|Offense||19th||113.4 (10th)||230.3 (21st)|
|Defense||21st||91.6 (6th)||268.2 (29th)|
|3||Anderson, Derek||QB||6-6||235||6/15/1983||13||Oregon State|
|Armah, Alex||FB||6-2||253||5/17/1994||R||West Georgia|
|13||Benjamin, Kelvin||WR||6-5||245||2/5/1991||4||Florida State|
|Bigger, Zeek||LB||6-2||216||11/6/1992||R||East Carolina|
|Butker, Harrison||K||6-4||199||7/14/1995||R||Georgia Tech|
|92||Butler, Vernon||DT||6-4||325||6/14/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|18||Byrd, Damiere||WR||5-9||180||1/27/1993||2||South Carolina|
|Clausell, Blaine||T||6-6||321||1/31/1992||1||Mississippi State|
|20||Coleman, Kurt||SS||5-11||200||4/1/1988||8||Ohio State|
|Duke, Austin||WR||5-8||155||8/3/1993||R||North Carolina-Charlotte|
|Elder, Corn||CB||5-10||179||10/9/1994||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|71||France, Dan||OL||6-6||312||4/1/1991||1||Michigan State|
|9||Gano, Graham||K||6-2||205||4/9/1987||8||Florida State|
|Gilbert, Garrett||QB||6-4||221||7/1/1991||1||Southern Methodist|
|22||Griffin, Michael (FA)||FS||6-0||215||1/4/1985||11||Texas|
|Hall, Daeshon||DE||6-5||265||6/14/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|96||Horton, Wes||DE||6-5||265||1/18/1990||5||Southern California|
|Houston, Wyatt||TE||6-4||255||6/21/1994||R||Utah State|
|Jacobs, Ben||LB||6-4||240||4/17/1988||4||Fresno State|
|44||Jansen, J.J.||LS||6-2||240||1/20/1986||10||Notre Dame|
|Johnson, Charles||WR||6-2||217||2/27/1989||5||Grand Valley State|
|Kalil, Matt||T||6-7||317||7/6/1989||6||Southern California|
|67||Kalil, Ryan||C||6-2||300||3/29/1985||11||Southern California|
|59||Kuechly, Luke||MLB||6-3||238||4/20/1991||6||Boston College|
|77||Love, Kyle||DE||6-1||315||11/18/1986||6||Mississippi State|
|Luke, Cole||CB||5-11||183||//||R||Notre Dame|
|29||Marlowe, Dean||FS||6-1||210||7/25/1992||3||James Madison|
|55||Mayo, David||LB||6-2||245||8/8/1993||3||Texas State|
|Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||280||9/5/1990||3||Concordia-St. Paul|
|Moton, Taylor||G||6-5||330||8/18/1994||R||Western Michigan|
|Munnerlyn, Captain||DB||5-9||195||4/10/1988||9||South Carolina|
|68||Norwell, Andrew||G||6-6||325||10/25/1991||4||Ohio State|
|Obada, Efe||DE||6-6||265||4/13/1992||1||No College|
|73||Oher, Michael||T||6-4||315||5/28/1986||9||Ole Miss|
|88||Olsen, Greg||TE||6-5||255||3/11/1985||11||Miami (Fla.)|
|Peppers, Julius||DE||6-7||287||1/18/1980||16||North Carolina|
|Richards, Jeff||DB||6-2||210||1/3/1991||1||Emporia State|
|Ross, Fred||WR||6-1||213||5/19/1995||R||Mississippi State|
|Samuel, Curtis||WR||5-11||197||8/11/1996||R||Ohio State|
|66||Silatolu, Amini||G||6-4||320||9/16/1988||4||Midwestern State|
|38||Simmons, Jalen||RB||5-8||210||4/1/1992||1||South Carolina State|
|90||Soliai, Paul (FA)||DE||6-4||345||12/30/1983||11||Utah|
|Wendell, Ryan (FA)||G||6-2||300||3/4/1986||8||Fresno State|
|21||Williams, Teddy||DB||6-1||210||7/3/1988||6||Texas-San Antonio|
|26||Worley, Daryl||CB||6-1||205||2/22/1995||2||West Virginia|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Funchess didn't exactly make a strong case for a larger workload last season when he hauled in only 23 of 59 targets (39 percent) in 15 games, though he did produce 16.1 yards per catch and four touchdowns. He's still the favorite for the No. 2 wideout job, but the Panthers probably wouldn't have used their first two draft picks on pass-catching back Christian McCaffrey and slot receiver Curtis Samuel if they had confidence Funchess -- a 2015 second-round selection -- was about to emerge as a major weapon. Part of the problem may be that his skill set is somewhat redundant alongside Kelvin Benjamin's, as neither offers much speed and both are among the league's largest wide receivers. Funchess suffered a minor ankle injury during the offseason program, but he participated in mandatory minicamp in mid-June and should be at full health for training camp.
Moore will be entering his fourth year in the NFL, but he's logged a total of just three tackles in his career, all of which came in 2014 with the Patriots. After relatively unsuccessful stints with the Cowboys and most recently, the 49ers, Moore will now head to the Panthers, where he'll have a shot to battle for a roster spot during training camp.
Jones has been with Carolina since 2012, and this deal ensures that he will stay there through the 2018 season, barring a release. The safety has become a valuable special teams player for the Panthers since arriving and provides depth in the defensive backfield. Jones has 102 tackles, one interception and one sack in 89 games played since becoming a Panther.
Drafted in the seventh round by the Packers in 2013, Johnson has made all his hay as a professional with the Vikings, tallying 60 receptions (on 109 targets) for 843 yards and two touchdowns over the last three seasons. With the transaction, the Panthers have effectively replaced Ted Ginn and Philly Brown with Johnson and Russell Shepard. Nonetheless, Johnson will likely have to scrounge for scraps behind Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, which isn't exactly conducive to significant output.
A 2015 sixth-round pick, Clay was released by Tampa Bay at the end of his first training camp, and then caught on with the Ravens as a return specialist for the final seven weeks of his rookie season. He was in the mix to earn the same role last summer, but the Ravens released him with an injury settlement after he suffered a broken foot during training camp. While unlikely to make an impact on offense, Clay is a candidate to replace Tedd Ginn (Saints) as Carolina's primary return man.
Benjamin was called out in April by head coach Ron Rivera for being out of shape during Carolina's offseason program, but the towering wideout seemingly has fixed his figure since then. Although the 6-5 target's listed weight of 245 pounds is probably flattering, Benjamin was still nimble enough to reach down and make some tough catches on low passes during minicamp. With Rivera's message in mind, Benjamin will hope to avoid some of the condition problems that plagued him last season, when he played only 72 percent of the Panthers' offensive snaps despite being their clear No. 1 wideout.
Coupling the emergence of Shaq Thompson with Davis' age, the Panthers feel it is wise to limit the 34-year-old's workload over the course of the season. In each of the last two seasons, Davis has registered over 1,000 snaps at linebacker. While it's likely that the Panthers reduce his workload, Davis still figures to function as a centerpiece of the defense.
Gettleman said he's particularly impressed by McCaffrey's vision and quickness while running between the tackles -- perhaps suggesting the rookie could be an immediate threat to usurp Stewart's role as the early-down workhorse. At the very least, McCaffrey figures to have a key role catching passes while also eating into some of Stewart's rushing workload. Despite signing a one-year extension this offseason, the 30-year-old running back could be forced into a complementary role. The extension did reduce his 2017 cap hit, which should keep his spot on the roster secure.
Newton tossed 45 passes in total, throwing to Carolina's head athletic trainer from three different positions. The session took place in the Panthers' locker room, evidencing the baby steps required before Newton can take the field again. Following surgery on his partially torn right rotator cuff in late March, the quarterback said his range of motion hasn't fully returned yet, but Newton admitted it felt good to finally be able to throw again. In order to shake some of the stiffness in his arm, Newton is scheduled to continue one-on-one throwing session for the next four weeks, and if all goes according to plan, he'll be cleared to throw to teammates the day the Panthers open training camp on July 26.
Hall was overshadowed by No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett, but Garrett wasn't the only standout end for A&M. At 6-foot-5, 266 pounds with 35 and 5/8-inch arms, Hall has a huge reach as well as very good athleticism, boasting a 4.76-second 40, 123-inch broad jump, and 7.03-second three-cone drill. He could start early on in his Carolina career.
Bradberry fractured his left wrist during last Monday's OTA session, but he's already back on the practice field playing through the issue. This foreshadows his eventual availability for training camp later in the offseason.
Dickson has yet to top 17 receptions in any of his three seasons in Carolina, where he's served as Pro-Bowler Greg Olsen's backup at tight end since joining from the Ravens. With another year left on his contract with the Panthers, Dickson figures to occupy the same role next season, keeping his fantasy value severely restricted.
Gano dealt with a nagging injury to a bone in the heel of his plant foot for a large portion of the 2016 campaign, and in Week 14, that very bone snapped in half while he attempted a kickoff. He managed to play through the pain for the remainder of the season, but went just 6-of-9 on field goals during the Panthers' final three games. The veteran kicker ultimately underwent surgery to fix the problem in January, and now that he's back to full heath, he'll need to show there are no lingering effects from the procedure in order to fend off seventh-round draft pick Harrison Butker for a roster spot.
Selected by Carolina with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft, Peppers had double-digit sacks in six of his eight seasons (2002-2009) with the team. He was also productive in Chicago and Green Bay, though he stepped back to a supporting role for the Packers last season, notching 23 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 16 games. Peppers may be used as a situational pass rusher rather than as a starter upon returning to Carolina. This could serve as the farewell tour in an impressive career that has featured 143.5 sacks and counting.
Munnerlyn played the first five seasons of his career in Carolina, but spent the last three with the Vikings in Minnesota. While 2017 didn't produce his best campaign, he did notch 55 tackles (38 solo), three pass defenses and a forced fumble. He's topped two interceptions just once in his career, but has a tendency to return them for touchdowns. Of his 11 career interceptions, six of them have gone for six points. The 28-year-old cornerback will likely slot in behind James Bradberry and Daryl Worley on the Panthers' depth chart.
Young spent training camp with the Bears last season but failed to receive a spot on the 53-man roster. Previously he spent six seasons with the Redskins, scoring 13 touchdowns over that span. He'll now compete with Mike Tolbert and Devon Johnson throughout the offseason in the hopes of furthering his NFL career.
Sanchez, a fifth-rounder out of Oklahoma, was promoted to the active roster in early October and appeared in five games for the Panthers this season. He'll finish his rookie campaign with nine tackles but no other defensive statistics.
Adams has made the Pro Bowl two of the past three years, averaging 80 tackles per season in the process. It seems likely that he'll start alongside Kurt Coleman, who has the most interceptions in the NFC over the past two seasons. At 35, it's unknown how much Adams has left in the tank, but if the past few seasons serve as any indication, it doesn't seem like he'll be slowing down anytime soon.
Considering training camp is only five weeks away, Olsen presumably at least has some idea about his plan for landing a new contract. His $6.5 million base salaries for the next two seasons would seem to make him a clear bargain in comparison to other top tight ends, but the situation is partly of his choosing, as his contract contains a much higher percentage in guarantees (53.3 percent) than the deals signed by Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce and Jimmy Graham. Olsen agreed to the deal two years ago, seemingly trading some upside in exchange for security. The Panthers probably don't want to set the precedent of a large-scale renegotiation for a contract that was signed only two years ago and still has two years remaining, but the 32-year-old Olsen did mention that he hopes to play another five or six seasons, which could make an extension amenable to both parties. He hasn't missed a game since 2007 despite handling a heavy workload throughout his time in Carolina, drawing triple-digit targets each of the past five seasons, including 122 or more the last three years.
Byrd needed surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee earlier this offseason, but the former practice squad receiver appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery. It'll be a tough road ahead for Byrd to potentially secure a spot on the final roster, so full health is key for the 24-year-old.
Marlowe spent nearly his entire rookie season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury, but he now appears to be back to 100 percent. The second-year James Madison product picked off a few passes in front of reporters during OTAs and seems to be making a strong case for the No. 2 strong safety job behind Kurt Coleman.
Oher has been under the league's concussion protocol for eight months and, despite being an active participant in offseason workouts earlier in the spring, has not been present at OTAs. However, there haven't been any signs he's legitimately considering ending his career.
Frazier looked solid in extended action against Arizona, including a stretched out catch near the sideline. Frazier was one of Paxton Lynch's favorite targets while they were both playing at Memphis and Frazier could be a candidate for the practice squad so that he can try to develop in a similar way as former undrafted free agents Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor.
The Panthers had applied a $13.1 million franchise tag on Short in February, but the defensive tackle was able to pick up some more financial security by brokering a long-term deal before the July deadline. With a combined 110 stops and 17 sacks over the last two seasons, Short has established himself as one of the NFL's top interior tackles and should have a few prime years left in him as he prepares for his age-28 campaign.
Kuechly sat out Wednesday merely as a precaution, so this injury shouldn't be anything that inhibits him by the time training camp arrives. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising if Keuchly was back on the field in the next day or so.
Horton's deal with keep him in Carolina through the 2018 campaign. Undrafted out of USC, Horton has been released and re-signed by the Panthers three times since entering the league in 2013, but after starting 10 of his 11 games played last year, he'll now enjoy some job security heading into the upcoming season.
Elder (5-foot-10, 183 pounds) is a small corner with modest athleticism, but he excelled in college and earns admiration for his competitiveness. In a Carolina defense that aims for aggression in the secondary, this is a sensible fit.
Johnson, who underwent a procedure to repair a herniated disc earlier in the offseason, is on pace for a full return at training camp. The 30-year-old doesn't have much to prove in Carolina, so the team can gradually ease him back into action if need be.
Although Cam Newton and Derek Anderson are locked in as the No. 1 and 2 signal-calkers, Webb should find his way onto the final roster for a third straight season, as he's the league's only third-string quarterback who also has a key role on special teams. However, his two-year contract is right around the veteran's minimum, which suggests he isn't quite a lock to make the team.
The eighth overall pick officially became a Carolina Panther on Thursday, signing his rookie deal. The 5-foot-11, 202 pound running back will likely be the team's top running back for the 2017 campaign as far as touches and production from scrimmage are concerned, though his spot on the depth chart may not necessarily reflect that, as it's possible he'll technically remain behind Jonathan Stewart. He totaled 5,128 yards and 31 touchdowns from scrimmage across 37 career collegiate games, showing off his talent as a pass catcher as well as a traditional running back.
Dixon was signed to fill the roster spot that was opened as a result of Tre Boston (knee) moving to injured reserve. Dixon has yet to play in an NFL game in his career but he may get a chance against Tampa Bay on Sunday, when he'll likely be a depth option in the secondary and could play on special teams.
Williams played in just three games before suffering a season-ending knee injury last season, but the time off since he landed on IR in October should allow him to be ready for the 2017 campaign, when he figures to mostly factor in on special teams.
Mayo practiced in full throughout the week, making it unsurprising that he's active for Week 15.
Lotulelei's shoulder injury was previously unreported and isn't thought to be very serious. It's anticipated that the starting defensive lineman will return in full when training camp rolls around.
Anderson played extensively in two games this season, beginning in Week 4 against the Falcons after Cam Newton was knocked out with a concussion, and then by starting with Newton sidelined the following game. Unlike when Anderson successfully filled in for Newton last season, he threw two interceptions in both of those games this term, and then threw a pick on his lone attempt after starting Carolina's Week 13 loss to the Seahawks, when Newton was benched for the first series of the game due to a dress code violation. Despite those mistakes, the 33-year-old is generally viewed as one of the more reliable backups in the league, which figures to remain his role as he enters the final year of his current contract with the Panthers.
Simonson was released in order to make room for cornerback Lou Young on the roster. The Panthers are currently struggling with depth in their secondary, so the addition of young, and subsequent release of Simonson is an attempt at resolving that issue.
Manhertz had been the Saints No. 3 tight end and he saw just 15 percent of the team's offensive snaps in the first five weeks. He was waived to clear room for wide receiver Jacob Lampman.
Thompson, Carolina's 2015 first-rounder, started 12 games this season, including each of the Panthers' final six contests while Luke Kuechly (concussion) was sidelined. Although Thompson matched his career high with 11 tackles in one of those appearances, he only bested his rookie total by six stops overall. That came despite Thompson playing 57 percent of Carolina's defensive snaps, a significant improvement on his 39-percent involvement last year. With Kuechly and Thomas Davis among the league's elite linebackers, Thompson is usually forced to leave the field in nickel situations, but after working well in that role while Kuechly was out this year, he could see even more action next season, which would figure to help his IDP stock. That being said, as long as Kuechly and Thomas are around, Thompson will remain Carolina's third option at linebacker.
Cash was unable to play during Sunday's loss to the Vikings due to the hamsting injury, but he appears to be close to full health at this point. His return won't have much of an impact for the Panthers' defense, as Thomas Davis and David Mayo lead the way at weakside linebacker.
Worley quickly became a starter after being drafted in the third round and fared relatively well as his first professional season unfolded. The West Virginia product finished fourth on the Panthers in tackles and was credited with nine pass deflections, which was second-best on the team. With a season under his belt, Worley will look to build on that success in 2017.
Coleman's tackle total marked the highest in his seven-year career, and his second consecutive 90-tackle season since joining the Panthers. He also led Carolina with four interceptions. After signing a three-year extension prior to this season, Coleman figures to remain an important member of the Panthers defense going forward, which should make him a solid IDP option among defensive backs in 2017.
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.
Artis-Payne, Carolina's 2015 fifth-round pick, was a healthy scratch for the vast majority of this season despite doing fairly well in his limited action. Coach Ron Rivera indicated that Artis-Payne's similar skill set to starting tailback Jonathan Stewart makes him somewhat redundant when all the Panthers running backs are healthy. As a result, Fozzy Whittaker was preferred as a change-of-pace option behind Stewart, with fullback Mike Tolbert and quarterback Cam Newton also factoring into ball-carrying duties. While Stewart being sidelined allowed Artis-Payne to rush 18 times for 85 yards and two scores in Week 5, his fantasy stock remains untouchable until he consistently earns active status.
Shepard joined the Panthers this offseason to help replace Ted Ginn and Philly Brown, and it appears he's gotten off to a great start in his bid to do just that. After career-highs of 23 catches for 341 yards and two scores with the Buccaneers last year, Shepard will hope to keep his momentum going when Carolina opens training camp. As it stands, the 26-year-old is expected to compete with rookie second-rounder Curtis Samuel and fellow offseason signing Charles Johnson for pegging behind the Panthers' top wideouts, Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess.
The Panthers have made maintaining their depth along the front four a priority in free agency, as Love is the fourth defensive lineman to re-sign with the team this offseason. Love is expected to serve in a reserve capacity at defensive tackle in 2017 after logging 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games last season.
Whittaker was rewarded for the best season of his career, in which he rushed the ball 57 times for 265 yards and added 25 receptions (on 33 targets) for 226 yards over 16 games. He proved himself to be a solid third-down back for Carolina and filled in nicely when Jonathan Stewart missed time due to injuries.
As OTAs proceeded, it was apparent that Bersin was dealing with discomfort in his left ankle, and the procedure was ordered up to make sure he'd be ready by the time training camp kicks off. A wide receiver in name, he fits in the majority of his snaps on special teams, where 113 of his 176 overall snaps were earned in 2016. If he's able to fend off the likes of Damiere Byrd and Keyarris Garrett during the preseason, Bersin would be in line for a similar role in the fall.
Samuel's second-round selection caught some by surprise after the Panthers spent their top choice on the similarly skilled Christian McCaffrey. As the only player in Ohio State's decorated history to finish his career with over 1,000 rushing and receiving yards, Samuel is a multi-dimensional talent, but it appears the majority of his snaps will come at receiver, leaving McCaffrey to push veteran Jonathan Stewart for reps at tailback. While Samuel will surely get opportunities to carry the ball himself, his 4.31-second speed should add something different to top targets Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen in Carolina's passing game, where his impact is likely to be felt most as a rookie.
Soliai signed a two-year, $7 million deal only last year. He was owed a $500 thousand roster bonus Mar. 11, so apparently Carolina didn't find the former Pro Bowler worth keeping on. Soliai will look to find work as a run-stopping defensive tackle on an NFL roster in the coming months. He recorded only eight combined tackles in 2016.
Delaire's 2016 campaign was shortened due to a knee injury, which appears to still be an issue at this stage in the offseason. He'll be competing for a depth spot at defensive end upon his eventual return to the practice field.
Butler will take the field for the first time since Week 3 and figures to serve an important role behind starter Kawann Short. Paul Soliai is the only other healthy reserve defensive tackle on the roster Sunday.
Webster was signed by Carolina after the team moved defensive end Ryan Delaire to injured reserve. Webster will serve as a reserve defensive lineman and shouldn't be expected to have much of any role in the team's regular season finale.
Garrett went undrafted out of Tulsa, but signed with the Panthers in May after leading the FBS in receiving yards last season. Despite appearing in all four preseason games, Garrett managed just four catches for 63 yards. Although he showed improvement in Carolina's final two exhibition outings, the team's deep, established group of receivers contributed toward Garrett's release.