Panther Paw Prints: Preparing for Jewelry Edition

Here's the latest batch of Panther paw prints for your Sunday morning reading pleasure.

New Panthers GM faced a roster that was short on CBs. He fixed that in a hurry...and added a couple guys that know something about jewelry, jewelry of the type we covet here in Carolina:

Gettleman: Needs addressed in free agency
"They are all talented people. Drayton Florence can move inside, and he can play the nickel if we need him to," Gettleman said. "Captain (Munnerlyn) – you are all aware of his qualifications. And D.J. Moore – 10 picks in three years with not as much playing time, that ain't too shabby."

The Panthers also added a pair of former Giants in linebacker Chase Blackburn and wide receiver Domenik Hixon – two players and two Super Bowl champions that Gettleman became familiar with during his time in New York.

"(Chase and Domenik) are guys that are pros, that have been there, that know how to prepare and have jewelry," Gettleman said. "You know they are going to be what you want them to be and they can show the young guys the way."

'Know how to prepare for and have jewelry'...you have to love that line

With the Panthers digging a hole for themselves the past two seasons getting off to a fast start in 2013 is a top priority. Ron Rivera know what it will take to make that happen:

Favorable schedule? It's up to Panthers
"Everybody wants to do to start fast, but the key for us more so than anything else is coming out and playing well from the beginning, from Day One," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "We have to play to our abilities, have to pick up where we left off last year and be better. "It's about doing things the right way, and then the wins will take care of themselves." "That's football," Rivera said. "I look at it this way: They've got to play us, too."

You might recall I landed OT Lane Johnson for the Panthers in the SBN Writer's Mock Draft. In reality the Panthers appear to have little shot at the former TE:

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
CAROLINA PANTHERS Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson’s first pre-draft visit was with the Panthers. But Joseph Person writes that it’s unlikely Carolina will have a chance to get Johnson, who is likely to be gone before No. 14. But, if Johnson somehow slips a bit the Panthers would have to consider him. He could be an instant upgrade over Byron Bell on the right side and eventually switch to the left side as the successor to Jordan Gross.

More on Johnson:

Top tackles in 2013 NFL draft not likely to fall to Carolina Panthers | NFL Football | The State
"He’s right there with Joeckel and Fisher," ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper said. "It’s really a three-way battle to see who is going to be the first tackle taken." Johnson was an honorable mention all-state quarterback in Texas and played the position for a season at Kilgore Junior College before moving to tight end. Oklahoma made Johnson a tackle before his junior year, a move he did not initially support. "I wanted to play tight end. Going to tackle, I was kind of hesitant at first and then after a few weeks I was acceptable to it and gave it a shot," he said. "It’s not necessarily a glory position, but it’s very important. And I’m very thankful. It gave me a chance to play at the next level."

Looks like the Bucs and Jets might finally dance the Revis dance:

Jets grant Revis permission to visit Buccaneers | National Football Post
Chances are good if Revis is visiting the Bucs that the teams have compensation already sorted out. Tampa will surely want to have a long-term contract in place for Revis before agreeing to a deal as Revis is entering the final year of his contract. The Bucs are expected to have to fork over the 13th overall pick in the draft for Revis and an additional pick or picks to make the deal happen. With the start of the draft four days away, there is time for all sides to get on the same page.

Here's to the Bucs over-paying for a guy that flushes out real soon.

The early line has the Panthers 3.5 dogs to the visiting Seahawks.

Week 1 NFL point spreads are live | National Football Post
467 Seattle Seahawks -3.5 468 CAROLINA PANTHERS 45.5 Notes: The Seahawks went 2-1 ATS in three east coast road games last season.

What a statement it would make to beat the preseason darlings.

Back to the draft, everyone loves to bash this QB class but watch how many of them end up being drafted in the 1st or early 2nd round:

Report: NFL evaluator describes draft QBs as 'crappy' - NFL.com
"Geno is the only one you've got a chance to get a starter," an NFC personnel chief told McGinn. "After Geno, Nassib and Barkley, the rest are just bad." Another NFC evaluator said, "I think they're all bad. It's such a crappy group. You look at them, is anyone sold on any of these guys?" Predict the Pick: Create your own mock draft and you could win a trip to Kickoff 2013. Ouch. That wasn't the end. "Man, I'm glad I don't have to draft a quarterback," one personnel director said. "These are a bunch of guys as far as I'm concerned. If you're starting one of them, it's because you had nobody else. "None of these guys took their teams to the next level. None of these guys won anything. Each one has his own characteristics, but none of them are good enough to be starters."

Might the Rams have to trade up over the Panthers to get their play maker?

NFL draft questions: Rams to trade up for playmaker? - NFL.com
There's no doubt the Rams should use at least one of their first-round picks to build around Bradford. West Virginia speedster Tavon Austin would be an ideal fit, but there's a very good chance he's off the board by 16, the midway point of Round 1.

Looks like the Panthers and the city of Charlotte have finally come to an agreement on the stadium upgrades:

City of Charlotte and Carolina Panthers reach agreement on stadium improvements - ESPN
The plan calls for the city to contribute about $87 million for renovations to Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six-year deal to keep the Panthers in Charlotte. The City Council is expected to vote on the agreement Monday. The money is less than what the team was seeking for improvements of the stadium, which opened in 1996.

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