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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 Adams, Mike SS5-112053/24/198114Delaware
97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19877Troy
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62356/15/198313Oregon State
 Armah, Alex FB6-22535/17/1994RWest Georgia
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102206/23/19903Auburn
13Benjamin, Kelvin WR6-52452/5/19914Florida State
 Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19904Wofford
 Bigger, Zeek LB6-221611/6/1992REast Carolina
 Boulware, Ben ILB6-02388/7/1994RClemson
24Bradberry, James CB6-12108/4/19932Samford
 Butker, Harrison K6-41997/14/1995RGeorgia Tech
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43256/14/19942Louisiana Tech
18Byrd, Damiere WR5-91801/27/19932South Carolina
57Cash, Jeremy LB6-021512/9/19922Duke
 Clausell, Blaine T6-63211/31/19921Mississippi State
 Clay, Kaelin WR5-102001/2/19923Utah
20Coleman, Kurt SS5-112004/1/19888Ohio State
 Cox, Bryan DE6-3269//RFlorida
72Crume, Eric DT6-033010/18/19931Syracuse
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198313Georgia
91Delaire, Ryan DE6-42651/17/19923Towson
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19878Oregon
30Dixon, Travell DB6-12102/17/19911Washington
 Duke, Austin WR5-81558/3/1993RNorth Carolina-Charlotte
 Elder, Corn CB5-1017910/9/1994RMiami (Fla.)
71France, Dan OL6-63124/1/19911Michigan State
 Frazier, Mose WR5-111908/30/19931Memphis
17Funchess, Devin WR6-42255/21/19943Michigan
9Gano, Graham K6-22054/9/19878Florida State
15Garrett, Keyarris WR6-32159/26/19921Tulsa
 Gilbert, Garrett QB6-42217/1/19911Southern Methodist
66Gradkowski, Gino C6-330011/5/19886Delaware
54Green-Thompson, Shaq OLB6-02304/21/19943Washington
22Griffin, Michael (FA) FS6-02151/4/198511Texas
 Hall, Daeshon DE6-52656/14/1995RTexas A&M
96Horton, Wes DE6-52651/18/19905Southern California
 Houston, Wyatt TE6-42556/21/1994RUtah State
 Jacobs, Ben LB6-42404/17/19884Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22401/20/198610Notre Dame
 Johnson, Charles WR6-22172/27/19895Grand Valley State
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22757/10/198611Georgia
 Johnson, Toby DT6-43259/1/19911Georgia
42Jones, Colin FS6-020510/27/19877TCU
 Kalil, Matt T6-73177/6/19896Southern California
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198511Southern California
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19916Boston College
69Larsen, Tyler C6-43357/8/19912Utah
8Lee, Andy P6-11858/11/198214Pittsburgh
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-231512/20/19895Utah
77Love, Kyle DE6-131511/18/19866Mississippi State
 Luke, Cole CB5-11183//RNotre Dame
82Manhertz, Chris TE6-62554/10/19922Canisius
29Marlowe, Dean FS6-12107/25/19923James Madison
 Mass, Gabriel DT6-5295//RLane
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/8/19933Texas State
 McCaffrey, Christian RB6-01976/7/1996RStanford
 McCray, L.J. DB6-02106/18/19912Catawba
 Moore, Zach DE6-62809/5/19903Concordia-St. Paul
 Moton, Taylor G6-53308/18/1994RWestern Michigan
 Munnerlyn, Captain DB5-91954/10/19889South Carolina
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19897Auburn
52Norris, Jared ILB6-12407/19/19932Utah
68Norwell, Andrew G6-632510/25/19914Ohio State
 Obada, Efe DE6-62654/13/19921No College
73Oher, Michael T6-43155/28/19869Ole Miss
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198511Miami (Fla.)
5Palardy, Michael P5-111917/6/19922Tennessee
 Peppers, Julius DE6-72871/18/198016North Carolina
 Richards, Jeff DB6-22101/3/19911Emporia State
 Ross, Fred WR6-12135/19/1995RMississippi State
 Samuel, Curtis WR5-111978/11/1996ROhio State
31Sanchez, Zack CB5-1118510/11/19932Oklahoma
79Scott, Chris G6-43408/4/19876Tennessee
 Shepard, Russell WR6-11959/17/19905LSU
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19895Purdue
66Silatolu, Amini G6-43209/16/19884Midwestern State
38Simmons, Jalen RB5-82104/1/19921South Carolina State
 Simonson, Scott TE6-52554/13/19923Assumption
90Soliai, Paul (FA) DE6-434512/30/198311Utah
 Southward, Dezmen DB6-221010/1/19903Wisconsin
28Stewart, Jonathan RB5-102403/21/198710Oregon
 Thompson, Tyrus T6-533011/17/19911Oklahoma
70Turner, Trai G6-33106/14/19934LSU
 Wallace, Eric TE6-723312/13/19881Seattle
14Webb, Joe QB6-423511/14/19868UAB
75Webster, Larry DE6-62722/14/19902Bloomsburg
 Wendell, Ryan (FA) G6-23003/4/19868Fresno State
43Whittaker, Fozzy RB5-102052/2/19895Texas
21Williams, Teddy DB6-12107/3/19886Texas-San Antonio
60Williams, Daryl T6-63358/31/19923Oklahoma
26Worley, Daryl CB6-12052/22/19952West Virginia
 Yankey, David G6-63101/18/19923Stanford
 Young, Darrel FB5-112514/8/19876Villanova
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Ryan Wendell
No Updates
Wyatt Houston
No Updates
Devin Funchess
Panthers coach Ron Rivera and GM Dave Gettleman both said the team should have used Funchess (ankle) more last season, Bill Voth of reports.

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.

Zach Moore
The Panthers claimed Moore off waivers Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

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.

Colin Jones
Jones signed a two-year deal with the Panthers on Tuesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

Charles Johnson
The Panthers signed Johnson to a contract Friday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

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.

Amini Silatolu
No Updates
Kaelin Clay
Clay (foot) signed a one-year contract with the Panthers, Bryan Strickland of the team's official website reports.

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.

Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Gabriel Mass
No Updates
Dezmen Southward
Southward has been signed to a future contract by the Panthers, Bryan Strickland of 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.

Kelvin Benjamin
Benjamin appeared to be back at a reasonable playing weight by the end of the Panthers' minicamp, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Thomas Davis
Davis could see a reduced workload this upcoming season, Kevin Patra of Around the NFL reports.

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.

Harrison Butker
The Panthers selected Butker in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 233rd overall.

Butker only made 43 of 60 field-goal attempts at Georgia Tech (71.7 percent), but he only missed two of his 210 career extra points. It's anyone's guess how much of a threat he might be to Graham Gano.

Jonathan Stewart
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman expects No. 8 overall draft pick Christian McCaffrey to have an immediate impact in the Carolina backfield complementing Stewart and Cam Newton, Bryan Strickland of the team's official website reports.

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.

Tyler Larsen
No Updates
Austin Duke
No Updates
Cam Newton
Newton threw Monday for the first time since having offseason shoulder surgery, Bill Voth of reports.

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.

Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Daeshon Hall
The Panthers selected Hall in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 77th overall.

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.

James Bradberry
Bradberry (wrist) participated in Wednesday's practice with a cast protecting his recently fractured wrist, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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.

Wrist - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ed Dickson
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.

Fred Ross
No Updates
Graham Gano
Gano has been medically cleared after undergoing surgery on his heel this offseason, Bryan Strickland of reports. "It's really nice to be able to kick without pain," Gano said Wednesday.

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.

Julius Peppers
Peppers will sign with the Panthers, with whom he began his career, reports.

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.

Captain Munnerlyn
Munnerlyn signed a four-year contract with the Panthers on Saturday.

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.

Trai Turner
No Updates
Michael Palardy
No Updates
Darrel Young
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
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.

Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jared Norris
No Updates
Mike Adams
Adams signed a two-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.

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.

Greg Olsen
Olsen said it's too early to say whether he'd consider holding out of training camp as part of his effort to secure a new contract,'s Adam Schefter reports.

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.

Damiere Byrd
Byrd (knee) has been a full participant throughout the Panthers' OTAs this week, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

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.

Dean Marlowe
Marlowe (hamstring) participated in the entirety of the Panthers' OTAs, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports. "This is the first time I actually put on a helmet since September," Marlowe said. "But adversity can be key -- you just have to bounce back and keep pushing. I'm so happy to be out here healthy and performing on the field."

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.

Efe Obada
No Updates
Mario Addison
Addison signed with the Panthers on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Addison's deal is expected to go through the 2019 season. Last season, Addison tallied 27 tackles and led the team with 9.5 sacks.

Eric Crume
No Updates
Michael Oher
Oher (concussion) is not a lock to be ready in time for June's mandatory minicamp, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Mose Frazier
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.

Cole Luke
No Updates
Kawann Short
Short signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Panthers on Monday, Adam Schefter of reports.

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.

Luke Kuechly
Kuechly was held out of team drills Wednesday due to tightness in his lower back, David Newton of reports.

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.

Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ben Jacobs
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
Horton has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Panthers.

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.

Corn Elder
The Panthers selected Elder in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 152nd overall.

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.

Charles Johnson
Johnson (back) has been a limited participant during the Panthers' OTAs this week, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

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.

Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Joe Webb
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
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
No Updates
Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey signed his rookie contract Thursday, Bryan Strickland of reports.

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.

Travell Dixon
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
Williams has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Panthers.

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.

David Mayo
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
Lotulelei was limited in minicamp as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Andy Lee
No Updates
Derek Anderson
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.

Gino Gradkowski
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Chris Scott
No Updates
Eric Wallace
No Updates
Scott Simonson
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
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
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
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.

Bryan Cox
No Updates
J.J. Jansen
No Updates
Daryl Worley
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
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
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.

Taylor Moton
No Updates
Blaine Clausell
No Updates
Daryl Williams
No Updates
Jalen Simmons
No Updates
Garrett Gilbert
Gilbert signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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

Jeff Richards
No Updates
Matt Kalil
No Updates
Andrew Norwell
No Updates
Cameron Artis-Payne
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.

Russell Shepard
Shepard consistently got open and caught the ball from his slot position during offseason practices, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Ben Boulware
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Ryan Kalil
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Kyle Love
Love re-signed Wednesday with the Panthers on a two-year extension, Max Henson of reports.

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.

Tyrus Thompson
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Fozzy Whittaker
Whittaker signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers on Tuesday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Brenton Bersin
Bersin will miss the rest of the offseason program after undergoing surgery on his left ankle, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. "He had a spur removed from his ankle," head trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "We felt like this was the best time to do it. He'll miss minicamp, but he'll be fine and ready to go for training camp."

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.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dan France
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Curtis Samuel
Samuel will be utilized mostly at slot receiver, but the Panthers also plan to feature him in the backfield on occasion, Max Henson of the team's official site reports. "They're going to use me primarily as a slot receiver - that's why they're bringing me in there," Samuel said. "I'll be primarily in the slot, but sometimes we'll both be in the backfield with Cam [Newton]. I feel like it's going to be great."

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.

Paul Soliai
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.

Zeek Bigger
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Ryan Delaire
Delaire (knee) may not be ready for the start of training camp, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Toby Johnson
Johnson was claimed by the Panthers on Thursday, Howard Blazer of The Sports Xchange reports.

Johnson played in two games for the Vikings in 2016, recording two tackles in that span. He'll look to make the Panthers' roster as a backup lineman and special teams player in 2017.

Vernon Butler
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.

Alex Armah
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Larry Webster
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
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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