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Today on The Pulse

Aug 03, 2015 -- 12:37pm

Chris Allison and Bobby Rosinski broadcast live 3-7 from the ESPN 730 studio from Uptown Charlotte! Guests include college football editor for AthlonSports.com Steve Lassan (3:30) NFL writer for Yahoo! Sports Frank Schwab (4:30) and ESPN.com Panther beat writer David Newton (5:30). We'll have plenty of Carolina Panther training camp talk throughout the show plus other news and notes in sports! 

 

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The Starting Five

Aug 02, 2015 -- 7:28am

Bobby Rosinski & Chris Allison look at five key questions surrounding the Panthers in training camp.

Editor's note: Answers were submitted on Thursday.

1) What's the biggest ? for Carolina starting training camp.

Bobby - Will Michael Oher be able to hold down the LT spot.  Last year Byron Bell was a disaster for Carolina and it took till the middle of the season for the Oline to find its footing.  Oher has had some success in the past, but I still think the Panthers are in for a rough go at the LT spot again in 2015.

Chris - I will go outside of LT and whether or not Michael Oher can flip his career back around and be an adequate quarterback protector.  I'm concerned about the safety positions as well.  Does Roman Harper, who turns 33 in December, still have the athleticism it takes to play every down?  And is Tre Boston ready to take on the load at Free Safety in just his second NFL season?  

 

2) Are the Panthers better now than 1 year ago?

Chris - I think they are.  They’re not turning over three position groups like they were a year ago.  Cam's health makes them instantly better.  They've added at least two draft choices that should make immediate impacts.  Special Teams will be much improved, including Ted Ginn as punt returner.  There were no major losses.  I think it's an improved football team.

Bobby - Yes and everyone on the team knows it too.  Every position on this team has either been upgraded or stayed the same which should lead to a stronger football team in 2015.  Having Cam Newton healthy might be the biggest advantage though from the Panthers in 2014 to the team in 2015.

 

3) Expectations for Cam Newton in 2015?

Bobby - Look for Cam to have the best season of his career.  Cam is still held back by a less than stellar offense around him, but Cam showed major strides in 2014 despite the injuries that plagued him all last season.  With the healthy offseason I think Cam takes the leap this year to show why he was the #1 pick back in 2011 and why the Panthers invested in him for the future.

Chris - Cam enters camp healthy, and hopefully he stays that way.   I think Cam will improve his accuracy somewhat this season due to his ankle and ribs healing, and also because he understands that he must improve that part of his game.  I see Cam throwing for 3500 yards, rushing for another 600, and leading this team to the playoffs.

 

4) What player could be a surprise cut?

Chris - Frank Alexander.  The DE was suspended 14 games last season, and has never been as consistent on the field as the Panthers had hoped. He is an unrestricted free agent after this season, and would not be a cap casualty if released.  If he has a poor training camp, he might be pushed out. 

Bobby - Jerricho Cotchery.  Cotchery did what I though he would do last season, be a team leader and have really no impact at his position.  The Panthers have added more bodies to the WR cast in 2015 and with a veteran like Ted Ginn Jr, a lock to be on the team, Cotchery can be expendable.

 

5) Should the Panthers sign Josh Norman to an extension before the season?

Bobby - No.  Josh Norman, who will be 28 years-old in December, had a great 2nd half of 2014 but to invest the type of money I assume Norman will want I wouldn’t make that leap without a better history.  Dave Gettleman has shown he can patchwork a secondary together, spending bigger $$$ on a DB doesn’t seem to fit the mold DG has shown so far.

Chris - Norman makes $1.5 Million this season for Carolina in the final year of his rookie contract.  Last season he proved that he belongs in the NFL after spending plenty of time in Ron Rivera's dog house in previous seasons.  I would certainly offer Norman a raise, and attempt to sign him to an extension.   This new contract offer would be more towards the current pay of an average corner, not an elite corner.  Norman will warrant more money if he takes another step forward in 2015.  

Today on The Pulse

Jul 31, 2015 -- 2:24pm

Chris Allison co-hosts alongside Mike Gminski from Dilworth Neighborhood Grille from 3-7pm! Guests include our very own Marty Hurney (4:00) MLB.com columnist, Jon Cooper (4:30) ESPN.com Panther beat writer David Newton (5:30). We will have plenty of Panther talk throughout the show as the Panthers hold their first training camp practice tonight at 6:30!

 

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Today on The Pulse

Jul 30, 2015 -- 1:50pm

It's an NFC South edition of The Pulse today with Bobby Rosinski and Chris Allison from 3-7pm! Guests include ESPN.com Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas (3:15) ESPN.com New Orleans Saints reporter Mike Triplett (4:00) ESPN.com Atlanta Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure (4:45) and ESPN.com Carolina Panthers reporter David Newton (5:30). With Panthers training camp officially underway we will have continuous coverage throughout the show plus plenty of audio from training camp!

 

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Today on The Pulse

Jul 29, 2015 -- 2:41pm

Bobby Rosinski and Chris Allison are live from Hot Shots in Mooresville! Guests include NFL writer from Bleacher Report Russell Baxter (3:45) ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL coach Herm Edwards (4:30) and Senior NFL and investigative reporter for Yahoo! Charles Robinson (5:20). Throughout the show the guys will continue to cover the latest on Deflate Gate plus Panther WR Stephen Hill being cited with drug paraphernalia. 

 

As always, you can call us at 704-332-0173 or tweet at us at www.twitter.com/ESPN730

Today on The Pulse

Jul 28, 2015 -- 2:22pm

Bobby Rosinski and Chris Allison are live from the ESPN 730 studio from Uptown Charlotte! Guests include Charlotte Hornets guard Elliot Williams (3:30) Senior Fantasy Analyst for NFL.com Michael Fabiano (4:30) and Sporting News writer Eric Galko (6:15)

 

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