Gano spends the day at the race track

On Sunday Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano teamed up with NASCAR driver Austin Dillon to open up the Motorsport month of May at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gano showed Dillon how to kick a field goal, NFL style. Though Austin was just shy of the goal post, he maneuvered his race car around the track at a high speed and make it look easy. Gano said he was a little nervous about the high speed ride, but Dillon assured him he was taking it easy on the speed.
“I’ve never gone that fast, it was unreal, I can’t even explain it,” Gano said in an interview with Panthers.com. “That was pretty fun, hopefully I can come out here someday and he can crank it up a little more to what he’s used to, but I don’t know if I can take it.”

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Carolina Panthers draft picks are in

The NFL Draft is now complete and the Panthers have picked up seven new players. In the first round they picked up Vernon Butler a defensive tackle out of Louisiana Tech. James Bradberry a cornerback from Samford University was the Panthers second round pick. In the third round, Daryl Worley, another cornerback was draft from West Virginia. Carolina traded their fourth round pick and did not have a sixth, but choose a cornerback from Oklahoma, Zack Sanchez. In the seventh and final pick Beau Sandland a tight end out of Montana State was chosen. Some are saying that the loss of Josh Norman is the reason for so many cornerback picks during this season’s draft.

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Panthers free Josh Norman

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman rescinded Josh Norman’s Franchise Tag. Norman’s agent and the Carolina Panthers were unable to come to an agreement regarding his contract.
Norman was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 2012 NFL Draft in the fifth round out of Coastal Carolina. It wasn’t until his sophomore year there that the school recognized his football talents and offered him a scholarship. In this season, he was named third-team All-American by Associated Press, first team All-Big South and broke the league record with eight interceptions. He earned Big South and National Defensive Player of the week and continued to excel on defense.
Norman signed a 4-year, $2.3 million contract with the Carolina Panthers but did not see much action on the field until the 2014 season. During the final eight weeks of the season, he was rated the 27th best cornerback by Pro Football Focus. He did not stop there in the 2015 season, he helped the Panthers go 15-1 during the regular season, through the playoffs and they eventually lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
The Panthers release of Josh Norman came as a surprise to many fans, at the same time some feel that he was not worth the money he was asking for and Gettleman was doing the right thing.
“Paying him what he wanted would have crippled us from signing other (younger) key players long term,” said Panther fan Chris Hixenbaugh in a Facebook post. “Gett [Dave Gettleman] knows what he’s doing and Josh may find someone to pay his asking price but he’ll have about as good a seat as I do for the playoffs next year.”

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Luke Kuechly celebrates his 25th birthday

Today Luke Kuechly turns 25 years old. He was drafted to the Carolina Panthers as a linebacker in the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but went to Boston College. Kuechly has played a strong role in the Panthers defense. During the off-season he undergone shoulder surgery, he is recovery at this time, many Panthers fans await a speedy bounce back.

Opening day rematch

Panthers will play against the Denver Broncos to open the season in Colorado. The Panthers had a 15-1 record in the last season only to lose to the Broncos in the Super Bowl. This is going to be an interesting game to see how the Broncos perform without Peyton Manning.

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The football schedule is almost here

The Carolina Panthers 2016 NFL schedule is set to be released tonight at 8 p.m. EST. The schedule usually comes out after the draft, so this may be a pleasant surprise for some NFL fans.