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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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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Injury

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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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Injury

Panthers Acknowledge Possibility Cam Newton Could Sit In 2019

Jan 16, 2019 8:31 AM

The Carolina Panthers are keeping all options open as Cam Newton deals with a sore right shoulder.

David Tepper, Carolina's owner, included the possibility of not having Newton available next season.

"If you told me he took a year off and could recover and be fully recovered and everything else, and that's what it took, an extra year, why wouldn't you do [that]?'" Tepper said.

"Now we would have to do other things, right? We'd have to go out and get another quarterback. If you could find me some more cap space I'd appreciate that."

Newton was shut down the final two games of the season when it became apparent the strength in his throwing shoulder, which was surgically repaired prior to the 2017 season, was hampering his effectiveness.

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Thomas Davis Says Panthers Won't Re-Sign Him

Jan 10, 2019 8:29 AM

Thomas Davis plans to play at least one more season, but it won't be with the Carolina Panthers.

Davis, 35, announced via social media that the Panthers informed him they were going in "a different direction at the linebacker position" and would not be re-signing him.

"Carolina is going to always be home for me and my family, but I'm not retiring,'' said Davis, selected by Carolina out of Georgia with the 14th pick of the 2005 draft. "I feel like I have way too much football left in me to walk away from the game right now, so I want to keep playing. I'm going to keep playing.

"Hopefully, someone is going to give me that opportunity."

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

NFL, NFLPA Claim Eric Reid Wasn't Targeted For Drug Tests

Jan 9, 2019 10:21 AM

An investigation conducted jointly by the NFL and NFLPA has determined there's no evidence Eric Reid was targeted for the drug testing program.

Reid claimed after a Dec. 17 loss to New Orleans that he'd been selected for testing for the seventh time since signing with Carolina in late September. 

Reid implied he was targeted due to his collusion case against the NFL. Reid was the first player to join Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the anthem.

"I guess there was something about some mathematician saying it's highly improbable, but definitely possible," Ron Rivera said after Reid said he was tested a seventh time. "But I'll say this: If my name came up that many times, I'd buy a lottery ticket."

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2019 11:42 AM

The NFL has just two teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks, Rams, Packers, Falcons, Patriots and Saints also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Cowboys, Jaguars, Texans, Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Ravens and Bills are in the top-10 on defense.

The Chiefs rank first in the NFL in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.


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NFL, NFLPA Ask For Investigation Into Eric Reid's Testing Claims

Dec 24, 2018 9:03 AM

The NFL and NFL Players Association have asked the administrator of their independent drug-testing program to look into allegations by Eric Reid.

Reid believes he's been targeted due to his political actions for an abnormal number of drug tests. Reid has been tested seven times since signing in late September.

While the NFL and NFLPA stand by their position the tests are random and they have no influence on who gets tested, they have asked that John Lombardo look into the matter with the number of tests raising eyebrows.

"I guess there was something about some mathematician saying it's highly improbable, but definitely possible," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said last week. "But I'll say this: If my name came up that many times, I'd buy a lottery ticket."

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Legal

Opponents Knew Cam Newton Couldn't Throw Deep

Dec 20, 2018 8:35 AM

The Carolina Panthers have decided to sit Cam Newton with two games to go.

Newton has been dealing with shoulder issues and wide receiver Jarius Wright admitted that defenses knew the quarterback couldn't physically throw the ball far down field.

"It keeps guys on their toes now," Wright said. "It's funny because some of the (opposing defensive backs) actually tell us on the field, 'We're not scared of y'all going deep. Cam won't.' They've actually mentioned that multiple times."

"Just having [Taylor Heinicke] out there keeps everybody on their toes."

Heinicke has attempted five NFL passes, two of which were Hail Mary attempts he came on for this season because Newton couldn't.

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Cam Newton Done For 2018 With Sore Shoulder

Dec 19, 2018 4:19 PM

The Carolina Panthers will sit Cam Newton for the final two games of the season as he deals with a sore throwing shoulder.

Marty Hurney confirmed Wednesday that Newton will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons. 

Newton has been battling soreness in his right shoulder since throwing 22 passes in the fourth quarter of a comeback victory against Philadelphia on Oct. 21.

Newton said nothing he has tried, from acupuncture to massage, has worked.

"You can't rub magic dust on it, go to this or that person, have the placebo things done where you think certain things are what they are -- and you come out and you're still the same,'' Newton said at the time. "Over the past couple of weeks, nothing has really changed.''

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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.


The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Cam Newton
Cam Newton was MVP of the NFL not too long ago and the addition of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator could get him back to that level.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Christian McCaffrey
In his second season, the Panthers hope Christian McCaffrey becomes Cam Newton's best weapon.

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Ten-Year DVOA Rankings: Carolina Panthers
The Panthers bottomed out in 2010, drafted Cam Newton and quickly became one of the best teams in the NFC.

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Panthers Hire Manchester City Exec Tom Glick As Team President
Tom Glick is leaving his job as chief commercial officer of Manchester City.

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Panthers Rookie D.J. Moore Charged With Driving 113 MPH
D.J. Moore was charged with driving 113 mph in a 65 mph work zone earlier this month.

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Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin Have Confrontation Before Game
Cam Newton confronted Kelvin Benjamin before Thursday night's preseason game before the Panthers and Bills.

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Panthers Finalize Sale To David Tepper
The Panthers also announced the resignation of Tina Becker, the team's chief operating officer.

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