Ballard, an NFL scout and executive since 2000, already put his stamp on the franchise.

Starting inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was released as a cost-cutting measure. Veteran cornerback Patrick Robinson was released after one season. Safety Mike Adams signed with the Carolina Panthers as a free agent while fellow free agent Erik Walden is still trying to find work as a linebacker after nine seasons in the NFL. Starting tight end Dwayne Allen, who was one year into a four-year deal, was traded to the New England Patriots.
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The Colts would have four picks after that one: two in the fourth round (122nd and 144th overall), one in the fifth (158th) and one in the sixth (200th). This year’s seventh-round pick was traded to the Cleveland Browns.
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When a bus driver told Parks to give up her seat to a white man, she refused to do so, kicking off the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which eventually led to the desegregation of public transportation in the city after the bus system lost significant revenue because of black Americans and their allies refusing to patronize a public transit system that treated them like second-class citizens.

Cam Newton can return to dominant form, if he can master the art of the short passing game. (Mike McCarn/AP)
Exactly one year ago today, the Carolina Panthers were coming off a 15-1 season and a Super Bowl appearance. And even after that title-game loss, Cam Newton had won.

He’d endured five seasons of doubts and dog-whistles to become the 2015 MVP, an unstoppable monster helming the league’s deadliest offense, and he did it without a particularly good offensive line or receiving corps. The Panthers were a blue-and-silver end zone party and Big Cam’s smile was infectious. Yes, 365 days ago, the haters and doubters were left sputtering, and if you had Newton as anything other than your Justin Patton Youth jersey No. 1 QB for fantasy football, you were certifiable.

And now he’s kind of an afterthought.

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