Panther Paw Prints: 4th of July Edition

As we wrap up our independence day holiday here's the latest batch of Panther Paw Prints for you to nibble on.

This first one is well done I thought in its analysis of LB James Anderson and his ability to cover TEs. It provides several examples of Anderson providing key plays to help the Panthers win but more that influenced a loss, with this one being the toughest to swallow in my view:

Carolina Panthers James Anderson - Not as Good as His Stats Indicate? Fan's Analysis - Yahoo! Sports
Week 8: Covering the tight end was an issue again in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Late in the third quarter the Panthers led 21-14. Minnesota had the ball, facing a 3rd-and-10. James Anderson dropped into zone coverage and gave Visanthe Shiancoe just enough space to pick up a first down, extending a drive that produced a game-tying touchdown five plays later.

That Vikings loss was a tough one to lose like they did. I'll bet you dollars to donuts that Anderson is on the bench this season in the nickel package now that we have Beason and Kueckly.

From the department of 'Duh:

NFL Rookie Contracts Show Owners Were The Winners In CBA - Forbes
"The owners felt rookie salaries were way out of line and needed fixed," said Hughes, who said the new system is "fair" as long as "the veterans will benefit". "Despite the salary cap increasing only $600,000 to $120.6 million in 2012, the new CBA allocates more money to veterans’ contracts. As an immediate result, veterans will secure a bigger piece of the pie, and deserving players will sign more lucrative contracts," Hughes explained. "Although the contracts are not fully guaranteed, as is the case in baseball, it’s a positive development for NFL veterans."

Yet here we are into the July and the top 8 players are not signed. I surmise the agents have found something to dicker about; offset language is what we have discussed before.

Pat Y continues his top 25 countdown of players in the NFC South and our own RB DeAngelo Williams comes in at #13:

NFC South top 25: No. 13 - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Why he’s No. 13 in 2012: I don’t think Williams and Stewart will be forgotten this year. I think coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski realize they have two supremely talented running backs and want to get more out of them. Newton obviously gives the Panthers a game-breaker in the passing game, and the Panthers aren’t going to suddenly abandon the passing game. But I think you’ll see them try to balance things with the running game a little bit more. Williams could be the division’s best all-purpose back. History has shown he can give you 1,000 rushing yards, even when he’s sharing carries, and he also can catch the ball out of the backfield.

I hope he is right in his analysis. Here's one I have a bone to pick with. Though its nice to see Steve Smith recognized I'm in disagreement with one player above him:

Top Five NFL Wide Receivers | Sportsrageous
5. Steve Smith- Carolina Panthers- Smith has revitalized his career with the addition of Cam Newton. He had a sensational year as he gained 1,394 receiving yards with 7 touchdowns. He is expected to have a big year this season with quarterback Cam Newton, who is starting his sophomore season.

Yes Victor Cruz had a big year but it was a single season. You would think he would need several before getting such high acclaim. Put Cruz at #5 and I'm okay.

Okay this one will crack you up. Sir Charles Barkley is at it again, weighing in on Cam Newton and essentially saying Auburn did pony up some money and he is happy about it:

Charles Barkley On Dirk Nowitzki, Auburn Recruiting And Paying Cam Newton (VIDEO)
"Everybody wants to give us a hard time about giving Cam Newton $200,000. That's called a good damn investment!"

Paging Mr. Barkley, NCAA is on line 1! Did you not get the memo, the Newton's never received any money from Auburn (unless you gave it to them).

I was thinking of doing a caption contest but then realized its not a good picture for that but decided to link it up anyway.

Photos - Panthers At Knights Stadium - CharlotteObserver.com
Carolina Panthers Armanti Edwards takes a swing during batting practice at Knights Stadium before the Charlotte Knights' game against the Gwinnett Braves on Monday, June 4, 2012. Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

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via media.charlotteobserver.com

The word is Edwards was a good baseball pitcher but his coach inexplicably moved him to right field...Okay that was a bad one. I'm sure someone else can think of a better caption or comment for this picture.

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