Archive for the ‘Carolina Panthers’ Category

Panthers like NFL legacies – and Christian McCaffrey is just one of them

Friday, May 19th, 2017

When the Carolina Panthers picked Christian McCaffrey eighth overall in last month’s draft, much was made of McCaffrey’s strong football lineage. But there are NFL legacies dotting the Panthers’ roster. McCaffrey is one of two Carolina rookies whose fathers preceded them in the NFL. Ed McCaffrey won three Super Bowls as a rangy receiver during a 13-year career. Undrafted defensive lineman Bryan Cox Jr.’s dad played 12 seasons, making three Pro Bowls, winning a Super Bowl and donating $150,000 to former commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s charitable causes in the form of fines. They join a handful of returning Panthers’ players who grew up around the game, thanks to their dads. Ryan and Matt Kalil used

Panthers in top 100 list so far include ‘matchup nightmare,’ ‘freakish athlete’

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

With the rankings nearing the halfway mark, two Carolina Panthers have made NFL Network’s 2017 Top 100 players list, a list chosen by polling the league’s pros, so far. This week, tight end Greg Olsen made the list at No. 67, his third straight year on the list. Last season, he ranked No. 38. That likely reflects the Panthers’ plunge from the 2015 Super Bowl year to last year’s 6-10 record more than Olsen’s season. He’s definitely putting up numbers that they will consider for the Hall of Fame one day. Captain Munnerlyn on teammate Greg Olsen Linebacker Thomas Davis, whose selection was announced earlier this month, ranks 89th on the list this season, a drop from No. 54. Olsen led the Panthers

Panthers add a hog molly, cut son of ex-Carolina player

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Kyle Kragen’s stint with his dad’s old team lasted less than two weeks. The Carolina Panthers waived the son of former nose tackle Greg Kragen on Thursday and claimed defensive tackle Toby Johnson off waivers from the Vikings. Johnson (6-4, 325) played in the final two games for Minnesota last season, making two tackles in a Week 17 win against Chicago. The former Georgia player signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and has spent time on the practice squads of Chicago, Minnesota and Jacksonville. Kragen, the former Cal linebacker, signed with the Panthers after being invited to their rookie minicamp as a tryout player. Kragen was with Denver as an undrafted free agent at training

A former cover girl wants Cam Newton’s Coachella look as it continues to inspire

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Former fashion model Brooklyn Decker – wants in on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s floral outfit that he wore to last month’s Coachella concert. That same outfit – originally sold in uptown Charlotte – is garnering credit for being first out of the gate on a men’s fashion trend this week. Decker, who grew up in Matthews, was trying to land the find the outfit Wednesday. She tweeted about it that afternoon, sparking an interesting Twitter exchange that night. “URGENT: Who makes Cam Newton's coachella romper, because I want it for myself,” tweeted Decker. Twitter users quickly let her know that uptown Charlotte boutique SCORE Retail Lounge and Sweets Bar, in the Latta Arcade, sold the

Ben Boulware’s reaction to getting free Lunchables was priceless

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

For me, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this, that food is Lunchables. Unlike former Clemson Tigers linebacker, and undrafted free agent Ben Boulware, who has signed with the Carolina Panthers, I grew out of them as I got older. In an article Boulware wrote for Sports Illustrated, he addressed his affinity for Lunchables, and even hinted a deal with the snack company wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

Tre Boston says stranger at gas station convinced him to sign with Chargers

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Tre Boston said a man at a gas station convinced him to sign with the Chargers. Tre Boston had a random encounter with a man at a gas station asking for money, and the ensuing conversation convinced Boston to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers. The story Boston told isn’t exactly a homeless man telling Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to draft Johnny Manziel, but Boston’s reason for picking the Chargers in free agency is unusual.

Former Washington State DT found not guilty of July assault

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The legal saga involving now-former Washington State defensive end Robert Barber appears to be over. Tuesday, Barber was found not guilty on second and fourth-degree assault charges stemming from a July fight at a party. Barber was expelled from school in September via the school’s disciplinary process but was allowed to continue to practice with the team, The expulsion turned into a suspension and a judge granted a stay of that suspension in November. That ruling, made because the judge deemed that Washington State had made record keeping errors, allowed Barber to return to the team.

Encounter with gas station stranger leads Tre Boston to Chargers

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Seahawks for Tacoma News Tribune for six seasons. Played college football at University of Puget Sound Follow on Twitter SAN DIEGO -- A chance meeting at a gas station served as divine intervention for Tre Boston, guiding his decision to join the Los Angeles Chargers in free agency. "At the end of the day God told me to come here," Boston said. "And I'm a man of faith, so I couldn't go against his word." Recently released by the Carolina Panthers in a cost-cutting move, Boston had three suitors in the Chargers, the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers. After visiting all three teams, Boston said he prayed for clarity as traveled back home

Expect to See These 11 Big-Name NFL Players Get Cut This Offseason

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Thanks to non-guaranteed contracts and an immense amount of pressure to win games, job security is something that simply does not exist in the National Football League. In fact, with the exception of a handful of players and coaches, the only people around the NFL who truly have any guarantees of employment are the owners of the league’s 32 franchises. With the 2017 NFL Draft now in the books, we’ll likely see another group of big-name players face the chopping block before training camp and the 2017 season.

Buffalo Bills hire Dolphins’ Joe Schoen to be assistant GM

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have hired Miami Dolphins player personnel director Joe Schoen to be their assistant general manager. The hiring was announced Sunday in Brandon Beane's first move since taking over as the Bills' general manager