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Check out these official New Era Panthers face coverings

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These are the official New Era face coverings for the Carolina Panthers, and they are a lot nicer than the last ones that were available.

The unfortunate reality of our society today is the need for face masks to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of places now require anyone entering the premises to wear a face covering, and if you end up visiting such a place then maybe you’re interested in showing off your fandom with a Carolina Panthers branded face mask from our...

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Panthers drafted a fierce pass-rusher (and eater) in DE Yetur Gross-Matos

The Panthers rookie had a legendary appetite growing up, and after winning the team's hot dog-eating contest, he's hungry to make a bigger impact.

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The Scratching Post: 8/11/20

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss.

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Matt Rhule leaning on college experience coaching Carolina Panthers | Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated
But here’s the thing: Where Rhule lacks NFL head-coaching experience, he can lap the field in the level of challenges he’s faced in running football programs....

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Should the Panthers trade Kawann Short?

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As hard as it is to say this, KK’s age, cap hit, and contract length probably don’t match up with the Panthers plans to rebuild their roster.

Good Ol’ Kawann Short has got to be looking around the Carolina Panthers locker room, seeing all the new faces, and wondering when he’s going to get a tap on the shoulder to go “have a chat” with Marty Hurney. All of the rest of the Panthers long-term, high-priced veterans are gone. Only KK remains....

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Top 5 Panthers break out players in 2020

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If there is sometime positive to come out of 2020 it might be these Panthers players.

2020 has been a crap year but there is still a potential silver lining for a Carolina Panthers team in a transition year. There are five players who could break out of their current perception and make a positive mark on the Panthers and their career.

DE Brian Burns

The second-year first round pick flashed plenty of speed and technique in 2019 with 7.5 sacks. All he...

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Welcome to Coral!

Hello, all.

Today, we’ve launched our new commenting platform, Coral, on this site. You can try it out below, or on any article here.

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Announcement: We have a new commenting system coming

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Today is a big day for Cat Scratch Reader commenters: we’re going to be moving our comments to a brand new platform. This site is part of the first series of sites in the rollout.

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The Panthers claimed DT Bruce Hector off waivers

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The Panthers added some depth to their defensive line with a waiver move.

The Carolina Panthers have claimed defensive tackle Bruce Hector off waivers and waived wide receiver TreVontae Hights in a corresponding move, according to the team’s website.

Here’s a brief synopsis of Hector’s career from the team’s report of the transaction:

Hector originally signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent out of South Florida in 2018. He appeared...

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Bradley Smith

The Scratching Post: 8/10/20

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss.

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Panthers Hot Dog Eating Contest Hall of Fame

“Hey man, you got any more of them hot dogs?” | Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Panthers held a hot dog eating contest. Which players from this storied franchise would have dominated this type of event?

Following the Panthers on Twitter is a lot of fun, especially when they post tweets like this one:

The Rookie D-Line took the first dub! pic.twitter.com/1qIGJNrEy6

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 8, 2020

As part of a rookie initiation, select players were chosen...

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Panthers on track to have NFL's youngest defense in past 10 years

Carolina had an experienced defense in 2019 and struggled. The Panthers are trying something completely new in 2020 -- and without much practice.

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What are the salary cap implications of a potential Russell Okung retirement?

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At least the Panthers picked a good year to have a bad year

*Editor’s note: this article originally operated under the mistaken premise that Okung’s salary was fully guaranteed and would count against the Panthers dead money if he retired. Obviously, that is not that case. Sorry for the confusion.

While we still don’t know if the Carolina Panthers brand new—to them—left tackle, Russell Okung, will retire, we do know what will...

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Rumor: Russell Okung is considering retirement instead of playing football during the pandemic

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The veteran LT is poised to make Marty Hurney look like more of a cap wizard than ever before.

The Carolina Panthers could be in a bigger cap and roster bind than we expected for 2020. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has a source saying that Russell Okung is considering full retirement from the NFL instead of playing during the pandemic.

Situation to watch in Carolina: LT Russell Okung seriously considered opting out at Thursday's deadline and mulls...

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Russell Okung considering retirement over coronavirus concerns

The Panthers were hoping that the 31-year-old Okung would help bolster their offensive line, but they may be one of several teams left with a void to fill due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Panthers' Russell Okung Reportedly Considering Retiring over COVID-19 Concerns

Carolina Panthers tackle Russell Okung is reportedly considering retirement over health concerns related to COVID-19...

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Source: Okung mulls retirement over virus worry

Panthers lineman Russell Okung, who seriously considered opting out at Thursday's deadline due to coronavirus concerns, is comfortable walking away from the game if he feels the football environment is not safe, a source said.

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Panthers’ Russell Okung Mulling Retirement

This is breaking news. Please refresh for updates. Russell Okung battled serious health issues in his final year with the Chargers and strongly considered opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Panthers Pro Bowl LT Russell Okung considering retirement due to COVID-19 concerns

The Carolina Panthers back in March added Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung to the mix. The move was simple. Okung is expected to protect new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s blindside.

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Report: Panthers' Russell Okung considering retirement due to coronavirus concerns

 Russell Okung could've played his final games in the NFL.  The Carolina Panthers left tackle reportedly is considering retirement due to coronavirus concerns, sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

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The Scratching Post: 8/7/20

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss.

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