Panthers Announce They Have Waived DE Ryan Delaire and WR Charles Johnson

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Defensive end Ryan Delaire has been waived with a failed physical designation, and wide receiver Charles Johnson has been waived/injured after undergoing surgery on his right knee, Max Henson of Panthers.com reports.

Delaire played in six games last season, recording five tackles and one sack. He had two separate stints on injured reserve as a result of knee injuries.

Johnson, who was previously with the Vikings but signed as a free agent in March, did not participate in any spring practices. If unclaimed, Johnson will revert to IR.

The Panthers also made an addition, signing center Greg Van Roten, who has previously been with the Packers and Seahawks in addition to Toronto in the Canadian Football League. Van Roten was most recently with the Jaguars before being released in May.

Panthers Fire Longtime Personnel Man Mark Koncz

The Panthers have fired longtime personnel man Mark Koncz in yet another front office shakeup, the Associated Press reports.

The decision came Monday, on the eve of players reporting to training camp.

Koncz, 50, had been promoted earlier this offseason by former general manager Dave Gettleman to director of player personnel after serving the previous 17 years as pro scouting director. However, new interim general manager Marty Hurney made the decision to fire Koncz.

Hurney said he has the utmost respect for Koncz, but the decision was based on “structure” and “the lines of communication.”

Panthers TE Greg Olsen Reports; Says It Would Have Been Selfish to Hold Out

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The big early storyline regarding Panthers training camp is that of the status of tight end Greg Olsen, who has out performed his contract and would like a new deal.

The tight end, who has been a staple of the teams’ offense the past few years, is NOT going to hold out, and instead on Tuesday like his teammates reported to Panthers camp at Wofford University.

Olsen said he felt it would have been ‘selfish’ to hold out, and instead hopes that the two sides can still get a deal done before the start of 2017.

Olsen became the first tight end in league history with three straight seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards. Last year he pulled in 80 passes for 1,073 yards.

Right now he’s due base salaries of $6.5 million in each of the next two seasons.

Panthers Ready to Name Marty Hurney as New Interim GM

After the news this week that the Panthers parted ways with GM Dave Gettlemen, it appears the team is ready to have a new name in charge, as former Marty Hurney is ready to come back to the team.

Hurney was the Panthers’ GM for over 10 seasons, but was fired after the team went 1-5 to start 2012.

Twitter sounds off at the Firing of Panthers GM

Twitter sounds off at the Firing of Panthers GM

Former Panthers players react to the news of letting Dave Gettlemen go.

One former player, DeAngelo Williams says he has taken the Panthers off the list of teams he would not play for after the recent announcement. Williams even goes so far as to call the former GM a “snake.”

Steve Smith Sr. posts a tweet telling the former GM he knows how he feels with a picture of Smitty laughing.

Josh Norman tweets a pair of eyes and a bewildered look.

Geoff Schwartz tweets “Not sure I’ve seen former players take public shots at a departing GM like Gettlemen. That should give you insight.”

As many has said the timing is shocking but it has been said that the move was expected.

Future GM’s could be: Trent Kirchner, Ryan Cowden or Mark Koncz, according to Joe Person.

Getting to Know Alex Armah

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GETTING TO KNOW ALEX ARMAH

With the departure of Mike Tolbert a void was left in the FB room. The Panthers decided to address the need as GM Dave Gettlemen said by “thinking outside the box.” And that’s exactly what they did when selecting the versatile, multi-positional player, Alex Armah, as the sixth round draft pick.

“I was hoping for the call from the Panthers. I’m blessed.”

Alex made a positional change from DEFENSE to Fullback. Armah, however, sees himself as a fullback.

He had a lot of success as defensive end at West Georgia. So why the change? As a 4-3 linebacker in the NFL his size is a disadvantage. Armah “feels like his versatility helps.” He has played DE, Linebacker, Fullback, and Tightend. He’s played special teams and he looks to sell himself on special teams with the work ethic that he gives and what he can give to the team.

Armah may bring a chip on his shoulder, being from a smaller school, West Georgia, in comparison to the other big named colleges. He has worked hard and his work did not go unnoticed by the Panthers.

“I’m straightforward. I’m a workhorse, I’m gonna work. I’m gonna give them my best.”

“This is a huge honor. To be able to bring the Panthers back to where we know we can be.”

Armah’s story is interesting. It shows a young man who is willing to do anything to help his team win. He excelled in playing the defensive role and was willing to help West Georgia in their need of tight ends and fullbacks. He approached his coaches and offered to help out. The coaches were intrigued. And since he had played both positions in high school, there was a clear advantage there.

Armah could do it all. “He could set the edge as a tight end and blow open holes as a fullback, and he didn’t care if he got the ball or just blocked.”http://si.com

Armah loves “obliterating a linebacker with a lead block.” “I live for that.”

He is truly a “do-it-all player.”

NFL Total Access recently questioned who should be Christian McCaffrey’s best buddy and they went with Guard Trai Turner. I think Turner will be a major benefactor in opening holes for McCaffrey. http://www.panthers.com/media-vault/videos/Who-should-be-Christian-McCaffreys-best-friend/a61cb0e7-3be1-42ea-9083-ac21662a4892

And if there was to be another buddy in that system I would have to say it should be Alex Armah, “obliterating a linebacker with a lead block.”

 

Gettlemen loves to select players with “tremendous upside” and I believe they found one in the versatile fullback.

 

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Carolina’s Bright Future?

Carolina’s Bright Future?

With training camp only three weeks away, we look to the future of a team rebuilding to achieve long term success but in hopes and aspirations of making a run to fulfill a long desired sought after Lombardy trophy for owner and players alike.

Some of the veterans see their time of passing the torch at hand and they know the time is now.

QB Cam Newton has also stated that the one thing missing in his life is winning a Super Bowl.

The bad taste hasn’t been removed from the previous years but the pieces are in place to duplicate what Carolina had in the Super Bowl run in veteran experience and rookie savvy.

With the above mentioned in mind, what is it that coaches and fans alike need to see out of the 2017 team?

For me, it all begins in the trenches with the hog mollies.

Is the writing on the wall for Michael Oher? I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news but…an inside source has told me his career is a wrap. The “Blind sides” health is more important moving forward.

Moving forward—Matt Kalil will have to make the most out of the OL coach’s directions and be in shape to give ample time to Newton. Will Kalil be ready for the challenge breathing new life into his NFL career? I think he has every reason to– having the support and recommendation from his brother, Ryan, along with his multi-year franchise history breaking contract, the Panthers organization has high-hopes that he will be able to be a long-term staple for the offensive line.

However, other pieces have been set in place to help Cam out. The coaches want the ball out of Newton’s hands and into the dynamic playmakers that have been added. Cam agrees.

On the right side will be an interesting battle between Darryl Williams and Draft pick, whose size and ability to learn impresses, Taylor Moton. (I look forward to see these young guys as well as Matt Kalil put their hand in the dirt, put the pads on, and go to work.)

I believe Williams, having the most experience out of the two, will earn the job, but I see Moton progressing rapidly becoming a valuable substitute.

 

 

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Who are you most excited to see?

Here’s a list of the Panther’s unofficial depth chart: http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Strickly-Panthers-Unofficial-depth-chart/c7d5dbd7-d5bd-45dc-a3d4-6e74d139400a

Newton Says He’s Ready to Let Others on the Panthers Be Playmakers

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton began throwing again Monday after recovering from shoulder surgery. Despite years of trying to rein himself in, Newton has too often listened to the voice suggesting he has to make every play, Bill Voth of Panthers.com reports.

“There has never been a time when I’ve been on a team – I don’t care if I’m playing softball – where I haven’t been looked upon to be that guy,” Newton said a couple of hours after he was cleared to start throwing again. “And it’s hard when it’s 14-10, we need a touchdown, it’s third-and-2, you’re looking at coach, you get the play call, and it’s like, ‘Come on!’

“It’s no different than LeBron, Kobe, Jordan or even Brady. My biggest gift in a certain respect is a curse, too.”

“The thing I have to realize is my job is not necessarily to always be the playmaker,” Newton said. “I have to give other people opportunities to make plays. That’s the hardest thing about maturation, especially for me.

“So having more comfort in trusting the guys around me is the biggest thing. Trust and knowing my job is giving everybody a chance and letting them do their job as well.”

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