Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th113.4 (10th)230.3 (21st)
Defense21st91.6 (6th)268.2 (29th)

Schedule

Thu Sep 8
L 21 - 20at DEN
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Sun Sep 18
W 46 - 27SF
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Sun Sep 25
L 22 - 10MIN
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Sun Oct 2
L 48 - 33at ATL
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Mon Oct 10
L 17 - 14TB
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Sun Oct 16
L 41 - 38at NO
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Sun Oct 30
W 30 - 20ARI
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Sun Nov 6
W 13 - 10at LAR
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Sun Nov 13
L 20 - 17KC
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Thu Nov 17
W 23 - 20NO
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Sun Nov 27
L 35 - 32at OAK
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Sun Dec 4
L 40 - 7at SEA
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Sun Dec 11
W 28 - 16SD
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Mon Dec 19
W 26 - 15at WAS
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Sat Dec 24
L 33 - 16ATL
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Sun Jan 1
L 17 - 16at TB
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Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Atlanta11-5-05-1-0
Tampa Bay9-7-04-2-0
New Orleans7-9-02-4-0
Carolina6-10-01-5-0
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Panthers' Cam Newton: Expected to be ready by Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he has no doubt Newton (shoulder) will be ready for the season opener, NFL.com reports.

The Panthers entered this offseason with the expectation Newton would avoid surgery on his partially torn right rotator cuff, but he's now scheduled to have an arthroscopic procedure March 30. He's tentatively scheduled to begin an individual throwing program 12 weeks after the surgery, with a return to throwing in a team setting expected at the 16-week mark. The timeline rules him out for the offseason program and leaves his training camp availability in serious question, but it should allow the 27-year-old quarterback to be ready by Week 1.

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Panthers' Garrett Gilbert: Joins Carolina on one-year deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gilbert signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

While they already have three quarterbacks on the roster, the Panthers were likely in need of another arm for training camp with Cam Newton (shoulder) on the shelf for the time being. While Gilbert hasn't thrown a regular-season pass in his career, he could theoretically push Joe Webb for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2017 season opener.

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Panthers' Michael Oher: Progressing in recovery from concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oher (concussion) remains under the concussion protocol but is progressing in his recovery, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Oher hasn't cleared the protocol since first reporting concussion symptoms prior to Week 4 -- nearly 6 months ago. However, the 30-year-old offensive lineman has been working out as usual in the weight room five days a week and is moving in the right direction toward getting the thumbs up. With the recent addition of Ryan Kalil, Oher's expected to slide over to right tackle ahead of the 2017 season opener. However, if he's unable to shake off the lingering effects of his head injury soon, the Panthers may need to begin making other arrangements.

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Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Gets fifth-year option picked up by Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Benjamin will have his fifth-year option picked up by the Panthers, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

This comes as little surprise as Benjamin, when healthy, has been the team's best receiver since landing in Carolina in 2014. He hauled in 63 of 118 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and proved to be a reliable threat deep down the field with 10 receptions of 20-or-more yards. According to Person, Benjamin's option figures to be in the $8 million range in 2018.

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Panthers' Jonathan Stewart: Signs extension through 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Panthers signed Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018, the team's official website reports.

Previously entering the final season of a five-year, $36.5 million contract he signed in 2012, the 30-year-old running back was scheduled for a 2017 cap hit of $8.25 million. The extension likely redistributes some of that charge to 2018, ending any speculation about the possibility Stewart could be released. He had 218 carries for 824 yards (3.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns in 13 games last season, missing at least three contests for a fifth consecutive year. The Panthers could still select a running back early in the upcoming draft.

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