Breaking down new-look Panthers: Cam Newton can make full use of new toys

The Panthers went from 15-1 and reigning NFC champions to the ultimate Super Bowl hangover in 2016, going 6-10 and finishing last in the NFC South. They are trying to recover and rebound in the right way: offensively.

After Carolina took the division and then the conference on the strength of the NFL’s highest-scoring offense in 2015, rival Atlanta followed suit last season. Another team in the South, New Orleans, ranked first in total offense. The Saints and Falcons were 1-2 in that category.

Those two teams figure to put up big numbers and yardage again, and the Buccaneers, with an aggressive offseason of adding playmakers, will be a lot more dangerous.

Gilbert’s comments likely stemmed from the fact the Cavs missed out on George. He was a major target of theirs, and they felt they were close to landing him. An ESPN report claims Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard backed out when “the Cavs were just starting to celebrate.”

The deal, which involved the Nuggets, would have sent Kevin Love to Denver, George to Cleveland and players such as Gary Harris and the 13th pick in the draft to Indiana. Instead, the Pacers ended up with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from the Thunder.

While we don’t know why the Pacers didn’t go with the pre-draft trade, Windhorst mentioned Monday on The Lowe Post the Cavs weren’t interested in a deal the Pacers initiated.

“I know that around the draft and in the Paul George talks, the Cavs were not willing to make Kyrie Irving available for Paul George,” he said.

Zach Lowe added: “The Pacers offered Paul George for Kyrie Irving. That’s a thing that happened, according to people that we’ve talked to.”

When it’s all said and done, though, it was pretty remarkable to hear Gilbert openly mock the Pacers’ haul for George during Wednesday’s conference. He Detroit Lions Cheap Jerseys wasn’t asked a question about it, and instead Fans Cheap Jerseys decided to give his response, unprovoked.

Braves send southpaw Jaime Garcia to Twins in three-player deal

Jaime Garcia is on the move.

The Braves announced Monday they have traded the 31-year-old pitcher, along with catcher Anthony Recker and cash considerations, to the Twins in exchange for pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa.

“It’s like the elephant in the room, and you don’t want to talk about it,” Beckham said. “But I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’m like, ‘No, I’m going to … there’s no need to not talk about it.

“I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest-paid, period.”

Those are some pretty lofty goals for Beckham, whose remaining year on his 2014 first-round pick’s rookie contract calls for him to be paid $1.8 million. The Giants recently picked up the fifth-year option on the contract at what is expected to be in the $8.5 million range.

Right now, Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown tops the list of highest-paid receiver after he scored a $68 million contract extension in February.

As for the highest-paid player in the league? That honor belongs to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who scored a five-year, $125 million deal during the offseason.

That’s a big ‘if’ because of the fact that most penalties are in favor of the offense at this point. Think about how and when pass rushers can hit a quarterback. It is very hard for a defender to get to the quarterback that many times simply because the rules prevent it, but honestly, why couldn’t Mack do it?

J.J. Watt showed that an interior lineman can get to the quarterback some 20 times in a year, so why couldn’t a pass rusher on the Detroit Lions Cheap Jerseys outside do it? The obvious reason is that he will be double-teamed, but still, if anyone Chinese Cheap Jerseys could do it, Mack may be the man.