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Panthers Were Trying To Model Themselves After 2013 Seahawks

Nov 10, 2015 6:31 PM

Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman said after the 2013 season the Seattle Seahawks were the model the Carolina Panthers had to get to in order to win the NFC.

Carolina then had a deficiency in the secondary, but Josh Norman has since emerged as the NFL's next great cornerback.

The Panthers' defense has been good but it ranks 13th in total defense compared to Seattle's first ranked defense in 2013.

Cam Newton, like Russell Wilson, is capable of being a playmaker at quarterback with his legs.

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Josh Norman On Pace For All-Time Great Season At CB

Nov 5, 2015 2:57 PM

Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers is leading all cornerbacks this season in yards allowed, passer rating against, interceptions and catch rate.

Norman is on pace for an all-time season at cornerback.

Norman was a fifth round pick in 2012 out of Coastal Carolina.

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Evolution Of Cam Newton Triggered Evolution Of Panthers' Offense

Nov 5, 2015 10:43 AM

The Carolina Panthers have won 11 regular season games in a row and it started with the decision to run more no-huddle on offense.

Cam Newton was given more responsibility to identify defensive looks and make play calls against them.

“The evolution of our offense, has been as much the evolution of Cam,” Ron Rivera said, via Jenny Vrentas of

Rivera estimated that Newton is charged with making a call about what play to run about 70 percent of the time.


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Andrew Luck Denies Avoiding Panthers By Staying At Stanford

Oct 29, 2015 1:35 PM

Andrew Luck has denied staying in college an extra season to avoid playing for the Carolina Panthers.

Luck could have declared for the 2011 NFL Draft but decided to remain at Stanford to finish his degree.

"Absolutely not," Luck said of the Colts' Monday night opponent. "And I hope people don't think that."

The Panthers took Cam Newton with the first pick.

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Volume Of Undefeated Teams Are An NFL First

Oct 23, 2015 12:07 PM

The NFL has prided itself on parity over the past 20 years, but five teams remain undefeated through six weeks.

The Green Bay Packers, the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals are 6-0, while the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers are 5-0. 


The Panthers have reached the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, while the Broncos and Bengals are on four straight seasons in the playoffs and the Packers and Patriots have made the playoffs in six straight seasons.

Before 2015, there had been only one season in which even four teams emerged with perfect records through six weeks. 

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Panthers Acquire Jared Allen From Bears

Sep 28, 2015 4:53 PM

The Carolina Panthers have acquired Jared Allen from the Chicago Bears for a sixth round pick.

Allen didn't fit the Bears' 3-4 scheme and he'll now get a chance to work in Carolina's 4-3.

The Bears paid Allen an $11.5 million roster bonus.

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Ed Hochuli Denies Making Not 'Old Enough' Comment To Cam Newton

Sep 28, 2015 12:02 PM

Ed Hochuli could be subject to discipline if it is proved that he told Cam Newton he "wasn't old enough" to get a call.

"We would do an investigation, see if anybody was miked in the area, and we've had situations in the past where an official said something inappropriate to a player and we've disciplined them," NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told the NFL Network on Monday. "So there is a process in place, and we would have to go through that process to see if we could pick up what was actually said."

Blandino said he spoke with Hochuli and that the referee was "adamant" that he did not make that comment.

"He told me that he said, 'The difference is you were running,'" Blandino said. "I think when you look at the tape it does look like Ed did say that ... at one point. You can't see everything that Ed says, but he's adamant he didn't say it and I think that's where we are right now and we're just going to kind of move on from there."

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Luke Kuechly, Panthers Agree Upon Five-Year, $62M Extension

Sep 10, 2015 12:36 PM

Luke Kuechly and the Carolina Panthers have agreed upon a five-year, $62 million extension.

Kuechly becomes the highest paid inside linebacker in NFL history with an annual average of $12.4 million.

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Kelvin Benjamin Out For Season With Torn ACL

Aug 19, 2015 6:17 PM

Kelvin Benjamin will miss the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Benjamin suffered the non-contact injury during one-on-one drills Wednesday.

"Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "He’s worked tremendously hard to put himself in a position to have a strong year. We’re confident he will attack his surgery and rehab with the same determination he has met all challenges before."

Benjamin was one of the top performers throughout training camp, and he was poised to build on an impressive rookie season in which he set team rookie records for receptions (73), yards (1,008) and touchdowns (9). 

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Jonathan Martin Retires At Age Of 25

Jul 27, 2015 3:06 PM

Jonathan Martin will retire from the NFL as he deals with a back injury that would have forced him out of the 2015 season.

Martin was a second round pick out of Stanford in 2012.

Martin spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins and was the victim of a bullying scandal.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Martin for the 2014 season. The Carolina Panthers had claimed Martin and he was going to be in their training camp.

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Greg Hardy Has 10-Game Suspension Reduced To Four
In July 2014, Greg Hardy was found guilty by a judge of assaulting Nicole Holder and threatening to kill her.

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Cam Newton Completes Degree In Sociology
Cam Newton completed his degree in sociology from Auburn this week before signing a five-year, $103.8 million extension.

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Cam Newton Signs $103.8M Extension With Panthers
Cam Newton will be the highest paid player in the NFL in 2015 barring an extension for Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck.


Cam Newton, Panthers Close To Extension Agreement
Cam Newton's neal deal will likely average between $20 million and $21 million per season.

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Panthers Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On Luke Kuechly
Luke Kuechly will now be due $11.1 million for 2016.

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Greg Hardy Suspended 10 Games By NFL
Roger Goodell warned Greg Hardy that another incident could result in an NFL banishment.

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NFL Reaches Deal With D.A. To Examine Photos From Greg Hardy's Trial
Greg Hardy was found guilty in that trial, but appealed to have a jury trial and then had the charges dismissed when accuser Nicole Holder failed to appear in court.

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Panthers Sign Jarrett Boykin
Jarrett Boykin caught just three balls for 25 yards for the Packers in 2014.

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Greg Hardy To Choose Between Cowboys, Buccaneers
Greg Hardy is undergoing a physical on Wednesday.

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Raiders In Discussions With Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy became one of the NFL's best pass rushers in 2012 and 2013.

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Greg Hardy To Meet With NFL
The Panthers are not expected to re-sign Greg Hardy.

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Panthers Release DeAngelo Williams
The Panthers have about $6.6 million in dead money with the release of DeAngelo Williams.

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Cam Newton Willing To Let QB Market Reset
Cam Newton is scheduled to make a fully guaranteed $14.7 million in 2015 after the Panthers picked up his fifth-year option.

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Greg Hardy's Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed
Greg Hardy had reached a civil suit agreement with the woman, who couldn't be found for the criminal trial.

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


Star Lotulelei Fractures Foot, Out At Least Two weeks
Star Lotuleli could return for the Super Bowl if the Panthers were to advance.

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Cam Newton Cleared To Play 11 Days After Accident
Cam Newton suffered two small fractures in his back during a car accident.

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Cam Newton To Play Week 16 If He Can Protect Himself
Cam Newton will play in Week 16 if Ron Rivera is confident he can protect himself.

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Cam Newton Released From Hospital, Derek Anderson To Start
Derek Anderson will start for the Panthers with Cam Newton recovering from his car accident.

Cam Newton Has Two Fractures In Back Following Car Crash
Cam Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back during his Tuesday car accident.

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