|Offense||7th||146.0 (3rd)||243.3 (19th)|
|Defense||3rd||90.3 (11th)||183.0 (5th)|
|3||Anderson, Derek||QB||6-6||235||6/15/1983||12||Oregon State|
|13||Benjamin, Kelvin||WR||6-5||245||2/5/1991||3||Florida State|
|25||Benwikere, Bene'||CB||6-0||200||9/3/1991||3||San Jose State|
|33||Boston, Tre||FS||6-1||205||6/25/1992||3||North Carolina|
|10||Brown, Corey||WR||5-11||190||12/16/1991||3||Ohio State|
|92||Butler, Vernon||DT||6-4||325||6/14/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|18||Byrd, Damiere||WR||5-9||180||1/27/1993||1||South Carolina|
|20||Coleman, Kurt||SS||5-11||200||4/1/1988||7||Ohio State|
|93||Edwards, Lavar||DE||6-4||275||4/29/1990||4||Louisiana State|
|9||Gano, Graham||K||6-2||205||4/9/1987||7||Florida State|
|19||Ginn, Ted||WR||5-11||180||4/12/1985||10||Ohio State|
|44||Jansen, J.J.||LS||6-2||240||1/20/1986||9||Notre Dame|
|23||Johnson, Leonard||DB||5-10||200||3/30/1990||5||Iowa State|
|42||Jones, Colin||DB||6-0||205||10/27/1987||6||Texas Christian|
|56||Klein, A.J.||MLB||6-1||240||7/30/1991||4||Iowa State|
|59||Kuechly, Luke||MLB||6-3||238||4/20/1991||5||Boston College|
|55||Mayo, David||LB||6-2||245||8/8/1993||2||Texas State|
|68||Norwell, Andrew||G||6-6||325||10/25/1991||3||Ohio State|
|88||Olsen, Greg||TE||6-5||255||3/11/1985||10||Miami (Fla.)|
|74||Remmers, Mike||T||6-5||310||4/11/1989||4||Oregon State|
|35||Tolbert, Mike||FB||5-9||250||11/23/1985||9||Coastal Carolina|
|70||Turner, Trai||G||6-3||310||6/14/1993||3||Louisiana State|
|21||Williams, Teddy||DB||6-1||210||7/3/1988||5||Texas-San Antonio|
|26||Worley, Daryl||CB||6-1||205||2/22/1995||R||West Virginia|
|65||Alecxih, Chas (IR)||DT||6-4||295||2/10/1989||1||Pittsburgh|
|86||Byrd, LaRon (IR)||WR||6-4||225||8/18/1989||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|47||Johnson, Devon (IR)||RB||6-0||245||7/28/1993||R||Marshall|
|29||Marlowe, Dean (IR)||FS||6-1||210||7/25/1992||2||James Madison|
|81||Norwood, Kevin (IR)||WR||6-2||210||9/23/1989||3||Alabama|
|72||Rigsbee, Jordan (IR)||G||6-4||315||3/5/1993||R||California|
|85||Sandland, Beau||TE||6-4||255||2/23/1993||R||Montana State|
|38||Simmons, Jalen||RB||5-8||210||4/1/1992||R||South Carolina State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Sandland was drafted in the seventh round of this year's draft, but failed to catch a pass over the course of the preseason, making his release Saturday rather unsurprising.
Funchess has endured a mostly disappointing start to this season, as he's managed just three catches (on 11 targets) for 28 yards and a touchdown in three games played. The second-year pro played nearly 55 percent of Sunday's offensive plays, which is just below his season average, but regardless of Funchess' snap count and his empty Week 2 touchdown, his production has not warranted much faith from fantasy owners this term.
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."
Johnson also began training camp on the active/NFI list after undergoing offseason surgery to repair an Achilles injury suffered last season with the Patriots. Although no timetable was provided for his return, Johnson could theoretically resume playing after the first six weeks of the regular season.
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.
Benjamin started the season with 13 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns in two games, but was essentially invisible Sunday against Minnesota's impressive defense. Although quarterback Cam Newton was sacked eight times, the towering wideout still wasn't targeted until the fourth quarter, and also committed two penalties while blocking, including one that negated a 56-yard touchdown catch by Fozzy Whittaker. On the back of the worst performance of his young career, Benjamin will aim to rebound in Week 4 against the Falcons defense that's proven vulnerable versus the pass thus far.
Brown has received at least five targets in back-to-back weeks now, even though his seven catches for 72 yards from those outings make for underwhelming per-game production. Still, it's encouraging to see Brown getting involved, especially since teammate Kelvin Benjamin was held without a catch Sunday.
Davis' 10 tackles marked his first double-digit output of this season and the veteran also added a sack for good measure. Through three games, Davis has totaled 17 stops, one sack and one interception, making for a well-rounded statistical profile.
This was merely a formality, as Stewart is expected to require a multi-week absence, leaving Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne as the top two options at running back. Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton will also help with the rushing workload, particularly near the goal line.
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.
Newton and the Panthers had a 14-game home winning streak snapped in this surprise defeat, and the star signal caller's poor play was the primary reason why. He salvaged his fantasy performance with a three-yard rushing touchdown, but even his rushing output was meager by the hulking quarterback's standards. Newton's strong start to the season suggests this performance was just an outlier, so expect a better effort next week in Atlanta.
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.
With Greg Olsen (back) sitting out Friday, Dickson looks to be his replacement at tight end with the first-team offense. Dickson had been battling a groin injury that had sidelined him for the first two preseason games. He only returned to practice Wednesday, so his conditioning may prevent him playing a full allotment of snaps with the starters Friday.
Gano's four points comprised 40 percent of Carolina's total Sunday, evidencing the team's struggles on the day. The kicker converted a 48-yard field goal on the Panthers' opening drive, but later hit the right upright on a 54-yard attempt during the second quarter. On the back of that performance, Gano has now made seven of nine field goals and seven of eight extra points this season, giving him 28 points through three games.
Klein was listed as questionable for this contest in spite of full practice sessions both Tuesday and Wednesday. With Luke Kuechly occupying the starting MLB spot in front of him, Klein will be contained to special teams.
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).
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.
Olsen's performance was surprisingly mediocre given that Carolina spent the majority of the second half playing from behind. Quarterback Cam Newton's inaccuracy was mostly to blame, though, as the tight end still led the team in targets, catches, and yards. With 259 yards and a touchdown on 18 receptions through three weeks, Olsen is unquestionably the focal point of the Panthers' passing game.
Edwards hasn't played since 2014, when he was with the Cowboys for four games. He was competing for a backup position on the defensive line before being cut.
Byrd and fellow wide receiver Brenton Bersin likely landed two of the final spots on the Panthers' 53-man roster. With both sitting out Thursday, Cam Newton will have just four wideouts at his disposal in the season opener.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“It’s definitely about culture in the NFL. That wins you football games alone.”
Ginn's muffed kickoff return during the fourth quarter set up a one-yard touchdown rush for the 49ers on the next play. Besides that error, the veteran speedster was his usual self, gaining 52 yards on one catch, even though his other grab Sunday lost a yard. Through Carolina's first two games, Ginn has three catches (on five targets) for 56 yards and two rushes for 25 yards, evidencing his big play potential despite being used sparingly thus far.
Short was limited in practice all week with a shoulder injury but has been cleared to play in Sunday's game. He could see his reps monitored closely as the team looks to prevent any further injuries, in which case look for Vernon Butler to see some extra action.
Kuechly has unsurprisingly been wildly productive to start this season, as his 34 total stops stem from three straight double-digit tackling performances, and he also recorded an interception in Week 2.
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.
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.
It looks as if the injury isn't too severe for Norwood despite initial concerns. There is currently no timetable for the wide out's return, but with the young receiver still fighting for a spot on Carolina's final roster, he'll be looking to get back on the field as soon as possible.
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.
Williams has been sidelined for more than a week now with a groin injury, but appears to be back to full strength and ready to return to the field. He's slated to be a depth option at cornerback during the upcoming season and should get his last preseason opportunity to prove his worth during the Panthers' finale versus the Steelers on Sept. 1.
The specifics of the injury are still unknown, so look for more updates to come after the game. Thomas Davis is now the only healthy weakside linebacker on the roster.
Despite missing the entire preseason schedule, Lotulelei avoided the first injury report of the regular season. He thus figures to start and handle his usual workload in Thursday's game, with his presence taking on added importance against a Denver offense that should be committed to the run. Lotulelei's absence during the preseason was believed to be cautionary.
This marks the second time that Lee has been traded in the last two months. In early June, Lee was shipped to Cleveland by way of San Francisco. It's unclear why the Browns opted to part ways with Lee, but Browns coach Hue Jackson did publicly criticize Lee for what he deemed a lack of effort in the team's third preseason affair. Either way, Lee will now look to continue his history of success on one of the league's best teams.
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.
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.
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.
Cash's absence won't have much of an impact on the Panthers' defense. Veteran Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson will start at outside linebacker per usual.
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.
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.
McClain was forced to leave Sunday's win over the 49ers due to a minor shoulder injury, but the issue doesn't appear to be a problem at this point. He's expected to be back on the field Week 3 against the Vikings, barring any setbacks.
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.
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.
Artis-Payne got the majority of the work on the ground while Fozzy Whittaker was more involved as a receiver out of the backfield. The 2015 fifth-rounder looks like the Carolina running back to own until Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) comes back, but he'll still cede many goal-line carries to quarterback Cam Newton.
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).
Whittaker took a back seat to Cameron Artis-Payne (12 carries for 47 yards), disappointing the many owners who looked his way after a 100-yard performance following Jonathan Stewart's hamstring injury last week. With quarterback Cam Newton also around to vulture short touchdowns like he did from three yards out in this one, Whittaker is unlikely to make much of an impact in the remainder of Stewart's absence.
Bersin and fellow wideout Damiere Byrd likely landed two of the final spots on the Panthers' 53-man roster. With both taking a seat Thursday, Cam Newton will have just four wide receivers at his disposal in Week 1.
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.
The specifics of the injury are still unknown as the team did not specify what happened to Delaire's knee. His placement on IR made room for the signing of Kevin Love and Michael Griffin. Delaire recorded two tackles in the first two games of the season.
Butler injured his ankle during Sunday's contest against the Vikings. The severity is not yet known, but the fact that there is a possibility of return hints that the injury may not pose any long-term issues.
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.
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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