Before the NFL 2016 Draft, the Carolina Panthers had only three tight ends, now they have eight. The seventh round pick went to Beau Sandland a tight end out of Montana State. In addition to him, the Panthers already had Scott Simonson on the roster from last season, but have added, Jake McGee and Andrew Bonnet, both undrafted rookies. Lastly, they now have Braxton Deaver originally out of Duke and Marcus Lucas whom they picked up off waivers from Chicago on Tuesday.
There has been talk the reason for the increase of tight end is to gradually replace Greg Olsen.
ESPN said that if the Panthers were to replace Olsen it would not be the case of him getting older and not producing on the field as well, but more of the fact of the salary-cap space. Either way Olsen, welcomes the rookies to the team, though he does not see them as a replacements, he will continue to play hard to hold his spot.
“I understand what that was like to have an older guy not look at you as a threat, look at you as somebody that they can help bring along,” Olsen said in an interview with ESPN. “I welcome the opportunity. I’ll always do everything with in my power to help them improve and be the best that they can be, and at the same time make it really hard for them to ever best me out.”
Any Carolina Panther fan knows that Cam Newton has a soft spot for children. At the practice field, the kid are the ones he is going to go to first. On the field during games, he usually looks for a kid to give the touchdown ball to. He has the Cam Newton Foundation which is dedicated to children, their socioeconomic, education, emotional and physical needs. This year his foundation is the charity beneficiary of the Roaring Riot fan club this season.
He recently came together with the Make-A-Wish foundation. An 11 year old boy named Noah, was born with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, in which one of his legs is three centimeters longer and wider than his right leg. At the age of seven he was also diagnosed with a protein deficiency and frequent blood clots. In October of 2015 his mother nominated him for the Make-A-Wish foundation, and created a list of the things he wanted to do, meeting Cam Newton was at the top of his list. On March 18, 2016 his wish came true, Newton spent three days with Noah. They went bowling, to a Charlotte Hornets basketball game, and he was invited to check out the locker room and the Bank of America Stadium.
“Whenever I’m down, I can think of my time with Cam, and how special of a moment that was for me,” said 11-year-old Noah in a YouTube video.
Newton also is laughing a new Nickelodeon program that will air on June 3rd. The program is call “All In with Cam Newton,” in this television show, Newton will help children fulfill their dreams. Each episode will showcase children and the different talents they have, Newton will take the next step in helping them show their skills to follow their dreams.
Carolina Panthers running back, Jonathan Stewart placed 86 in the NFL Top 100 Best Players of 2016 on NFL Network. Stewart is in the eighth year of his career and has the second highest rushing total with 989 yards. Panthers picked him 13th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, as long as he stays healthy his yards will continue to climb.
Carolina Panthers start their rookie camp Friday. A mini-camp is a short camp held by the team to get the players that were drafted familiar with the way the differences in play fro the NFL. Also gives the new draft picks time to learn new plays and for the coaches to evaluate them. In the camp many of the athletes already on the team will attend as well.
On Wednesday, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrated his 27th birthday. Newton was born in Atlanta Georgia where he went to Atlanta Westlake High School. He was the first round pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Auburn University. Since then he has received many awards including but not limited to, NFL MVP, NFC Champion, NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Rookie of the year. Newton has many accomplishments in his football career. Happy Birthday Cam Newton.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, has his another rap freestyle caught on camera. Just a few days ago on Instagram, a video of Newton rapping with his brothers was posted. This is not the first time he has been recording rapping. On Super Bowl 50, opening day, a reporter challenged him to a rap battle. Not only did he quickly accept, he did not hesitate or stutter over his words.
Newton sang in the church and the school choir when he was younger.
“If there was an award for signing in a vehicle, I would probably win, if I do say so myself,” Newton said in a Sports Illustrated article. “I mean, if you could hear me in the car.”