It’s hard to think where the Carolina Panthers franchise would be right now if Cam Newton wasn’t drafted by the team or never existed.

He had more than one season playing at a MVP level, and was at the top of his game a few years back when he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl 50, losing to the Broncos and Peyton Manning.

While Newton has had two very tough seasons due to injury, the team decided to move on, dumping him this offseason in what seems to have become a battle on social media and elsewhere.

The Panthers Wednesday fired another shot, going on Twitter to ask their fans who they think is the “G.O.A.T.” of the franchise.

The choices are: Julius Peppers, Steve Smith and Luke Kuechly.

Absent from the list – and by design – Newton.

While there’s no doubt that Peppers, Smith and Kuechly were great and valuable players for the Panthers franchise, not having Newton on the list is a total joke.

Let’s not forget the way that Newton could take over a game back when he was able to play at a MVP level.

It’s crazy to think that there is that much bad blood between Newton and the team that they wouldn’t include him in this list – but right now that’s where things with the Panthers and the QB stand – right or wrong.

Retired Panthers LB Luke Kuechly Considering a Job as a Scout with the Team

Luke Kuechly’s time with the Carolina Panthers may not be over, Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer reports.

The team announced that the former linebacker is “considering” a role in the team’s front office as a pro scout.

Kuechly, who announced his retirement in January, officially went on the league’s reserved/retired list Tuesday, which allows the team to spread out his cap hit over the next two years.

Known for his dedication to film study, joining the team as a pro scout would make sense for Kuechly. Since announcing his retirement, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said previously that he hoped Kuechly would join the team as a coach or scout and that Kuechly spent time watching film with the new coaching staff.

Panthers Go All Defense in Matt Rhule’s First Draft, Sets NFL History

Panthers coach Matt Rhule hasn’t coached a down in the NFL and already he’s a part of league history, David Newton of ESPN reports.

The Panthers used all seven of their picks in the NFL draft on defensive players the past three days, the most in the common draft era to be made all on defense, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Carolina tied the 1985 Cleveland Browns for the most picks on one side of the ball. The Browns used all seven picks on offense.

Panthers Go Defense in Round One of NFL Draft, Snag Auburn DT Brown with 7th Pick

Auburn DT Derrick Brown is now a member of the Panthers, as Thursday the team took the big man to start the new regime of new coach Matt Rhule.

David Newton of ESPN talks about why with the 7th pick the Cats went the route of taking Brown:

Carolina has only two defensive tackles on its roster in Kawann Short and Woodrow Hamilton, so no position has a bigger need. Put Brown and his run-stopping ability next to Pro Bowler Short and his pass-rushing ability, and the middle of the defense will be as stout as any in the NFL. Opponents literally ran away from Brown’s side at Auburn.

CBS Sports gave the pick an A+ – Brown being an impact player day one for the new look Cats in 2020.

Cam’s Career with the Panthers Nixed; Newton Cut After Nine Seasons

The split is now official, as the Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton are officially on the outs, as today the Panthers announced they have released the veteran QB.

Carolina announced last Tuesday that it had allowed Newton to seek a trade. With few potential landing spots, no leverage, and major questions about his health, none materialized. The team moved on a week later.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft instantly became the face of the Panthers franchise, leading Carolina to three straight NFC South titles from 2013-2015, a Super Bowl and four total postseason appearances.

Newton earned the 2015 NFL MVP award and was named to three Pro Bowls during his run in Carolina.

It all deteriorated quickly for the hulking quarterback, however, as injuries took their toll over the past three seasons.

Newton underwent multiple shoulder surgeries and missed all but two games in 2019 due to a foot injury that ultimately required a procedure.

The lingering health questions left no team willing to part ways with draft assets to acquire a quarterback on the last year of his contract and one who would likely have wanted an extension.

The end to Newton’s run in Carolina came swiftly. After trade winds swirled at the close of the season, the Panthers’ new coach Matt Rhule insisted during the NFL Scouting Combine he “absolutely” wanted Newton back.

Weeks later, the Panthers reversed gears, announcing last week that Newton could seek a trade — phrasing the quarterback rejected, saying the team “forced me into this,” in what can only be described as a bitter divorce spat. The same day, Carolina already had a replacement, signing Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million contract, with $33 million fully guaranteed at signing.

With Bridgewater in the building and no trade options, the Panthers officially cut ties with Newton.

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