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@  PantherFan007 : (26 July 2016 - 05:22 PM)

The smileys have all changed, well most of them, Carol, but you can still click on the Smilies box and add them

@  Carol : (26 July 2016 - 02:00 PM)

Hmmm...guess I can't type in the smileys so adding to the below... :(

@  Carol : (26 July 2016 - 01:58 PM)

You asked thoughts about liking the Shoutbox appearing on every page but I lost my place. IMO, not so much. :sad2:

@  PantherFan007 : (19 July 2016 - 09:24 PM)

Before, when I added the Shoutbox on every page, it slowed the forum way down to a crawl, but now on the new install, it doesn't seem to affect the performance.

@  iiwii : (19 July 2016 - 05:29 PM)

Hey, that is cool. I always wanted a way to monitor threads and the shoutbox. This is perfect.

@  MyPanthers : (19 July 2016 - 04:18 PM)

Dang, I thought I got kicked off. lol

@  Good_Riddance : (19 July 2016 - 11:27 AM)

agree with thecross, it will be nice to be able to still see all of the shoutbox stuff while reading forum posts.

@  thecross : (19 July 2016 - 09:31 AM)

Should be a good feature. I have often wondered why we don't use the shoutbox more. Like when we're all watching early games when the Panthers play late.

@  PantherFan007 : (18 July 2016 - 08:17 PM)

:touchdown:

@  PantherFan007 : (18 July 2016 - 07:00 PM)

You will notice the Shoutbox is back up, and it's installed on all pages of the Forum. Thoughts? ~dg!~

@  Guest : (18 July 2016 - 06:55 PM) Congratulations, you have successfully installed Shoutbox!
Now you need to setup the shoutbox permissions in ACP -> Members TAB -> Member Groups -> Manage Member Groups -> Edit a Group -> Shoutbox TAB

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Toggle %s Coleman Extended 3yrs

Posted By:  thecross @ Today, 07:50 PM
Great news! One more to go!

Panthers safety Kurt Coleman has agreed to a three-year extension that he will sign on Wednesday, a league... es.pn/2afEHaG
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Toggle %s The Return of Benjamin

Posted By:  PantherFan007 @ Yesterday, 05:59 PM

:headbang:  Welcome back, KB!

 

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He was merely a spectator during Carolina's thrilling run to Super Bowl 50 last season, but after a long year rehabbing his injured knee, Kelvin Benjamin is back.

 
CHARLOTTE – Before Super Bowl 50, before Carolina became the league’s top scoring offense, before the 14-game unbeaten streak, there was Kelvin Benjaminicon-article-link.gif and his utter dominance at training camp in 2015.

The 6-5, 245-pound wide receiver was a machine on those Wofford College practice fields. Each day featured another Benjamin highlight – an acrobatic reception against the sideline, a deep ball behind the secondary, a tough catch in traffic over the middle.

He was the best player on the field -- a 24-year-old oozing confidence and emerging as the "lead dog" of the wide receiver group entering his second season.

"I knew coming in I was going to be a leader. I just try to set the tempo, and the guys feed off that energy," Benjamin said midway through training camp. "I’ve got guys looking up to me now."

The first preseason game at Buffalo only increased the excitement surrounding Benjamin. It was first-and-goal from the 2-yard line, and Bills cornerback Ronald Darby never really had a chance. Between Benjamin’s size advantage and quarterback Cam Newtonicon-article-link.gif’s ball placement, a touchdown on the fade pattern was always going to be the end result.

It was supposed to be a preview of what was to come. Instead, it was all we got to see.

 

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Five days later, during the second to last practice of training camp, Benjamin’s season ended. It was a non-contact injury during one-on-one drills. His anterior cruciate ligament was torn.

He was carted off the field, clutching his left knee, his face full of anguish.

Benjamin is one of those players who plays the game with unbridled, almost childlike enthusiasm. He’s a big kid in a lot of ways, always finding reasons to smile through those challenging, sun-drenched Spartanburg practices.

Seeing it all taken away from him was hard on everyone.

"Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin," general manager Dave Gettleman said after he was placed on injured reserve.

But the Panthers had no choice but to move on. It was time to figure out who was going to fill a massive void. For Benjamin, it was time to focus entirely on rehabilitation.

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Despite efforts to convince him otherwise, Benjamin had made up his mind. He didn’t want to be in the team photo.

This is the harsh reality of season-ending injuries, particularly for those going through it for the first time.

If you’re not practicing, not laughing with the guys on the walk back from practice, not participating in meetings, it’s only natural to feel like you’re not part of the team.

"I think it was very hard for him," head coach Ron Rivera said. "It's not easy to be removed from a situation like that. He wanted to play, wanted to be part of what we were doing. Unfortunately, he wasn't, and I know that really ate at him."

The first few weeks were particularly difficult for Benjamin.

"At first I just kept thinking, 'Dang, what did I do to deserve this?’ What did I do to deserve this?'" Benjamin recalled.

As the season wore on, Benjamin started to reconnect with the team. When the brace came off, he returned to the sideline with his fun-loving personality during games.

The Panthers’ sideline became the place to be. They reeled off wins and weren’t afraid to celebrate them. At the end of games, Newton would encourage teammates to pose for the camera with him, and Benjamin joyfully joined in.

By the time the Panthers were practicing at San Jose State in the lead-up to Super Bowl 50, Benjamin had come a long way in his recovery. He was running on the side with athletic trainers; he was tossing the ball back and forth with teammates and coaches prior to team stretch.

Before one practice in San Jose, Benjamin could be seen pretending to jog out of the tunnel on game day. He was mimicking the roar of the crowd.

The day before Super Bowl Sunday, when the team gathered at Levi’s Stadium for the customary team photo as the NFC Champions, No. 13 was in his rightful place, seated between wide receiver Brenton Bersinicon-article-link.gif and quarterback Joe Webbicon-article-link.gif. If only he was in his rightful place on the field a day later.

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On May 26, Benjamin participated in his first practice since tearing his ACL. He joined the Panthers during organized team activities and partook in individual drills.

"It is great to get back out here," Benjamin said. "It still sucks that I can't be doing the plays and competing, but it still feels good to be out."

Benjamin’s return to practice energized teammates and fans alike. Adding such a special talent to the league’s top scoring offense from a year ago is incredibly enticing.

But Benjamin is taking it one step at a time – directions he’s been following through months of rehabilitation. He understood the importance of being cautious during organized team activities, aiming to be full-go when the team relocates to Spartanburg and he gets his long-awaited chance to pick up where he left off a year ago.

His quarterback can't wait to see his No. 1 wideout in action again.

"Benji," Cam Newton said, "is coming back with a vengeance."

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Toggle %s Panthers Sign TE Eric Wallace, Release WR Cobi Hamilton

Posted By:  PantherFan007 @ Yesterday, 05:56 PM

I didn't know we even HAD a WR named Cobi Hamilton lol :huh:  But, Wallace... Dang, at 6'6 the dude looks more like a DE than a TE.  And he's played Australian Football the past three years.

 

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CHARLOTTE – As the Carolina Panthers made their march to Super Bowl 50, one of their biggest fans made a decision to try to play for his favorite team.

But while Eric Wallaceicon-article-link.gif had the look of an NFL player, he hadn't played the American version of football since high school, more than a decade earlier.

"Coming back, the decision was whether I'd play basketball again or continue along the football path and put pads on again," said Wallace, a former college basketball player who returned to his native North Carolina in November after playing Australian Rules Football for three years. "I hadn't played football since I was 14.

"But the window was still open, so I decided to go for it."

Wallace's decision to chase his dream, no matter how long delayed, paid off Monday when the Panthers signed the tight end to a three-year contract, the standard deal for a rookie who at the age of 27 is anything but your standard rookie.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Panthers waived wide receiver Cobi Hamilton.

"I grew up a Carolina fan," Wallace said. "Today, the dream came true."

Three weeks ago, just months after putting on pads for the first time since high school, Wallace approached wide receiver coach Ricky Proehl at his training facility.

"I walked into his office and told him I wanted to play for the Carolina Panthers," Wallace said. "It was a short chuckle at first, and then he was like, ‘Are you serious?' I was."

The 6-6, 260-pounder worked out for Proehl the next day, running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. Monday, two days before players report to training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Wallace worked out for other Carolina coaches. Hours later, he signed.

"It's surreal," Wallace said. "I have size – you can't really teach size – and speed. I'm faster than I look. I'm a smooth athlete, pretty good with my hands."

160725_wallace_inside2.jpgWallace stopped playing football at Glenn High School in Kernersville, N.C., more than a dozen years ago to concentrate on basketball. It paid off in the form of playing time at three different colleges - Ohio State, DePaul and Seattle. In the summer of 2012, Wallace was looking into the possibility of playing pro basketball overseas when he was approached about participating in an Australian Rules Football combine.

"August came, I was like, ‘It's a free trip to L.A. Why not?' " Wallace said. "Out of about 35 of us, three of us got invited to the real combine in Melbourne, Australia. Out of those three, North Melbourne signed me."

Wallace ended up playing three seasons in Australia as a ruckman,

"The big guy who enforces things, kind of like a basketball center," he explained. "It's a very physical sport, with no pads. It's fast-paced, nonstop like basketball. Guys are clearing half-marathon numbers during a game. It's also highly skilled. Everybody has to be able to kick, run, catch.

"It's a different physicality. The AFL is more free flow where you've got a man and you guard him. The NFL, it's more head-to-head, trying to stop a 270-pound man running at you."

Wallace decided to return to American football after getting advice from some former NFL players he knows, among them defensive end Simeon Rice. Wallace got his foot in the door by scoring an invitation to the New Orleans Saints' rookie minicamp, and now he's come full circle by returning to play football in his home state.

"I'm just here to learn, here to help," he said. "It's kind of like when I went to Australia. I had no idea what that game was, but I learned it from scratch. The good news is that I'm a blank slate, no bad habits."


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Toggle %s FANFEST TICKETS ALL GONE :/

Posted By:  PantherFan007 @ 22 July 2016 - 04:47 PM

Just heard on WBTV that ALL tickets for Fan Fest are "Sold Out".  A record Sixty-some thousand tickets have been reserved, making it the largest Fan Fest ever.

 

I guess Training Camp will be packed, too....

 

 


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Posted By:  MyPanthers @ 19 July 2016 - 04:19 PM

I thought you all kicked me off there for a few minutes. :lol:


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