Brent Stover and Brendan Haywood discuss Josh Norman responding to Odell Beckham Jr.
Brent Stover and Brendan Haywood discuss Josh Norman responding to Odell Beckham Jr.
The Panthers have signed Leonard Johnson, a cornerback with significant starting experience in the NFC South, to a one-year contract, Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com reports.
To make room on the 90-man roster, the Panthers waived cornerback Shaq Richardson, a fifth-round draft choice by the Steelers in 2014 who has yet to appear in a regular season game.
Johnson went undrafted out of Iowa State in 2012 but was signed by the Buccaneers and carved out a role for three seasons as a nickel cornerback, which is an unsettled position for the Panthers entering training camp. He played in 48 games with 17 starts for Tampa Bay from 2012-14, totaling 139 tackles, five interceptions and 20 passes defensed.
“Dude throws the hammer down.” And we all know how D. Gettlemen loves his hog mollies.
Butler is the definition of one. With the size and strength to compete in the NFL for years to come, he is a true run-stopper who fills holes and penetrates at the line.
He has a good sense of awareness to finding the ball and once he’s there he can stop players in their tracks—throwing the hammer down.
Butler “cleans up.”
He’s a force to be wreckened with, with almost any O-Lineman.
Considering that Bradberry will wear J No’s #24, there is also another intriguing similarity, in that Bradberry has good vision, watching the QB’s eyes, which Norman also did well.
Has good hands and has a knack for the football. He puts himself in good position to disrupt the play.
He’s got good speed and size for a corner.
He plays physical at the line and sticks with his assignment.
He’s in good hands with the Panthers DB coaches as they work with his skill set and all-around approach to the game.
Plays instinctive football. He has a certain knowledge to his position, which can undermine routes and disrupt the QB.
Has good hands and a knack for the football. Will come in handy for a group known as “Thieves Ave.”
He plays physical and tackles well.
Is quick and has the right approach that you look for in the nickel position.
Sanchez also plays physical—the style that Panthers want from their CB’s.
Sanchez has good ball skills and when out in the open can make opposing teams pay by going the distance if given a chance.
He’s a competitor who can also be used in a blitz package.
Many commentators have said that Sanchez was the steal in this year’s draft.
AND Sanchez likes to Dab.
Sanchez looks to improve his catching skills, which will make him more of a threat.
Has tremendous upside. For one reason, being able to work with TE Greg Olsen.
Beau has good hands and good size at his position, as with Olsen.
Sandland puts himself in position to snag the ball, as with Olsen.
He also manages to find the holes in coverage’s, as does Olsen.
He’s got decent speed and can manage to slip past the secondary, as does Olsen.
With Olsen by Sandland’s side—look out.
How fortunate were the Panthers to get Cash?
Sure they want to beef up Cash a little bit for playing the LB position.
But this guy has a nose for the football and plays physical.
He’s very smart, attending Duke, and that is what the Panthers want out of the LB position.
He gets to the ball in a hurry.
He’s a disrupter.
Add on the pounds and watch this guy fly around the field.
He’s in good company with the rest of the LB core.
Many were shocked why this WR went undrafted, but fortunately for the Panthers, with the help of their tremendous work done by the scouts, he found his way to the Carolina’s.
He’s a go-getter when it comes to snatching the football.
Creating mis-matches for many corners.
He has decent speed and keeps his eye on the football.
He’s competitive at the line, allowing him to break away and create plays.
He finds his home in the end-zone.
He’s able to break tackles and slip away from coverage’s.
He probably received most of his notoriety from the emphasis “hail-marry play” where he tracked and came down with the football winning the game.
This guy is a snagger; we’ll see how he adjusts to Cam’s fastball.
The Carolina Panthers represented the NFC in the Super Bowl last season, but lost the game to the Denver Broncos. After an offseason that saw the team lose its two best cornerbacks, the question the Panthers face isn’t can they return to the Super Bowl? It’s can they win the NFC South for a fourth consecutive year. NFL odds currently have the Panthers as one of the teams favored to make the Super Bowl, but with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, and New Orleans Saints expected to be improved this season, there are no guarantees the Panthers will win the division.
Last season, Carolina went 15-1, with their only loss coming against the Atlanta Falcons. Along the way to their franchise best season, the Panthers had a few things go their way. This time around, their chances of getting lucky bounces go their way are not very good.
The loss of Charles Tillman and Josh Norman could also haunt the Panthers this season because those two players made a lot of big plays in the secondary for Carolina. Tillman, who injured his ACL late in the season and missed their playoff run, recently said he if he plays this season, it will only be for the Panthers, but Carolina hasn’t said if it is interested in bringing the veteran back for one year.
Norman’s situation was one of the most bizarre stories in the offseason, with a lot of back and forth between both parties, after getting nowhere at the negotiation table, the Panthers rescinded the offer they made to Norman and he ended up signing with the Washington Redskins.
The Panthers addressed their secondary issues through the draft, but having two rookies starting in a division that has players like Drew Brees and Matt Ryan may come back to haunt Carolina.
Offensively, Carolina was the top scoring team in the NFL despite not having star wide receiver Calvin Benjamin for the whole season. With a healthy Benjamin back in the lineup, quarterback Cam Newton will have another weapon to play with, which should be a scary prospect for the defenses they play this season.
While Carolina’s offense is expected to be better than it was last season, the team’s defense, which was a strength last season, is likely going to be a liability if the secondary does not play as well as it did last year.
Even with the question marks on defense, the Panthers are still the team to beat in the NFC South, but their path to the top of the division will be more difficult this year. The Saints improved their offense in the offseason with the addition of players like Coby Fleener, who is expected to have a breakout season this year.
The Falcons improved last year, and are also expected to be better, even though they lost Roddy White in free agency. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the sleeper team in the division because they have a lot of young talent with players like Mike Evans and Jameis Winston, and could make a playoff push this season after coming close to making it last year, providing some competition for the Panthers.
However, the Panthers have one advantage over all their division rivals: Cam Newton.
Since he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the top pick in the 2011 draft, Cam Newton has been one of the most talked about athletes in the NFL. After leading the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, USA TODAY dubbed Newton the 3rd most important person in the NFL. Odds makers apparently agree with the publication’s assessment, because the Panthers have one of the best NFL odds of making the Super Bowl next season.
When he first got into the league, Newton had baggage from his college days. During his national championship and Heisman winning season at Auburn, reports came out about Newton’s father asking schools for money if they wanted his son to play for them.
After an investigation, Newton was cleared of any wrongdoing, but the allegations made some teams wary of drafting him. The Carolina Panthers weren’t deterred and used the 1st pick of the draft on Newton.
During his rookie season, Newton broke a few records, throwing for over 4,000 yards and winning the Rookie of the Year Award. Four years later, he won his first league MVP Award after leading the Panthers to their best regular season record and their second Super Bowl appearance.
The USA TODAY article ranked Newton as the 3rd most important person in the NFL, behind Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, which isn’t very surprising considering what he has accomplished in his short career.
While Newton is probably the league’s most polarizing figure because he dances after scoring a touchdown, signals a first down whenever he rushes for one, and sulks after losing a game. There is no denying he is one of the best players in the league.
Newton is the first rookie quarterback to ever throw for 4,000 yards, in five seasons, he has already tied San Francisco 49ers great Steve Young’s record for most touchdowns by a quarterback as well as his record for the most games with a passing and rushing touchdown.
What makes those records more impressive is the fact that Young played 15 seasons in the NFL and Newton tied his records in five seasons.
Last season, Newton was the first player in NFL history to throw more than 30 TDs and run for 10 or more touchdowns. Newton’s size allows him to thrive in the read-option offense, which the team employs to keep defenses off balance throughout a game. He is one of the few quarterbacks that fit the mold of the dual threat quarterback because he can hurt defenses with his arm and legs. His size also makes him difficult to bring down when he runs the ball, making the defense’s job difficult to do.
While quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers get most of the attention from the media and are considered examples of what a franchise quarterback should be, Newton might not be conventional in the same sense, but he too is an example of what a franchise quarterback should be.
The media pays a lot of attention to Newton’s antics on the field and his demeanor when his team loses, but they fail to mention the fact that Newton also puts a lot of effort into helping the community. Newton visits children in hospitals, takes less fortunate kids shopping, and does a lot more charitable things that seen to get ignored.
Willie McGinest breaks down who he thinks are the best 5 defenses entering the upcoming NFL season.
Defenses win championships.
McGinest has the Houston Texans at #5.
The Seattle Seahawks at #4.
The Kansas City Chiefs at #3.
The Denver Broncos at #2.
The Carolina Panthers at #1.
“A lot of people question this. But when you look at the front 7 and the linebacker crew and the defensive front that they have—Kony Ealy could’ve easily been the MVP if they won the Super Bowl on the defensive side of the ball.” “They’ve got guys that can get after people in the defensive front 7. I know they’ve lost Josh Norman but they felt like they solved that problem in the draft, drafting 3 cornerbacks. If you’ve got a dominant front 7 it takes the pressure off the back end and they’ll be better.”
The fans disagreed with McGinest’ assessment—ranking the Panthers at the 3rd highest defense.
Seahawks at #2. And the Denver Broncos at #1.
What are your thoughts?
Do the Panthers have what it takes this year to be ranked as the #1 Defense?
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“They can’t call me big money anymore.” “Im making pea squad money.”
“My heart wouldn’t let me leave.”
CJ put in the work at Carolina and now that he has had the opportunity to return, turning down offers from both NY Giants and Tampa Bay, he fills like it is up to him to maximize his play and effort and show that it was a great move both for him and Carolina to stick around.
CJ was signed to a one-year contract.
He isn’t necessarily looking to prove himself per-say but doesn’t want to finish like he did before. There is room to improve and show the real Charles Johnson.
CJ last year himself says that he “had a slow start and got hurt.”
It left a “bad taste in my mouth.”
He was given more admiration, respect, and praise from his peers for his loyalty to sticking with Carolina and following his heart rather than negative comments bashing him for not following the money.
He compliments the Panthers locker room as a “brotherhood” that makes you want to come to work.
The atmosphere in the Panthers locker room with the clowning around and the lively atmosphere keeps players energized wanting to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
“Even the rookies” although it may take them a while to get on the same page, “act like it” and catch on to the tone that is set around the locker room.
The leaders providing leadership “know how to make it all gel.”
CJ is a captain and he knows how to make it work. Which is a plus to a defensive line looking to continue on the success that they had attained last year. But a current theme that is re-emphasized is that it is only something you build off from the previous year. This year is a new slate. And players understand that. So does Johnson.
“We’ve got some good guys.”
“We all have fun making plays and scoring on defense.” “It’s just a good feeling.”
“Im going to go about this season taking it day by day and stay healthy and maximize my opportunity this year.”
And he knows that its not all on him. “We’ve got stars” on the defense.
“We’ve got big time players.” “They all can make plays” and “it’s a good thing.”
“The sky’s the limit.”
RB Jonathon Stewart was reported to have a foot issue that was giving him trouble during OTA’s.
The Panthers chose not to draft any other RB during this year’s draft to ensure the position. I thought the move to look for a RB would be a likely one but instead the Panthers decided to concentrate on strengthening the defense.
ESPN’s David Newton asked the RB a question that I have asked in the past and received a short response.
When asked about the injury J-Stew responded: “I’m good.”
A valuable lesson that I had learned from J-Stew and many of the players is that “injury issues are sensitive subjects” and many wish not to engage or discuss their immediate status.
Stewart goes on to praise LB Luke Kuechly for his initiative role in the community and for being an all-around “stand-up guy.”
J-Stew “doesn’t think his foot will be an issue even when training camp starts,” reports Newton.
He said, “He’s ready to go.”
WR Coach Ricky Proehl on “Depth at WR Position”
Proehl: “It breeds competition.” “It’s awesome.” “These guys are getting better because they know they’re competing for a job.”
WR Ted Ginn for the first time in several years is playing on the same team, same offense.
“He’s got confidence in the way he’s running routes. And catching the football.”
“He’s become a leader in our room.”
WR Damiere Byrd who was on the practice squad last year, worked hard to get to the point he’s at this year.
“He’s created a lot of noise in minicamp and OTA’s.”
“He’s turned it up.” “He runs good routes, has great speed, and good hands.”
“He’s got a great feel for what we’re trying to do.”
On the WR Core as a Whole:
“We have a special room.” “The guys are helping each other succeed.”
CB Bene Benwikere Update Status
“I think its more precautionary stuff now.” Benwikere is able to do individual training.
Benwikere told Rivera that he’s “gotten over the hump and the ankle feels good.”
Rivera: “He’s developing nicely.”
“We’re counting on him to become one of the leaders in the secondary.”
Benwikere still believes they have vocal leaders on the field to continue on the right track that ‘Thieves Ave.’ had arrived at and enough to continue to move forward.
“We just have to get the drafted corners up to speed on the communication line.”
“It’s very important that the CB’s understand and develop the communication with the rest of the defense,” said Rivera.