Panthers Rumors & News

  • Cam Newton throws for first time since shoulder surgery, will be ‘100 percent’ for training camp

    Sportsnaut "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finally resumed throwing for the first time in nearly six months after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. The team website features a short video in which you can see Newton throwing short passes to head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. “Cool,”..." June 26

  • Gettleman “frustrate[d]” by media reaction to Kelvin Benjamin’s weight

    Pro Football Talk "One of the headlines from Charlotte in the early days of the offseason program related to the size of the body of Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Now that Benjamin apparently is in shape, Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman has a few things to say about the reaction to Benjamin’s bloat. “This is..." June 25

  • Cam Newton: A Super Bowl ring is the one thing missing from my life

    Charlotte Observer "For Cam Newton, football and success were the only options. At his fifth annual 7-on-7 football tournament at Providence Day School on Saturday, the Carolina Panthers quarterback addressed 20 high school teams from North and South Carolina with a brief but pointed message: only those who..." June 25

  • Gettleman: "It's time" for Panthers wideouts "A problem with the NFL's place inside a never-ending news cycle is storylines can so easily and so often transform into overblown headlines. Especially during 'dead periods.' Case in point: The overreaction after wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin showed up weighing more than he should have this..." June 24

  • Panthers star LUUUUKE Kuechly becomes national soup-selling spokesman

    Charlotte Observer "It’s been a pretty good week for Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. Despite missing the final six games of the 2016 season with a concussion, Kuechly still was ranked as the league’s 20th best player by his NFL peers. Kuechly was ranked No. 7 a year ago. Still, he is the highest-ranking..." June 23

  • Antonio Brown freaks everyone out wearing Panthers helmet practicing at home

    Yardbarker "Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s life is practically an open book. He updates his social media accounts multiple times a day showing off and documenting his rigorous exercise habits. On Wednesday, Brown posted a Snapchat of himself wearing a Carolina Panthers helmet while..." June 22

  • Cam Newton is a great leader, unless he isn’t

    Pro Football Talk "Cam Newton makes people stupid. And sometimes, he makes them say things which are the opposite of things they said previously. In a classic case of late-June hot-takery, former NFL defensive lineman Booger McFarland has declared Panthers quarterback Cam Newton a phony. “People I talk to..." June 22

  • Panthers’ Greg Olsen Not Ruling Out Holdout

    Pro Football Rumors "Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has already indicated his desire for a new contract, and during today’s appearance on Adam Schefter’s Know Them From Adam podcast, Olsen didn’t rule out the idea of skipping training camp in an effort to land a reworked deal. “I think it’s early right now,” Olsen..." June 22

  • GM lauds Panthers' attitude: It feels like '2015 all over again' "As much as the Panthers didn’t want to admit it, a Super Bowl hangover affected them en route to a 6-10 record in 2016. General manager Dave Gettleman conceded as much late last week. “Last year we were tired, and I think guys got carried away,” he said. “It’s hard – I’ve seen a Super Bowl..." June 21

  • Greg Olsen on contract: Business should reflect productivity

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is under contract through the end of the 2018 season, but his desire for another deal became a topic during last week’s minicamp. Olsen was asked if he hoped the Panthers would rework his deal, which calls for him to make $6.5 million in base salary in each of the..." June 21

  • Five things we’ve learned about Kelvin Benjamin’s shape, Michael Oher’s future, more

    Charlotte Observer "As hard as Roger Goodell has tried to make the NFL a 365-days-a-year celebration – “Let’s have a schedule release party! I’ll bring the guac!” – he has not yet found a way to fill the five-plus weeks between the end of minicamps and the start of training camps. If you’re reading or hearing much..." June 19

  • Kelvin Benjamin looks to have gotten himself back in shape

    Sportsnaut "Kelvin Benjamin earned some criticism from Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera for showing up to offseason workouts out of shape. After the team’s minicamp had concluded, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer noted Benjamin seems to have worked himself back into shape. Though, he also..." June 19

  • Still recovering from a concussion, Michael Oher may soon get cut

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers left tackle Michael Oher still hasn’t been cleared to return from the concussion he suffered in September, and he may never return to play for the Panthers again. According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers appear ready to move on from Oher. Oher did show up..." June 19

  • For Panthers’ Charles Johnson, a different kind of Father’s Day

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson never celebrated Father’s Day while growing up in Hawkinsville, Ga. The town of less than 6,000 people was large enough to contain Johnson’s mother, Jacqueline Kearney, and his grandmother, aunts, coaches and friends, all of whom had a hand in..." June 17

  • Star Lotulelei coming off shoulder surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Cam Newton’s not the only important Panthers player coming off shoulder surgery. But the one Star Lotulelei had doesn’t appear to have been as complicated. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers defensive tackle is recovering from a procedure to “clean up” his..." June 16

  • Panthers make changes to scouting, football operations staffs

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers announced changes to their scouting and football operations staffs. They hired Rob Hanrahan as a pro scout and David Turner as a BLESTO scout and named Bryan Porter as director of football operations and Mike Anderson as assistant director of football operations. Porter joined..." June 15

  • Panthers let Cam Newton call plays during practice

    Pro Football Talk "Yet there is a bravado emanating from South Beach, where the Miami Dolphins players sound ready to make a run at the Patriots. One example: earlier this offseason receiver Jarvis Landry said Miami would sweep New England in 2017. Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh joined NFL Network's Good..." June 15

  • Christian McCaffrey joins Panthers teammates at minicamp

    Sportress of Blogitude "Christian McCaffrey, the standout former Stanford running back selected by the Carolina Panthers with the eighth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, officially joined his teammates on the practice field during minicamp for the first time Thursday morning. Photographic evidence of McCaffrey in his..." June 15

  • Panthers’ Greg Olsen wants to tear up his contract, but team might not be willing

    Charlotte Observer "In the spring of 2015 the Carolina Panthers moved to lock up tight end Greg Olsen, who was coming off the first 1,000-yard receiving season of his career. The Panthers signed Olsen to a three-year extension worth $22.5 million, with $12 million guaranteed. All Olsen has done since then is..." June 14

  • Greg Olsen sees a rejuvenated Luke Kuechly

    Fanrag Sports "The Carolina Panthers lost their best defender midway through the 2016 season when linebacker Luke Kuechly suffered a severe concussion. He’s back to his old self and in great shape, according to tight end Greg Olsen. “This is as physically ready,” Olsen said on Tuesday’s edition of The Rich..." June 13

  • Michael Oher in Charlotte after reconnecting with Panthers "Tackle Michael Oher on Tuesday morning flew from Nashville to Charlotte, where the Panthers were beginning this week's mandatory minicamp. Oher, who's been in the NFL's concussion protocol since late September, is scheduled to meet with doctors. "As I said Friday, this is not about..." June 13

  • Cam Newton not ready to throw at this week’s minicamp

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers were hoping Cam Newton’s surgically repaired shoulder would be healed well enough for him to throw at this week’s minicamp. But that turned out not to be the case. The team confirmed today that Newton, who is still recovering from surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff, will not..." June 13

  • Christian McCaffrey’s not doing “anything fun” while he waits

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey has had more time off than he’d prefer, but he hasn’t used it for anything exciting. McCaffrey told David Newton of that other than going to a Rockies game one night while home in Colorado, his spring vacation has lacked action. “I..." June 12

  • Panthers’ Cam Newton gets in some game-condition throws – sort of – for a good cause

    Charlotte Observer "At one end of Memorial Stadium on a beautiful Friday afternoon was former Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, the current Washington corner who famously fought with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during a training camp practice two years ago. At the other end was the Tampa Bay..." June 11

  • Panthers say Michael Oher’s health is their top priority "With many still wondering if Michael Oher will be at next week’s mandatory minicamp, the offensive tackle may have hinted at the answer on Instagram Thursday night with a picture that was posted and quickly deleted. On Friday, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman made clear his concern about..." June 10

  • Eugene Monroe responds to Michael Oher's pill bottle Instagram post

    Sporting News "When Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher gave the world a glimpse of what concussion recovery in the NFL looks like, it was only a matter of time before retired offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, Oher's former Ravens teammate, chimed in. A photo displaying a cluster of prescription pill bottles..." June 09

  • Olsen: Rule keeping McCaffrey from Panthers camp 'antiquated' "The displeasure with a rule that is keeping prized first-round pick Christian McCaffrey from joining the Panthers for organized team activities and minicamp has reached the team's locker room. The NFL mandates that draft picks from schools on a quarter system can only participate in rookie..." June 08

  • Ex-NFL running back Darrin Reaves arrested on felony charges

    USA Today "Police in Illinois arrested former NFL and University of Alabama-Birmingham running back Darrin Reaves after a confrontation at a woman’s residence earlier this week, according to police and courts records. Reaves, 24, allegedly blocked the doorway to prevent the woman from leaving a room and..." June 08

  • Players' union believes language in many rookie deals violates CBA

    ESPN "The NFL Players Association has identified language in about 160 of this year's rookie contracts that it believes violates the collective bargaining agreement and is considering filing grievances to have the deals voided. "The union has undergone a comprehensive review of rookie contracts and..." June 07

  • Almost a Blue Devil, Panthers’ Luke Kuechly ready to help team return to Super Bowl

    Charlotte Observer "Luke Kuechly may have played his college football at Boston College, but the Carolina Panthers linebacker almost ended up at Duke for three seasons. “I took a visit down to Duke, and I loved it,” Kuechly said. “Coach (David) Cutcliffe and those guys do a great job at that school.” Kuechly,..." June 05

  • Cam Newton to begin throwing on side at minicamp

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have been confident that even though quarterback Cam Newton waited until March to have shoulder surgery, that he’d be ready for training camp. He appears to be close to at least a small step in that direction. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Panthers coach Ron..." June 05

  • Luke Kuechly wants no part of Christian McCaffrey in practice

    The Sports Daily "Luke Kuechly is pulling rank this offseason. He’s so impressed with Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey that he wants to delegate the task of covering him in practice to other linebackers. “He’s going to be a nightmare for us. It’ll be a good challenge for us. We’ll put Thomas..." June 05

  • Here’s why Panthers aren’t scared by Bucs’ O.J. Howard, Falcons’ Devonta Freeman

    Charlotte Observer "The quietest player in the linebackers’ corner of the Carolina Panthers locker room could very well be that group’s most important defensive weapon in the years to come. Shaq Thompson won’t be Carolina’s starter in Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season, and he knows it. That’s still veteran Thomas..." June 03

  • Is The NFLPA Still Preparing For A Lockout?

    Pro Football Rumors "We learned back in May that the NFLPA’s board of representatives had approved a plan that would set aside millions of dollars into a “work-stoppage fund,” allowing the players to make some money if an NFL season is cancelled or delayed. Now, it sounds like the Players Association wants the..." June 03

  • The NFL will allow liquor ads during their games this year

    The Comeback "You’re about to start seeing liquor ads during NFL games this season. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL has relented on allowing liquor ads during games, though the total spots will be limited to just four per game and two during pre and postgame shows. The NFL said it will accept..." June 03

  • Panthers wideout Brenton Bersin had ankle surgery

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers aren’t particularly deep at wide receiver, and one of the guys they were hoping would compete for a job will be out until training camp. Via Max Henson of the team’s official website, wide receiver Brenton Bersin had surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his ankle. The work..." June 02

  • Panthers have had preliminary talks on Trai Turner extension

    Charlotte Observer "Trai Turner ran onto the Carolina Panthers’ practice field Tuesday a little late after having flight issues following the long holiday weekend. He walked off about 90 minutes later without stopping to talk to a reporter, politely declining an interview request. It’s hard to blame him: The..." June 02

  • John Clayton cracks joke after being laid off by ESPN

    Sportsnaut "With ESPN since 1995, long-time NFL reporter John Clayton received news that he was the latest victim of layoffs from the sports leader. It’s just the latest example of ESPN cutting its budget as a way to make up for sagging ratings and profits. In confirming the news on Wednesday, the..." May 31

  • NFLPA wants players to start saving money in advance of next work stoppage

    Pro Football Talk "It’s already been six years since the last NFL work stoppage. Which means that it’s only four years until, possibly, the next one. The NFL Players Association wants its players to be ready for it then by saving money now. “We wound up in a situation where unfortunately [savings] didn’t..." May 31

  • 11 recent NFL Draft picks on the verge of becoming busts

    Fox Sports "Every year, a handful of players taken in the first round turn out to be busts. It’s a disappointing trend in the NFL, but it’s the harsh reality teams and players have to face. There are a number of guys taken in recent drafts who are on the verge of becoming draft busts. Whether it’s due to..." May 31

  • Will Stewart lose carries to McCaffrey? 'Who cares?' "Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart does not seem concerned about the presence of a highly drafted rookie who happens to play the same position as he does. "Stop talking about that. Who cares?" Stewart said Tuesday to on whether first-rounder Christian McCaffrey might see more..." May 30

  • Rookie Taylor Moton is promising, but Michael Oher key for tackle depth

    ESPN "In some form or fashion, offensive tackle Michael Oher was a part of many of your questions on the Carolina Panthers this Memorial Day weekend. This one hit on many aspects. The question centered on depth at tackle if Oher, who has been in the concussion protocol since September and hasn't..." May 29

  • What Panthers defense needs – experience, confidence, ball skills – Mike Adams brings

    Charlotte Observer "An NFL safety must brim with confidence, so let’s put new Carolina Panthers safety Mike Adams to the test. OK, Mike, you went to Delaware, right? The Fighting Blue Hens? Better known as the school of Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback Joe Flacco? “Nah,” Adams said, laughing. “That’s not Joe..." May 28

  • Surprised Panthers drafted Alex Armah? His dad isn’t – and always hoped for Carolina

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers sixth-round draft pick Alex Armah was watching the draft last month from his parents’ home in Georgia and mentally preparing himself to become an undrafted free agent pickup. He was a two-way star both in high school and at West Georgia, but with each program he had to work..." May 27

  • NFL continues to punish top assistant coaches

    ALL 22 "There are probably a lot of disappointed assistant coaches around the NFL this week. At the beginning of the week, there was a sense of joy and triumph amongst them. However, that elation and satisfaction has been tabled. On Tuesday, when the NFL owners met in Chicago for their annual May..." May 26

  • Kelvin Benjamin looks out of shape at Panthers OTAs and even he's disappointed

    CBS Sports "There is an oft-used phrase in the NFL offseason that involves players being in "the best shape of their lives." Kelvin Benjamin, admittedly, is not at that point right now. The Panthers recently picked up Benjamin's fifth-year option despite concerns about Benjamin's weight and denied rumors..." May 26

  • Ron Rivera rips ‘unfair’ criticism of Kelvin Benjamin's weight

    Yardbarker "One of the more prevalent storylines coming out of the Carolina Panthers’ offseason program has been the shape of receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Or rather, that he’s not in good shape at all. Head coach Ron Rivera got this particular ball rolling last month when he mentioned he was “concerned” that..." May 25

  • Luke Kuechly says he’s done talking about concussions

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has missed nine games over the last two seasons because of concussions with the last few of those came after he was cleared to return last year. The Panthers chose to hold Kuechly out as a precaution with the playoffs out of reach in a decision that didn’t do..." May 25

  • Panthers shuffle scouting department, but what will they do with Brandon Beane’s spot?

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers have shuffled their scouting department in the wake of Brandon Beane’s exit to Buffalo. The moves mean a lot of new titles, but keep the stability that general manager Dave Gettleman has sought since arriving in Charlotte four years ago. The team is not expected to fill..." May 23

  • Kelvin Benjamin looks overweight and slow during OTAs

    Larry Brown Sports "It is no secret that Kelvin Benjamin has struggled with conditioning issues throughout his NFL career, and it appears the star receiver has a long way to go before he is considered in shape for the 2017 season. With the Panthers having begun organized team activities this week, team reporter..." May 23