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  • Former teammate says Colin Kaepernick has not given up on playing

    Larry Brown Sports "NFL teams need backup quarterbacks, but Colin Kaepernick’s name isn’t even coming up in rumors anymore. That is, apparently, not because Kaepernick has given up on playing. Former teammate Eric Reid, now with the Carolina Panthers, is close with the former San Francisco..." November 19

  • Ron Rivera costs Panthers a win by going for late 2-point conversion

    Larry Brown Sports "The Carolina Panthers entered Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions looking to bounce back from an ugly Week 10 loss, but a lack of trust from head coach Ron Rivera in his kicker resulted in the team coming up short again. After the Panthers scored a touchdown to cut..." November 18

  • Panthers' Eric Reid fined $10K for hit to Ben Roethlisberger's head

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After being ejected for hitting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the head in a game earlier this month, Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid got off with a relatively low fine when the NFL announced his punishment Saturday. Reid was fined $10,026 for his hit on Roethlisberger in the..." November 17

  • Cam Newton received write-in votes for odd position in Mecklenburg County

    247 Sports "It goes without saying that Cam Newton is by far the most-popular person in Mecklenburg County, where the city of Charlotte, North Carolina is located. Given Newton's popularity and influence in the area, it bears thinking that Newton could probably run for public office if he wanted to,..." November 17

  • Panthers rule Torrey Smith out for fourth-straight game

    247 Sports "The past week of practice saw a positive development for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith, who returned to the field as he progresses through his rehab from a knee injury suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles. But Smith's getting back to work doesn't mean that..." November 16

  • Cam Newton buying Thanksgiving dinner for 1,200 underprivileged families

    Sportsnaut "The idea that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is somehow a diva and full of himself has been tossed aside in recent seasons. Since joining Carolina, the former NFL MVP has been a mainstay within the local community. Time after time, we’ve seen Newton go out of his way..." November 15

  • Torrey Smith works out on side with trainers during practice

    Cat Scratch Reader "The Panthers were back on the practice field today ahead of their Week 11 matchup with the Detroit Lions, and on the injury front there’s not much to worry about at this time. Wide receiver Torrey Smith—who has missed the last three games with a knee..." November 14

  • Panthers Worked Out Three RBs Including Thomas Rawls

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Howard Balzer, the Carolina Panthers brought in three free agent running backs for tryouts on Monday including Travaris Cadet, Thomas Rawls and Fitzgerald Toussaint. Of this group, the Panthers elected to sign Cadet to their active..." November 13

  • Kyle Love 'pissed' at video's false portrayal, Panthers teammate says

    ABC 11 "Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kyle Love isn't happy about the circulation of a video that has some saying he was asleep on the bench in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 52-21 loss at Pittsburgh. The video earned him a spot on ESPN's "C'mon Man!"..." November 13

  • Panthers Sign RB Travaris Cadet "The Panthers have signed running back Travaris Cadet to a one-year deal to fill the roster spot previously held by C.J. Anderson, who was waived on Monday. Cadet, 6-1 and 210 pounds, is in his seventh NFL season and previously played for New Orleans (2012-14, 2015-17), New England..." November 12

  • Panthers waive C.J. Anderson "It became clear over the first couple months of the season that running back C.J. Anderson had a very small role to play for the Panthers, which wasn’t what he envisioned when he signed a one-year deal this offseason. The Panthers waived Anderson on Monday, giving him the..." November 12

  • Cam Newton: Panthers will rebound after getting ‘whooped’ by Steelers

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Carolina Panthers were demolished in front of nationally televised audience this week on “Thursday Night Football.” When it was all said and done, the humbled Panthers were left licking their wounds after being pummeled by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the tune of a 52-21..." November 10

  • Eric Reid: I didn’t even know you could be ejected in the NFL

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers safety Eric Reid was ejected from Thursday night’s loss to the Steelers, which was unsurprising to anyone who saw him drill Ben Roethlisberger in the head long after Roehtlisberger’s knee hit the ground on his feet-first slide. Unsurprising, that is, to..." November 09

  • Panthers DL Kyle Love caught sleeping on bench during loss?

    Larry Brown Sports "Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Kyle Love looked as alert as his defense late in his team’s blowout loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. With his team down 52-21 and under six minutes remaining, Love was shown sitting on the Panthers’ bench with his..." November 09

  • Ben Roethlisberger: Eric Reid had 'no intent' of hurting him on late hit

    USA Today "Drama was in short supply in the second half of the Steelers' 52-21 blowout of the Panthers on Thursday night. But tempers flared near the end of the third quarter when Carolina safety Eric Reid dove at Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as he went to the ground..." November 09

  • Panthers’ Mario Addison quietly emerging as an elite pass rusher

    Pro Football Talk "It’s taken Panthers defensive end Mario Addison a long time to get noticed in the NFL. The 31-year-old Addison entered the league as an undrafted rookie with the Bears in 2011, and he had zero sacks. He then went to Indianapolis and again had zero sacks. His next stop was..." November 08

  • Panthers Pick Up $2M Of Cap Room By Reworking DE Mario Addison’s Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Panthers created $2 million of cap space by converting $2.5 million of DE Mario Addison‘s base salary into a signing bonus in recent days. Coming into today, the Panthers had just $1,772,708 of cap space, so this could use..." November 07

  • Ryan Kalil will be a ‘game time decision’ on Thursday night

    Cat Scratch Reader "The Panthers aren’t 100% confident in whether or not center Ryan Kalil will be ready to go in time for their Thursday Night Football game against the Steelers tomorrow, so he has been officially declared as a game time decision according to Ron..." November 07

  • Panthers' Cam Newton loves how team is coming together

    ESPN "Cam Newton says the 2018 Carolina Panthers may not be the most talented team he's been a part of, but it's getting up there in terms of "meshing and linking up perfectly" heading into Thursday night's game at Pittsburgh. Outside linebacker Thomas Davis disagreed..." November 06

  • Here's why the NFL and Fortnite are made for each other

    USA Today "I love football and I love Fortnite. Put them together, and it's heaven. On Monday, the NFL and Epic Games announced a partnership that will make gear – known as skins – for all 32 teams available as part of the wildly popular game's Battle..." November 05

  • Cam: Panthers' offensive talent is 'extremely scary' "Over the past two years, the Carolina Panthers scrapped the idea of buffering Cam Newton with a bevy of big-bodied receivers to corral his routinely high passes. Instead, the Panthers have surrounded their star quarterback with quickness at every..." November 05

  • NFL's officiating problems have quieted down, but some issues remain

    USA Today "No news is good news. That surely needs to be the working mantra for the men and woman in stripes as the second half of the NFL season rolls on, given the controversy, confusion and assorted blunders that cast so much shade on the first few weeks of this campaign. Outside of..." November 01

  • Panthers' Eric Reid: Ron Rivera doesn't have kneeling veto

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera consistently has made it clear he has no issue with safety Eric Reid kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against social injustice even if it goes against his personal beliefs having grown up in a military family. Rivera has said..." October 31

  • Cam Newton didn’t want to throw Hail Mary before halftime

    Pro Football Talk "For most of the day, it looked like there was nothing at all wrong with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. But just before halftime of their easy win over the Ravens, he asked out of the game, out of concern for his right shoulder. According to Jourdan Rodrigue of the..." October 28

  • Eric Reid fined $10K for unnecessary roughness on Zach Ertz

    Sportsnaut "After drawing criticism for his behavior and actions in Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid has now been fined for his unnecessary roughness against Zach Ertz. October 28

  • Cam Newton off injury report, Torrey Smith ruled out

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers coach Ron Rivera said on Thursday that there was “no doubt” Cam Newton would be at quarterback against the Ravens on Sunday despite a pair of limited practice sessions this week. Friday’s injury report brings the same message. Newton has no injury..." October 26

  • Rae Carruth's son to attend Carolina Panthers game

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers will have a couple of very special guests on the field during the pregame Sunday — Saundra and Chancellor Lee Adams. “What a nice gesture by the team!” Saundra Adams said Friday. “We are both so excited.” Saundra Adams is..." October 26

  • Wink Martindale: Preparing for Cam Newton like watching Halloween movie

    USA Today "This week, the Baltimore Ravens have one of the toughest tests a defense can get in this day and age: a big, powerful, mobile quarterback. At 6 feet 5 and 245 pounds, Cam Newton isn’t a typical quarterback. He’s a goal-line running back capable of pushing the pile forward for yards,..." October 25

  • Ravens' Lamar Jackson hopes to swap jerseys with Cam Newton

    ESPN "Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson wants his first jersey exchange to be with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after Sunday's game. "I need his jersey after the game. Get that to him," Jackson said. "I'll man cave..." October 25

  • Unlike most running backs, Christian McCaffrey hardly ever leaves the field

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has done something rare in the last two weeks: He’s stayed on the field. McCaffrey has played every single offensive snap for the Panthers in each of their last two games, which is extremely unusual for a running back in..." October 25

  • Eric Weddle calls Cam Newton a “fast dinosaur” "Cam Newton considers himself Superman. Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle has a different comparison. "He's a fast dinosaur, muscular and big and runs people over," Weddle said Wednesday, via ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "He's a very unique quarterback in this..." October 24

  • Arbitrator denies Eric Reid's grievance against Bengals

    The Score "Arbitrator Shyam Das has rejected a grievance the NFLPA filed on behalf of Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid. During the summer, Reid visited the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent. The Bengals asked Reid whether he planned to continue kneeling during the national anthem, as he'd..." October 23

  • NFL Won't Let Stupid Fans Buy Rae Carruth Jerseys

    TMZ "Wanna be Rae Carruth for Halloween? You're sick. But, the NFL wants no part of your tasteless attempt at dark humor.  The NFL has blocked fans from ordering customized Carruth jerseys on -- continuing the policy of banning controversial names on licensed..." October 23

  • Report: Russian Twitter trolls helped fan flames of NFL's national anthem controversy

    USA Today "The debate over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem may not have turned into such a nationwide controversy if it weren't for Russian bots fanning the flames on Twitter, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The report cites a Clemson..." October 23

  • Is Panthers’ no-huddle offense here to stay? It depends on rhythm of game, Ron Rivera says

    Charlotte Observer "Trailing in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Carolina Panthers found their rhythm. Needing points in a hurry, they ditched the plodding offense that put them in a 17-0 hole in favor of a faster-paced, no-huddle scheme. The..." October 23

  • Why Eric Reid Thinks Malcolm Jenkins Is A ‘Sellout’ And ‘Neo-Colonialist’

    NESN "Eric Reid had much more than football on his mind Sunday. The Carolina Panthers safety made that clear even before kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field, confronting Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins during the teams’ pregame coin toss and staring down..." October 22

  • Rae Carruth to be released from prison Monday

    247 Sports "On Monday, the most infamous player in the history of the Carolina Panthers will become a free man. As has been reported by multiple outlets, former Panthers wide receiver-turned convicted killer Rae Carruth will be released from prison, as his 18 year, 11 month sentence for his role..." October 22

  • A 3-point plan to get the Carolina Panthers off to a better start vs. Eagles

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers preach starting fast. They try to start fast. Yet they don’t start fast. The Panthers (3-2) have a respectable record entering Sunday’s game at Philadelphia, but a lot of that is because of good work the offense has done in the second and..." October 21

  • Eric Reid takes shot at 'sellout' Malcolm Jenkins

    USA Today "Dating back to last year, Eric Reid had been critical of Malcolm Jenkins' cooperation with the NFL in the Players Coalition, calling the committee an NFL-funded "subversion group." That feud escalated on Sunday when the Panthers took on the Eagles. Before the game, both..." October 21

  • Is NFL in a 'renaissance'? Scoring helps fuel interest, but some defenders still have gripes

    USA Today "As he concluded his news conference at this week’s league meetings in New York, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made a proclamation. “I don’t think there has been a better time to be an NFL fan,” he said. Steadily climbing television..." October 19

  • Can Panthers improve to 3-0 this season against NFC East foes Sunday at Washington?

    Charlotte Observer "If you didn’t know better, you would think the Carolina Panthers were a member of the NFC East. They would make more geographic sense than Dallas does, certainly. And the Panthers have been playing NFC East teams nearly every week this season. After completing their road games..." October 14

  • Kelvin Benjamin rebuffs Josh Allen’s interest in pregame pitch-and-catch

    Pro Football Talk "Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin now has more awkward pregame interactions with quarterbacks (two) than he has touchdowns this year (one). Via Jenna Cottrell of 13 WHAM, Bills quarterback Josh Allen asked Benjamin if Benjamin wanted to work on routes during pregame workouts. Said..." October 14

  • Panthers activate Thomas Davis, place Jared Norris on IR

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers placed linebacker Jared Norris on injured reserve to make room for linebacker Thomas Davis‘ return. Norris injured his toe at practice last week. He didn’t play against the Giants last week and will require surgery to repair it. Davis, the 14th..." October 13

  • Greg Olsen to return vs. Redskins after 3-game absence

    The Score "Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will make his return and start Sunday versus the Washington Redskins after missing the team's last three game due to a fractured right foot, a source told NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon. Olsen is listed as questionable, but the Panthers..." October 13

  • QB coaching guru Norv Turner expects big things from his new pupil, Panthers' Cam Newton

    USA Today "It was no surprise that Norv Turner gushed this week about the connection with his newest high-profile quarterback pupil, the dynamic Cam Newton. “He’s into football,” the Panthers' new offensive coordinator told USA TODAY Sports. “He understands the game..." October 13

  • Panthers TE Greg Olsen could be back to help Cam Newton, in huddle and beyond

    Charlotte Observer "Quarterback Cam Newton was in high spirits on Wednesday afternoon when he joked that one of the reasons he’ll be happiest to have veteran tight end Greg Olsen back is so Olsen can help him call the plays. At times, he grinned, the Panthers’ play calls are entirely too..." October 12

  • Greg Olsen takes next step towards return with full workload in practice

    Cat Scratch Reader "The Panthers were back on the practice field today (well, sort of... due to the weather it was an indoor walkthrough) as they prepare for their Week 6 game against Washington. The good news for Panthers fans is that tight end Greg Olsen is preparing to make his..." October 11

  • Panthers’ Greg Olsen returns from injury. Cam Newton praying it’s not short-lived

    Charlotte Observer "Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday tight end Greg Olsen’s availability for the week depended on an early-week check-up. So far, so good. The three-time Pro Bowl tight end was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice as he makes his return from a fractured..." October 11

  • NFL TV ratings continue upward trend

    Pro Football Talk "After two straight years of declines, the NFL’s television ratings are bouncing back. Through five weeks of the season, NFL games are averaging 3 percent more viewers than last year. That’s not enough to offset the declines of the last two years, which were in the..." October 11

  • Former-Panther Rae Carruth to be released from prison Oct. 22

    CBS 17 Raleigh "Former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth will be released from prison in less than two weeks, according to the Department of Public Safety.  Carruth, whose real name is Rae Wiggins, is scheduled to be released from the Sampson Correction Facility in Clinton on..." October 11