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  1. Sir Purr

    What they're saying: Post-minicamp edition

    His thesis: The Panthers could be better than a lot of people think this year. His argument: Because tweets are limited to 280 characters, nuance is hard, and so are complete thoughts sometimes. But he referenced a top-15 defense from last year, some strong individual award candidates, a depth...
  2. Sir Purr

    Jermaine Carter ready to prove he belongs

    What Carter has proven mostly is that he's able to handle multiple responsibilities. He's learned all three linebacker positions, which is the kind of thing you have to do when you're a late-round pick and you want to get on the field any way you can. But he also learned from one of the best...
  3. Sir Purr

    Rookies are getting an education, beyond football

    In many ways, it's a crash course in life as an adult in a new place. But the program also functions as a fraternity of sorts, giving players from every corner of the country a chance to gather in one place, and know they're supported. "The biggest takeaway for me is just the realization that...
  4. Sir Purr

    Panthers sign third-rounder Brady Christensen

    The third-round pick from BYU, chosen 70th overall, was a consensus All-American for the Cougars last year. His protection was part of the reason quarterback Zach Wilson vaulted to the second overall pick in the draft. He posted PFF's highest-recorded grade for an offensive lineman (96.0)...
  5. Sir Purr

    Elton John is coming to Bank of America Stadium

    CHARLOTTE — The Rocket Man is landing at Bank of America Stadium. Elton John has announced that Charlotte will be among the stops in the "Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour in North America and Europe." He'll play here on Sept. 18, 2022. Tickets go on sale to the public in North...
  6. Sir Purr

    Panthers schedule joint workouts with Colts and Ravens

    CHARLOTTE — No matter how eager players might be to get to training camp, eventually they get tired of looking at each other and practicing against their own teammates. That won't be a problem for the Panthers this summer, as they'll have a pair of joint practices with other teams as part of...
  7. Sir Purr

    Panthers announce front office positions

    CHARLOTTE — With a busy offseason of acquisitions behind them, the Panthers have also made some changes to the scouting and football staff. The front office has a new look under general manager Scott Fitterer, who made a number of additions to the personnel staff. Along with bringing in...
  8. Sir Purr

    Christian McCaffrey, suddenly an elder

    They're happy to let him, if it means he's back in the fold. Among the problems last year was the absence of the All-Pro back because of a series of injuries. While some Panthers stacked up some stats last year, the lack of a guy who can top 1,000 yards as both a rusher and receiver (as he did...
  9. Sir Purr

    Panthers agree to terms with Terrace Marshall Jr.

    CHARLOTTE — The Panthers had a detailed scouting report on LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., now they have his contract taken care of. Marshall agreed to terms on his four-year rookie deal Thursday morning. The second-rounder from LSU (taken 59th overall), was well-known to Panthers...
  10. Sir Purr

    Happy Half Hour Recap: Sights and sounds of minicamp

    In this week's episode of the Happy Half Hour podcast presented by Morris-Jenkins, writer Darin Gantt joins Kristen Balboni and Will Bryan as a full-time host and the crew hit the highlights from mandatory minicamp and production day at the stadium. 0:37 - Welcome Darin 2:35- Robby Anderson...
  11. Sir Purr

    Minicamp notebook: New rules ease restrictions on vaccinated

    In short, the experience will be close to normal for vaccinated players and staff, still very restrictive for those who are not. Rhule wouldn't specify a number of how many team personnel or players had been vaccinated, but emphasized the benefits. "The way I would couch it, I don't ever...
  12. Sir Purr

    Sam Darnold's feeling at home, and growing into his role

    Former Jets teammate Robby Anderson said he could tell an immediate difference in his old friend when he arrived here this week. He was there when Darnold arrived in New York as the third overall pick, with a mandate to save a city. Now, he just gets to be a quarterback, so that has to be...
  13. Sir Purr

    Panthers Minicamp Day 2 Live Updates

    Defensive end Frank Herron was just taken in on a cart, with an apparent lower half of him injury. Good thing this isn’t a regular practice, as they’re super-thin at the position with Burns, Gross-Matos, and Fox in red jerseys. — Darin Gantt (@daringantt) June 16, 2021
  14. Sir Purr

    Minicamp notebook: Defense has a day

    GLAD TO BE BACK Rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn missed the first few reps of practice Tuesday, while he was inside Bank of America Stadium signing his new four-year rookie contract. When he rolled in moments later, there were high-fives from teammates glad to see him again. Horn missed some...
  15. Sir Purr

    Panthers Minicamp Day 1 Live Updates

    [unable to retrieve full-text content]See video, posts and updates straight from the Atrium Health practice fields on the first day of mandatory minicamp.
  16. Sir Purr

    First-rounder Jaycee Horn agrees to terms

    "Talking to him, as I said, he is somebody that is extremely serious about not just being an NFL player but being a great NFL player," Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said. "Knows this region, obviously, not too far away playing, playing right down the road in Columbia. As I said, besides just...
  17. Sir Purr

    Panthers bring five players in for minicamp tryouts

    CHARLOTTE — The Panthers brought five players in for this week's minicamp on a tryout basis, giving them a look at a few guys who were high picks or established players. The group included safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a 2014 first-rounder of the Packers. He was out of football last year after...
  18. Sir Purr

    Steve Smith Sr. has something to say

    "We joke around, he's never played sports beyond high school," Smith Sr. said of Zarzour. "He gives me a fan's perspective, and I give him the player's perspective. He's also very open, and open-minded. And that's always been key in our relationship and one of the things that linked us together...
  19. Sir Purr

    Every day matters in long snapper competition

    Blackburn said there was a bit of a dip in Fletcher's performance when they started adding more protection work in practice, but that has since been ironed out. "The first couple weeks, he was kind of going, and his velocity was good, his accuracy was good, and we started introducing a little...
  20. Sir Purr

    Phil Snow excited by all his new options

    He acknowledged the risk in trying to install too much, but that's what June practices are for. "It's a lot of fun, but I also have to be smart that we don't give them too much, that we don't burden them with assignments so that they can play really fast," Snow said. "That's the catch-22 to...
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