|Offense||16th||127.2 (7th)||219.4 (19th)|
|Defense||10th||112.0 (16th)||227.8 (11th)|
Sun Sep 7
|W 20 - 14||at TB|
Sun Sep 14
|W 24 - 7||DET|
Sun Sep 21
|L 37 - 19||PIT|
Sun Sep 28
|L 38 - 10||at BAL|
Sun Oct 5
|W 31 - 24||CHI|
Sun Oct 12
|37 - 37||at CIN|
Sun Oct 19
|L 38 - 17||at GB|
Sun Oct 26
|L 13 - 9||SEA|
Thu Oct 30
|L 28 - 10||NO|
Mon Nov 10
|L 45 - 21||at PHI|
Sun Nov 16
|L 19 - 17||ATL|
Sun Nov 30
|L 31 - 13||at MIN|
Sun Dec 7
|W 41 - 10||at NO|
Sun Dec 14
|W 19 - 17||TB|
Sun Dec 21
|W 17 - 13||CLE|
Sun Dec 28
|W 34 - 3||at ATL|
Sat Jan 3
|W 27 - 16||ARI|
Sat Jan 10
|L 31 - 17||at SEA|
Martin played in 15 games with San Francisco last season, starting nine of them. Prior to that, he was a member Dolphins before being traded for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014. The 25-year-old has started 32 of the 38 games he's played in.
"Jonathan brings quality experience to our offensive line, having started 32 games in his career at both tackle spots," Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said.
The 25-year-old receiver had a big campaign with the Packers in 2013, catching 49 passes for 681 yards, but fell out of favor last season, grabbing just three balls for 23 yards in 13 games. Boykin has 57 career receptions in three seasons, all with the Packers.
“Very much so," Rivera said Wednesday during the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix. “He’s a guy we feel has an opportunity. We’re very excited about [seeing] Stephen during OTAs and minicamp.
“With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do -- and I think he will; he seems to be a very smart man -- he might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us."
Rivera felt Hill's year on the practice squad was beneficial after the 2012 second-round pick failed to live up to expectations during his tenure with the Jets.
“I thought it was a good opportunity to take a step back and take a break," Rivera said. “The thing I liked about Stephen was how he contributed to our football team’s success. He came in. He had been a second-round pick. He had no assumptions, no entitlement.
“He ran all the scout teams for us. He ran them hard. Gave us great looks, which is what makes us excited 'cause you watch a guy perform who could very easily dog it, and he didn’t. And you saw him grow. You saw him make catches. You saw him get comfortable in his own skin again."
"I'd like to see him continue to work on his position-specific skills ... his technique, his throwing motion," Rivera said at the NFL owners meeting, per ESPN.com. "He relies so much on his great athleticism that sometimes he's not as sound as he needs to be on his fundamentals.
"That's the next step in being sound in everything he does."
Entering his fifth season, Newton has a career completion percentage of 59.5.
When asked if Newton could have the franchise tag placed on him in 2016, Rivera said he hopes it doesn't come to that.
"Personally, yes I would," Rivera said when asked if he wants the negotiations to wrap up before the season.
"But they have a timetable, both sides do I imagine. Both sides have a plan and hopefully we can all get everything worked out together."
Rivera continued making it clear that he's not worried about Newton's performance on the field if an extension isn't worked out right away.
"I think our quarterback is a smart, savvy young man, understands the dynamics of the game," he said. "I think he's the kind of guy who's able to focus on certain aspects of the game and put things aside. Obviously, that's a work in progress right now."
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