The Carolina Panthers come up just short

Cindy Davis, Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

Redskins 23 – Panthers 17

The Cardiac cats struck again for the second week in a row on Sunday as the Panthers game came down to the wire. Unfortunately, this game did not have quite the happy ending that the Giants game had. 

With under 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Panthers had a chance to defeat the Redskins and score a game-winning touchdown but they were out of sync and unable to convert.  

There were many frustrating scenarios in this game that led up to the nail-biting finish.

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New face on Carolina Panthers defense leaves lasting impression

Cindy Davis Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // XO_CindyDavis

Panthers 31 – Bengals 21

The 2-1 Carolina Panthers defeated the now 2-1 Cincinnati Bengals Sunday 31-21. The Panthers recorded a great team win heading into their bye week, and redeemed themselves following a disappointing defensive performance that lead to a loss last week.

While quarterback Cam Newton and running back Christian McCaffrey both had impressive days on offense, there was one new name that especially stood out on defense.  That name is linebacker Efe Obada.

If you’re like me, you have never heard Efe Obada’s name until yesterday. That’s because yesterday was Obada’s first NFL start. Despite that, number 94 looked like a veteran and went on the field with the intention to make a name for himself.

Despite only playing in 29% of the team snaps, Obada recorded one sack for a loss of ten yards and caught one interception during the game. He also tackled  QB Andy Dalton as he was throwing, forcing what at first look appeared to be a fumble. The fumble was then reversed and called an incomplete pass, but Obada was left applying pressure and recording a QB hit. In the locker room, 94’s performance impressed his teammates and coach so much that he was awarded one of the game balls.

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Defensive woes surprise the Panthers

Cindy Davis Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

The Panthers lost a nail-biter to their division rival Atlanta Falcons Sunday in their typical cardiac cat fashion.

With the game on the line at 24-31 and 5 seconds on the clock, quarterback Cam Newton launched a 30-yard bomb into the end zone to his new, speedy wide receiver DJ Moore. Unfortunately, under pressure and in the face of two defenders, Moore was unable to reel the catch in for a chance at overtime.

The offense overall did what they were supposed to, by putting 24 points on the board.  However, the Panthers struggled for four quarters in an unexpected phase: Defense.

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Cam Vs Kelvin

Cindy Davis Official Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis// @XO_CindyDavis

 

Anyone who is a Carolina Panther’s fan has more than likely heard by now that wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin had some harsh criticism for quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers as a whole on Saturday.

Benjamin, who publicly spoke out for the first time since his trade, commented to The Athletic that “had he been put with an accurate quarterback, like [Aaron] Rodgers or Eli Manning” or a quarterback with “knowledge”, he would have been in a better position for success as a wide receiver. Not only were his comments seemingly out of left field for his former teammate and friend, but there are many reasons why these statements are simply not true.

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Panthers acquire one Moore Wide Receiver

Carolina Panthers Reporter Cindy Davis

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis  

With the 24th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers select Maryland Wide Receiver D.J. Moore.

After the pick was announced, Steve Smith had a strong endorsement for Moore, stating “they have never been able to replace me.. until today.”

Coming from a legendary Panther, that is some pretty strong praise that has a lot of Panther fans even more excited about this pick.

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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

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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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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

Introducing Cindy Davis: Los Angeles (San Diego) Chargers Reporter // @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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