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Panthers Create $7.24M In Cap Space By Restructuring Luke Kuechly

Apr 18, 2019 8:24 AM

The Carolina Panthers have created $7.24 million in cap space by converting $9.05 million of Luke Kuechly's base salary into a bonus.

The Panthers had very little cap space before restructuring the linebacker.

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Chris Hogan Agrees To One-Year Deal With Panthers

Apr 12, 2019 8:57 PM

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to sign Chris Hogan to a one-year deal.

Hogan had 35 catches for 532 yards and three touchdowns last season for the New England Patriots.

Hogan turns 32 in October.

"It's a business,'' Hogan said of the Patriots. "I can't read too much into it. At the end of the day they're trying to run the team as best as they see fit. Sometimes things don't work out. I'm just really excited about this opportunity.''

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Christian McCaffrey Doesn't See Need To Reduce Workload

Apr 11, 2019 9:57 AM

Christian McCaffrey played 91.3 percent of the Carolina Panthers' offensive snaps last season, but he doesn't see a need to reduce his workload going forward.

His 924 snaps were by far the most by a running back, besting Ezekiel Elliott (847) by quite a bit

"I played in every game last year, felt great," McCaffrey said. "I can do it again. I feel I can do it over the next many years. ... I would definitely like the ball as much as possible. ... That's why I train."

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AAF WR Rashad Ross Signs With Panthers

Apr 5, 2019 9:58 AM

Rashad Ross and the Carolina Panthers have agreed to a contract.

Ross led the Alliance of American Football with seven receiving touchdowns for the Arizona Hotshots.

The AAF suspended operations earlier this week and announced Thursday that all of the league's players were allowed to sign with NFL teams.

Ross caught eight passes for 184 yards and a touchdown and scored one time as a kick returner for Washington in 2015.

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Cam Newton Takes Month-Long Vow Of Chastity

Mar 22, 2019 8:26 AM

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Cam Newton revealed that he's taking a vow of chastity during March.

"In March — I hope this is an adult crowd, it looks like it is — no climax," Newton said.

Newton is coming off shoulder surgery and is looking for any way to improve his physical and mental strength.

"It makes my mind stronger," he said. "So when the season comes around, I say if I did those things, I'm mentally stronger."

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Panthers Confident In Cam Newton's Progress, Don't Plan To Pursue QB

Mar 1, 2019 8:31 AM

The Carolina Panthers don't plan to pursue a veteran quarterback in free agency as they feel Cam Newton is making great progress following his second shoulder surgery in three years.

Ron Rivera said Thursday that all reports on Newton have been "positive" and that he's happy with Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen as the team's backups.

"Right now, we're very pleased with where we are in terms of our quarterback position," Rivera said. "We're very satisfied in what we got at the end of the year in both Taylor and Kyle. Both guys showed their ability.

"If we did do anything, it would probably be in the draft. Developing that guy is important. But we really do feel strongly about the guys we have."

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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition

Feb 24, 2019 9:55 AM

By Jeff Risdon, RealGM

This edition has quite a few changes in player and draft slot from the first edition. Spending two weeks with NFL personnel evaluators at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl gave me a better idea of how some prospects are viewed from the NFL ranks, and the changes here reflect that. Note that at this stage of the draft season, coaches are still getting their feet wet with most of the prospects. The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. Instant impact pass rusher who can play in a variety of roles and schemes. At this point, the only real question is his durability. Will that be enough to convince the Cardinals to look elsewhere? Right now, I don’t think it trumps Bosa’s game-changing potential.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It’s hard to watch the 49ers devote yet another premium draft pick to the defensive line, but it’s also hard to ignore just how much Williams can help San Francisco where they really need it. Someone could trade up here to land Williams too.

3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. I expect Oliver to show out in Indy and revive the interest in him as the potential No. 1 overall pick. His ability to create pressure up the gut and make plays behind the line is exactly what the Jets need in a division with a diverse range of opposing QBs.

4. Oakland RaidersKyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Does it make sense for the Raiders to scrap Derek Carr? Probably not. But it’s so easy to see Jon Gruden being infatuated with all Murray can do and how it would allow the Raiders to change the dynamics of defending them. They’re in a good position to take such a risk, too.

5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersCody Ford, OT, Oklahoma. Ford is an instant starter at one of the tackle spots, which is both a credit to his rapid rise and an indictment of how badly the Buccaneers need the powerful help he can provide. 
 
6. New York Giants: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. What, no QB?! Not in this instance. Instead, GM Dave Gettleman opts to fortify the pass rush with the versatile Allen and buys another year with Eli Manning. His pass rushing prowess is a difference-maker. 
             
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. This pick seems like a lock if Haskins remains on the board. The Jaguars sorely need to hit on a high-end QB, and Haskins has the pocket passing precision to pay off quickly. 
             
8. Detroit Lions: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Ferrell checks the boxes the Lions want in upgrading the pass rush: he can line up in multiple spots and schemes and plays the run exceptionally well on his way to the QB. Lower ceiling than the pass rushers above him here but his ability to generate pressure on his own is underrated. 
             
9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. I was surprised at the buzz around Taylor from scouts at the Senior Bowl. His athletic profile and potential is highly regarded and could easliy land him in Buffalo, where building around running QB Josh Allen and replacing free agents at both RT and RG are imperative. 
             
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. Joe Flacco handles the reins until the live-armed Lock can take over. It’s a risky pick--Lock has real warts that must be smoothed--but could result in John Elway finally getting the QB position right. 
             
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU. This is a very common projection and that’s for good reason; the Bengals are typically one of the easiest organizations to read in terms of draft intentions. To quote The Cranberries, “Everybody else is doing it so why can’t we?”
             
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. A do-it-all weapon who can quickly ingratiate himself to Aaron Rodgers for both his blocking and his receiving, this one should get the QB’s seal of approval. 
             
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. A divisive prospect but one with a very high ceiling, Gary could help catapult the Dolphins defense with his athleticism and ability to get after the passer. 
             
14. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Atlanta appears to be a prime candidate to trade back, but “settling” for the freaky Fant should tickle Falcons fans’ fancy. Another versatile receiving weapon in an offense that is already hard to defend.

 
15. Washington: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Currently built more like a defensive end than a wideout, the 6-4, 230-pound Metcalf proved he can play before his neck injury. The durability question keeps him out of the top 10, methinks. Washington doesn’t mind...
 
16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Williams proved himself in big games, and his ability to adapt within a play and recover if initially beaten stand out. With the questions Carolina has at both tackle spots, adding a ready-made starter is a positive.


17. Cleveland BrownsBrian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. Pairing the lanky, speedy Burns with Myles Garrett would provide the Browns defense with even more ways to attack in new DC Steve Wilks’ scheme. I had OT Andre Dillard here for a long time before changing.


18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. Little has loads of athletic potential but uneven results in pass protection. Vikings GM Rick Spielman bites the apple and hopes it tastes sweet in a year or two at a position where the team keeps hitting sour notes.

19. Tennessee Titans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Murphy offers naturally instinctive stickiness in coverage and the ability to play outside or in the slot. He’s a player who could rocket way up from this range with a good week in Indy. 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Steelers search for a playmaking CB leads them to Williams, who offers length and speed to help bolster an uneven secondary. 
             
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida. If Frank Clark leaves in free agency, the Seahawks almost have to use this pick to address the pass rush. If Clark returns, that opens this pick up to other options, but Seattle would still need EDGE help. Polite brings sizzle off the edge.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State. The Ravens could do a lot worse to build around Lamar Jackson than selecting the physical, reliable Harmon. Aside from having great hands and running smooth routes, he’s an incredible blocker. 
             
23. Houston Texans: Garrett Bradbury, OC/OG, North Carolina State. The quest to upgrade the long-struggling offensive line in Houston turns to one of the most physical finishers in the draft and an instant starter at any of the three IOL positions for the Texans. 
             
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. Oakland uses the bounty from Amari Cooper to replace him with the supersized Harry, who moves quite well for a 6-6 receiver and can really help on 3rd downs and in the red zone. 
  
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. His stiff-arm bull rush wowed in Mobile, and his game tape features more of his high football IQ and ability to bend the edge. He and Derek Barnett as the Eagles young edges would be fun to watch

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. A powerful interior rusher with the ability to dominate (see the Michigan game), Tillery instantly reinforces the weakest point on the promising young Colts defense.
             
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. Bush can fly all over the field and do anything asked of an NFL LB, but his size (he’s expected to be 5-10/225) is a detraction. Give Gruden football players like this and the size doesn’t matter (much).             

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. The Chargers depth up front is shallower than a Kardashian’s intellect. Dillard can play either tackle spot and appears undervalued at this point in the draft process. 
             
29. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia. Building up the pass defense is an imperative for a team that figures to see a lot of comeback attempts against them. Baker brings a physical presence with a high football IQ; his speed in Indy is one of the biggest things I’m watching. 
             
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College. Lindstrom can play any interior line position. The Packers need his technically savvy surliness right away. 
  
31. Los Angeles Rams: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware. The first FCS-level prospect comes off the board at the back end of the first round, and Adderly instantly upgrades the back end of the Rams defense with his all-around game.

32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama. It’s convenient to call Smith a Gronk replacement, but the lithe Smith has a different style of game. The Patriots will find ways to use his elusiveness in space and his blocking chops.

Teams that lack a first-round pick...

Dallas Cowboys: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

New Orleans Saints: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Chicago Bears: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

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Ron Rivera: Either We Evolve Or We Go Extinct

Feb 11, 2019 8:39 AM

Ron Rivera knows he's entering a pivotal season with the Carolina Panthers.

"I have to evolve, I have to change," Rivera said. "This team has to evolve, this team has to change. ... I've got to step up. I've got to set the standard."

Rivera has already made some offseason changes to his staff. The Panthers lost seven straight games in the second half of the season to collapse from 6-2 to out of playoff position.

"The biggest mistake, the biggest realization, I wish had come (earlier)," he said. "But we were playing well. We were winning. It's not like we were getting blown out, other than in Pittsburgh. I missed it. That's why I missed it. If, after Pittsburgh, Detroit had been a 17-point blowout, now all of the sudden the bells and whistles are going off."

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Cam Newton Could Return From Shoulder By Training Camp

Feb 3, 2019 12:16 PM

Cam Newton could be ready for training camp after last month's arthroscopic shoulder surgery and certainly in time for the start of the regular season.

Newton told 680 The Fan in Atlanta this past week that his throwing arm was "better than I thought it would be."

"It's good, it's good," Newton added during his interview with 680 The Fan. "With so much going on throughout this season, I was in fear to see what was actually wrong."

Newton missed the final two games after battling shoulder pain and discomfort throughout this past season. 

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Cam Newton Undergoes Surgery On Right Shoulder

Jan 24, 2019 7:22 PM

Cam Newton has opted for surgery to repair his right throwing shoulder.

Newton had an “arthroscopic procedure” on Thursday and that he will begin the rehabilitation process immediately. 

Carolina still has not disclosed the exact nature of Newton’s shoulder injury. 

Newton also had surgery in March of 2017 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff.

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Panthers Acknowledge Possibility Cam Newton Could Sit In 2019
The Panthers are keeping all options open as Cam Newton deals with a sore right shoulder.

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Thomas Davis Says Panthers Won't Re-Sign Him
Thomas Davis plans to play at least one more season, but it won't be with the Panthers.

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NFL, NFLPA Claim Eric Reid Wasn't Targeted For Drug Tests
Eric Reid implied he was targeted due to his collusion case against the NFL.

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Chargers and Colts rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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NFL, NFLPA Ask For Investigation Into Eric Reid's Testing Claims
Eric Reid has been tested seven times since signing with the Panthers in September.

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Opponents Knew Cam Newton Couldn't Throw Deep
The Panthers have decided to sit Cam Newton with two games to go.

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Cam Newton Done For 2018 With Sore Shoulder
Cam Newton said nothing he has tried, from acupuncture to massage, has worked.

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NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters
Patrick Mahomes is a Pro Bowl starter in his first season as a starting quarterback.

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McCaffrey First In 33 Years With 50 Yards Rushing, Receiving, Passing
Christian McCaffrey was a true jack-of-all-trades for the Panthers on Monday night.

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Panthers Aren't Ready To Shut Down Cam Newton
Cam Newton is dealing with a shoulder issue, but Ron Rivera says the Panthers aren't ready to shut down their quarterback.

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Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10
Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection.

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Cam Newton's Repaired Shoulder Still Bothering Him
Cam Newton is still experiencing pain in his right shoulder a year and a half after it was surgically repaired.

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Ron Rivera Takes Over Carolina's Defensive Playcalling
Ron Rivera took over the playcalling for the defense on Sunday.

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Steelers, Panthers Set Record With Three TDs In 23 Seconds
The Steelers and Panthers set an NFL record with three touchdowns in 23 seconds during the first quarter of Thursday night's game.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Will Start For Buccaneers Against Panthers
Dirk Koetter benched Jameis Winston on Sunday against the Bengals after he threw his fourth interception of the game.

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Arbitrator Denies Eric Reid's Greivance Against Bengals
The arbitrator ruled the Bengals were within their rights to ask if Eric Reid would continue to kneel.

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Panthers Sign Eric Reid
Eric Reid's grievance case against the NFL is still pending.

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Torrey Smith Wants Panthers To Consider Signing Eric Reid
The Panthers need help at free safety and Torrey Smith wants them to consider Eric Reid.

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Panthers Have Contingency Travel Plans Because Of Hurricane Florence
The Panthers are paying special attention to Hurricane Florence, which could alter their travel plans in the coming days.

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Greg Olsen Re-Fractures Right Foot
Greg Olsen signed a two-year extension through the 2020 season.

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