CSR Thursday Night Open Thread

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We are two weeks away from the start of the NFL draft. Feel free to talk about all the latest Panthers news & notes.

Here's a couple topics out there to discuss:

So are you buying Logan Thomas being a better 'thrower' than Newton at similar points in their career?

Is Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas more NFL-ready than Cam Newton in 2011? One analyst thinks so | AL.com
"Here's the reality, which to many is inconceivable given the negative perception of Thomas, and Newton's relative success in the NFL after three seasons," Cosell writes. "Thomas is further along as a natural passer than Newton was at the equivalent point in time, having played more games in college, and learning an offense with far more complexities than Newton's Auburn offense." Cosell believes Thomas is the "best thrower" in the 2014 draft class. He also believes Thomas is better prepared for the NFL's route concepts because of former Auburn coordinator Scot Loeffler, who "did an outstanding job defining reads and progressions for Thomas" in his first year as the Hokies' offensive coordinator.

Not me

This offseason 'winner' almost never does anything once the regular season rolls around.

Green Bay Packers tabbed as 'winners' in free agency - Lombardi Ave - A Green Bay Packers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Packers, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders, were all tabbed as winners in this offseason’s player and money grab. The losers were the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tennessee Titans.

The Packers can have that title as this is one 'loser' title that doesn't bother me a bit. We will see how much of a winner the Bucs are week 1!

Voluntary offseason workouts started this week and our core group of leaders are all in attendance:

2014 offseason workouts - Carolina Panthers Blog - ESPN
It's not mandatory, but the Panthers expect most if not all of their players to participate. That includes quarterback Cam Newton, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his left ankle that is expected to keep him out of on-field drills until training camp begins in late July. Newton won't be around for the whole offseason program because he's taking classes at Auburn, but he will have a presence. The first phase of the program will last two weeks. It is focused on strength and conditioning as well as rehab. Perhaps more importantly, it will allow a free-agency class that includes a new group of wide receivers to replace the top four from last season to integrate with returning players.

Forget about allow those supporting players we lost to free agency, we kept our core together which is what will lead to our success in 2014.

That's right, I'm predicting that for the first time in franchise history the Panthers will not only have back-to-back winning seasons but also make the playoffs. Call me Homer if you like ;)

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