Written By: T.J. Blanton
You’ve all heard it, all offseason long. We’re accustomed to all the criticism here in Panther Nation. After losing Smith, LaFell, Ginn, and company everyone assumed automatically the Carolina Panthers would yet again be a terrible team. What most people haven’t realized, or haven’t researched is that our wide reciever corps now had better stats than the guys we had last season. Cotchery had 10 TDs last season, none of our guys last year did that. Add on the fact that these guys are legitimately pissed that the entire football world thinks they’re the worst wideouts in the NFL, and I believe you have a serious threat this season.
Not only are the wideouts determined to prove everyone wrong, but a less than 100% Cam Newton has stayed after practice with recievers to work on things together. I always say projections are about as good as guesses. It’s not definite or a sure answer.
Everyone has been exclaming their excitement with wideouts like Kelvin Benjamin, Tavarres King, Jason Avant, and Brenton Bersin. We are underdogs once again, but like the Panthers have said before “we’re comfortable being the underdogs.” Ladies and Gentleman for our 20th season, we show the entire NFL once again why you never count us out.
Written By: T.J. Blanton
Excitement is in the air as preseason technically kicked off with the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame game last night. We Panther fans got an early look at our first preseason opponent in the match up. Preseason for the most part is a good way to evaluate the depth of your roster and find those guys to start at uncertain positions. So without further ado here are my things to watch for this Friday.
1. How well Derek Anderson handles the team
Why this? Well simple you’ll see a lot of D.A. and Joe Webb this offseason, because well it’s preseason and Cam has made it known he’s not near 100%. God forbid anything happen to Cam, we need to know D.A. is able to step up and control our offense.
2. Brenton Bersin
I’m sure you’ve seen all Panthers groups, pages, websites and forums brag on Bersin this offseason. He seems to have the attitude to want to prove he’s game day material, but as I’ve said a million times. We’ve been fooled before by preseason efforts.
3. Tavarres King
Lately there have been people speculating if King could be the next Victor Cruz. You know come out of nowhere and become a household name around the NFL? Well to that I say no, he is not the next Cruz. You know why I say that? Because I say he’s going to be the first Tavarres King, but I agree hopefully he has an ascent to stardom much like the salsa dancing NYG wideout.
4. Defensive Backs
Keep an eye on this area, it should be quite interesting to see how the mostly reworked DB group plays out. With Cason, Harper, DeCoud, Lester, White, Godfrey, and more it should be interesting to see if they bring more to the table than last seasons DB group. Either way, let’s hope Monsterz Inc. AKA our Defensive line keeps feeding them interceptions.
Alright Panther Nation those are my big things to watch for against Buffalo. We can’t watch for too much other than that with it not being a regular season game. Anyways let me know on the CPH facebook page if you guys enjoyed this and I’ll try to do one each week this season!
Written By: T.J. Blanton
One of the most memorable, influential, and beloved Panthers of all time former LB & LBs coach Sam Mills. Sam Mills recorded the clutch interception that lead to the Panthers inaugural win. Perhaps one of things that left the biggest mark on the Carolina franchise was Mills’ inspirational “Keep Pounding” speech he gave to the 2003 Panthers who eventually lost in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Mills battle with cancer has inspired and continues to inspire people who battle with cancer and people who struggle in life. “When I found out I had cancer, there were two things I could do. Quit or Keep Pounding. I kept pounding.” Those words from Mills fill the minds of fans, coaches, and players yearly and you can always see that holds true.
Mills’ #51 is the only number retired by the Panthers and he has a statue outside Bank of America Stadium, Mills played in the USFL then when that fell out he played for the New Orleans Saints & Carolina Panthers both of whom have retired his number.
Sam Mills, a man who will inspire for generations to come, just one of many great parts of the 20 seasons of Carolina Panthers football. Keep it here with CPH as we reflect on some of the amazing moments in Panther history.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We here at CPH want to be the best Panthers fan page on facebook and everything else. We’ve expanded here to wordpress much like other Carolina local pages like Bring Back The Buzz have. We also plan to create an Instagram soon, we will post pictures from events we attend giving you views, photos, and stories you won’t find anywhere else. Our instagram is going to allow you to be a part of the page as well, whenever you go to a Panther event such as training camp, practice field, or a game just tag us and use #CarolinaPanthersHuddle. You could see your pics on our IG and maybe here or on our facebook page.
Please be sure to tell us if there’s a site you’d like for us to be on, we are fans just like you and we want to give everyone a fan’s perspective.
Written By: T.J. Blanton
Friday, the first time in thirteen years the Carolina Panthers took the field for Fan Fest without long time leader and veteran Steve Smith. A huge point of interest for fans, local news stations, and tax payers were all the renovations that took place over the offseason. The first thing you notice is the huge video boards and much improved sound system. You also notice the ribbon boards offer more information and advertisements than ever before. These came into play quickly as the wait for the players to come practice was filled with a new edition of Panthers Huddle and a new series Panthers Camp Confidential, which is a new experiment by the Panthers since they just started a partnership with Time Warner Cable Sports Channel to be pretty much the official Carolina Panthers official television network. I must note that it appears during Panthers Huddle this season they will reflect on memorable moments throughout the 20 seasons of the franchise, the one shown at Fan Fest was Sam Mills’ interception that lead to the Carolina Panthers first win in franchise history. That was later followed by an interview with what the video called “One of Carolina’s favorite sons” and former QB Jake Delhomme. So we finally get to the action and some standouts were TEs Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson. Olsen caught many passes one handed and Dickson ran over DB Thomas DeCoud after which the stadium errupted in an “ooooh.” Later we got to see first hand how the Newton-Benjamin connection would look. Benjamin looked good, he kind of appeared to be showing off his leaping ability, but at least we know what to expect come Sundays this Septemeber. Kenjon Barner looked much improved in both rushing and receiving throughout the day. Cam Newton and Derek Anderson’s passes were a bit high at times, but Cam also just started practicing for the first time in a while and D.A. has been spotty at times through his career. Although worth the mention was D.A. threw a high pass directly towards a DB and WR Benton Bersin snatched it out of mid air. Bersin looks ready to be called up to the active roster, but we’ve been fooled this time of year before. This season looks to be exciting we kickoff a new generation of Panther players as we celebrate 20 amazing seasons.