UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, who coached Cam Newton and Auburn to the 2011 BCS National Championship game, said Tuesday that he has noticed Newton has “matured pretty quickly” since leaving Auburn in 2011 and becoming a captain on the Panthers.
Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, feeling he needed to add weight to succeed in the NFL, is up to 305 pounds while maintaining his athleticism ahead of the NFL draft. But some analysts wonder if it’s good weight.
Georgia running back Todd Gurley is the NFL draft prospect with the highest profile – with arguably the most to lose – among players who will be in Indianapolis this weekend to be examined by team physicians.
The fastest high schooler in the nation, Tacoi Sumler had big expectations when he went to play football at Oregon. But family emergencies and injuries have changed Sumler’s track. He hoped to catch someone’s eye at Appalachian State’s pro day.
During a 15-minute conference call Friday morning, new Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman shared stories that ranged from heartwarming to hilarious. In between, Tillman drove home this point: The longtime Chicago Bears standout believes he can still play.
There were no free agency fireworks in Charlotte, where Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has blended in nicely with the bankers and brokers with the conservative and deliberate way with which he builds an NFL roster.
The Carolina Panthers have signed a number of players in this offseason that the team thinks can help them on special teams. The team thinks many of them, though, are also on the brink of breakthrough seasons.
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