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Cheap Jordan Scarlett Jersey

As he went through the process of the NFL Draft earlier this year, Carolina Panthers running back Jordan Scarlett’s surname was a rather appropriate one. Because as he looked to realize his ambitions of playing professional football, he bore a scarlet letter.

At the University of Florida, Scarlett’s college career was marred by a year-long suspension for his involvement in a credit card fraud scheme, which followed a misdemeanor marijuana charge in his freshman year. Like Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s magnum opus, Scarlett was labeled as a player with “character concerns” leading up to the Draft – Concerns that caused him to fall all the way to the fifth round.

But having gotten an opportunity from the Panthers, Scarlett is looking to turn the negative of his defining sin into the positive of contrition and redemption. And speaking to Marcel Louis-Jacques of the Charlotte Observer, Scarlett opened up about the second chance he was given by the Gators – one that he didn’t have to take – and also about how his experience in having to redeem himself changed him.

One of nine players suspended for their involvement in the scheme, Scarlett was given an opportunity by then-Gators head coach Jim McElwain to work his way back onto the team. It was an opportunity that not every player involved accepted – Some transferred, while wide receiver Antonio Callaway entered the 2018 NFL Draft and went to the Cleveland Browns. But out of a feeling of responsibility, Scarlett committed himself to the chance presented to him.

“I stuck around because I felt like I had something to prove,” Scarlett told the Observer. “I had to clean up my name, for one, and two, I had to prove to Gator fans that I really cared about the program. It was more of a thing for me to show everybody and show myself.”

Having never had to spend significant time unable to play football prior to his suspension, Scarlett admitted that the 2017 season was one of the most difficult points of his life. But in retrospect, he believes that it made him the man that he is now as he enters his first year in the NFL.

“It made me reflect on how much football meant to me,” said Scarlett. “And how I really needed to start taking it more seriously.”
Though Scarlett proved himself worthy of a second chance by rushing for nearly 800 yards in 2018, many at the NFL level saw Scarlett’s past transgressions first and his redemption last. But speaking after the NFL Draft, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney expressed just how much of an impression the work Scarlett put in to make his mistakes right made on them.

“He admitted he made a mistake when he was a freshman and he was the one guy that stayed and worked his way back to make up for it. And I think that’s what really impressed us the most,” said Hurney. “You talked to anyone down there, they love this kid and he’s one of the most well-liked players on that team.

“Listen, he was young. He made a mistake, but he worked hard to work his way back to make up for that and to go back and play there and stayed there last year and I thought that was very impressive.”

Now preparing for his first season in Carolina, Scarlett is expected to be a team player for the Panthers as he serves in a supporting role behind All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey. And as his football career now continues, so too does his walk towards honesty and righteousness – One that will lead to his scarlet letter no longer defining who he is.

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Christian Miller’s biggest moment came just a week before his mother’s, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

On April 26, Miller was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers.

A few days later, Lisa Miller earned her Master’s degree from the University of Alabama.

And both of them found the drive to succeed through the adversity they both faced.

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Lisa Miller and her two children, Christian and C.J., have been remarkably close since she divorced amicably from their father, former NFL player and radio personality Corey Miller, and became their primary caretaker more than a decade ago. She didn’t want her pre-teen sons to share her own challenges of single parenthood.

“They were (and are) great kids who didn’t deserve to be without because their parents were no longer together,” she told the Observer this week. “They were my main focus. They came first.”

So during the day, Lisa Miller served as principal of the elementary school that both Christian and C.J., older by a year, also attended in Columbia. And at night, when she thought her sons were asleep, she worked for Blue Cross into the early morning hours at her home computer.

Christian noticed.

“I watched her work two jobs, I watched her work 10-, 11-hour days full time and then come home and work on the computer,” he told the Observer. “I watched her pass up on meals so me and my brother could eat.”



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“I think they were aware,” she laughed. “They were really good kids. They knew mom was giving it her all …They were just enthusiastic about making it easy for me.”

Christian Miller says that his mother’s strength and resolve through that part of their lives taught him everything he’s needed to know about handling challenges.

“That’s something I like to pride myself on, being mentally tough,” he said, choking up a little after his first NFL practice at the Panthers’ rookie minicamp earlier this month. “I speak with my mom all the time and she’s my hero, just seeing all of the things she’s done for me growing up, and that’s kind of where I get it from.

“She’s an inspiration to me. The support she gives me, everything I do I like to do in her honor. Because as long as I’m making her proud, I’m happy.”

Miller needed those lessons in mental fortification early, because he had his fair share of setbacks at Alabama. A four-star outside linebacker recruit out of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, Miller had to wait his turn to see the field as a redshirt freshman, then played in a situational role in which he kept getting hurt.

Even during his best year, his senior season last fall in which he racked up 8.5 sacks, Miller dealt with challenges. He pulled his hamstring during the college football playoff semifinal while chasing former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and missed the national championship game.

Still, Miller remained positive. With his father alongside, he attacked the months-long, pre-draft process with gusto, despite knowing he’d have to convince teams he could stay healthy.

During that process, Miller also stayed in close contact with his mother. She had moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala., after C.J. got a basketball scholarship to Shelton State, a junior college in the area, so that she could be closer to both sons.

Lisa Miller took a job at Alabama, where she discovered that university employees can take classes at a discounted rate, and decided to apply for her post-graduate degree.

As Christian and Corey traveled across the country interviewing with teams — including the Panthers — Lisa Miller buried herself in her class work as final exams approached.

Lisa Miller, mother of Carolina Panthers fourth-round pick Christian Miller (left), recently earned her Master’s degree from the University of Alabama. Lisa Miller
The timing of Lisa and Christian’s studies overlapped. After earning a degree in exercise science, Christian pursued a Master’s in sports business management; Lisa’s post-graduate work was in health studies. The two would compare notes, celebrate grades and even compete a little bit for the highest marks as they approached graduation day.

“The boys have been my biggest cheerleaders through this whole ‘going back to school thing,’” she said. “Watching him get his Master’s in December was great, and I knew mine was just around the corner.”

In between the two graduations, of course, was the NFL draft. After Christian got the phone call from Panthers general manager Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera, he was immediately immersed in the chaos of a rookie’s first year in the league. He had to prepare for rookie minicamp, deal with the first wave of sponsorships, meet his coaching staff, get his uniform and equipment locked in, and hold his first media interviews.
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So when Lisa Miller’s moment to walk across the stage came just days after the draft, a small part of her feared that Christian wouldn’t be able to see it.

But when she sat down before the ceremony, she saw both sons sitting in front of her in the audience, looking up to her as they always have.

“And I see them, and they have flowers … ” she said as her voice trailed off into tears.

“They had flowers in their hands, they were beautiful. And they had these, I think they’re called ‘Build-A-Head’, where you (enlarge) and print out somebody’s face, it was my face.

“And they were holding up these faces, and I could see them just beaming.”

Afterward, she pored over her sons’ iPhone videos of the ceremony, to hear them proudly narrate her every move.

“I still get teary-eyed when I think about it,” she said. “Because my motivation for doing that was to show my boys that whatever you’re given in life, whatever you’re handed, make the most of it.”

“As much as I did it for me, I also did it for them to show them that they could do it.”

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The Carolina Panthers rookie needs to make the most of his opportunities.
Before I get into this piece, let me just preface it. I do not think that quarterback Will Grier will replace Cam Newton to start the season, no matter how bad the latter’s shoulder injury is. However, it is safe to the Carolina Panthers view Grier as a big-time prospect. That much has been evident throughout practices so far.

Granted, Grier is getting a lot of snaps largely because Newton is still rehabbing from his shoulder injury. On Monday, he was working the with the starting group, and had mixed results. He looked good on some throws, but he threw a pick-six that was intercepted by Kawann Short as noted by Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer. Even still, one fact is undeniable: now is Will Grier’s time to shine.

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We have no idea as to when Cam Newton will be back to organized team activities yet, and how long it will take before he is fully healthy. Hopefully, it is soon. For now, he is easing into things as he works his shoulder back into game shape. Now is the opportunity for Grier to make the most of the time he is given on the field. This will give the Carolina Panthers a good idea of what he is capable of, and will give them tape in regards to his tendencies. I’m sure they know a little bit of that already, but it will be nice to have a couple tapes that they can use to evaluate their draft pick.

This was a guy that coming into the NFL Draft, was thought to have some starting capability. I do believe he will be a starter in the National Football League. Whether it will be for the Carolina Panthers or another team remains to be seen. He is probably the best insurance policy that you can get as he has the starting pedigree right off the bat. It is becoming clearer, with today an example, that he can play at a high level. Grier is not going to be a guy that warms up the benches and wears the headset his whole career. The Carolina Panthers undoubtedly drafted him with that in mind.

He must take this time and use it wisely as he tries to build up the confidence of his teammates and coaches. To his credit, he has seemed comfortable taking the backup role. He doesn’t seem like he is going to be angry that Newton will start for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, he will have all that time to learn. He probably isn’t going to fade into the sunset, and will be the starter once Newton retires. He will certainly have lofty shoes to fill by then, but as you can see he is putting in the work beginning right now.

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CHARLOTTE – The Panthers’ offseason work along the offensive line has people buzzing, and speculation about how the pieces will fit together has run rampant.

Rookie Greg Little at left tackle with Taylor Moton staying put at right tackle and Daryl Williams moving inside to left guard? Moton moving to left guard and Williams returning to right tackle?

The one thing consistent about the theories being bandied about?

They don’t make mention of Greg Van Roten.

“That’s all right. I’m fine with that,” said Van Roten, the Panthers’ starting left guard last season and the only player to play every snap on either side of the ball. “I’ve flown under the radar most of my career and I think I’ve done OK so far. And honestly it’s good because Greg being drafted is huge, and so is having Daryl back.

“There’s going to be a lot of competition, and we’re going to go with the five best guys. I don’t think anybody’s got a problem with that.”

And Van Roten, despite his lack of mentions in the mix, believes he has every chance to be among the five that take the field when Carolina opens the regular season on September 8 against the reigning NFC champion Rams.

“That’s a proven starter right there,” perennial Pro Bowl right guard Trai Turner said of Van Roten. “I don’t think he has any doubt in his mind he’s going to be there. We’ve got a lot of competition, which isn’t a bad thing. He comes out here each day trying to improve, and that’s what he’s been doing.”

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With Turner getting some reps off at organized team activities and with Williams and new center Matt Paradis not yet taking reps while they continue to rehab injuries, head coach Ron Rivera said training camp will be key to the Panthers figuring out their starting five.

Van Roten was consistently mentioned by Rivera as a possible answer at left guard this time last season after Andrew Norwell signed with the Jaguars in free agency, but no one seemed to pay much attention. But that began to change when tackles Williams and Matt Kalil were injured in the preseason and Moton started working at right guard.

“I know from experience that you could be the third-string center and then all of a sudden you’re starting at left guard,” Van Roten said. “I’ve always had a starter’s mentality. I’ve always been ready to go. And to actually be able to play all the snaps, that was quite an accomplishment for me with everything I’ve gone through in my career.”

Undrafted out of Penn in 2012, Van Roten got a shot with the Packers and stuck for two seasons before he found himself out of football in 2014 – unless you count coaching high school football. Van Roten then played in the Canadian Football League in 2015 and ’16 and emerged as one of the league’s best linemen. That drew the attention of the Panthers, and then seemingly out of nowhere Van Roten made the 53-man roster in 2017 and joined the lineup in 2018.

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Despite the left side of the line featuring Week 2 veteran signing Chris Clark at tackle and Van Roten at guard, Van Roten believes the line performed better than perceived in 2018. The Panthers averaged an NFL-best 5.1 yards per carry, and just five teams gave up fewer sacks than the 32 that Carolina allowed.

“We had a bad season so someone has to take the fall, and I feel like the O-line got a little bit of flack that we didn’t necessarily deserve,” Van Roten said. “But at the end of the day we were 7-9 and we didn’t get the job done. If we need to rush for six yards and have Cam sacked 18 times (the number allowed by the league-best Colts) this season, then that’s what we have to do.”

With center Ryan Kalil now retired, Turner has taken on more of a leadership role, but quietly Van Roten is doing some of the same. He’s helping Paradis get up to speed on a new system and helping Little get up to speed on everything.

“I think we have a lot of hungry guys,” Van Roten said. “You’re seeing that during practice, and that’s good. That’s what you want.

“You don’t want complacency, especially after the season we had last year. You want guys that are going to work hard and do what we need them to do.”

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Carolina Panthers progressing patiently with first-round pick, defensive end Brian Burns.
The Carolina Panthers have a history when it comes to first-round draft picks. No matter when the team is on the clock during day one of the draft, it appears they take time developing each selection. This year it is defensive end Brian Burns, a hybrid defender who can also play from the outside linebacker position.

Not since defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was drafted in 2013 (No. 14 overall) has a Panthers first-round pick started all 16 regular season games. During that stretch, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin became the closest, appearing in every game but not starting at home against Seattle. Even running back Christian McCaffrey was eased into his current role during his rookie campaign.

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In a progress report for all first-round picks, it appears Carolina is following the same game plan for Burns. As the team transistions into more 3-4 fronts this season, the Panthers defense overall is expected to undergo some changes. That learning curve may have more of an impact on those who have been a part of Ron Rivera‘s traditional 4-3, which could play to Burns’ advantage, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

According to ESPN staff writer David Newton, “[Bruce] Irvin and Mario Addison likely will be first up. But Burns definitely shows the potential to disrupt the quarterback.” Although new to the Panthers, Irvin is a veteran defender who fits into this new plan for Rivera and his defense.

Adding Burns was an effort to increase pressure on opposing quarterbacks, especially important in the NFC South, and his skill set should not go unused. Coupled with Bryan Cox Jr. and Marquis Haynes, the team has pieces in place for dialing up multiple pass rush schemes.

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After finishing near the bottom (No. 27) of the league with only 35 sacks last season, it is definitely an area of concern and hopefully one in which Burns will be allowed to contribute.

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Who suits up for the Carolina Panthers for Week 1 this season?
The Carolina Panthers rookie minicamp was the first on-field activities for many new faces added to the roster this offseason. Draft picks, undrafted free agents, invitees and a few returners all began the journey to winning a position and finding a spot on the 53-man active roster come September.

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The Panthers kickoff regular season play against the Los Angeles Rams, who lost last year’s Super Bowl. An immediate litmus test for Carolina, the team is expected to find out immediately what kind of shape their roster is in against a strong Rams team many anticipate will make another run at the playoffs.

After a hot start last season, the Panthers year went spiraling out of control through the second half. A nagging injury to quarterback Cam Newton led to his being shut down completely for the final two games, once the team was essentially eliminated from playoff contention.

Hoping to lead a return to the top of the NFC South division and another trip to the playoffs, general manager Marty Hurney has worked to add an influx of youth and speed to the roster on both sides of the football.

Continue to see current projections for the offense ahead of training camp and preseason games.