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  Panthers | Stephen Hill still recovering    Sat May 28, 04:31 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill (knee) only participated in some individual drills last week when the Panthers began organized team activities. Hill is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered last season. He doesn't want to rush his recovery, but Hill said he also wants to take his time. 'I'm just trying to do all I can with what they've given me to do, and then I'll just go from there.

Footballguys view: The story with Hill will likely always be "what might have been." Following in a line of Georgia Tech WRs that include Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, Hill has seen his pro career set back by injury and inconsistency. It would be a great story if Hill was able to turn things around, stay healthy and play up to his potential. It's a story we're not counting on being written.

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  Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin back at practice    Thu May 26, 01:51 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is back at practice in organized team activities Thursday, May 26, for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in training camp last year. Carolina is likely to ease him back into work, though, after he totaled 1,008 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.

Footballguys view: We're all about the Benjamin, who we are excited to see in this offense again. It was pretty potent without him and his production in his rookie season was outstanding. It's a good combination and right now we can see him as a solid WR2 for fantasy owners.

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  Panthers | Jake McGee waived from IR    Tue May 24, 06:14 PM

Carolina Panthers TE Jake McGee (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Tuesday, May 24.


  Panthers | Brenton Bersin has good first day    Tue May 24, 12:49 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Brenton Bersin made plays down the seam often in the first day of practice Tuesday, May 24.

Footballguys view: Bersin has a good size/speed combination, but he's a long shot to make much of an impact for the Panthers this year.

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  Panthers | Vernon Butler tweaks knee    Tue May 24, 10:04 AM

Carolina Panthers DT Vernon Butler (knee) tweaked his left knee running downfield Tuesday, May 24, but he is trying to walk it off.

Footballguys view: Butler was the team's first-round pick this year, and he gives them even more strength up front on the defensive line. If healthy, the rookie can work in a rotation on the line. He's got length, strength and tenacity when getting after the quarterback.

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  Panthers | Jake McGee to IR    Mon May 23, 05:38 PM

Carolina Panthers TE Jake McGee (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, May 23, after being waived/injured Friday, May 20.

Footballguys view: McGee is a sixth-year collegian the Panthers picked up as a college free agent out of the University of Florida. No word on the injury, but he was a long-shot to make it in the NFL anyway and this injury situation won't help.


  Panthers | Shaq Thompson in car accident    Mon May 23, 01:08 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson was involved in a head-on car crash Sunday, May 22, but was not injured. Thompson was cited for crossing the center line.

Footballguys view: We're glad to hear that Thompson (or the other driver) has not been seriously injured.

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  Panthers | Carolina makes roster moves    Fri May 20, 06:56 PM

Free-agent WR LaRon Byrd (Redskins) and WR Tobais Palmer (Steelers) signed with the Carolina Panthers Friday, May 20. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The team also waived TE Andrew Bonnet and Waived/Injured TE Jake McGee (undisclosed).

Footballguys view: Byrd is a player we've monitored in super deep dynasty leagues because of his strength and wingspan. He's bounced around to multiple teams already as a pro and is likely just a camp body for the Panthers.

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  Panthers | Greg Olsen not planning on slowing down    Thu May 19, 09:45 PM

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen said he anticipates playing for several more years and plans on making it tough on any new tight end to take away his reps.

Footballguys view: We see Olsen as a solid TE1 again this season and he's only going to benefit from the return of Kelvin Benjamin.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton can still improve    Thu May 19, 06:39 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton still has an awful lot of room to grow, in the words of head coach Ron Rivera. 'As he continues to learn and understand more and more about offensive and defensive plays, his decision-making is going to be even better,' Rivera said. 'As long as he continues to stay healthy and keep getting better physically and work on his base fundamentals, I think the young man is going to get better.'

Footballguys view: The eight best player in Pro Football Focus' 101 Top Players list, Newton is still an unfinished product. His collapse near the end of the Super Bowl - as well as his press conference afterwards - show that. Still, he won a lot of Fantasy Championships last season and we expect him to continue to get better and better. He's a lock as a QB1 and could go as high as late first round in fantasy drafts.

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  Panthers | Re-sign Avius Capers    Thu May 19, 06:02 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Avius Capers was re-signed Thursday, May 19.

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  Panthers | Claim Marcus Lucas    Tue May 17, 05:57 PM

Free-agent WR Marcus Lucas (Bears) was claimed by the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, May 17.


  Panthers | Three UDFAs join Panthers    Mon May 16, 10:26 AM

Undrafted free-agent WR Miles Shuler, RB Jalen Simmons and TE Braxton Deaver (Duke) were signed by the Carolina Panthers Monday, May 16, on three-year deals. CB Ras-I Dowling and WR Jenson Stoshak were released.

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  Panthers | Brandon Boykin cut    Mon May 16, 10:11 AM

Carolina Panthers CB Brandon Boykin was cut Monday, May 16.

Footballguys view: Boykin just signed with the Panthers (on a one-year deal) earlier this year. In less the two months, the CB-desperate Panthers are sending him packing. This suggests there has to be some off-field problems with the vexing cornerback.

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  Panthers | Braxton Deaver could earn spot    Sun May 15, 03:26 PM

Undrafted free-agent TE Braxton Deaver (Duke) tried out for the Carolina Panthers at their two-day rookie minicamp. Head coach Ron Rivera said Deaver will be in consideration for one of the few remaining roster spots.

Footballguys view: In rookie minicamp, Deaver has impressed the writers in attendance because of his consistent hands. Rivera said "We liked what he did. He assimilated nicely to our offense and seemed to understand and grip what we wanted to do mentally and did some good things athletically. He's going to be part of our discussion later today." Deaver caught 75 passes for 890 yards over his career with the Blue Devils.

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  Panthers | Vernon Butler signs rookie deal    Fri May 13, 08:50 AM

Carolina Panthers DT Vernon Butler signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 13. All first-round deals have a fifth-year option.

Footballguys view: The Panthers already have great players on their defensive line, and Butler should fit right in. He's huge, has long arms and has the agility to get off the line quickly and create interior pressure on the quarterback. He'll begin his pro career as a rotational player behind Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short.

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  Panthers | Financials for Daryl Worley    Tue May 10, 10:02 PM

Carolina Panthers CB Daryl Worley signed a four-year deal worth $3.237 million with a signing bonus of $782,896 million. He was the team's third-round selection in the 2016 NFL draft.

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  Panthers | More on James Bradberry's deal    Tue May 10, 10:02 PM

Updating a previous report, the Carolina Panthers signed second-round pick CB James Bradberry to a four-year worth $3.96 million, with $1.332 million guaranteed. He also received a $1.08 million signing bonus.

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  Panthers | James Bradberry, Beau Sandland sign    Mon May 9, 10:11 PM

The Carolina Panthers signed CB James Bradberry and TE Beau Sandland to their four-year rookie deals Monday, May 9.

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  Panthers | Scott Simonson has surgery    Sun May 8, 04:58 PM

Carolina Panthers TE Scott Simonson (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, according to LB Luke Kuechly.

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  Panthers | Corey Brown had offseason surgery    Sun May 8, 04:49 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, according to LB Luke Kuechly.

Footballguys view: Last November, Brown missed a couple of games with a shoulder injury so it's no surprise he would get some sort of surgery this offseason. We'll see Brown man the slot for the Panthers with Kelvin Benjamin returning to the lineup on the outside.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly serving as caddie    Tue May 3, 12:30 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) will serve as TE Greg Olsen's caddie in a Pro-Am at the Wells Fargo Championship Wednesday, May 4. Head coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly has been fully cleared to do so.

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  Panthers | Seth Lobato invited to minicamp    Mon May 2, 02:52 PM

Free-agent QB Seth Lobato (Buccaneers) was invited to the Carolina Panthers' minicamp.

Footballguys view: Lobata is one of those early cards you get for your Madden Ultimate Team, so you know he's just a camp arm. He is an athletic quarterback, but the chances of him making the Panthers final roster are slim.

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  Panthers | Six UDFAs agree with Panthers    Sun May 1, 12:02 PM

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent FB/TE Andrew Bonnet (North Dakota State), S Jeremy Cash (Duke), WR Keyarris Garrett (Tulsa), RB Devon Johnson (Marshall), WR Jenson Stoshak (Florida Atlantic) and TE Jake McGee (Florida) on undisclosed deals.

Footballguys view: Garrett is a long receiver with deceptive speed and game in the air. It was surprising to see him go undrafted. Johnson is a smashmouth power back who could win a role in a running game that uses multiple backs. McGee and Cash were also among the top UDFAs, carrying draftable grades on most boards. The Panthers had the best UDFA haul of any team.

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  Panthers | Jared Norris headed to Charlotte    Sat Apr 30, 11:54 PM

The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent LB Jared Norris (Utah) on an undisclosed deal Saturday, April 30.

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  Panthers | Carolina works to fill secondary void    Fri Apr 29, 10:33 PM

The Carolina Panthers selected CBs Daryl Worley and James Bradberry in the second and third rounds of the 2016 NFL draft, as they attempt to replace CB Josh Norman, now with the Washington Redskins.

Footballguys view: Bradberry is a raw kid with great upside while Worley has great ball skills but mediocre speed.

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  Panthers | Vernon Butler expected to make impact    Fri Apr 29, 05:42 PM

Carolina Panthers DT Vernon Butler will be part of the defensive tackle situation and is expected to make an impact as a rookie, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.

Footballguys view: They could use some help shoring up the middle of the defense and Butler is going to walk right into a lot of responsibility from the moment he shows up at the facility.

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  Panthers | Robert Thomas claimed    Fri Apr 29, 04:52 PM

Miami Dolphins DT Robert Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers Friday, April 29.

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  Panthers | Vernon Butler goes to Panthers    Thu Apr 28, 11:34 PM

The Carolina Panthers selected Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler with the 30th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.

Footballguys view: Butler is a big, power guy who runs to the ball and who can rush the passer. The Panthers continue to put together an outstanding defense.

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  Panthers | Star Lotulelei has option picked up    Tue Apr 26, 10:43 AM

Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei had his fifth-year option exercised Tuesday, April 26.

Footballguys view: A great move for the Panthers here. Picking up the option will cost the team $6.7 million...a price easy to pay for one of the best in the league at his position. Expect the Panthers to now try and lock up fellow DT K.K. Short with a long-term deal.

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  Panthers | Cameron Artis-Payne arrested    Mon Apr 25, 04:46 PM

Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne was arrested Sunday, April 24, for speeding and reckless driving. He was driving 102 miles per hour in a 65 miles-per-hour zone. Neither alcohol nor drugs were involved, however. Artis-Payne was arrested on an unsecured $5,000 bond and only spent about 30 minutes in jail.

Footballguys view: This is a minor incident, and we don't think speeding...even speeding THAT much...will draw discipline from the NFL. However, with Roger Goodell you never know.

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  Panthers | Thomas Davis progressing with arm    Mon Apr 25, 03:41 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis (arm) said his arm is doing really well, adding that he's excited about where he is now as opposed to where he was a few weeks ago.

Footballguys view: He's one of the toughest players in the league and one of our long-time favorites at linebacker. Davis broke his forearm in the NFC Championship and underwent surgery the following day. The Panthers should take it easy on him as he continues his recovery.

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  Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin should be ready for camp    Mon Apr 25, 01:49 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) should be a full participant when training camp begins.

Footballguys view: Great news for the Panthers offense here. They made it to Super Bowl 50 last year without Benjamin, and his presence in the big game (and all season long) was sorely missed. He's a favorite target of Cam Newton, and Benjamin is a threat in the red zone because of his size and ability to box out smaller defenders.

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  Panthers | Josh Norman tried to sign tag    Mon Apr 25, 02:01 AM

Washington Redskins CB Josh Norman reportedly contacted team officials of the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, April 20, in an attempt to sign his franchise tag, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. It was too late, as the team had already notified the league it was rescinding his tag.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton expected to be at OTAs    Thu Apr 21, 01:23 PM

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera expects QB Cam Newton to be on the field for the start of organized team activities Monday, April 25.

Footballguys view: It's going to be a long season for Newton, who had an awful interview after his Super Bowl loss and has been dissected since. He's going to be under an intense spotlight and how he handles it will mean everything to the Panthers' chances to make a repeat appearance. We're hoping for the best, but concerned the pressure could get to him.

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  Panthers | Bene Benwikere should be ready    Thu Apr 21, 01:19 PM

Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (leg) is recovering from a fractured leg he suffered last September, but head coach Ron Rivera said Benwikere should be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin will be limited in OTAs    Thu Apr 21, 11:29 AM

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) will participate in organized team activities, but he'll be limited.

Footballguys view: This was a very effective offense without him, so imagine what it could look like when Benjamin is there. We think he's at least a solid WR2, but he has the upside to maybe creep into WR1 territory.

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  Panthers | CAR didn't want short Josh Norman deal    Thu Apr 21, 11:23 AM

Updating previous reports, free-agent CB Josh Norman (Panthers) had the franchise tag rescinded because the team became uncomfortable signing him to a one-year deal and didn't believe he'd sign a long-term pact, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. 'The more we thought about it, the more flexibility that $14 million would give us,' Gettleman said.

Footballguys view: There has to be more to this, otherwise the move would have been made long before now. That $14 million isn't as valuable when there isn't much to spend it on.

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  Panthers | CAR door not closed on Josh Norman    Thu Apr 21, 11:15 AM

Free-agent CB Josh Norman (Panthers) doesn't have the door closed to him if he wants to re-sign, according to Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman.

Footballguys view: It would have to be at the right price, and given what his camp is talking about, we wonder what that would look like. It wouldn't be bad to bring back a guy who helped you get to the Super Bowl, though.

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  Panthers | Josh Norman deal was not close     Wed Apr 20, 05:37 PM

Updating a previous item, Free-agent CB Josh Norman's (Panthers) desired long-term deal was not attainable, according to Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman.

Footballguys view: Likely he wanted money out of wack with what the position pays for in free agency. We'll see where he lands but can we start a Kickstarter to get the New York Giants to sign him and make him room with Odell Beckham Jr?

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  Panthers | Josh Norman becomes free agent    Wed Apr 20, 05:30 PM

Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman's franchise tag offer was rescinded Wednesday, April 20. He is now a free agent.

Footballguys view: Norman might want some of that sweet, sweet quarterback money. He's also not the easiest guy to deal with. The Panthers are being a bit risky, letting go of a guy who helped carry them to a Super Bowl appearance, but they also won't break the bank for a corner.

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  Panthers | Kendall Fuller to visit Panthers    Tue Apr 19, 11:42 AM

Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller will visit the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, April 20.

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  Panthers | Josh Norman not close to extension    Mon Apr 18, 07:44 PM

Carolina Panthers franchise free-agent CB Josh Norman is not close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension, according to a source. The Panthers have yet to come close to even matching this year's tag number, which is $13.952 million in 2016. Manager Dave Gettleman said the team is 'very comfortable' letting Norman play under the tag this year.

Footballguys view: Both sides continue to talk, but nothing is expected to heat up until after the draft. Norman has no current plans to hold out of training camp if a long-term deal isn't reached by July 15.

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  Panthers | Mike Remmers signs tender    Tue Apr 12, 11:43 AM

Carolina Panthers restricted free-agent OT Mike Remmers signed his tender Tuesday, April 12.

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  Panthers | Josh Norman hasn't signed tender    Mon Apr 11, 12:34 PM

Carolina Panthers franchise free-agent CB Josh Norman has yet to sign the franchise tag, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: He's unlikely to be with the team at the start of organized team activities if he hasn't signed by April 25, because Norman won't be under contract.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly update    Wed Apr 6, 02:16 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) has his arm sling off and said he's working on his range of motion after shoulder surgery in February.

Footballguys view: The Panthers won't rush him back when offseason training begins. He said he's on schedule, but he will be scaled back during the spring.

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  Panthers | Kyle Love re-signs    Mon Apr 4, 01:48 PM

Carolina Panthers DT Kyle Love re-signed a one-year deal with the Panthers Monday, April 4. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly on schedule    Thu Mar 31, 07:58 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) said he is on schedule in his rehabilitation process. Kuechly is six weeks removed from surgery to repair a shoulder injury. He is no longer in a sling and is gradually gaining strength and range of motion back in his shoulder. Kuechly also said he's been riding a bicycle a lot and doing lower body work, adding that it's going to be a gradual process to get back to full health by training camp.

Footballguys view: Kuechly is the heart of this defense, so it's vital and critical the Panthers get him healthy. It looks like he will be back in time for the heavy lifting in camp, though expect the team to be cautious with him. There's no need to push a veteran too hard and risk a setback.

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  Panthers | Brandon Boykin joins Carolina    Mon Mar 28, 01:04 PM

Free-agent CB Brandon Boykin (Steelers) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Monday, March 28. Financial terms of Boykins' deal weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: Boykin is a good slot corner who should make it onto the field when the Panthers use a nickel package. Boykins' signing likely won't affect franchise free-agent CB Josh Norman, who has yet to sign his tender and is looking for a long-term deal.

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  Panthers | Mackensie Alexander works out    Tue Mar 22, 07:10 PM

Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander worked out for the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, March 22. The Panthers own the 30th overall selection in this year's draft.

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