Good Saturday morning, Carolina Panthers fans. It's been six days since my last Paw Prints post. Why have I been depriving you of your consolidated Panthers news fix? I've just finished moving and they've changed my schedule at my day job, so it's been an unusually hectic week. I will try to get back on track posting up the Paw Prints on a daily basis. If you don't see them up at a reasonable time in the AM, feel free to heckle me in the comments section or send me a tweet. Today's also a trial run of the logo over on the right-hand side. What do you think? I look at it as a challenge to write enough in the opening segment to be able to wrap the photo with text. Anyway, back to the Panthers... There's less than two weeks until the start of Panthers training camp. Are you getting psyched? Here are your links for Saturday July 17, 2010:
Today it's Jon Beason video city. It looks like he was hanging out at the NFL network studios for a while (please ignore the bottom banner in the first video that says the Panthers are an AFC South team):
NFL Videos: Jon Beason in studio. (NFL.com)
Panthers LB Jon Beason joins NFL Total Access to discuss the many changes in Carolina.
NFL Videos: Beason field demo. (NFL.com)
Panthers LB Jon Beason analyzes some of his best plays from the 2009 season.
Here's a live online chat with Jon Beason where fans can submit their own questions. There's a current fanpost about this, but in cased you missed it:
Jon Beason: NFL Live Chat. (NFL.com)
whos harder to tackle deangelo or johnathan? and who do you think is the best RB in the league?
Jon Beason, Carolina Panthers
Jonathan Stewart, just because he's a complete back. He has has speed, power and he's elusive.
More after the jump.
It sounds more and more like Beason's going to take TD's spot and they will bring someone up to fill the Mike:
Don't know that anything's ... (Darin Gantt via Twitter)
@FDC_DanielSmith Do you think Beason starting week 1 at WLB is a lock now? Don't know that anything's a lock, but it's a heavy lean.
He has got to be the most humble, down to earth starting QB in the NFL (by a mile):
Video Gallery: Driving to Camp. (Panthers.com)
Matt Moore ready to go.
Maybe this video is just for PR, but it's still a great gesture. If you don't give to charity, you should:
Video Gallery: PAnthers Goodwill. (Panthers.com)
Donation helps those in need.
Another vanilla positional piece by Mike Craft, although I do like how the conversation turned to Fiametta:
Panthers seem like right fit for Wright. (FayObserver.com)
Wright said he knows he's going to make the roster, but his goal is to contribute more than just his tackling prowess on special teams. Looking at the Panthers roster, it appears he would have been hard-pressed to find a better situation for playing time elsewhere. Wright will be one of 10 wide receivers on the roster when Carolina opens training camp July 28 in Spartanburg, S.C. Half of those players are rookies, and at 26, Wright is the second-oldest player among the wideouts behind four-time All-Pro teammate Steve Smith. Those circumstances are the primary reason Wright signed with the Panthers within days after the free-agent market opened in early March.
It's pretty weird to listen to primetime when Packer's not there - even weirder to hear an ex-NBA player talking football...
Primetime Hour 2 Friday (WFNZ.com)
The talk turns to the Panthers and what they will do this upcoming season.
Another WFNZ post, this one about the Panthers' over/under for the 2010 season:
NFL Over/Unders. (WFNZ.com)
BODOG.COM has their NFL over/unders out for the 2010/2011 season. Take a look at where they have your team and call the Mac Attack today in the 8am hour to let us know if you think your team is going over or under the projected total. Here are the over/under totals for all 32 teams: * Carolina Panthers 7.5
A post from the new staff web writer for the Panthers. I wish my first day of work was like that!
Strickly Panthers: On-the-job training. (Panthers.com)
Training camp for the Carolina Panthers kicks off two weeks from today, but my training camp got under way Tuesday. For the first time in more than a dozen years, I experienced a first day on the job, this one as the new Web writer for www.panthers.com.
Links from around SB Nation:
A seriously in-depth review of the Panthers from a non-division foe. I'm impressed. Although, I don't agree with his final assessment at the bottom:
Know Thy Enemy 2010: Carolina Panthers. (NinersNation.com)
It's hard to know what to expect from a Carolina team that started the 2009 season with high expectations, only to stumble out of the gate before turning their season around and finishing the year with a respectable 8-8 record. The emergence of QB Matt Moore could signal a return to their winning ways, which allowed them to win twelve games and reach the first round of the playoffs in 2008. They have some dangerous players on their roster, but not much depth. As such, I think they will be at a disadvantage when these two teams meet at Bank of America Stadium.
OK, I don't know about you, but I am completely sick of the Saints - Super Bowl Champs mania. It's kind of reaching Florida Gators - national champion proportions. At least one of their own blog writers shares my sentiments:
Saints Kick Some ESPY; Now Time to Move On. (CanalStreetChronicles.com)
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the fun is over. Last night's award ceremony was the going away party for the Saints 2009 championship season. The final celebration. We see you. Now let's see what you've really got. I think the entire organization did a great job of getting the most out of winning but it's time to move on. The record books have been written. Training camp is now just around the corner and with it brings a brand new season. A season that has no memory of the one that came before it.
I hadn't thought about it this way, but sounds like the Bucs are getting into a similar predicament. There's a good possibility they'll be starting two rookie wideouts this year. The do have Kellen Winslow as a target too, but he's definitely no Steve Smith:
Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers start two rookie wide receivers? (BucEm.com)
Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams are an open book at this point and I'd much rather seem them start the learning process now than 8 games into a lost season.
Fantasy football link of the day:
FFToolbox particpates in several mockdrafts leading up to draft season to get a sense of ADP and where players are falling in drafts. Jonathan Stewart was the only Panthers player to make the "risers" list going from June to July:
2010 Mock Draft Trends. (FFToolbox.com)
It allows us to draw some trending information. These players have been drafted earlier in each mock draft...
Name Pos Team Age Yrs Exp. June July
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 23 2 44 38