Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th113.4 (10th)230.3 (21st)
Defense21st91.6 (6th)268.2 (29th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Addison, Mario LB6-32609/6/19876Troy
65Alecxih, Chas DT6-42952/10/19891Pittsburgh
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62356/15/198312Oregon State
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102206/23/19902Auburn
13Benjamin, Kelvin WR6-52452/5/19913Florida State
 Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19903Wofford
 Blechen, Brian DB6-22309/30/19911Utah
33Boston, Tre DB6-12056/25/19923North Carolina
24Bradberry, James CB6-12108/4/1993RSamford
10Brown, Corey WR5-1119012/16/19913Ohio State
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43256/14/1994RLouisiana Tech
86Byrd, LaRon WR6-42258/18/19894Miami (Fla.)
18Byrd, Damiere WR5-91801/27/19931South Carolina
57Cash, Jeremy SAF6-021512/9/1992RDuke
 Clausell, Blaine T6-63211/31/19921Mississippi State
20Coleman, Kurt DB5-112004/1/19887Ohio State
72Crume, Eric DT6-033010/18/19931Syracuse
58Davis, Thomas LB6-12353/22/198312Georgia
91Delaire, Ryan DE6-42651/17/19922Towson
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19877Oregon
30Dixon, Travell SAF6-12102/17/1991RWashington
94Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/19913Missouri
71France, Dan T6-63124/1/19911Michigan State
 Frazier, Mose WR5-111908/30/1993RMemphis
17Funchess, Devin WR6-42255/21/19942Michigan
9Gano, Graham K6-22054/9/19877Florida State
15Garrett, Keyarris WR6-32159/26/1992RTulsa
19Ginn, Ted WR5-111804/12/198510Ohio State
66Gradkowski, Gino C6-330011/5/19885Delaware
54Green-Thompson, Shaq LB6-02304/21/19942Washington
22Griffin, Michael DB6-02151/4/19859Texas
96Horton, Wes DE6-52651/18/19904USC
 Jacobs, Ben LB6-42404/17/19884Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. C6-22401/20/19869Notre Dame
23Johnson, Leonard DB5-102003/30/19904Iowa State
47Johnson, Devon RB6-02457/28/1993RMarshall
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22757/10/198610Georgia
42Jones, Colin DB6-020510/27/19876Texas Christian
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198510USC
56Klein, A.J. LB6-12407/30/19914Iowa State
59Kuechly, Luke LB6-32384/20/19915Boston College
69Larsen, Tyler G6-43357/8/1991RUtah
8Lee, Andy P6-11858/11/198213Pittsburgh
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-231512/20/19894Utah
77Love, Kyle DT6-131511/18/19865Mississippi State
82Manhertz, Chris TE6-62554/10/19921Canisius
29Marlowe, Dean SAF6-12107/25/19922James Madison
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/8/19932Texas State
 McCray, L.J. DB6-02106/18/19913Catawba
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19896Auburn
52Norris, Jared LB6-12407/19/1993RUtah
68Norwell, Andrew G6-632510/25/19913Ohio State
73Oher, Michael T6-43155/28/19868Mississippi
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198510Miami (Fla.)
5Palardy, Michael P5-111917/6/1992RTennessee
 Patmon, Tyler DB5-101881/26/19913Oklahoma State
74Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19894Oregon State
 Richards, Jeff DB6-22101/3/19911Emporia State
72Rigsbee, Jordan G6-43153/5/1993RCalifornia
 Rodgers, Jake T6-63209/10/19911Eastern Washington
31Sanchez, Zack CB5-1118510/11/1993ROklahoma
79Scott, Chris T6-43408/4/19875Tennessee
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19894Purdue
66Silatolu, Amini G6-43209/16/19885Midwestern State
38Simmons, Jalen RB5-82104/1/1992RSouth Carolina State
 Simonson, Scott TE6-52554/13/19922Assumption
 Slater, Pearce T6-733510/1/1993RSan Diego State
90Soliai, Paul (FA) DT6-434512/30/198310Utah
 Southward, Dezmen DB6-221010/1/19903Wisconsin
28Stewart, Jonathan RB5-102403/21/19879Oregon
 Thompson, Tyrus T6-533011/17/19911Oklahoma
35Tolbert, Mike (FA) RB5-925011/23/19859Coastal Carolina
70Turner, Trai G6-33106/14/19933Louisiana State
 Wallace, Eric TE6-723312/13/1988RSeattle
14Webb, Joe QB6-423511/14/19867Alabama-Birmingham
75Webster, Larry DE6-62722/14/19902Bloomsburg
 Wendell, Ryan G6-23003/4/19868Fresno State
43Whittaker, Fozzy RB5-102052/2/19894Texas
21Williams, Teddy DB6-12107/3/19885Texas-San Antonio
60Williams, Daryl T6-63358/31/19922Oklahoma
26Worley, Daryl CB6-12052/22/1995RWest Virginia
 Yankey, David G6-63101/18/19922Stanford
 Young, Darrel FB5-112514/8/19877Villanova
 Young, Lou CB6-020510/9/19911Georgia Tech
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Carolina6-4320.86-3299.326.52234
 
 
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Position Listing
Ryan Wendell
News
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Devin Funchess
News
Funchess (knee) caught 23 passes (on 59 targets) for 371 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games played this season.

Funchess was the subject of considerable preseason hype, but his sophomore campaign fell flat across all categories. With fellow big-bodied wideout Kelvin Benjamin returning from last season's knee injury, Funchess was deemed redundant in a low-volume, low-efficiency Panthers passing game that featured Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen most often. In fact, Funchess was on the field for under half of Carolina's offensive plays, and he missed the team's final regular season game due to a knee problem of his own. While his four receiving touchdowns trailed only Benjamin among his teammates, Funchess failed to top three catches and/or 56 yards in a single game this season. Although veteran slot receiver Ted Ginn's upcoming free agency gives Funchess a potential path to more looks, it'll be hard not to second-guess any inflated expectations that may surround him ahead of next season.

Colin Jones
News
Jones (concussion) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Jones' availability for Sunday was expected after practicing in full throughout the week. Starting free safety Tre Boston (ankle) is also active, so Jones is slated to serve as his backup.

Amini Silatolu
News
Silatolu signed a one-year contract Monday with the Panthers.

Silatolu, who was originally drafted by the Panthers in 2012, was released by the Bears prior to the start of the 2016 season and ended up not playing for any team last year. He'll provide depth for an offensive line that struggled a bit last season after a strong 2015 campaign.

Leonard Johnson
News
Johnson, who is dealing with several minor injuries, is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Johnson is slated to back-up James Bradberry and Daryl Worley at cornerback in Week 12 after nursing injuries to his chest, ribs, and shoulder.

Brian Blechen
No Updates
Dezmen Southward
News
Southward has been signed to a future contract by the Panthers, Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com reports.

Southward ended the 2016 season as a member of Carolina's practice squad, and the former third-rounder will have a shot at making the active roster throughout the upcoming offseason.

LaRon Byrd
News
Byrd (concussion) was placed on the Panthers' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

Byrd suffered a head injury during Carolina's second game of the preseason. He enjoyed a solid training camp up until that point, though, and will likely take aim at cracking the Panthers' roster once again in 2017.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kelvin Benjamin
News
Benjamin secured six of seven targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs.

Benjamin closed out his third season in fine fashion, ripping off a game-long 47-yard catch-and-run and also hauling in a five-yard touchdown from Cam Newton with 17 seconds remaining in the game. While the ensuing two-point conversion was unsuccessful, the performance provided Benjamin with some momentum heading into the offseason. He wraps up 2016 with a combined 10 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns over his last two contests.

Corey Brown
News
Brown caught 27 passes (on 53 targets) for 276 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this season.

Brown made decent strides in a wildly successful 2015 Panthers offense, but as the team's performance mightily declined this season, so too did his. Behind Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn and Devin Funchess on Carolina's depth chart, and with tight end Greg Olsen a focus of the team's passing game, Brown's numbers more closely resembled those from his 2014 rookie year, not his 31/447/4 line from last season. The shifty wideout's production tailed off considerably over the second half of the season, as Brown only caught seven passes for 82 yards across his final seven games. Now slated to become a restricted free agent this offseason, it's unclear whether Brown will be back in Carolina, but his fantasy stock isn't all that enticing anyway.

Thomas Davis
News
Davis finished this season with 106 tackles (73 solo), three interceptions, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 16 games played.

Davis has now put together five straight 100-tackle seasons, with his 106 stops this year marking the third-most in his impressive 12-year career. Along with leading the Panthers in that category, Davis also intercepted at least three passes for the second consecutive season. Despite being 33 years old, Davis has shown no signs of aging, and should remain a strong IDP option alongside Luke Kuechly in the heart of Carolina's defense next season.

Jonathan Stewart
News
Stewart doesn't appear as if he'll be a cap casualty in the offseason, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "We've got to get guys like Jonathan Stewart rolling," head coach Ron Rivera said last week. "We've got to put it in our backs' hands and get the ball to our playmakers."

The Panthers seemed to be officiated under different rules last season, as the opposition made a concerted effort to make life difficult for Cam Newton. Granted, he didn't display as much shiftiness or instinct as he had in the past, which likely played a role in his failure to tally 100 carries and 500 rushing yards for the first time in his six-year career. Stewart's presence is thus key to keeping Newton fresh, upright, and able to spur on the offense with his do-it-all skill set. Owed $8.25 million in 2017, Stewart would be in line for 200-plus carries for the third consecutive campaign if Rivera intends to get Panthers running backs more involved. However, Stewart turns 31 in March, and his extensive injury history has always been a roadblock to reliable output in a given term.

Devon Johnson
News
Johnson was placed on the Panthers waived/injured list Thursday, The Washington Post reports.

Johnson, un undrafted rookie who played tight end at Marshall, profiles more as a fullback than running back in the NFL. However, the Panthers were already set at that position with incumbent starting FB Mike Tolbert. However, Johnson's injury remains undisclosed, but his release cleared room for the addition of OT Willie Smith.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tyler Larsen
News
Larsen was cut by the Panthers on Saturday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.

Larsen was released to clear up space for recently signed Chris Scott. The rookie out of Utah has yet to play in an NFL game.

Cam Newton
News
Newton will not undergo surgery on his shoulder this offseason.

Newton has been bothered by his shoulder for the past handful of weeks, leaving him as a limited participant in practice most days. The reigning MVP will just need to rest the shoulder over the next few months and should be cleared to participate in offseason workouts.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
James Bradberry
News
Bradberry posted 59 tackles (47 solo) and two interceptions in 13 games played this season.

Bradberry was drafted in the second round and became an immediate starter in the role vacated by Josh Norman leaving the Panthers. Although that put considerable pressure on Bradberry to start his career, he emerged as Carolina's best cornerback over the course of his rookie season. The Panthers struggled mightily in pass defense when he was sidelined for three games due to a foot problem, but that absence still didn't prevent him from leading the team in pass deflections. The 23-year-old will aim to make further strides in his performance next season.

Ed Dickson
News
Dickson caught 10 passes (on 19 targets) for 134 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this season.

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.

Graham Gano
News
Gano underwent surgery Friday to repair a broken bone in the heel of his plant foot, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Gano originally suffered the injury during Week 14's win over the Chargers, but he was able to play through the pain throughout the Panthers' final three games. He figures to be back at full health by the time training camp rolls around.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tyler Patmon
News
Patmon was waived by Tennessee on Tuesday, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The 25-year-old has tallied 21 combined tackles across 24 career games for the Cowboys and Dolphins.

A.J. Klein
News
Klein posted seven tackles (four solo) and one sack Sunday against the Chargers.

Klein enjoyed his best statistical outing of this season in his third straight start in place of Luke Kuechly (concussion) Sunday. His seven tackles trailed only two teammates and his sack marked his first of the current campaign.

Trai Turner
News
The Panthers unveiled a lengthy injury report for Sunday's game against Atlanta. Out of the 13 players listed on the report, Star Lotulelei (ankle) was the only player ruled out for Week 11. Bene Benwikere (ankle), Brandon Williams (foot) and Charles Johnson (rest) were labeled questionable.

The following players were deemed probable: Nate Chandler (toe), Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring), Roman Harper (rest), Kawann Short (ankle), Jonathan Stewart (ankle), Trai Turner (ankle), Melvin White (knee) and DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Michael Palardy
News
Palardy signed with the Panthers on Monday.

Palardy was released by Carolina during OTAs, but after Andy Lee pulled his hamstring Sunday against the Chiefs, he'll now rejoin the Panthers and assume punting duties going forward.

Darrel Young
News
Young signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Wednesday.

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.

Zack Sanchez
News
Sanchez (groin) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joe Person of the Charolotte Observer reports.

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.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
Mike Remmers
News
The following players have been ruled inactive for the Panthers in Week 11 against the Falcons: CB Bene Benwikere, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, S  Robert Lester, T  David Foucault, G  Amini Silatolu, T  Mike Remmers and DT  Star Lotulelei.
Jared Norris
No Updates
Greg Olsen
News
Olsen (elbow) secured three of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs.

Olsen was limited to one of his quietest performances of the season, as his reception and yardage totals were both his second lowest in a game this season. Despite the disappointing finish, the veteran tight end still finishes with the second-best reception (80) and yardage (1,073) totals of his career, along with a record third consecutive 1,000-yard season that serves as a record for a tight end.

Damiere Byrd
News
Byrd's only appearance this season came in Carolina's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers, when he caught his lone target for 16 yards.

Byrd, an undrafted rookie from South Carolina, was demoted to the Panthers practice squad after being inactive for the first five weeks of this season. While he was ultimately able to make one regular season appearance, Byrd will need to compete for a roster spot in 2017.

Chas Alecxih
News
Alecxih ended the 2016 season on injured reserve.

Alecxih had surgery to repair significant damage to his left knee in August, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Alecxih has been in training camp with several teams over the course of the past five years but has never managed to make a regular season roster. He'll be hoping to finally catch on with the Panthers as a depth lineman and special teams player in 2017.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tre Boston
News
Boston (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Boston injured his knee in Saturday's loss to the Flacons and the specifics of the injury have yet to be disclosed. It's unclear how severe the injury or if it will linger into offseason workouts. Travell Dixon was signed off the practice squad to fill the roster spot vacated by Boston.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dean Marlowe
News
Marlowe (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Marlowe ends his 2016-17 campaign after only 16 snaps in his season debut against the 49ers on Sunday. The undrafted safety suffered a hamstring injury early in the preseason and finally appeared healthy enough to play on Sunday. Unfortunately he aggregated the injury early in the game, leaving the Panthers no choice but to pull the plug on the 24-year-old's season. Marlowe's injury creates a hole in Carolina's special teams unit and leaves Kurt Coleman as the only strong safety on the active roster.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kony Ealy
News
Ealy collected a sack, a forced fumble and three tackles Sunday against the Seahawks.

After failing to record a sack in seven games of the year, Ealy has notched three of them over his last five games. Although he's not a consistent playmaker, his recent streak suggests he could be improving just as the fantasy playoffs begin, and in deeper IDP leagues, he could be worth a roster spot.

Mario Addison
News
Addison (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Addison, the Panthers' leader with 6.5 sacks on the season, had missed the past two games with the foot injury and was questionable heading into Sunday. However, after logging a full practice Friday, it looks like the Panthers will give him the green light to play. He'll provide the team an important pass-rushing weapon and make life difficult for opposing quarterback Philip Rivers.

Eric Crume
No Updates
Michael Oher
News
Panthers left tackle Michael Oher thinks he's in the perfect place for his career to bounce back, per the Charlotte Observer.

Oher, who is coming off his worst season as a pro, signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Panthers this offseason. Now on his third team in three years, Oher doesn't want to let any of his new teammates down.

“It seemed like they wanted me,” Oher said. “I got the (same) feeling going into my rookie year of not wanting to let guys down and guys with a winning culture. For me, it’s about getting back to the basics and fundamentals of doing everything right. Looking myself in the mirror knowing what I have to do and getting better from within.”

Oher started his career with four solid seasons as a Raven before nagging injuries began to hamper him in 2013. He signed a four-year deal with the Titans last offseason but injuries continued to plaque him while there. The Panthers gave Oher another chance to prove himself this offseason, and currently list him as their starting left tackle.
“I’m doing everything in my power to make that happen,” Oher said. “I know that I have the abilities and I’m going to put in the correct amount of work to get the job done. It’s just being around more guys who are willing to do the same.

“It’s definitely about culture in the NFL. That wins you football games alone.”

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Mose Frazier
News
Despite a six-catch, 79-yard performance in the preseason finale against Arizona, Frazier has been cut Mike Klis of 9NEWS reports.

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.

Ted Ginn
News
Ginn secured four of seven targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs. He also rushed for 24 yards on two rushes and netted zero yards on one punt return.

Ginn had a touchdown called back and instead settled for a 39-yard gain on a play where his knee was ruled to have come down before he stood back up and continued running downfield. Nevertheless, the speedy veteran checked in second to Kelvin Benjamin in receptions and yardage on the Panthers in the contest, while equaling the latter's team-high seven targets. Despite his reputation as a downfield threat with suspect hands, Ginn turned in a serviceable performance as a No. 2 receiver in 2016, posting the second-best career reception (54) and yardage (752) totals of his career.

Kawann Short
News
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team will "probably have to tag" Short, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Short's numbers dropped in 2016 from his breakout 2015 campaign, but he still recorded 55 tackles and 6.0 sacks as a defensive tackle. Carolina will likely try to strike a long term deal with the pro-bowl lineman, but in the event they aren't able to reach an agreement the team isn't expected to let him hit free agency. Applying the franchise tag on Short would secure him for the 2017 season and allow the team to continue working with him on a longer term contract.

Luke Kuechly
News
Kuechly, who finished this season with 102 tackles (71 solo), two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery, will be ready for spring practices after missing six games due to a concussion, ESPN's David Newton reports.

Kuechly was held out of Carolina's final six games after suffering his second concussion in two years in the Panthers' Week 11 contest against the Saints. Prior to then, the All-Pro linebacker averaged over 10 tackles per game, continuing to be a dominant IDP commodity. While his concussion history raises some concern over his long-term outlook, Kuechly will be back in action when the Panthers start spring practices and will look to remain healthy in 2017.

Ben Jacobs
News
Jacobs was signed by the Panthers on Friday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Jacobs is no stranger in Carolina, having already spent multiple season with the team. He was brought in again to provide depth at inside linebacker while Luke Kuechly deals with concussion issues.

Wes Horton
News
Horton did not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers.

Horton missed three of the Panthers' four exhibition contests after spraining his wrist to start camp, but his lone appearance came in the all-important third preseason game. Knowing his roster spot was under threat, Horton suited up and managed two tackles during that contest. Although it remains to be seen whether he'll survive final cuts, Horton has been valued for his physicality in defending the run from his defensive end post for the Panthers the past three seasons.

Jake Rodgers
News
The Panthers signed Rodgers to a reserve/future contract.

Rodgers didn't play in 2016 after being released from the Giants with an undisclosed injury in September. He'll compete for a depth role with the Panthers in 2017.

Charles Johnson
News
Johnson (foot) was ruled out of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.

Johnson returned from a two-game absence to suit up for last week's contest versus the Falcons, but it isn't clear if he had sustained a setback while playing. In his absence, look for Kony Ealy to get the start at defensive end opposite Wes Horton.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Joe Webb
News
Webb completed all five of his pass attempts for 60 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

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.

L.J. McCray
News
The Panthers signed McCray to a reserve/future contract.

McCray didn't play in 2016 after playing with the 49ers in 2015. He'll compete for a role on special teams and as a depth safety with Carolina in 2017.

David Yankey
News
The Vikings declared safety Ahmad Dixon, cornerback Shaun Prater, running back Henry Josey, linebackers Chad Greenway and Brandon Watts, offensive tackle Carter Bykowski and guard David Yankey inactive for the game against Chicago.
Lou Young
News
Young was signed by the Panthers from the practice squad on Saturday, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Tight end, Scott Simonson, was released to make room for Young's promotion. The 25-year-old should not be expected to do more than add secondary depth, and potentially help out on the special teams' unit.

Travell Dixon
News
Dixon was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

Teddy Williams
News
Williams (knee) was placed on the Panthers' injured reserve list Friday, ESPN reports.

Williams sustained a mysterious injury to his left knee towards the beginning of Thursday's practice that evidently proved to be serious in nature. Leonard Johnson (Achilles), who was activated from the Panthers' NFI list Friday, will take his place on the active roster.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
David Mayo
News
Mayo (concussion) is active for Monday's game against the Redskins.

Mayo practiced in full throughout the week, making it unsurprising that he's active for Week 15.

Star Lotulelei
News
Lotulelei finished this season with 26 tackles and four sacks in 16 games played.

Lotulelei's sack total was boosted by his trio of quarterback takedowns in Week 8, and although he didn't register a single sack after that outing, his four total still set a new career high. After missing time in both of the past two seasons, Lotulelei also put together a full campaign this time around, which help him post his highest tackle total since his 2013 rookie year. With his fifth-year contract option already picked up by the Panthers, Lotulelei will return to the team next season, when he'll hope his partner in crime, Kawann Short, will reach his own agreement to remain in Carolina as well.

Andy Lee
News
Lee (hamstring) expects to make a full recovery in advance of the 2017 season, The Charlotte Observer reports.

Lee ended the season on injured reserve after pulling his hamstring in Week 10. The details surrounding his recovery haven't been released, but the veteran punter should resume punting in the spring and expects to be back in full form for the 2017 campaign.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Derek Anderson
News
Anderson completed 36 of 53 passes for 453 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions in five games played, including two starts, this season.

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.

Mike Tolbert
News
Tolbert was released by Carolina on Tuesday, Max Henson of the Panthers's official site reports.

Tolbert had arguably his least effective year in Carolina in 2016, averaging only 11.6 total yards per game. With younger backs Fozzy Whitaker and Cameron Artis-Payne filling in backup roles behind starter Jonathan Stewart, combined with the fact that Tolbert was due $1.5 million in 2017, the Panthers decided to part ways with the fullback. Tolbert will finish his career in Carolina with 19 total touchdowns over five years.

Gino Gradkowski
News
Gradkowski (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Gradkowski was filling in for Ryan Kalil (shoulder) on Sunday when he aggravated a lingering knee issue, forcing him to exit the contest early. With both lineman now on IR, the Panthers brought in Ryan Wendell and Dan France to try and fill the void left by the veterans.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Scott
News
Scott was activated to the active roster Saturday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.

Scott was suspended for violating the league's PEDs policy. The Panthers will look to use Scott as a top reserve lineman this season.

Eric Wallace
No Updates
Scott Simonson
News
Simonson was released by the Panthers on Saturday, Scott Simonson of ESPN reports.

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.

Chris Manhertz
News
Manhertz was waived by the Saints on Saturday, Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune reports.

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.

Shaq Green-Thompson
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Thompson finished with 56 tackles (39 solo), two fumble recoveries and one interception in 14 games played this season.

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.

Jeremy Cash
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Cash (hamstring) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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.

Pearce Slater
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J.J. Jansen
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Daryl Worley
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Worley finished this season with 88 tackles (63 solo), one interception and one sack in 16 games played.

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.

Michael Griffin
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Griffin recorded a team-high 14 tackles in Sunday night's loss to the Seahawks.

Griffin's 14 tackles nearly doubled his season total, as the veteran now boasts 30 stops through nine games with the Panthers this season.

Kurt Coleman
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Coleman finished this season with 95 tackles (66 solo), four interceptions, one sack and one touchdown in 15 games played.

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.

Blaine Clausell
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Daryl Williams
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Williams (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

The second-year tackle has been able to practice each of the past two days and he appears to be on track for a return. Williams has been sidelined for the last three games after suffering an ankle injury against the Raiders. If he's cleared to play Saturday, it'll be a significant boon to the right side of the Panthers' offensive line.

Jalen Simmons
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Jordan Rigsbee
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Rigsbee finished the 2016 season on injured reserve due to a knee injury, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Rigsbee didn't play at all in what was his rookie year. He began the season buried on the depth chart and his knee injury cut his season short in November. He'll look to bounce back in 2017 and see an increased role with the team.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jeff Richards
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Andrew Norwell
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The Panthers unveiled its final injury report for Week 13 against Minnesota. Star Lotulelei (ankle) and Amini Silatolu (knee) were the only two players on the list labeled as questionable. Charles Johnson is battling flu-like symptoms and was ruled as questionable.

Meanwhile, the following four players were designated as probable for Sunday: Bene Benwikere (ankle), Philly Brown (illness), Andrew Norwell (thigh) and Mike Tolbert (knee).

Cameron Artis-Payne
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Artis-Payne rushed 36 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching his lone target for 11 yards in just three games played this season.

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.

Ryan Kalil
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Kalil (shoulder) finished the 2016 season on injured reserve, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Kalil underwent shoulder surgery in late November that forced him to miss the final month of the season. He is, however, expected to be back in time for offseason practices and shouldn't be hindered by the injury at all in 2017.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kyle Love
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Love (knee) is inactive for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs.

Love is sidelined with a knee aliment, leaving Vernon Butler and Paul Soliai as the only healthy backups at defensive tackle Sunday.

Tyrus Thompson
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Thompson (undisclosed) was released from the Saints' injured reserve list Monday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

It's remains unclear what the second-year pro is dealing with, but he's now free to sign a contact with another team.

Fozzy Whittaker
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Whittaker finished this season with 57 rushes for 265 yards and 25 receptions (on 33 targets) for 226 yards in 16 games played. He also returned 12 kickoffs for 275 yards.

Whittaker enjoyed an early-season spike in his fantasy value after starting running back Jonathan Stewart suffered a Week 2 ankle injury. With Stewart sidelined until Week 6, Whittaker impressively gained 186 yards on 32 rushes and caught 19 passes for 164 yards through his first five outings. However, once Stewart returned to his usual workhorse role, few touches were left for Whittaker, as evidenced by his year-end totals. Despite his failure to find the end zone, the 2016 campaign was still clearly Whittaker's best as a pro, which should help him as he becomes a free agent this offseason. While that situation leaves some uncertainty around his fantasy stock, it's likely to continue to reflect that of a veteran change-of-pace tailback wherever he lands prior to next season.

Brenton Bersin
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Bersin caught two passes (on six targets) for 17 yards in 10 games played this season.

Bersin has served as a depth receiver and special teamer over the past three seasons. Although he topped the 100-yard mark in both of his first two years in Carolina, he hardly factored into the Panthers' plans on offense this term, and will now become a restricted free agent.

Dan France
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The Bengals made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Among those moves was the placement of guard Trey Hopkins on the reserve/injured list with a leg issue. Rookie quarterback AJ McCarron was put on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder problem.

The Bengals also cut the following offensive players: tackles Dan France and Will Svitek, wide receivers Colin Lockett and Cobi Hamilton, center Trevor Robinson and running backs James Wilder and Nikita Whitlock.

Defenders waived by the Bengals include safety Danieal Manning, cornerbacks Onterio McCalebb and Victor Hampton, tackles Devon Still and David King and ends Sam Montgomery and Dontay Moch.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.

Paul Soliai
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Soliai will be released by the Panthers on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Ryan Delaire
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Delaire (knee) has been placed on injured reserve, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Delaire appeared in only six games for Carolina this season, as he missed a chunk of time while on IR from Week 4 to Week 12. The Panthers signed Larry Webster from the practice squad to fill Delaire's roster spot for Sunday's season finale against Tampa Bay.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Vernon Butler
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Butler (ankle) is active Sunday against the Chiefs.

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.

Larry Webster
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Webster was signed to the Panthers' active roster Tuesday, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.

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.

Keyarris Garrett
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Garrett was cut by the Panthers on Saturday.

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.

 

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