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  • Panthers running backs have a new plan to bounce back from underwhelming 2017 season

    Charlotte Observer "There’s no point in sugarcoating it: The Carolina Panthers’ running backs underwhelmed in 2017. The tandem of Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey combined for 1,115 rushing yards (with 680 and 435, respectively) and the team’s leading rusher was quarterback Cam..." July 17

  • Christian McCaffrey could get more catches as C.J. Anderson takes over as lead back

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers are planning to use C.J. Anderson as their feature back, leaving Christian McCaffrey in a similar role he had last season, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports. Jonathan Stewart and McCaffrey combined for only 1,115 rushing yards last season, with..." July 16

  • John Schnatter: ‘Papa John’s Doesn’t Want To Do Business With Roger Goodell’

    Total Pro Sports "ohn Schnatter clearly has a wish to end everything he has worded for up to this point, and it’s taken just under a year for him to completely destroy his image. The Papa Johns founder is already at rock bottom, but he decided to dig an even bigger hole on Friday during a recent..." July 15

  • NFLPA exec: 'There are serious consequences' to legalized sports betting

    The Score "NFLPA vice president of business and legal affairs Casey Schwab stated that legalized sports betting could have immense ramifications concerning player privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 in May that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unconstitutional,..." July 15

  • Why education is so important to Kawann Short "With his summer vacation slowly dwindling, defensive tackle Kawann Short spent this past weekend working. And while football was involved, it wasn't really about football. For the third consecutive summer, Short welcomed nearly 300 youngsters from in and around his hometown of..." July 12

  • Panthers fire general counsel Richard Thigpen

    Pro Football Talk "The next shoe has fallen in Carolina, with another Jerry Richardson lieutenant heading for the door. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that new owner David Tepper has fired Panthers general counsel Richard Thigpen. Of course, that was #asexpected, as he was..." July 11

  • Is Cam Newton on the hot seat this season?

    Sportsnaut "It’s no secret that Cam Newton has struggled mightily since taking the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50. But could he really be on the hot seat? That’s something ESPN’s David Newton threw out there in an article about NFC South players and coaches on the hot..." July 11

  • NFLPA Files Grievance Over NFL’s Anthem Policy

    Pro Football Rumors "The players’ union is filing a grievance against the NFL’s new anthem policy, the NFLPA announced on Tuesday. The union argues that the new policy violates the rights of players.  “Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players..." July 10

  • New Panthers owner contractually obligated to keep Richardson statue standing

    The Score "At his introductory press conference, new Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper announced a new day has dawned on the franchise, but stark symbols of the past will remain. Tepper was asked if the 13-foot statue of former owner Jerry Richardson will continue to stand outside..." July 10

  • Panthers Finalize Sale To David Tepper

    Pro Football Rumors "It’s a done deal. On Monday, the Panthers announced that the sale of the Panthers from Jerry Richardson to David Tepper has been finalized. “I am thrilled to begin this new era of Carolina Panthers football and am humbled by the overwhelming excitement..." July 09

  • Panthers COO Tina Becker resigns

    Pro Football Talk "The first change of the David Tepper era with the Panthers has come, and it was #asexpected. The Panthers announced that chief operating officer Tina Becker has resigned. She was former owner Jerry Richardson’s top lieutenant on the business side, and was appointed to..." July 09

  • NFL adds 15-yard penalty for grounds crew clearing snow for a field goal

    Pro Football Talk "Just before Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri lined up for a game-tying extra point on a snowy day last season in Buffalo, the Colts sent some sideline personnel onto the field to attempt to remove snow from the area where the kick would be lined up, and help Vinatieri get better footing...." July 06

  • NFL Still Has a Cheating Problem

    Bleacher Report "There's never been a player who quietly inspired more love, and potentially more hate, among NFL wide receivers than the Patriots' Julian Edelman. For years, there have been two differing opinions about Edelman. Some believed he was special—a..." July 06

  • Trump: NFL’s new anthem policy is ‘worse’ than old one

    New York Post "President Donald Trump is not done with the NFL yet, saying the league’s new national anthem policy is “worse” than the original one. During a campaign rally in Great Falls, Mont., Trump took aim at the NFL’s new policy again, which was passed in May and..." July 06

  • The NFL coaches likely on the hot seat

    Houston Chronicle "NFL teams are preparing for training camp and the 2018 season. There are coaches who seem to be on the proverbial hot seat. Three divisions – AFC South, NFC North and NFC West – don't have coaches who have trouble sitting as they enter crucial seasons. It'll be..." July 06

  • Fully-guaranteed NFL deal would result in shorter contracts

    Pro Football Talk "It’s the annual NBA free-agency frenzy, featuring B-level players getting more money than A-list NFL stars. Among other things, the money handed out to basketball players renews calls for fully-guaranteed NFL contracts. This year, Chargers left tackle and NFLPA executive..." July 04

  • A new chapter is about to begin for the Carolina Panthers. Here's what we know

    Charlotte Observer "David Tepper's $2.275 billion deal to buy the Carolina Panthers is expected to close in the next two weeks, drawing to an end the era of team founder Jerry Richardson. The sale itself is expected to close without much fanfare, but the change of ownership marks a major change in the history..." June 30

  • NFL saw 73 percent rise in preseason concussions last year

    Pro Football Talk "When training camps open around the league next month, the NFL wants teams to be mindful of the spike in preseason concussions last year. The NFL found that preseason concussions were up 73 percent from 2016 and that most of them occurred in 11-on-11 drills conducted in practices..." June 29

  • NFL Fines Former Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson $2.75M For Workplace Misconduct

    NFL Trade Rumors "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday that former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been fined $2.75 million after the allegations made against him were substantiated by the league. This money will go to support organizations addressing..." June 28

  • Tom Brady And Aaron Rodgers Headline The Seven Players With 99 Ratings In ‘Madden NFL 19’

    Uproxx "The biggest honor in sports video games might be receiving a 99 rating in a Madden game. EA Sports hands out a few 99s each year as a way to signify the NFL players they believe are in a class of their own. This year, the honor went out to seven players in Madden NFL 19, four of..." June 27

  • Panthers WR Curtis Samuel bought his own JUGS machine

    Yardbarker "To make it big at the highest level of competition, professional athletes explore all sorts of ways to improve their craft. Carolina Panthers receiver Curtis Samuel, who’s about to enter a critical season after a mostly wasted rookie campaign, is doing just that. According to..." June 25

  • Panthers' Charles Johnson to retire?

    Yardbarker "According to Bill Voth of, longtime Panther Charles Johnson is planning to retire, he just hasn’t made it official yet. However, Voth says that if the team were to make overtures to Johnson, the Georgia product would not hesitate to come back. Not too long..." June 24

  • At $780,000 per game, he could be the Panthers' most underrated player

    Charlotte Observer "It’s hard to work up a lot of sympathy for a guy pulling in north of $780,000 a game this season – and Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short certainly isn’t looking for any. While Short got his mega-contract (five years, $80 million) last year, what he has..." June 24

  • Panthers CB playing fast again. Is he on fast track to starting role?

    Charlotte Observer "For Carolina Panthers cornerback Kevon Seymour, it wasn’t the heat, it was the humidity — not to mention that he was joining his new team on the eve of the regular season. Seymour’s 11th-hour arrival from Buffalo last September made for a tough transition, as did..." June 21

  • Taylor Heinicke hoping to catch on with Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers are inexperienced at quarterback behind Cam Newton. After letting Derek Anderson walk in free agency, Carolina has Garrett Gilbert, its third-stringer last season, rookie Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke, claimed by the Panthers on April 16 after the Texans waived..." June 21

  • Report: Panthers not renewing contract of Don Gregory

    247 Sports "The Carolina Panthers are moving on without one of their longest-tenured front office members. Don Gregory, who had been the Panthers' Director of College Scouting for a decade, will not have his contract renewed, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Gregory was..." June 20

  • Source: 'Monster' financial gap between Panthers, key player in contract year

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers' contract negotiations with representatives for right tackle Daryl Williams face a "monster gap" financially between the player and the team, a source close to the process said. A league source said Tuesday that it would be "shocking" if a..." June 20

  • Cam Newton Got in the Face of a Teenage Trash-Talker

    Complex "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn't back down from opponents on the NFL gridiron, and apparently he doesn't back down from fans off the field, either—even if they're teenagers. Sunday night, a video surfaced of a teen talking trash to Cam, and the 2015 MVP firing..." June 18

  • Panthers Sign First-Round WR D.J. Moore

    Pro Football Rumors "The Panthers have signed rookie D.J. Moore, according to an announcement from the team. With the wide receiver under contract, the Panthers have now wrapped up their entire draft class.  Early on in draft season, many believed that Alabama’s Calvin Ridley would be the..." June 18

  • Panthers tell Cam Newton it’s OK to check down and go to the next play

    Pro Football Talk "When Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner said in May that he thinks quarterback Cam Newton can have a completion percentage in the “mid- to high-60s” this season, many people responded with skepticism thanks to Newton completing 58.5 percent of his passes over the..." June 18

  • Mike Pereira: If the new rules don’t reduce concussions, the kickoff is gone

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s new rules designed to reduce the impacts on kickoffs represent a last-gasp effort to keep the play in the sport. That’s the word from former head of officiating Mike Pereira, who believes that if this year’s rule changes don’t result in the desired..." June 15

  • Panthers' minicamp: Ron Rivera weighs in on Dontari Poe; TE Chris Manhertz carted off

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera had jokes Wednesday after the second of three scheduled minicamp practices.   When Rivera was asked about Dontari Poe, the 346-pound defensive tackle acquired during the offseason, he said: “He’s fitting in very well...." June 14

  • Report: NFLPA exploring legal options for fighting new anthem policy

    The Score "It appears the NFLPA is preparing for a legal battle with the NFL over its new anthem policy. The NFLPA has hired multiple law firms to begin researching potential avenues to fight the league's policy, a source told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Florio..." June 14

  • Panthers LB Thomas Davis “Very Open” To Playing Beyond 2018

    NFL Trade Rumors "Panthers LB Thomas Davis told reporters on Thursday that he’s “very open” to playing beyond the 2018 season. “I’m very open to the possibility of playing next season,” said Davis, per Jourdan Rodrigue. “You haven’t..." June 14

  • Luke Kuechly expects to be 'full-go' for training camp "Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly hasn't gone all out during the team's offseason workout program. His limited participation level, however, doesn't surprise when considering Kuechly underwent shoulder surgery in February and continues..." June 13

  • Panthers may extend RT Daryl Williams

    Clutch Points "The Carolina Panthers made it clear this offseason that they are hoping to re-tool the offense around quarterback Cam Newton. That said, fortifying his offensive line seems like a good place to start. One player who could be poised for a big payday is right tackle Daryl Williams...." June 12

  • Here's Brett Favre explaining how he basically invented RPOs because he was bored

    CBS Sports "Over the last few seasons, the run-pass option (RPO) has become increasingly popular in the NFL. The way it allows an offense to react to how the defense lines up and then reacts off the snap of the ball makes it easy to avoid negative plays that flow right into what the defense is doing, and..." June 11

  • Big adjustments evident in Norv Turner's Panthers offense, and not just for Cam Newton

    Charlotte Observer "New Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner's quarterback disciples are many, and many are storied, too. But his big-picture philosophy is that a great offense isn't just about a great arm. It's about what Turner will demand from Carolina's receivers,..." June 10

  • Panthers may soon extend right tackle Daryl Williams

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers right tackle Daryl Williams earned some All-Pro votes last season, and he may have earned himself a lot of money as well. The Panthers view a new contract for Williams as a priority and may get a deal done before the start of the season, according to Joseph Person of the..." June 10

  • Donald Trump asks NFL players to suggest people he should pardon

    WEEI Boston "Donald Trump discussed his plan for presidential pardons on Friday and made an offer to NFL players to suggest to him people he should pardon. "What I'm thinking to do, you have a lot of people in the NFL in particular ... they're not proud enough to stand for..." June 08

  • Signs point to big workload for Panthers' Christian McCaffrey

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has had a busy offseason between helping save the life of a 72-year-old hiker who fell off a cliff in Colorado, hosting his first football camp for kids and learning a different system from new offensive coordinator Norv..." June 05

  • Panthers Sign G Norman Price

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that they’ve signed G Norman Price to a contract. Price actually took part in the Panthers’ rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, so he was on their radar as a potential addition. Price, 23, wound up signing on with..." June 04

  • A Falcons OTAs no-show, Julio Jones makes appearance at Cam Newton's kickball tourney

    Charlotte Observer "During one of the early games Friday, a strong-footed participant sent a kickball sailing toward right-center field for what looked like a certain home run. But Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — the host for the 25 teams that included a couple dozen celebrity players —..." June 02

  • Vibe at Panthers' spring workouts? It's really different, and there are 2 big reasons

    Charlotte Observer "It feels a little different this spring at the practice fields outside of Bank of America Stadium. A little looser. Music plays throughout the workouts now, instead of being limited to stretching periods. Before, the humid silence was punctuated only by coaches' barked..." June 02

  • The Best Remaining NFL Free Agents

    Pro Football Rumors "The biggest names in this year’s free agent class such as Kirk Cousins, Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, and Trumaine Johnson have long been spoken for, but plenty of notable players remain on the board here in June. With a hat tip to James Palmer of" June 01

  • Derek Anderson is out, but who's in as Cam Newton's backup? A look at the candidates

    Charlotte Observer "For the first time since Cam Newton broke into the NFL as a record-setting rookie in 2011, the Carolina Panthers quarterback will have a new backup. Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Tuesday what had long been assumed (since Derek Anderson was not re-signed in free agency): The No...." May 31

  • NFL Owner Admits He Changed His Mind On National Anthem Policy Because of Trump

    12 Up "NFL owners may not all be in lock-step over issues surrounding player protests during the National Anthem, but it's clear that the American president has been a driving force in the conflict-- and has influenced at least a few owners' positions on the matter. Former..." May 30

  • Derek Anderson won't return to Panthers in 2018

    WCNC "The Carolina Panthers will have a new backup quarterback in 2018. Derek Anderson tweeted the news Wednesday morning from Scottsdale, Ari., saying he appreciated his time with the team and thanked the fans for their support. May 30

  • Christian McCaffrey looks insanely ripped at OTAs but he says it's not a big deal

    CBS Sports "You are probably aware of the existence of Christian McCaffrey, the small but shifty Carolina Panthers running back who had a solid, if unspectacular rookie season after being drafted with the No. 8 overall pick in 2017. McCaffrey split the backfield work with Jonathan Stewart last year, but..." May 29

  • Torrey Smith: NFL 'dropped the ball' with new policy on national anthem

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith said the NFL "dropped the ball'' with its new rule that requires players to either stand during the national anthem or stay in the locker room and says it could lead to more problems and protests. Smith also said..." May 29