Carolina Panthers Wiretap

Cam Newton: I Won't Let Kelvin Benjamin Go Catchless Again

Sep 28, 2016 5:45 PM

Kelvin Benjamin saw just one target and went catchless in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Cam Newton says he won't let that happen again.

"That can't happen. That can't happen. And if I'm speaking for it, that won't happen again," Newton said. "He's too good of a player, as well as Devin (Funchess) and Ted (Ginn) and those guys. Philly (Brown) had a great game, did everything the coaches asked him to do and more. We just have to find ways to stay on rhythm. We weren't running in rhythm and we have to find any and every way to stay in rhythm in a hostile environment."

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Panthers Discussing Security For Game Amid Riots In Charlotte

Sep 22, 2016 8:26 AM

Several officials with the Carolina Panthers planned to meet Thursday morning to discuss security issues for Sunday's home game against the Minnesota Vikings amidst violent protests in the downtown area.

The protests began Tuesday night after a black Charlotte police officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, who also is black, in an apartment complex parking lot about 15 minutes from Bank of America Stadium.

The protests moved a few blocks from the stadium on Wednesday night, turning violent with gunshots, vandalism and police setting off tear gas bombs in an attempt to break up the protestors.

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Jonathan Stewart Will Miss 'Week Or Two' With Hamstring Injury

Sep 20, 2016 8:27 AM

The Carolina Panthers will be without Jonathan Stewart for at least one week.

Stewart left Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers with a hamstring strain.

He is scheduled to undergo an MRI, but Ron Rivera made it clear that the running back could be out "at least a week or two."

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NFLPA, NFL Reviewing How Hits On Cam Newton Were Handled

Sep 11, 2016 1:12 PM

The NFL and NFLPA announced Sunday they will initiate a review of the handling of a helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton in Thursday night's loss to the Broncos.

The NFLPA announced it would seek a compliance investigation.

The NFL later announced they would also initiate a review of the medical team's response to the hit on Newton.

Newton took at least four helmet-to-helmet hits in Thursday night's 21-20 loss, including one on Carolina's final series. Only one penalty was called.

Medical officials went on the field Thursday night to check Newton after that final helmet-to-helmet hit and determined he showed no signs of a concussion.


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Ron Rivera: Size Leads To 'Prejudice' On Hits To Cam Newton

Sep 9, 2016 4:18 PM

Ron Rivera says Cam Newton is a victim of his size when it comes to not getting calls on vicious hits as happened in Thursday night's NFL opener against the Denver Broncos.

Newton, who is 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, received at least four helmet-to-helmet hits according to replays.

"There's a little bit of prejudice to that," Rivera said. "It's kind of like what happened to [former NBA star] Shaquille O'Neal. Here's a big, physical basketball player and he goes to set a pick, a guy falls down and they call a foul on him. He goes to shoot a little layup and gets hacked and hammered and they don't call it."

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Cam Newton's Father 'Grossly Disturbed' By Helmet Hits

Sep 9, 2016 2:52 PM

Cam Newton took several helmet to helmet hits in the Carolina Panthers' 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Referees only penalized the Broncos on one of the hits, which was actually offset by Newton being called for intentional grounding.

"It starts with the guys who control the behavior on the field," Cecil Newton told ESPN on Friday. "I think the culprit is the mere fact that they allowed the game to get out of control. They allowed players to push the envelope to the very edge. That's my ultimate concern. Whether [league officials] want to go after them or not, fine. But I'm thinking about Cam Newton being healthy today, tomorrow and 25 or 35 years from now."

Newton was not given a sideline test at any point during the game despite their concussion protocol.

"If the league is going to be married to concussion protocol, first of all, start it with the officials because they mandate behavior on the field," Cecil Newton said. "If you're going to be married to the concussion protocol, be consistent with the calls that you're going to get, whether it's Cam vs. Aaron Rodgers or it's Aaron Rodgers vs. Ben Roethlisberger. I didn't see that at all last night. I didn't see any of that at all. And I am grossly disturbed about what I saw."

"It's not my place to question the officials," Newton said after the game. "I really like the officiating crew. It wasn't something I know they did intentionally, but it's not fun getting hit in the head.

"We didn't lose the game off that. I know that for a fact."

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Panthers Upset Over Hits To Cam Newton's Helmet

Sep 9, 2016 8:23 AM

Cam Newton didn't feel like he was targeted with helmet-to-helmet hits in Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos, but his Carolina Panthers teammates disagreed.

A flag was thrown on a hit to the quarterback just once.

"Do you see them calling it?" Thomas Davis asked. "Early in the game, a guy took two, three steps and hit him in the head and they didn't call a penalty.

"We've talked about it ad nauseam. It doesn't matter. They ain't going to change it."

Greg Olsen believes officials need to start treating Newton like an NFL quarterback.

"I know he's the biggest guy on the field, but he's still the quarterback," Olsen said. "We'll see what some of those [helmet-to-helmet hits] look like. Obviously, we got one of them, but we didn't get many yards off of it."

Ron Rivera said a couple of the shots Newton took "were unfortunate," but Rivera didn't want to take a hard line on what happened until after he reviewed film.

"We'll see," he said. "We've got to look at the tapes. I don't want to pass any judgment on that."

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Browns Trade Punter Andy Lee To Panthers

Aug 29, 2016 5:03 PM

The Cleveland Browns have traded Andy Lee and a 2017 seventh-round draft pick to the Carolina Panthers for Kasey Redfern and a fourth-round pick in 2018.

The trade comes a few days after Hue Jackson got into Lee's face after the punter allowed a touchdown in a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jackson wasn't pleased with Lee's effort in trying to stop Tampa Bay returner Adam Humphries from scoring.

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Kelvin Benjamin Comfortable Without Knee Brace

Aug 19, 2016 10:58 AM

Kelvin Benjamin has no plans to wear a brace to protect the ACL he tore in his left knee last summer.

Benjamin is uncomfortable wearing the brace and the Carolina Panthers are backing his decision.

"If you put something on him and it prohibits him from being who he is, you don't gain anything," Ron Rivera said. "I would like to see him wear it, but he says he feels good and the doctors say he's doing well. So we'll just keep our fingers crossed."

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Cam Newton Doesn't Believe Criticism Of Him Is Racist

Aug 15, 2016 12:04 PM

Cam Newton told GQ during a wide-ranging interview that he doesn't think he is subjected to extra scrutiny because he is black.

"It's not racism," Newton told the magazine. "Everybody's entitled to their own opinion."

Newton has been critiqued for his playing style and demeanor throughout his career.

"I don't want this to be about race, because it's not. It's not," the Carolina Panthers quarterback said. "Like, we're beyond that. As a nation."

Leading up to Super Bowl 50, Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, created headlines when he described himself as "an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven't seen nothing they can compare me to."


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Michael Vick: Cam Newton Couldn't Beat Me In 40-Yard Dash
Michael Vick, who is looking for a job with a contender at 36, believes he's still faster than Cam Newton.

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Kurt Coleman, Panthers Reach Three-Year Extension
The safety broke out with the Panthers last year after five seasons as a special team player and part-time starter with the Eagles and Saints.

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Cam Newton: Panthers 'Favorites' For First Time In Years
The Panthers open training camp in two weeks and Cam Newton says the reigning NFC champions will be "favorites" for the first time in quite a while.

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Cam Newton Named NFL's Top Player By Peers
Cam Newton rounded out a top 10 that also included (in descending order): Odell Beckham Jr., Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones, Luke Kuechly, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Antonio Brown, J.J. Watt and Tom

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Cam Newton Launches Production Company
Cam Newton has launched Iconic Saga Productions, in partnership with Magical Elves, the producers behind "All in With Cam Newton."

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Thomas Davis: Cam Newton Has 'Matured' Since Super Bowl Interview
Cam Newton was criticized by many for his handling of a post-Super Bowl interview, in which he seemed to sulk and walk off early, but teammate Thomas Davis says the quarterback has learned from the ex

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Charles Tillman Only Wants To Play For Panthers
Charles Tillman only wants to play for the Panthers if he returns for a 14th NFL season.


Panthers Sign Ron Rivera To Three-Year, $19.5M Extension
Ron Rivera is now under contract through the 2018 season.

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Cam Newton Will No Longer Celebrate TDs With Dab
Cam Newton first used the dab in November at Tennessee, which drew national attention after a letter to the editor was published from a mother who found the dance offensive to her 9-year-old daughter.

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Ryan Kalil Signs Two-Year Extension With Panthers
The Panthers are using some of their money created by not re-signing Josh Norman.

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Josh Norman Tried To Sign Tag With Panthers At Last Minute
Josh Norman made a last-minute attempt to sign his franchise tag with the Panthers, according to a league source and multiple reports.

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Josh Norman Agrees To Sign With Washington
Josh Norman also considered the 49ers and Saints before choosing Washington.

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49ers, Washington Considered Frontrunners For Josh Norman
Washington and the San Francisco 49ers are strongly pursuing Josh Norman in free agency and are considered the frontrunners.

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David Gettleman Eager To Use Josh Norman's Cap Space
By clearing Josh Norman's tag number, the Panthers now have approximately $31 million in salary-cap space.

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Panthers Rescind Franchise Tag On Josh Norman
The franchise tag had guaranteed Josh Norman $13.952 million in 2016.


Josh Norman Won't Report To Voluntary Workouts
Josh Norman is seeking a long-term deal with the Panthers, who have until July 15 to strike a deal.

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Broncos To Host Panthers In 2016 NFL Season Opener
The Broncos and Panthers will play on Sept. 8th on NBC.

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Panthers Release Charles Johnson
The Panthers could still re-sign Charles Johnson in free agency.

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Panthers Use Franchise Tag On Josh Norman
If the Panthers and Josh Norman are unable to agree upon a long-term deal, he will play under a one-year salary of $13.952 million.

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Jared Allen Announces Retirement At 33
Jared Allen retires as a five-time Pro Bowler.

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