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Sure wouldn’t blame you in case you didn’t tune in to observe Panthers-Seahawks. Game’s about as attractive as a 400-pound inbred with acne.
But in the event you didn’t peep it, you missed a play that’s equal parts false bravado and hapless never-say-die.
Leon Washington does what only Leon can do. He fielded a punt deep in his own territory, break up the sector, made a pair guys miss and turned at the burners. With only the punter to overcome, he was gone.
Until he wasn’t, when he eased off the gas and raised a victorious finger within the air. First and goal on the one. Oops.
Nice hustle play by the punter to juuuuuust trip Washington up enough to send him tumbling to the turf. Watch!
Reminds me of another Leon.
Leon Washington Early Celebration [Huffington Post]
Before signing off on the decision to draft Cam Newton No. 1 overall, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson invited the former Auburn quarterback to his home and pulled out a letter from a fan. A day after the Panthers gambled that Newton does have the drive to be a franchise quarterback, Newton stood at a podium on Friday in a crisp gray suit and blue tie and vowed not to be outworked.
Sporting a wide smile and oozing confidence, Newton met with reporters at his new place of employment Friday as he embarks on a quest to shed negative labels and overcome intense scrutiny to lead the Panthers out of the NFL’s basement.
That was certainly the case as Newton paraded around Bank of America Stadium as the highest draft pick and likely the riskiest in the Panthers’ 17 seasons.
The questions surround his off-field problems at Florida, his father’s alleged pay-for-play scheme during his recruitment and how he’ll adapt from a spread offense at Auburn to a pro-style system where reading defenses is more difficult.
The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Heisman Trophy winner certainly did that at Auburn. He threw 30 touchdown passes and rushed for 20 more in the Tigers’ 14-0 national championship season. In comparison, the Panthers scored 16 offensive touchdowns in two more games in 2010.
In a bizarre NFL offseason Cam Newton provided one of the few predictable moments, so far. While the league’s labor dispute played out in the courts, the Heisman Trophy winner was selected No. 1, as expected, in Thursday night’s NFL draft, taken by the Carolina Panthers.
Moments before the Auburn quarterback’s name was called by Roger Goodell, frustrated fans showered the NFL commissioner with chants of “We want football. We want football.”
Goodell responded with a smile, saying, “I hear you. So do I.”
Newton led Auburn to an undefeated season and its first national championship since 1957. Carolina was 2-14 last year, using four quarterbacks, two of them rookies.
The draft was never in danger of being held because it was protected under the old collective bargaining agreement that expired in March. Moments before it began, Goodell requested a moment of silence for victims of the vicious storms that decimated part of the South on Wednesday.
Most draftees greeted Goodell with an emphatic hug, which didn’t sit well with Packers running back Ryan Grant.
Team sources told on Wednesday that the Carolina Panthers have narrowed their choices for the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft to quarterback Cam Newton, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, cornerback Patrick Peterson and wide receiver A.J. Green.
Panther’s general manager Marty Hurney said at Tuesday’s pre-draft news conference that the team is keeping all of its options open. Carolina hired Ron Rivera as head coach this offseason, replacing longtime coach John Fox. Fox was fired following a 2-14 season.
The Panthers have 28 potential free agents and Pro Football Weekly reported Tuesday that star wideout Steve Smith cleaned out his locker and team suite before NFL owners locked out players in March.
The report also said Smith asked to be traded before the lockout began. Smith’s Charlotte home has been on the market for more than a year, but he said last season that was because he was considering moving to another home in the area that would better accommodate his family.
There has been speculation for months that the veteran wide receiver might want out as the Panthers continue with a youth movement under Rivera.
General Manager of the Carolina Panthers Marty Hurney insists he’s still undecided and his phone isn’t ringing as he prepares to use the top pick in next week’s NFL draft. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday night, Hurney was quick to praise Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, but stressed they’ve made no final decision and haven’t received an offer from another team to move up to No. 1.
Newton has become the popular choice for Carolina in various mock drafts. The 6-foot-5 Newton took college football by storm in his only season as a starter in 2010 when he won the Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to the national championship.
But there are numerous questions about his character stemming from a 2008 arrest after buying a stolen computer and the NCAA investigation into allegations his father solicited money during his recruitment.
Others have questioned Newton’s work ethic and his ability to adapt to a more complicated pro-style offense.
The Panthers desperately need help on offense after managing 16 touchdowns in a miserable 2-14 season in 2010. But the Panthers also need reinforcements on the defensive line, which could make Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus a safer option with the top pick.
Another scenario, especially with Carolina being without a second-round pick, would be to move down in the draft and obtain extra picks. Hurney said he’s yet to receive any offers.
Hurney, who said they’ve completed all individual meetings with draft prospects, was vague on whether he’d accept an offer to move down.
He also laughed off a direct question on who they’ll take No. 1.
Ryan Mallett was ill during his April 9 visit with the Carolina Panthers and had to cancel most of the day’s meetings, one of his agents said Wednesday. Reports have circulated that Mallett, who was arrested for public intoxication in March 2009, was ill because he had stayed out late the night before.
The agent, J.R. Carroll, denied that. Carroll said Mallett had dinner in Carolina with Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, the two walked around downtown Charlotte, and Mallett headed back to his hotel room at about 10 p.m. ET, when he didn’t feel well.
Carroll said Mallett met with Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski the next morning but was too sick to go on with any other meetings.
A Panthers official said Mallett had dinner with Carolina’s coaches the evening he arrived and informed a staff member the next morning at a scheduled breakfast that he had been sick all night with nausea. Carroll also questioned how, in this day and age, with so many people carrying cell phone cameras, no one was able to produce a picture of a 6-foot-7 man out after hours with Jones.
On Sunday, Former New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey is scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers.
Shockey passed a physical with the Miami Dolphins.
It is not known if Shockey, released by the Saints this week, and the Dolphins are negotiating a contract.
A former Miami Hurricanes star, Shockey , makes his off-season home in Miami’s South Beach.
In a trade at the onset of 2008 training camp acquired from the New York Giants, Shockey spent three up-and-down seasons in New Orleans and labored through injuries in all of them.
Shockey made 41 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games, last season.
In his nine-season career Shockey’s resume includes 510 catches for 5,688 yards and 33 TDs. The questions now are how many good seasons he has left and which teams want to take a chance on him.
In New Orleans in his three seasons, he caught 139 passes for 1,460 yards with six touchdowns in 38 regular season games, 34 of them starts.
The Carolina Panthers on Tuesday used the “non-exclusive” franchise tag on center Ryan Kalil.
Kalil is planning on signing the team’s franchise offer sheet, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The players’ union has questioned the validity of the franchise tag for next season with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire, so Kalil’s decision to sign the offer is an interesting one.
The 25-year-old Kalil is coming off his second straight Pro Bowl season. Under the franchise tag, Kalil is offered a guaranteed one-year deal at about $10.5 million.
Kalil, who was drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft, is the first center to receive the franchise tag since the Lions’ Kevin Glover in 1996.
The defensive end Everette Brown and linebacker Jason Williams of National Football League side Carolina Panthers has officially booked a place on the injured reserve list this week.
However the Panthers have a dozen players on the IR list and now the veteran duo have two short of the franchise high with three games to go.
Panthers head coach John Fox said to the reporters: “I lost count; one thing you need to have success in this league is to stay healthy. That’s not a new revelation.”
Despite 12 losses and 13 players lost to season-ending injuries the National Football League side Carolina Panthers are still focused to make blow on the games with their apologetic quarterback.
On the other hand John Fox the head coach of Panthers has revealed that defensive end Everette Brown and linebacker Jason Williams are on the way to merge on the injured reserve list.
However, silently Fox says that he is hopeful that the rookie Jimmy Clausen will fill the void on Sunday’s game alongside Arizona Cardinals.