Panther Paw Prints: D-Fence Edition

Here's the latest batch of Panther news nuggets for you.

Ron Rivera and staff have made a call to arms for Panther fans this Sunday:

Fowler: Coach Ron Rivera urges a Carolina Panthers fans ‘call to arms’ vs. New Orleans Saints | Scott Fowler |
"Would I love to see a call to arms?" Rivera said. "Most certainly, because I think it will play to our advantage." "That’d be great," McDermott agreed. "I think our players love it. The last couple of weeks you heard the chants of ‘Defense, Defense,’ and that to me is exciting. You come out of the stadium after the game and the fans are holding the ‘D’ and the fence signs and everything. That’s what the players work so hard for during the week, work their tails off, to come into the stadium and get the crowd into it, make big plays early. Yes, absolutely.... I encourage all fan involvement as much as possible."

So get those 'D Fence' signs ready Panther fans.

Hey, we need to do something about this:

Who's getting snubbed in early Pro Bowl voting? -
3. Luke Kuechly has the fourth-most votes among inside linebackers, well behind a rookie (Kiko Alonso) and an injured player (Sean Lee.) I love Alonso and Lee, but Kuechly is the best at his position.

So go vote now for your favorite Panthers right now!

So do you know what is getting the most news right now? Cam Newton's big toe:

Rivera: Cam Newton's toe injury no big deal | NFL Football | The State
"The reason we took him off early was because we had to cut the tape off and let them double-check and make sure everything was fine," Rivera said. "Everything came out OK."

Even Newton's big toe is an icon and full of entertainment value, it even made the fantasy ticker:

Cam Newton toe injury 'no big deal' for Panthers, fantasy owners

Fantasy spin: Newton remains a top flight fantasy football option at quarterback, despite the injury. He didn't need to miss any time and still performed at a high level against a tough defense. His matchup against the Saints next week should prove much friendlier. Keep an eye on Newton throughout the week to make sure he doesn't aggravate the toe, but he should be a solid bet to play in Week 16.

So no worries on the toe...continuing with Newton, he continues to give back to the community on a year round basis:

Cam Newton treats area school kids to a shopping spree at Dick's Sporting Goods - NFL - Sporting News
More than 20 schools applied for the grants, according to Newton’s father, Cecil. "Throughout the evaluation process, we conducted a survey analysis that would help us choose the schools that would receive the most impact for the dollar amount of the grant," he said of the foundation’s selection process.

Each kid got $150 to spend at Dick's. Now that would be sweet for me...I'd spend it all in the fishing section. What about you?

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