Thomas Davis: Down but not out

 

By Cindy Davis//@XO_CindyDavis

What an interesting week it has been for Panther players and fans.

First, there was news that linebacker Shaq Thompson is getting sued for a 2016 car accident he was involved in. Then, there was panic surrounding the news that quarterback Cam Newton got in another car accident and somehow collided with a dump truck (Thankfully, he is fine).

But perhaps the most devastating news of all, came two days ago: that LB Thomas Davis will serve a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy performance-enhancing substances.

It didn’t take long when the news broke for Davis to post a heartfelt and apologetic video on Twitter addressing Panther fans and the situation. In light of this recent news, I wanted to take an opportunity to reflect on the amazing player that Davis has always been, on and off the field for Charlotte and surrounding communities.

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Our Turf Football 2018 NFL Mock Draft 16-32

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

 

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Earlier we had listed the first 15 draft picks with a trade. Let’s see what happens with the rest of the teams and who will get drafted from 16-32. So here is the final attempt in Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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OurTurf’s Mock NFL Draft Part 1

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams.  But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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NFC North / NFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings – Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Chicago Bears 

Signed: CB Kyle Fuller (matched offer sheet from GB), OL Bradley Sowell, WR Josh Bellamy, WR Cameron Meredith, CB Bryce Callahan, WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, K Cody Parkey, WR Taylor Gabriel, CB Prince Amukamara, LB Sam Acho, QB Chase Daniel, DE Aaron Lynch, P Pat O’Donnell, QB Tyler Bray, LB John Timu, CB Sherrick McManis, CB Marcus Cooper, LS Patrick Scales, RT Earl Watford, RB Benny Cunningham, DE John Jenkins, WR Bennie Fowler

Released: G Josh Sitton, LB Jerrell Freeman, LB Pernell McPhee, S Quintin Demps, LB Willie Young, QB Mike Glennon, WR Markus Wheaton, DB Marcus Cooper, WR Josh Bellamy, CB Bryce Callahan

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Carolina Panthers- free agent frenzy: heating up around the league

By Cindy Davis //@XO_CindyDavis

On Friday, it was announced that the Carolina Panthers are trading cornerback Daryl Worley to Philadelphia, in exchange for wide receiver, Torrey Smith. Many fans are understandably already skeptical of this latest transaction from now official general manager, Marty Hurney.

While it is undeniable that the Panthers need to get quarterback Cam Newton some offensive weapons, it is unclear that Torrey Smith was the best option, or is going to be able to fill the shoes of WR1. It is yet to be seen what other free agent wide receivers will be getting paid around the league, but Smith comes with a $5 million price tag for the next two years, while Darryl Worley would have cost $650,000 in 2018. For many fans, that is a tough pill to swallow.

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Bolt Up and Keep Pounding

By Cindy Davis//@XO_CindyDavis

 

For me, waking up on football Sunday is equivalent to a kid waking up on Christmas morning. Football has always been my favorite sport and a pretty big part of my life. I was Born in San Diego, CA but bred in Charlotte, NC, which is how I developed my love for both the Chargers and the Panthers. My dad has always been a huge Charger fan, so I was born into the fanbase. My family also quickly adopted the Panthers as a second team after settling in Charlotte. The older I got, I learned more and more about football, and I was hooked. My love for football was taken to a whole new level in 2008 when I started regularly attending Panther games with my boyfriend. Since that time, I have very rarely missed a home game and I have even traveled to several away games!

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Ushering in the 2018 NFL Honors Award Winners

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Musicians have the Grammys, Actors have the Emmys and Thespians have the Tonys. But for professional NFL athletes, their recognition comes through the NFL Honors Award.

Saturday night the celebration of a year of excellence in the NFL was ushered in with rookies and veterans alike.

Here is a list of the winners from the NFL Honors:

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Still not over the win

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By Roxaan Herrera // @rxnlzbth

Eagles 15 – Falcons 10

What. A. Game! I admit I shed a few tears out of sheer relief after that game.  It was such an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end. 

Not to be a negative Nancy, but I have to point out the obvious.  Playing like he did the first half, quarterback Nick Foles, will not be able to get away with that against the Minnesota Vikings. Luckily, the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense came through and it resulted in a win.

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Saints vs Vikings: A Preview

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By Christy Chauvin //@WhoDatWarriors

NFL Playoffs – NFC Divisional Round

The Minnesota Vikings offensive line may be a weak link the New Orleans Saints can exploit in Sunday’s Divisional playoff game.

The Vikings most recent game loss was on December 10 when they played the Carolina Panthers.  The loss to the Panthers is notable because the offensive line had to be reshuffled, and the Vikings gave up a season-high six sacks to the Panthers, including a strip-sack that lead to a Panthers field goal.

During that game Vikings rookie, Danny Isidora played left guard.  Rashod Hill struggled at left tackle. The Vikings were playing from behind and had to pass the ball to win.  Vikings wide receiver, Adam Thielen, stated “We have to put those guys in better positions by starting fast and scoring early because then they don’t know if you’re going to run the ball or pass the ball. It’s complementary football,” Thielen added. “I think that’s why we haven’t [given up many] sacks this whole year because we’ve been able to score points and take pressure off those guys.”

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Philadelphia Eagles vs Atlanta Falcons – Preview

Official Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxaan Herrera // @rxnlzbth

NFL Playoffs – NFC Divisional Round

I’m sure by now everyone has heard about how the Philadelphia Eagles are the first number one seed to have a higher probability to lose to a number six seed. In this case, the Atlanta Falcons.

There have been so many stats all week about this particular game, that I have toned down my social media usage by a ton because I didn’t want to hear any negativity. I personally don’t like the statistics these sports analysts come up with because most of them are useless, and as I always say “rules are meant to be broken”. Except, in this case, statistics are meant to be broken.

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