Panthers Rumors & News

  • Without Newton, Panthers offense still struggling

    Pro Football Talk "If Ron Rivera was upset at his “terrible” offense earlier this week, his reaction today ought to be special. Playing without quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers offense has flatlined in Tennessee, allowing the Titans to take a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. The Panthers’ offense turned the..." August 19

  • Cam Newton to see increase in workload next week

    Larry Brown Sports "Cam Newton appears on track to play in Week 1, with the Carolina Panthers reportedly poised to increase his workload in the week to come. Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network reported Sunday that, while Newton will sit out the team’s second preseason game, the Panthers aren’t sweating over the fact..." August 19

  • Ron Rivera not happy with “terrible” day from his offense

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers coach Ron Rivera saw an entire season derailed by injuries in 2016, when the Panthers became a 6-10 non-factor. So just because a few key players were on the sidelines yesterday, he wanted to make sure his players knew he wasn’t satisfied with the performance of his offense during..." August 18

  • Cam Newton’s throwing shoulder reportedly ‘feels fine’

    Larry Brown Sports "Cam Newton is not expected to play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, but that does not mean Carolina Panthers fans need to hit the panic button. While ESPN’s Dianna Russini said the Panthers decided to hold Newton out after evaluating his shoulder, it sounds like the..." August 18

  • Cam Newton won’t play in Panthers’ Week 2 preseason game

    Sportsnaut "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who’s recovering from shoulder surgery, is being held out of Saturday’s Week 2 preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. After getting his shoulder evaluated, the team has opted to play it safe with Newton, per Dianna Russini of ESPN. The Panthers..." August 18

  • Cam Newton still “rusty,” may not play this week

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is doing a little more each day, as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. But Panthers coach Ron Rivera still isn’t prepared to declare the former MVP ready to play in the preseason. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Newton threw about..." August 17

  • Greg Olsen’s not sweating whether he’s next for extension

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis broke the seal on contract extensions this week, which would seem to be good news for teammate Greg Olsen. But after failed attempts to get a raise this summer which included hints that he might hold out of training camp (though that was never likely), Olsen has..." August 17

  • Thomas Davis gets another contract extension from Panthers

    Sporting News "Thomas Davis has long said he plans to spend his entire career with the Panthers, but he's in no hurry to leave. The All-Pro linebacker has signed an extension that takes his contract through the 2018 season, the team announced Tuesday. NFL Media reported the new deal will net Davis an..." August 15

  • Panthers: Pieces in place for another Super Bowl run

    Sportsnaut "The Carolina Panthers experienced a bad Super Bowl hangover in 2016, falling from 15-1 to 6-10 and the NFC South cellar. Their season was a personification of the phrase: everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Quarterback Cam Newton became a punching bag, the running game fell apart, wide..." August 15

  • Other Panthers guard hoping for a long-term deal

    Pro Football Talk "During a recent visit to PFT Live, Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney made it clear than any player on the team is possibly eligible for a new contract. One who hopes to get a new deal is the bookend to recently-extended guard Trai Turner. Guard Andrew Norwell, who is operating under a one-year..." August 13

  • Cam Newton throws again during team drills "The latest on Cam Newton's shoulder continues to be good news. Five days after throwing in team drills for the first time since July 30, the Panthers quarterback was again slinging it during team drills on Sunday, per Max Henson of the team's official site. Carolina is wisely being cautious..." August 13

  • Greg Olsen: A lot more we need to know about concussions

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has given a lot of thought to the risks of brain injury on the football field, and he’d like to learn more. Olsen noted on PFT Live that studies showing CTE in the overwhelming majority of deceased NFL players are only one piece of an enormous puzzle linking..." August 11

  • McCaffrey looks special, but Panthers still have to use him in the right ways

    CBS Sports "No doubt about it: Christian McCaffrey belongs in the NFL. The rookie out of Stanford saw limited action for the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday night in the preseason opener against the Houston Texans, but it was clear how much he can bring to an offense that was staid, at best, in 2016. One..." August 10

  • Vernon Butler knee injury not believed to be serious

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers defensive tackle Vernon Butler exited Wednesday night’s preseason game with a knee injury, but it’s not believed to be serious. The injury is thought to be “just a sprain,” according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Butler will have an MRI today, which the Panthers hope will confirm..." August 10

  • Roger Goodell in favor of shortening preseason to 3 games

    WEEI Boston "Every football fan would agree, the NFL preseason is very boring, and it appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would agree. “When I go around to fans, that’s maybe the No. 1 thing I hear,” Goodell said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “The NFL should do things to the highest possible standards...." August 10

  • NFL To Hire Full Time Officials For First Time In League History

    Real GM Football "For the first time in NFL history, the league will have 21 to 24 full-time officials. Under the plan, each of the seven field officiating positions will be represented, with no more than five coming from one position. The full-time officials will come from the current roster of 124 game..." August 09

  • Panthers claim Arthur Miley, waive Dean Marlowe

    Pro Football Talk "Defensive end Arthur Miley is getting a second look from the Panthers. The team announced on Tuesday that they have claimed Miley off of waivers and added him to their 90-man roster. Miley was waived by the Dolphins on Monday after they made Jay Cutler’s addition official." August 08

  • Cam Newton to test sore shoulder 'at some point' in preseason, report says

    Sporting News "Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who has been resting his surgically repaired throwing shoulder in camp, won't play in the team's preseason game Wednesday but is expected to play "at some point" in the preseason, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source. Newton threw..." August 08

  • Panthers LB Ben Boulware: Beard makes me 'one of the hottest ugly guys on the team'

    Sporting News "Ben Boulware already has stiff competition at Panthers training camp, but it isn't over football. The rookie linebacker said he has the best beard on the team, but defensive tackle Star Lotulelei said his beard is the best. "(Lotulelei) has better length than me, but mine has more..." August 07

  • Panthers' Star Lotulelei isn't worried about his lack of a new contract

    CBS Sports "The Carolina Panthers underwent a management transition earlier this offseason, casting former general manager Dave Gettleman aside and installing Marty Hurney as the interim man in charge. Hurney, of course, was the team's general manager prior to Gettleman, and he developed a reputation for..." August 07

  • Panthers' Jeremy Cash booted from practice for going low on Christian McCaffrey

    Sporting News "Someone should let Jeremy Cash know that training camp is a time for practice. During Carolina's workout at Wofford College on Sunday, the Panthers' second-year linebacker was booted from practice after laying a low hit on rookie running back Christian McCaffrey, the Charlotte Observer..." August 07

  • Cam Newton hasn't thrown a pass in a week since shoulder tweak

    Yardbarker "While it’s not time to press the panic button, it’s safe to say that the Carolina Panthers have some reason to be at least a bit concerned about Cam Newton. On Monday, Newton left practice with a sore shoulder. It was largely seen as a precautionary measure. But nearly a week later, David..." August 06

  • Panthers looking to extend veterans Greg Olsen, Thomas Davis

    Sportsnaut "If we were expecting new Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney to shake things up following the firing of Dave Gettleman, we can now throw that idea completely out the window. One of Hurney’s first orders of business was to sign star guard Trai Turner to a lucrative contract..." August 04

  • Unable to walk in February, Panthers’ Charles Johnson wondered if his career was over

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson roared to life during team drills at Wofford College last week as he ran down scat back Fozzy Whittaker. At 6-2 and 278 pounds, he would have eaten Whittaker’s breakfast, and his lunch too, had he been allowed to hit at full power. It was a..." August 04

  • Panthers interim GM Marty Hurney on his future with team: 'One day at a time'

    CBS Sports "Marty Hurney might only be an interim general manager for the moment, but he isn't closing the door on being the answer for the Panthers long-term. "One day at a time, that's how this business is," Hurney said on PFT Live. "Right now that's the job and anybody who has done this job knows you..." August 03

  • Panthers Signing DB Devonte Johnson

    NFL Trade Rumors "DEC Management announced that their client DB Devonte Johnson has signed a contract with the Panthers. Johnson, 24, wound up signing a three-year, $1.62 million contract with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Weber State back in May of last year. He was waived coming out of the..." August 02

  • Panthers have cut Brenton Bersin four times. So why does he keep coming back?

    Charlotte Observer "Brenton Bersin is all too familiar with Spartanburg. He’s spent 10 straight training camps at Wofford College – six with the Carolina Panthers and four as a Wofford receiver. Of the 13 receivers on Carolina’s roster, Bersin’s been with the team the longest, and he’s as familiar with the..." August 01

  • Kelvin Benjamin dropped nearly 30 pounds this offseason

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers coach Ron Rivera opened the door to criticism of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s weight this offseason, by being the first to bring it up. But when Benjamin reported to camp, Rivera avoided numbers, saying just that Benjamin was “where he needs to be” in terms of weight. Now we have..." August 01

  • Sore shoulder keeps Cam Newton from throwing Tuesday

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers rested Cam Newton during the second half of their practice on Sunday because it was the end of a run of five practices in as many days and they wanted him to rest after having right shoulder surgery this offseason. Carolina had a day off on Monday and Newton was on the field..." August 01

  • Cam Newton takes half of practice off as he recovers from shoulder surgery

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers are getting their first day off of training camp today, but quarterback Cam Newton got a head start on some rest and recovery. According to Bryan Strickland of the team’s official website, Newton sat out the last three team periods of last night’s practice as part of his return..." July 31

  • Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson lost weight, but can he gain playing time?

    Charlotte Observer "There’s less of Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Shaq Thompson this year, which might mean more of him on the field. After the Panthers drafted him 28th overall in 2015, Thompson spent a sizable chunk of his first two seasons playing behind Pro Bowl linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas..." July 30

  • Jonathan Stewart: Nobody in NFL can cover Christian McCaffrey 1-on-1

    Sportsnaut "The superlatives continue to flow out from everyone who watches Carolina Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey in action. This includes his own teammates, who gushed about his abilities during OTAs and minicamp. Now that he’s had a chance to wow in training camp, he’s continuing to..." July 30

  • Panthers players raving about rookie Christian McCaffrey

    Sporting News "Each NFL preseason there are a handful of rookies who play better than advertised, causing buzz among players and fans. Christian McCaffrey has fit that description at the Carolina Panthers training camp this week. Expectations are already sky-high for the former Stanford All-American who went..." July 29

  • Panthers roast Colin Cowherd for Cam Newton comments

    Larry Brown Sports "The Panthers defended Cam Newton via social media after Colin Cowherd made less than flattering remarks about their quarterback’s style of play. During his radio show on Friday, Cowherd discussed his thoughts on quarterbacks who are proficient at running with the football. Among his comments..." July 29

  • Curtis Samuel dealing with a hamstring strain

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers will be without their second-round pick for at least a little while. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel did not practice with the team on Friday after feeling tightness in his hamstring at the end of Thursday’s session. The team is calling the injury a hamstring strain and he left camp at..." July 28

  • Report: NFL To Walk Away From Deal To Fund Concussion Research With $16 Million Unpaid

    Deadspin "The NFL has given the National Institutes of Health less than half of the $30 million they promised for concussion research five years ago, and after repeatedly trying to influence how their “unrestricted gift” was used, the league is letting their agreement expire with no plans to finish paying..." July 28

  • Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones top pass-catchers in 'Madden NFL 18'

    Sporting News "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finished last year's reign as the "Madden" cover athlete rated 99 overall, despite an injury that cut his season short. For "Madden NFL 18," he'll begin at 98. Gronkowski is the highest-rated tight end in the game, with Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham, and Delanie..." July 27

  • Cam Newton on running less often: Do you ask a lion not to roar?

    Pro Football Talk "The selection of running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Curtis Samuel in the first two rounds of this year’s draft led to a lot of offseason discussion about the Panthers’ offensive plans for the 2017 season. A lot of that discussion focused on getting the ball out of quarterback..." July 27

  • Congress demands NFL pays $18 million bill

    Sportsnaut "The NFL still owes $18 million on a five-year agreement with the National Institutes of Health stemming from a concussion research program conducted by the two organizations. Back in 2012, the NFL announced that it would be handing NIH $30 million to help the Institutes study the long-term..." July 27

  • New-Look Cam Newton Shows Up to Camp Looking Impressively Ripped

    12 Up "​Two seasons ago, the Carolina Panthers were within one game of the Lombardi Trophy. Cam Newton was torching defenses with his arm and feet en route to a 15-1 record. Newton took home MVP honors, but fell ultimately fell short in the biggest of games, with questions suddenly cropping up about..." July 26

  • Thomas Davis says contract talks are ongoing

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers tight end Greg Olsen talked about a potential training camp holdout as part of his push for a new deal with the team, but reported on time Tuesday and said that he made the call because he “didn’t feel like it was right to add fuel to the fire and be a distraction” after the team’s recent..." July 26

  • Ron Rivera: Kelvin Benjamin ‘where he needs to be’ with weight

    Larry Brown Sports "Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin looked overweight and slow during practice earlier this offseason, but apparently he has lost a few pounds leading up to training camp. With the Panthers set to begin training camp on Wednesday, head coach Ron Rivera says he does not anticipate..." July 25

  • CTE found in 99% of studied brains from deceased NFL players

    CNN "Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. The neurodegenerative brain disease can be found in individuals who have been exposed to..." July 25

  • Panthers' Greg Olsen won't hold out, to play out deal "Greg Olsen has reported for duty. The Panthers tight end appeared at the team facility on Tuesday and made it clear he has no plans to hold out. Telling reporters that he "will play out" his contract, Olsen talked about putting the team first following a chaotic week that saw the Panthers..." July 25

  • Task for Carolina’s defense in camp? Get angry, and stay angry

    Charlotte Observer "Football players really, really like the overused phrase “iron sharpens iron.” In the case of the 2017 Carolina Panthers, the saying might carry a little more weight than a quip at the bottom of an Instagram post following a particularly grueling workout. As they begin training camp in..." July 25

  • Panthers TE Greg Olsen makes decision on training camp holdout

    Charlotte Observer "For all the turmoil the Carolina Panthers have faced this offseason, at least they won’t have to deal with a training camp holdout by one of their best players. Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen plans to report to Wofford on Tuesday with the rest of his teammates, according to a source with..." July 24

  • An Uber driver suing Michael Oher says ex-Panthers OL 'attacked' and 'bit' him

    CBS Sports "The Panthers recently released Michael Oher, their former left tackle, but the man who was the focal point of "The Blind Side" book and movie remains in the news. Oher was ditched by Carolina after failing a physical, likely stemming from concussion issues he suffered during the early part of..." July 22

  • Michael Oher sued by Uber driver for assault

    Pro Football Talk "Michael Oher’s bad week keeps getting worse. According to the Associated Press, the former Panthers left tackle — who was released Thursday — has now been sued in connection with the Nashville incident in which he was accused of assaulting an Uber driver. Oher faces misdemeanor charges from..." July 21

  • Panthers QB Cam Newton expected to be ready for camp

    Sportsnaut "When the Carolina Panthers open up training camp next week, star quarterback Cam Newton is expected to be ready to take to the field. Newton underwent offseason shoulder surgery and missed the entire program during the summer. It has long been antipicated that Newton would be able to return to..." July 21

  • Trai Turner, Panthers Agree to 4-Year Contract Extension

    Bleacher Report "Carolina Panthers right guard Trai Turner announced Thursday that he signed a four-year contract extension with the team. Turner made the news public with the following tweet. Per Spotrac, the 2017 season will be the final year of Turner's rookie contract, and he is set to make $1.79..." July 20

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