Panther Paw Prints: That's a Bad Boy Edition

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The latest edition of Paw Prints leads off with the video of Cam Newton's exchange with LaBron James after the Heat clinched a second straight NBA title which BW did a caption contest on. James says about Newton "That's a bad boy right there"!

This after King James just won his 2nd straight title. He goes out of his way to praise Newton. Newton handles it with his usual humbleness. Follow the link for the video.

'That's a bad boy right there:' LeBron James chats up Cam Newton after winning NBA title (video) | al.com
On his way out the door to "party," The Palm Beach Post caught James and the former Auburn quarterback exchanging pleasantries. "That's a bad boy right there," James said, admiring the Carolina Panthers quarterback. "You're bad."

Earlier this week Newton was doing yet another youth out reach:

IMG7v7 National Championship | Panthers QB Cam Newton throws strikes, passes on wisdom to competitors | IMG Academy Sports | Bradenton Herald
Cam Newton lofted a pass toward a sprinting Derrick Curry, and the high school senior-to-be from Chicago wasn't going to let it slip through his fingers. "He made me go get it," Curry said. Curry was one of several football players at IMG Academy on Friday for the Cam Newton Skills Challenge that kicks off this weekend's IMG7v7 National Championship. The annual tournament pits teams in two divisions, club and Future STARS (comprised of seventh- and eighth-graders).

Yahoo Sports lists the best DL in the league going into 2013 and of course DE Charles Johnson is on the list:

The NFL: A Defensive Linemen-Driven League? - Yahoo! Sports
DE Charles Johnson, Carolina Panthers: He's been the main man for the Panthers the last three seasons since Julius Peppers signed with the Bears. He's responded with 33.0 sacks since 2010, including a career-high 12.5 sacks in 2012. Keep an eye on teammate Greg Hardy as well.

Ha! Better keep more than an eye on the The Kraken!

This charity event is very personal for TE Greg Olsen and his family:

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen to donate for pediatric heart patients | NFL Football | The State
Olsen, whose son, T.J., was born with a heart defect, will donate more than $289,000 to Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital for a fund that will help provide home-care support to pediatric heart patients once they're discharged. The contribution will be presented at 2 p.m. Friday at the hospital as part of Olsen's HEARTest Yard Fund. According to a news release, the fund will "extend the family-centered care concept beyond the hospital walls so the transition from there to the home will be easier for other families with children suffering with congenital heart defects."

So did you know former Panther LB Dan Morgan is a scout for the Seahawks. Well he is and he just got a promotion.

Seahawks' personnel moves reflect success - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Tag Ribary goes from pro personnel director to overseeing team security, football video, facility and equipment departments, the team announced. Trent Kirchner replaces Ribary after serving as assistant pro personnel director. Dan Morgan, the former Carolina Panthers linebacker, goes from pro scout into Kirchner’s former job.

If he's good at scouting then dang let's bring him back home!

Love to the see rookies giving back so quickly:

Panthers rookies host 100 campers in uptown | WCNC.com Charlotte
All of the Panthers rookies, including first round pick defensive end Star Lotululei and second rounder Kwann Short, put the kids through football drills and taught them the importance of technique and player safety. The campers also heard from former Concord Football Legend E.Z. Smith. The event was a new experience for everybody, even guys like rookie linebacker A.J. Klein. Klein said,

"I didn't have anything quite like this growing up. I think this is awesome that we have these play 60 events for the kids." He added, "We want to get kids out of their homes, get out for 60 minutes and have some fun."

My son did some of the Play 60 work outs at last year's training camp and he had a lot of fun.

This guy makes some good points though I disagree with his overall assessment:

Football Nation Preview: The 2013 Carolina Panthers
Verdict Between a simplified offense loaded with weapons, and a good defensive front seven that's getting even better, Carolina has lots to look forward to this coming season. On the other side of the coin, the offensive line and the secondary provide many concerns. The offensive line hasn't proven capable of nurturing the dynamics of the offense, and the secondary lacks a definitive alpha. Can the Panthers still succeed in spite of these concerns? They're in a very tough division, and Rivera knows his job is likely hanging in the balance. Prediction: 7-9

It's that time of year everyone can be positive about the direction of their team. I still have a hard time believing the defense ended up #10 overall in 2012. For that reason TD sees the D getting even better:

Thomas Davis: Pieces adding up to No. 1 in NFL for 2013 Carolina Panthers defense | CharlotteObserver.com
"I think just given the pieces that we’ve added, getting guys back off of injury, we can definitely compete for that No. 1 spot in the league," Davis said. He added that he thought the Panthers’ linebacker corps could not only be the best in Carolina history but also be the best linebacking unit in the NFL in 2013.

I'm not going to disagree with TD, I've learned my lesson.

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