Thursday, April 28, 2005

DRAFT DISH:

- from FOXSports.com

The selections of OLB Thomas Davis, RB Eric Shelton and DT Atiyyah Ellison could mark the beginning of a subtle overhaul. The team said it will wait to decide where to play Davis, a safety in college, but it's most likely he'll move to linebacker. That could be a sign SLB Mark Fields won't be back. Davis' experience in coverage makes him a good candidate for the strong side, and his athleticism and speed likely will allow him to move to the top of the depth chart. The addition of Shelton makes it clear the team isn't sure how well RB Stephen Davis will recover from knee surgery. The plan is to use Shelton behind DeShaun Foster, but Shelton, a power runner, is likely to get plenty of carries because Foster is a speed back and the team doesn't want to overwork him. Ellison is a bit of a project. The plan is to have him ready to start in 2006, in case DT Brentson Buckner retires. The team used three picks to add depth to the middle of the offensive line. Evan Mathis, the top pick of the three, can play both guard and center.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Undrafted College Free Agents

- from the official site of the Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have agreed to terms with seven undrafted college free agents, including South Carolina linebacker Marcus Lawrence and Purdue wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield (right). Lawrence collected 156 tackles in two seasons for the Gamecocks, while Stubblefield ranks as the NCAA Division I-A all-time leading receiver. Carolina has also signed veteran free agent wide receiver Eugene Baker.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Sam Mills

- from the official site of the Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers linebackers coach Sam Mills, who had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer in August 2003, passed away Monday morning. He was 45. Mills played 12 seasons in the NFL, the first nine with New Orleans and the last three with Carolina. After retiring following the 1997 campaign, Mills joined the Panthers coaching staff in 1998 and had been the team's linebackers coach since 1999.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Preseason Schedule:

  • August 13 WASHINGTON
  • August 20 at New York Giants
  • August 26 at Cleveland
  • September 1 PITTSBURGH

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Pantherin

The NFL draft is coming onto us with quickness and hopefully the Panthers are ready with some kind of course of action. The Panthers begin with the 14th and 45th picks.

Right now, the Panthers are setting up for a Caravan tour to roll across Carolinas. The caravan is carrying members of the team, the TopCats, and Sir Purr across the state in an effort to forward fan participation.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

COMEBACK STORY:

- from FOXSports.com

WR Steve Smith is expected to be cleared to take part in the minicamp in late April after missing almost all of last season with a broken ankle. There's always concern about a speed receiver coming off that kind of injury, but Smith has worked hard in his rehab, and he should come back strong. Smith is at his best when he feels he has something to prove, and the chance to show he's as good as ever gives him plenty of motivation. With Muhsin Muhammad gone, Smith will be more important than ever to the offense. Keary Colbert will start on the other side, and he's still a work in progress. Smith is QB Jake Delhomme's favorite target, and he'll get plenty of opportunities. Even with that heavy load, the team would like to use Smith in the return game because he's the most explosive player on the roster.