Cam Newton’s accuracy high on Norv Turner’s list of fixes for Panthers

When the Panthers hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator, they did so with the idea that he could inject some life into Cam Newton’s career and Carolina’s offense.

While there are plenty of improvements to make to a unit that has lacked consistency over recent seasons, Turner, in an interview for the team’s official website, said there’s a lot that can be built upon.

Turner also mentioned receivers Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel as players who already have a solid base of talent to improve upon, and they will have opportunities to fill vital roles in the offense. The key for them will be utilizing their speed and getting the ball into their hands.

Although the broad offensive philosophy won’t be drastically changing, the new ideas coming in with Turner could be just what Carolina’s offense needs to push it over the top and provide some much-needed consistency.

Mayfield entered the NFL Draft with an impressive body of work that included winning the 2017 Heisman Trophy and guiding the Sooners into the College Football Playoff. It’s unlikely Mayfield could improve his draft stock by playing in the Senior Bowl, especially when weighed against injury risk.

There are a lot of skeptical people out there who think I have character issues, Mayfield told Brandt and me at the Walter Camp Awards in New Haven, Conn. That’s why I’m doing (the Senior Bowl) to sit down and have a conversation with people, let them know I love the game of football and I’ll do anything to win.

The Broncos, whose coaches are in charge of the Senior Bowl’s North squad and have the No. 5 overall pick in April’s draft, requested to have Mayfield on their player roster. That will give Denver an entire week to work with him during practices and in the classroom before Saturday’s kickoff.

That may have to be enough.

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Kucherov had a great offensive season

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Most of the prospects that made their way to Philly are now headed to new cities, but with only 32 names called, the draft action heats up Friday. The first round of picks can dramatically change teams’ draft boards, meaning phones will be ringing the rest of the weekend with trade offers from those who need to move up to get their guy.

This year’s draft class is loaded with talent at cornerback, and even though some of the best are no longer available, there are still plenty of skilled options like Sidney Jones, Teez Tabor and Kevin King.

While Kucherov had a great season, and it would painful to see where the Lightning would have finished without his production, it is unthinkable to think how bad things would have been if a certain Swedish god of hockey hadn’t also elevated his play in 2016-17. No, it isn’t Anton Stralman (although he played much better after a certain writer argued that it would be a good idea to trade him). It’s the other Swede, the one with the long flowing locks and the smooth stride on the ice — Victor Hedman.

Kucherov had a great offensive season, but Hedman had the greatest offensive season ever put together by a defensive member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. His 72 points were a franchise record. So were his 56 assists. Twelve even strength goals — yup, franchise record. As were Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 his points-per-game (0.91) and assists per game (0.71). He 16 goals were only tied for third best in franchise history, so he does have room for improvement next season.