Keith and Ashlyn here with a look at Panthers news for the week ending September 15th, 2017.
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Let’s look at the week in review!
Week 1 is in the books with the Panthers dominating the San Francisco 49ers with a final score of 23-3.
The Panthers defense dominated and the offense successfully ran the ball with good performances from both Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey. No injuries were sustained by the Panthers.
On Monday Charlotte Observer Panthers beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue reported that Panthers coach Ron Rivera remarked that cornerbacks James Bradberry and Daryl Worley required IV fluids after cramping up due to the San Jose heat. Jourdan reported that Coach Rivera then coordinated with offensive coordinator Mike Schula to extend the offensive drive to give Bradberry and Worley time to recuperate. The offense went on to sustain an 8-minute drive, giving the cornerbacks time to recover and re-enter the game.
Listen to our extended interview with Jourdan on the latest episode of the podcast from September 11th, 2017.
On Tuesday it was announced that the Panthers have released fan favorite wide receiver Brenton Bersin along with offensive lineman Chris Scott, safety L.J. McCray and center Gino Gradkowski.
On Wednesday the Panthers released kicker Harrison Butker to make way for former Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter.
Also, it was reported that former Panther Mike Tolbert has been snitching on his old team by providing information he believes will be valuable to the the Bills regarding how he thinks Mike Schula will manage the game.
On Thursday after clearing waivers Harrison Butker was added to the Panthers practice squad.
The Panthers also made some roster moves, signing former San Francisco 49er offensive tackle John Theus. To make room for Theus the team placed cornerback Cole Luke on IR. An ankle injury kept Luke out of the 49ers game and, according to Cat Scratch Reader, coaches did not feel they can wait for him to heal which could be, as previously mentioned, the Panthers signed cornerback Ladarius Gunter.
On Friday all Panthers who were listed on the injury report all fully participated in practice. In addition, defensive tackle Vernon Butler returned to practice after missing time to heal a knee injury sustained in the preseason.
Also Steve Reed reports Friday afternoon that the Panthers have cut wide receiver Keyarris Garret and Defensive Tackle Eric Crume while adding tight end Bucky Hodges to the practice squad.
Vegas has the Panthers favored by 7 points over the Bills.
For what it’s worth, the line for the 49ers game was Carolina plus 4 ½ points.
Here are your 3 can’t-miss stories from the week:
They mention that the Panthers have made upgrades not only on the field but there have improvements to the field itself with over $800,000 of work including new sod and a new irrigation system. Other improvements include revamped concessions stands to get you through faster, improved cellular coverage, and remodeled club sections with more craft beer selections. The 100-level area also sports an entire new look.
At the Charlotte Observer, our previous guest on the Jourdan Rodrigue writes about one of the key matchups to watch this Sunday between Bills superstar running back LeSean McCoy and the Panthers super tandem of linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.
Finally, New York Upstate has an article, “Even Sean McDermott doesn’t know how to beat Panthers LB Luke Kuechly” which provides an interesting look on Sunday’s matchup from a New York fan’s perspective.
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