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Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense11th142.6 (2nd)224.3 (24th)
Defense6th88.4 (4th)234.5 (11th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19876Troy
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62356/15/198312Oregon State
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102206/23/19902Auburn
36Ball, Marcus DB6-12157/21/19872Memphis
49Barber, Jared LB6-023510/20/1992RWest Virginia
13Benjamin, Kelvin WR6-52452/5/19913Florida State
25Benwikere, Bene' CB6-02009/3/19913San Jose State
11Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19903Wofford
50Blechen, Brian LB6-22309/30/19911Utah
33Boston, Tre FS6-12056/25/19923North Carolina
24Bradberry, James CB6-12108/4/1993RSamford
10Brown, Corey WR5-1119012/16/19913Ohio State
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43256/14/1994RLouisiana Tech
86Byrd, LaRon WR6-42258/18/19893Miami (Fla.)
18Byrd, Damiere WR5-91801/27/19931South Carolina
16Capers, Avius WR5-91955/30/19921Johnson C. Smith
57Cash, Jeremy LB6-021512/6/1992RDuke
20Coleman, Kurt FS5-112004/1/19887Ohio State
77Cox, Rakim DE6-42752/12/19911Villanova
72Crume, Eric DT6-033010/18/19931Syracuse
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198312Georgia
48Deaver, Braxton TE6-52455/8/1992RDuke
91Delaire, Ryan DE6-42651/17/19922Towson
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19877Oregon
62Dismukes, Reese C6-330010/20/19921Auburn
30Dixon, Travell DB6-12102/17/19911Washington
47Drew, Ray DE6-52759/24/19921Georgia
94Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/19913Missouri
63Foucault, David T6-83151/7/19892Montreal
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 OLB6-02304/21/19942Washington
78Hawkins, Donald T6-43104/22/19922Texas
87Hill, Stephen WR6-42104/25/19914Georgia Tech
96Horton, Wes DE6-52651/18/19904USC
53Jacobs, Ben LB6-42404/17/19884Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22401/20/19869Notre Dame
23Johnson, Leonard DB5-102003/30/19905Iowa State
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22757/10/198610Georgia
42Jones, Colin DB6-020510/27/19876Texas Christian
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198510USC
56Klein, A.J. MLB6-12407/30/19914Iowa State
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19915Boston College
78Lally, Tom DE6-226010/2/1993RMount Union
69Larsen, Tyler G6-43357/8/19911Utah
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-231512/20/19894Utah
93Love, Kyle DT6-131511/18/19865Mississippi State
82Lucas, Marcus TE6-42503/1/19921Missouri
29Marlowe, Dean FS6-12107/25/19922James Madison
64Masifilo, Matthew C6-330510/1/19892Stanford
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/8/19932Texas State
27McClain, Robert DB5-91957/22/19885Connecticut
71Miley, Arthur DE6-62703/3/19932Southern University
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19896Auburn
52Norris, Jared ILB6-12407/19/1993RUtah
68Norwell, Andrew G6-632510/25/19913Ohio State
81Norwood, Kevin WR6-22109/23/19893Alabama
73Oher, Michael T6-43155/28/19868Mississippi
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198510Miami (Fla.)
2Redfern, Kasey P6-22159/26/19911Wofford
74Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19894Oregon State
72Rigsbee, Jordan G6-43153/5/1993RCalifornia
39Robinson, Trenton DB5-92002/16/19904Michigan State
31Sanchez, Zack CB5-1118510/11/1993ROklahoma
85Sandland, Beau TE6-42552/23/1993RMontana State
5Scifres, Mike P6-221510/8/198014Western Illinois
79Scott, Chris G6-43408/4/19875Tennessee
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19894Purdue
12Shuler, Miles WR5-101759/26/1993RNorthwestern
38Simmons, Jalen RB5-82104/1/1992RSouth Carolina State
80Simonson, Scott TE6-52554/13/19922Assumption
71Smith, Willie T6-531011/13/19865East Carolina
90Soliai, Paul DT6-434512/30/198310Utah
28Stewart, Jonathan RB5-102403/21/19879Oregon
76Thomas, Robert NT6-33252/18/19911Arkansas
35Tolbert, Mike FB5-925011/23/19859Coastal Carolina
70Turner, Trai G6-33106/14/19933Louisiana State
46Wallace, Eric TE6-723312/13/1988RSeattle
14Webb, Joe QB6-423511/14/19866Alabama-Birmingham
75Webster, Larry DE6-62722/14/19902Bloomsburg
32Wegher, Brandon RB5-1020512/9/19902Morningside
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
61Yankey, David G6-63101/18/19922Stanford
22Young, Lou DB6-120510/9/19911Georgia Tech
Injured Players
65Alecxih, Chas (IR) DT6-42952/10/19891Pittsburgh
47Johnson, Devon (IR) RB6-02457/28/1993RMarshall
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Carolina6-4319.26-3292.125.82135
 
 
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Position Listing
Trenton Robinson
News
Robinson (shoulder) left Saturday's preseason game against Tennessee and is questionable to return, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Just moments after fellow secondary teammate Travell Dixon left the game with a chest injury the news of Robinson's injury emerged. Carolina does not know the severity of the injury and have not ruled out a possible return to the team's contest. In the meantime, with both Dixon and Robinson on the sideline, Marcus Ball and Colin Jones will likely see increased playing time.

Brandon Wegher
News
Wegner rushed eight times for 24 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Titans.

Wegner once again led the Panthers in carries Saturday, but also failed to find much room to run after gaining just 13 yards on 10 carries in Carolina's preseason opener. Although Wegner made a tackle on special teams, he couldn't capitalize on teammate Fozzy Whittaker not getting any carries Saturday, and should have to continue to fight for a roster spot in the Panthers' two remaining preseason tilts.

Beau Sandland
No Updates
Devin Funchess
News
Funchess caught two passes for 19 yards on four targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Funchess, Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn and Philly Brown all got significant work with the first-team offense, which may also be the case once the regular season begins. However, Funchess reportedly made a very strong impression at training camp, potentially giving himself a shot to beat out Ted Ginn for the No. 2 wide receiver job. Though not lacking in long-term upside, Funchess will have a hard time drawing enough targets to piece together a true breakout season. His outlook would improve drastically if Benjamin were to suffer another major injury.

Colin Jones
News
Panthers pecial teams ace and reserve safety Colin Jones will miss an extended period of time due to a groin injury, the team reported Monday. 

Jones, who hurt himself at the team's penultimate training camp practice, will see a specialist to determine the severity of the injury. 

"That's much more than a tweak," coach Ron Rivera said. "He's going to see a doctor and we'll go from there."

Stephen Hill
News
Hill, who's coming back from a torn ACL suffered during 2015 training camp, left Wednesday's practice early after tweaking the same knee, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

This marks the second time in one week that Hill has had issues with the surgically repaired knee, as medical staff dealt with the injury during Wednesday's practice. If the Panthers don't play it safe with Hill, there's plenty of risk for a major setback or even re-injury. The team begins their preseason next Thursday against the Ravens, but if Hill misses additional practice time, he may not be ready for game action. The top four receivers for Carolina are becoming more clear in Kelvin Benjamin, Philly Brown, Ted Ginn, and Devin Funchess, while Hill hopes to secure the fifth spot.

Leonard Johnson
News
Johnson began training camp on the active/non-football injury list with an Achilles injury.

Johnson suffered the injury last season when he was with the Patriots but did not undergo surgery until this offseason. The cornerback can be removed from the list at any point and rejoin the team on the field. There will be plenty of reps for young Panthers' defensive backs to begin camp with Johnson and fellow corner Bene Benwikere (ankle) both on the sidelines.

Injury
Undisclosed - NFI. Questionable for start of season
Brian Blechen
No Updates
LaRon Byrd
News
Byrd left Saturday's matchup with the Titans to be evaluated for a concussion, Max Henson of Carolinahuddle.com reports.

The severity of the injury is currently unknown, but don't expect Byrd to resume football related activities until he passes concussion protocol. Byrd projects as the ninth receiver on the Panthers depth chart, so he is competing for a spot on the final roster.

Kelvin Benjamin
News
Benjamin caught two passes for 29 yards on three targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

All three targets came on the opening drive, which bodes well for Benjamin's usage once the games start to count. He's reportedly had some issues with conditioning during training camp, but he may be ready for a full workload by the time Week 1 rolls around. While he was a bit overweight during the offseason program, Benjamin has seemingly worked his way back to his usual 240-245 pounds.

Corey Brown
News
Brown left practice on Tuesday with a shoulder injury, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

The injury doesn't appear to be too severe but the Panthers will be very cautious going forward, as Brown underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason. His status for Friday's preseason tilt with the Patriots is still unknown.

Thomas Davis
News
Davis' broken arm is healing well, ESPN.com reports.

Davis broke his right forearm during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory, but had surgery the next day and played through the subsequent pain just two weeks later in the Super Bowl. While Davis still has a metal plate in his arm and is unable to lift weights at the moment, he's been progressing well in his recovery, which has seen the pain in his arm subside. Although Davis still has to temper his offseason preparations, it appears he's on track to make a full recovery ahead of training camp.

Jonathan Stewart
News
Stewart rushed three times for 10 yards and caught one pass for six yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Titans.

Stewart made his preseason debut Saturday, getting all four of his touches over the course of Carolina's first three series. The veteran is someone coach Ron Rivera wants to rest as much as realistically possible heading into this season, so although he should play more in Friday's next preseason game, it wouldn't be surprising if Stewart's touches are still monitored.

Jared Barber
No Updates
Donald Hawkins
News
The Cowboys announced the signing of two draft picks. 

The team signed fifth-round defensive end Ryan Russell, out of Purdue, and seventh-round linebacker Mark Nzeocha, out of Wyoming.

The team also waived linebacker Troy Davis and tackle Donald Hawkins while releasing linebacker Dekoda Watson

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
David Foucault
News
The Panthers have listed Frank Alexander, James Dockery, David Foucault, A.J. Klein, Robert Lester, Star Lotulelei and Amini Silatolu as inactive against the Seahawks.

Lotulelei was the only player ruled out prior to Saturday. Klein was listed as questionable coming into the game due to an ankle issue. The other five players listed as considered healthy scratches. 

Tyler Larsen
News
The Redskins announced the signing of offensive linemen Tyler Larsen and Ty Nsekhe on Tuesday.

Both Larsen and Nsekhe entered the NFL as undrafted free agents.

Cam Newton
News
Newton completed 8-of-12 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' preseason win against the Titans over the weekend.

Newton also rushed twice for two yards Saturday. He played four series in total, with his first being the most impressive. On that drive, Newton twice connected with wideout Kelvin Benjamin (knee) for first downs, before hitting Ted Ginn for a 61-yard touchdown to cap it off. Given that this Friday is Carolina's third preseason game, Newton could see his playing time extended to an entire half, especially since he probably won't be asked to play in the Panthers' exhibition finale.

James Bradberry
News
Bradberry was worked as a starting cornerback through training camp to date, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Bradberry was drafted in the second round this year after the Panthers removed cornerback Josh Norman's franchise tag, allowing him to leave the team. At 6'1", 211 pounds, Bradberry is even bigger than Norman and has taken his place as the Panthers' starting outside cornerback during camp. In doing so, Bradberry has impressed his teammates and coaches, seemingly making a first-team place his to lose in the build-up to this season, particularly given third-year pro Bene Benwikere's (leg) suitability to the nickel spot.

Willie Smith
News
Offensive tackle Willie Smith was one of 10 cuts made by the Redskins on Monday. Also released were Tajh Hasson, Trey Wolfe, DreQuan Hoskey Alonzo HighsmithDyshawn Davis, Chase Dixon, Ernst Brun Jr., Devin Mahina and Bryce Quigley. Kicker Ty Long was cut Sunday.
Ed Dickson
News
Dickson (groin) won't play in Saturday's preseason contest in Tennessee, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Dickson will miss back-to-back exhibitions to kick off the preseason due to a groin injury. While he joins starting TE Greg Olsen (back) on the sideline, Scott Simonson and Beau Sandland should get some run with the first stringers Saturday.

Robert Thomas
News
Washington has made DE Kedric Golston, QB Robert Griffin III, LB Akeem Jordan, G Shawn Lauvao, WR Santana Moss, TE Jordan Reed and DT Robert Thomas inactive for Week 4 against the Giants.

Jordan, Griffin and Reed were ruled out prior to the contest. Golston and Lauvao were listed as questionable coming into the game. 

Graham Gano
News
Gano hit five extra points and both field-goal tries during Sunday's NFC championship game win against the Cardinals.

Like his Super Bowl 50 counterpart (Brandon McManus), Gano has yet to miss a kick in the postseason, including a success from 40-49 in both games to date. After making 15-for-20 from 40-plus in the regular season, he's fairly reliable from distance, but more often than not, the NFL's highest-scoring offense handed him PATs, as evidenced by a league-leading 59 attempts.

Avius Capers
No Updates
A.J. Klein
News
Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles and will start in place of Shaq Thompson (knee), Max Henson of the Panthers' official website reports.

Klein was a useful IDP while filling in for Luke Kuechly earlier this season, but with both Kuechly and Thomas Davis now healthy, Klein won't have a three-down role in Sunday's game. Shaq Thompson (knee) has yet to reach 50 snaps in a game.

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).

Zack Sanchez
News
The Panthers selected Sanchez in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 141st overall.

Sanchez is a light corner (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) who doesn't press much and can give up some big plays, but he also has good ball skills for a corner and could prove a ballhawking threat, especially for a team with a pass rush as good as Carolina's.

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 (back) is practicing Tuesday and could play in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Olsen's back spasms have bothered him for a little over a week now, but he's positively trending and could even return for the Panthers' third preseason contest. The time likely won't risk their veteran tight end's health, so he'll have to put together a few more solid practices this week without any setbacks in order to see the field Friday. Regardless, the issue shouldn't affect his Week 1 status in the future.

Damiere Byrd
No Updates
Chas Alecxih
News
Alecxih has suffered an unspecified knee injury, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

The severity of the injury is undisclosed, but head coach Ron Rivera noted that "it does not look good". Alecxih was reportedly having a strong camp prior to going down, but would have needed an excellent preseason showing to make the Panthers' final roster behind a stacked defensive line sporting the likes of DTs Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Paul Soliai and Vernon Butler.

Injury
Tre Boston
News
Boston will likely have a starting job, the Panthers' official site reports.

With Roman Harper departing in free agency, Boston is the projected starter alongside Kurt Coleman, who makes for the superior IDP option. A 2014 fourth-round selection, Boston does have six career starts to his name, with two of his three interceptions coming in the playoffs.

Kasey Redfern
News
The Jaguars have pared down their roster to 53 on Saturday by cutting 20 players.

The players on that list are: C Michael Brewster, G Drew Nowak, DE Gerald Rivers, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Chad Bumphis, FB Eric Kettani, TE Brandon Barden, OT Cody Booth, DL Deandre Coleman, DT Ricky Heimuli, S Craig Loston, QB Stephen Morris, K/P Kasey Redfern, G Tyler Shatley, TE D.J. Tialavea, LB Marcus Whitfield, WR Kerry Taylor, S Sherrod Martin, LB Nate Stupar and CB Jamell Fleming.
Reese Dismukes
No Updates
Dean Marlowe
News
Marlowe (hamstring) is dressed in street clothes for the Panther's second preseason game Saturday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

While it was originally expected that he could possibly return in time to play Saturday, it is now clear that Marlowe's hamstring injury may be worse than previously thought. Although Marlowe's injury will most likely not hinder his chances at making the team's roster, the time missed almost certainly impacts his chances of earning a starting spot in the secondary.

Kony Ealy
News
Ealy was back on the practice field Thursday after dealing with a concussion since Saturday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Ealy remained under the league's concussion protocol until Wednesday, but passed all necessary tests in order to return for Thursday's morning session. The issue appears to be in the past as the Panthers look forward to their first preseason game against the Ravens in one week.

Injury
Head - Probable for start of season
Mike Scifres
News
The Chargers listed running back Ryan Mathews and wide receiver Keenan Allen as inactive for Week 17’s game against the Chiefs.

Mathews is nursing an ankle injury, while Allen is suffering from an ankle and shoulder injury.

Other players listed as inactive included Mike Scifres, Damion Square, Greg Ducre, Ryan Carrethers and Cordarro Law .

Mario Addison
News
Addison (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Addison, a rotational end for the Panthers, was forced to sit out Monday's win over the Colts with the shoulder issue, but looks like he made enough progress over the week to give it a go against Green Bay. The defensive end has 12 tackles and three sacks over six games this season.

Marcus Lucas
News
The Panthers filled up their practice squad, signing cornerback Carrington Byndom, linebackers Adarius Glanton and D.J. Smith, receivers Tavarres King and Marcus Lucas, safety Robert Leste, running back Darrin Reaves, offensive tackle Andrew McDonald and defensive tackles Micanor Regis and Casey Walker.
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.”

Miles Shuler
No Updates
Ted Ginn
News
Ginn hauled in his lone target for a 61-yard touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Ginn showed exactly why he'll retain a role in the Carolina offense, even though Kelvin Benjamin is healthy and Devin Funchess is no longer a rookie. The speedy Ginn makes for a nice complement to his hulking teammates, and he figures to open the season as the No. 2 or 3 wide receiver. It probably won't be a lucrative role for fantasy purposes, especially if Philly Brown also makes a push for significant playing time.

Kawann Short
News
Short will be present when the Panthers begin training camp July 28th, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Short skipped a few of the Panthers' OTA sessions while negotiating a new long-term contract, but he won't let that situation impact his training camp attendance. After a breakout 11-sack season last year, Short will hope that continuing to display his Pro Bowl-caliber talent will eventually result in a lucrative deal to remain in Carolina.

Luke Kuechly
News
Kuechly (shoulder) has been cleared for practice, but head coach Ron Rivera indicated the star middle linebacker will be eased back into action, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Kuechly underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair a partially-torn labrum suffered Week 17 versus the Bucs. His recovery from which has reportedly been setback-free, and, now cleared for training camp, should be set to patrol the middle of the Panthers vaunted defense come Carolina's Week 1 Super Bowl rematch with Denver.

Ben Jacobs
News
The Panthers announced they re-signed running back Fozzy Whittaker, linebacker Ben Jacobs and offensive lineman Brian Folkerts. All were exclusive rights free agents.

In 10 games last season, Whittaker ran 32 times for 145 yards (4.5 ypc) and a touchdown and caught five passes for 60 yards and another score.

Wes Horton
News
Horton sprained his wrist during Friday's practice, Panthers writer Bryan Strickland reports.

It's unclear how Horton suffered the injury, but he'll likely miss at least a couple days. How long he's out is dependent on the severity of the sprain, and can vary from a few days to multiple weeks. Look for Rakim Cox and Larry Webster to see some extra reps as long as Horton is injured.

Charles Johnson
News
Johnson reported to training camp 10 pounds lighter, as he now checks in at 275 pounds, ESPN reports.

Johnson missed seven games last season due to a hamstring injury, so by dropping some excess weight, he'll hopefully be less susceptible to nagging injuries. Additionally, after his production took a huge hit when healthy last term, Johnson appears motivated for a rebound campaign, and could benefit from the attention Kawann Short and Kony Ealy draw from opposing blockers this season.

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.

Marcus Ball
News
The Panthers signed Saints free agent safety Marcus Ball , the team announced on Thursday. Ball made 16 tackles in 12 games last year, after signing with the Saints out of the CFL. 

The Panthers also released safety Kimario McFadden

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.
Braxton Deaver
No Updates
Kevin Norwood
News
Norwood caught three passes (on four targets) for 31 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over the Titans.

Norwood found the end zone with an eight-yard touchdown catch from backup quarterback Derek Anderson toward the end of the third quarter Saturday. The 2014 fourth round pick was traded to the Panthers from the Seahawks just under a year ago and will hope to make Carolina's roster as a depth wideout this year.

Lou Young
News
The Ravens have brought tight end Phillip Supernaw back to the practice squad two days after releasing him. Cornerback Lou Young was waived to make room.

Supernaw has been active twice this season, but has yet to make a catch.

Travell Dixon
News
Dixon left Saturday's preseason matchup with an apparent chest injury and is questionable to return, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

In his NFL debut last week, Dixon tallied three tackles against Baltimore. The Washington product has taken reps at both cornerback and safety for Carolina in the early going, but with a lot of uncertainty surrounding Dixon and his injury, it remains to be seen if he'll be able to squeak onto the roster by preseason's end.

Teddy Williams
News
Williams (groin) is not in uniform for Carolina's second preseason game Saturday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Despite appearing in 16 games for the Panthers last season, Williams struggled to make his presence felt recording just 13 combined tackles. However, thanks to the abrupt offseason departure of Josh Norman, Williams' name has surfaced a possible replacement for Carolina's ailing secondary. If the former track star is not able to get healthy soon, he could see his opportunity slip.

David Mayo
News
The Panthers have announced the signing of three of their five selections from their 2015 draft. Linebacker Shaq Thompson (first round), offensive tackle Daryl Williams (fourth round) and linebacker David Mayo (fifth round) are ready to roll.

The versatile Thompson, who played both safety and running back at Washington, registered 81 tackles and six touchdowns his senior season.

Williams was a three-time All-Big 12 selection at Oklahoma.

Mayo was a three-year starter at Texas State and was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year honors after a senior season in which he racked up 154 tackles, the second-highest total in the country.

Star Lotulelei
News
Lotulelei (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Lotulelei sat out team drills during Thursday's session to rest a sore hamstring, but was a full participant just a day later. The imposing defensive tackle has endured his fair share of nagging injuries the past couple seasons, so it's no surprise if the Panthers decide to exercise caution with him on certain occasions this year.

Derek Anderson
News
Anderson completed 12 of 20 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

One of the league's more highly regarded backups, Anderson doesn't have much to gain or lose during the preseason. Carolina may opt to carry three quarterbacks for a third straight year, as third-stringer Joe Webb contributes on special teams.

Mike Tolbert
News
Tolbert had three carries for 11 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens.

Tolbert received three consecutive carries on the game's opening drive, getting in and out without suffering an injury. He figures to reprise his unique role from year's past, serving as a mixture of lead blocker, passing-down back and goal-line weapon. Although the role doesn't come with much fantasy upside, Tolbert may be a suitable bye-week replacement in deeper leagues.

Gino Gradkowski
News
The Falcons claimed center Gino Gradkowski off waivers from the Broncos on Monday. To clear a roster spot, they released center Joe Hawley.
Chris Scott
News
The Panthers and restricted free agent tackle Chris Scott have reached an agreement on a contract for 2015, Scott's agent announced on Twitter Monday.

Scott can still receive offers from other teams, but Carolina has the right to match it. Scott played eight games in 2014 for the Panthers and a career high 10 games in 2013. 

Eric Wallace
No Updates
Tom Lally
No Updates
Rakim Cox
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Cox has recently been sidelined from practice due to a back injury, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Cox is battling for reserve reps at defensive end, so the injury doesn't help his case on moving up the depth chart. It's unclear exactly when the injury occurred, but he remains without a concrete timetable for a return and could be in danger of missing Saturday's preseason matchup with the Titans.

Scott Simonson
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The Raiders were busy on Thursday as they continued to alter their roster before the start of manadatory minicamp, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.

The team cut tight end Scott Simonson and linebackers Jacoby Hale and Miles Burris.

Oakland added wide receiver Kris Durham and linebacker Chase Williams. 

Shaq Green-Thompson
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Thompson says he's more comfortable within the Panthers' defense heading into his second season.

Thompson was selected in the first round last year as a hybrid linebacker, but got off to a slow start due to a knee injury and a steep learning curve. However, as the season progressed, Thompson's play improved, a fact maybe best exemplified by his coverage work on Cardinals' wideout Larry Fitzgerald during Carolina's NFC Champions Game triumph. Going into his second season, Thompson feels fully acclimated in the Panthers' defensive scheme, where he should start at linebacker alongside Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, forming arguably the league's most athletic trio of playmakers at the position.

Jeremy Cash
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Cash signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent, ESPN.com reports.

Cash finished his college career at nearby Duke University, where he emerged as a safety/linebacker hybrid for the Blue Devils. In fact, after transferring from Ohio State following his freshman season, Cash totaled at least 100 stops in each of his three seasons in Durham. It's possible that Cash could serve as a training camp understudy to last year's first round pick, Shaq Thompson, given their similar playing styles.

J.J. Jansen
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Daryl Worley
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Worley has been one of the Panthers' starting cornerbacks during training camp thus far, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Worley was drafted in the third round this year as someone that boasts the sort of size and physicality the Panthers desire from their cornerbacks. However, with Josh Norman gone and Bene Benwikere (leg) slowed to start camp, Worley and rookie second-rounder James Bradberry have been promoted to Carolina's first-team defense already. While Benwikere can play an outside role, he's arguably best at the nickel spot, so Worley has a real chance to lock down a starting position if he continues to impress over the course of the preseason.

Kurt Coleman
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Coleman agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Panthers on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

In his first season with Carolina, Coleman served as a defensive catalyst and helped lead the Panthers to the Super Bowl. The 28-year-old safety led the team with a career-high seven interceptions and finished third with 90 tackles. With cornerback Josh Norman no longer a piece of the Panthers' secondary, Carolina seems to have fully invested in Coleman.

Robert McClain
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McClain posted seven tackles (four solo) and one interception in three regular season games after signing with the Panthers in December.

McClain, who was originally drafted by Carolina in 2010, rejoined the Panthers amid injuries to their secondary late in the regular season. Despite his late addition, McClain excelled in the regular season finale, leading him to start all three of the Panthers' playoff games, including the Super Bowl. He totaled 18 tackles (13 solo) and five passes defended in the postseason, which could earn him a significant role heading into next season.

Daryl Williams
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The Panthers have announced the signing of three of their five selections from their 2015 draft. Linebacker Shaq Thompson (first round), offensive tackle Daryl Williams (fourth round) and linebacker David Mayo (fifth round) are ready to roll.

The versatile Thompson, who played both safety and running back at Washington, registered 81 tackles and six touchdowns his senior season.

Williams was a three-time All-Big 12 selection at Oklahoma.

Mayo was a three-year starter at Texas State and was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year honors after a senior season in which he racked up 154 tackles, the second-highest total in the country.

Jalen Simmons
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Jordan Rigsbee
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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).

Bene' Benwikere
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Benwikere (lower leg) is practicing in full pads and a helmet, indicating that his stint on the physically unable to perform list is over, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Benwikere was dealing with some lingering issues due to his lower leg fracture, but those seem to have cleared up. The cornerback is now ready to go for the season, barring any more setbacks.

Cameron Artis-Payne
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Artis-Payne rushed three times for 10 yards and caught two passes (on three targets) for 24 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Titans.

Artis-Payne was involved with the Panthers' second-team offense, getting his first carry in the middle of the second quarter Saturday. That came after starter Jonathan Stewart, fullback Mike Tolbert and fellow reserve Fozzy Whittaker all touched the ball in some capacity. At the moment, Whittaker and Artis-Payne are seemingly jockeying for Carolina's No. 2 running back job, and even though Whittaker has featured more with the starters, the Panthers' third preseason game Friday against the Patriots should shine more light on where each players stands behind Stewart.

Ryan Kalil
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The Panthers have ruled out quarterback Cam Newton (back) and guard Amini Silatolu (knee) for Week 14 against Tampa Bay. Running back DeAngelo Williams (hand) was the only player on Carolina's final injury report ruled doubtful for the game.

The following players were deemed as probable: Wide receiver Philly Brown (shoulder), cornerback Carrington Byndom (illness), center Ryan Kalil (rest), linebacker A.J. Klein (knee), tight end Greg Olsen (knee), guard Chris Scott (foot), guard Amini Silatolu (knee) and running back Jonathan Stewart (hip).

Matthew Masifilo
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The Buccaneers waived defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, who made his NFL debut Sunday at Cleveland, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Kyle Love
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Love appears to have cleared concussion protocol, ESPN's David Newton reports.

Love was seen walking to practice Monday with his helmet in hand, indicating he's ready to return from last week's hit to the head. Having him available gives the Panthers another big body along their defensive front, where Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei and Vernon Butler lead the interior line options.

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Fozzy Whittaker
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Whittaker had one catch for 36 yards on two targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Although he didn't get any carries, Whittaker impressively picked up 33 yards after the catch on his lone reception, badly crossing up a would-be tackler in the process. His roster spot shouldn't be in any danger, but even if Whittaker earns the no. 2 spot on the depth chart, Cameron Artis-Payne might make for a better handcuff to Jonathan Stewart. In the event of a Stewart injury, the Panthers would likely turn to some combination of Artis-Payne, Whittaker and Mike Tolbert.

Arthur Miley
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Brenton Bersin
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Bersin (ribs) was not in uniform for Carolina's second preseason game Saturday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Bersin was an active participant at last Thursday's practice, but his presumed absence from Saturday's preseason affair does not bode well for his stock with the team. Currently, Bersin finds himself in a position battle with both Stephen Hill and Kevin Norwood for a depth receiver spot. If Bersin is going to lock down a roster spot with the defending conference champs, he will need to shine bright in the team's dress rehearsal preseason game next week.

Paul Soliai
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Soliai is not a lock to make the final 53-man roster, the Panthers' official site reports.

Soliai, a former Pro Bowler, signed with Carolina earlier this offseason but is reportedly not guaranteed to make the team. The Panthers are expected to keep four defensive tackles, five at the most, with Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short and first-round pick Vernon Butler all listed as locks. That would mean Soliai will be in line to compete with the newly-resigned Kyle Love and Chas Alecxih for a roster spot. Soliai should be expected to win this battle.

Ryan Delaire
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Vernon Butler
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The Panthers selected Butler in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 30th overall.

The Panthers were already loaded at defensive tackle with Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, but they presumably opted for the 'best player available' approach anyway. While a route to starting role doesn't appear available, Butler is a very likable prospect who should make Carolina just as tough to move the ball against for whenever the previously mentioned tackles need a breather. At 6-foot-4, 323 pounds, Butler is a huge body but has very good athleticism for his size, highlighted by a 33.5-inch vertical and 111-inch broad jump at the Louisiana Tech pro day.

Larry Webster
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Webster remains out of practice with a lingering hamstring injury, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Webster pulled his hamstring nearly two weeks ago, so it's a bit concerning that he's still dealing with some lingering pain. He remains without a concrete timetable for a return and appears doubtful for the team's preseason matchup with the Titans on Saturday. Webster is a projected depth option at defensive end for the upcoming season and will need to get back to full strength if he wants to avoid falling any lower on the depth chart.

Ray Drew
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Keyarris Garrett
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Garrett is "starting to string it together", according to coach Ron Rivera.

Garrett has caught Rivera's attention with his good performances over recent days, which includes his two catches for 17 yards in Carolina's preseason opener last Thursday. Signed as an undrafted free agent, Garrett was a prolific producer in college, and will look to build on his recent success in the Panthers' remaining preseason games.

 
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