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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97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19876Troy
65Alecxih, Chas DT6-42952/10/19891Pittsburgh
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 WR6-42258/18/19894Miami (Fla.)
18Byrd, Damiere WR5-91801/27/19931South Carolina
16Capers, Avius WR5-91955/30/1992RJohnson C. Smith
57Cash, Jeremy LB6-021512/9/1992RDuke
20Coleman, Kurt FS5-112007/1/19887Ohio 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 DB6-12102/17/1991RWashington
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
47Johnson, Devon RB6-02457/28/1993RMarshall
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22757/10/198610Georgia
42Jones, Colin DB6-020510/27/19876Texas Christian
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198510USC
56Klein, A.J. MLB6-12407/30/19914Iowa State
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19915Boston College
69Larsen, Tyler C6-43357/8/1991RUtah
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-231512/20/19894Utah
93Love, Kyle DT6-131511/18/19865Mississippi State
82Lucas, Marcus WR6-42503/1/19921Missouri
29Marlowe, Dean FS6-12107/25/19922James Madison
64Masifilo, Matthew DE6-330510/1/19894Stanford
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/18/19932Texas State
27McClain, Robert DB5-91957/22/19886Connecticut
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.)
8Palmer, Tobais WR5-101952/20/19901North Carolina State
74Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19894Oregon State
72Rigsbee, Jordan G6-43153/5/1993RCalifornia
39Robinson, Trenton DB5-92002/16/19905Michigan State
31Sanchez, Zack CB5-111854/8/1995ROklahoma
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
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
6Waters, Swayze P6-01855/18/19871Alabama-Birmingham
14Webb, Joe QB6-423511/14/19867Alabama-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
 McGee, Jake (IR) TE6-52528/6/1986RFlorida
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Trenton Robinson
The Panthers and Robinson (hamstring) agreed to a one-year contract Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

A sixth-round pick of the 49ers in 2012, Robinson spent the last three seasons with Washington, developing into a competent starting safety. Among nine appearances last year, he earned eight nods, racking up 52 tackles (34 solo) and one interception before landing on IR due to a hamstring injury. Upon landing in Carolina, he fills a clear need and will likely slot in at strong safety next to Kurt Coleman in a play-making defense.

Brandon Wegher
No Updates
Swayze Waters
No Updates
Beau Sandland
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Devin Funchess
Funchess is "light years ahead" of where he was as a rookie, according to coach Ron Rivera, and is a candidate for a breakout season this year.

Funchess showed great progress over the course of his rookie season, scoring five touchdowns over his final nine games. In fact, he ended the regular season with seven catches for 120 yards and a score against the Buccaneers in Week 17. Now heading into his second season, the towering target should command significantly more looks in Carolina's offense, even as Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin figure to be the Panthers' top two options in the passing game.

Colin Jones
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
Hill (knee) took part in some individual portions of the Panthers' OTAs this week.

Hill is 10 months removed from suffering a torn ACL during last year's training camp, so his return to early practices is encouraging. Although Hill isn't participating in team drills just yet, he's seemingly on pace to be up to speed in time for this year's camp, when he figures to compete for a roster spot once again.

Leonard Johnson
The Buccaneers cut five players Tuesday to get down to the NFL-mandated 75-man limit, with the biggest name being punter Michael Koenen

Tampa Bay decided to go with first-year punter Jacob Schum over the veteran Koenen. The rest of the Bucs' cuts include guard Josh Allen, WR Robert Herron and corner Leonard Johnson. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was placed on the PUP list. 

Brian Blechen
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LaRon Byrd
The Dolphins announced the re-signing of wide receiver LaRon Byrd on Wednesday.

Byrd spent five weeks with the Dolphins in 2014 before he was placed on injured reserve with a practice squad designation. He has one career catch in four seasons.

Kelvin Benjamin
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Benjamin (knee) to be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Now 10 months removed from tearing an ACL, Benjamin has stated on multiple occasions that he expects to be ready for the beginning of camp. He was a limited participant throughout OTAs and minicamp, only taking part in individual drills. Benjamin should be ready to practice with his teammates by late July -- at which point he'll likely step right back in as the No. 1 wide receiver, leading a group that includes Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess and Philly Brown.

Knee - Probable for start of season
Corey Brown
Brown underwent offseason shoulder surgery, the Charlotte Observe reports.

Brown tended to shoulder concerns in both 2014 and 2015, with the latter forcing back-to-back absences in Weeks 11 and 12. Otherwise, he picked up some of the slack in a receiving corps without top option Kelvin Benjamin, hauling in 31 passes (on 54 targets) for 447 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season. Brown impressed during the Panthers' playoff run, including a four-catch, 113-yard, one-touchdown performance in the NFC championship game, but his departure from the Super Bowl due to a concussion bogged down an offense that found difficulty making inroads against a staunch Broncos defense. Alas, the return of Benjamin should push Brown back to the slot, where he'll look to improve upon a career 57.8% catch rate.

Shoulder - Probable for start of season
Thomas Davis
Davis' broken arm is healing well, 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.

Arm - Probable for start of season
Jonathan Stewart
Stewart continues to deal with foot pain stemming from an injury he suffered during the Super Bowl in February, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Stewart's left foot discomfort has limited his participation throughout the Panthers' OTAs as the soreness has lingered for months. He sprained the same foot towards the end of the 2015 regular season as well, which kept him out of the final three games with the playoffs approaching. On Tuesday he was a participant during individual drills, but sat out of the team portion while he looks to get back to 100% soon.

Jared Barber
No Updates
Donald Hawkins
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
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David Foucault
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
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
Newton completed 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards and an interception, and was also sacked six times in Sunday's 24-13 Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos He gained 45 yards on six rushes and fumbled twice, losing both.

The sixth-year pro's adrenaline seemed to get the best of him early, and a relentless Broncos defense did him in the rest of the way. Newton looked as unsettled as he had all season, rarely enjoying the kind of time he had benefited from throughout his MVP season. He was brought down six times, knocked down on 12 occasions, and hurried 16 times overall. Newton also had several overthrows, and his offensive options were further compromised after receiver Philly Brown was forced from the game in the third quarter with a concussion. The Broncos' defensive gameplan and furious pass rush frequently stymied Newton's ability to make game-altering plays on the ground, and forced him into three particularly untimely miscues. Von Miller's sack of Newton in the first quarter led to a Malik Jackson fumble recovery that gave Denver an early 10-0 lead, while T.J Ward's interception of a pass intended for Ted Ginn, Jr. at the Broncos' 10-yard line short-circuited the Panthers' opening drive of the third quarter. The game was effectively over when Miller got to Newton again with 4:04 remaining in the fourth quarter and separated him from the ball for a second time, setting up the Broncos offense at the Panthers' five-yard line. Despite the season-ending disappointment, Newton and the Panthers established a formidable foundation on which to build for another championship run, an undertaking that figures to be greatly aided by the return of standout wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from injury and any additional weapons acquired in the offseason.

James Bradberry
The Panthers selected Bradberry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 62nd overall.

Bradberry played at Samford and is a bit of an unknown as a result, but he's a big corner with a huge wingspan ideal for jamming at the line of scrimmage. In a pressure-heavy Carolina defense, Bradberry will get in the face of wideouts and disrupt routes, hopefully resulting in turnover opportunities.

Ed Dickson
Dickson caught three passes (on three targets) for 21 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Dickson scored his first touchdown of the season with a one-yard catch during the second quarter Monday. Besides that, the veteran reserve was used sparingly, which usually restricts his fantasy value significantly.

Robert Thomas
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
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
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A.J. Klein
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
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
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
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
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Greg Olsen
Olsen secured four of nine targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.

Cam Newton's favorite target turned in a rather ordinary Super Bowl performance, as both time and pass-catching opportunities were at a premium against Denver's stalwart defense. His game-long 19-yard reception did help set up Carolina's first touchdown, with Olsen creating all the yardage on his run after making the grab at the line of scrimmage. Despite the failed championship bid, Olsen commemorated a second successful campaign in as many seasons in a Panthers uniform, breaking the 1,000-yard mark through the air for the second consecutive year while also hauling in 77 receptions and recording seven touchdowns.

Damiere Byrd
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Chas Alecxih
The Chargers have signed guard Michael Huey of the Arena Football League, according to the UT San Diego. The team also waived offensive lineman Jeff Baca and defensive lineman Chas Alecxih.

Huey is a three-time All-AFL member, playing for the Arizona Rattlers. He spent three weeks with the Chargers during the 2011 preseason. The Rattlers won the league championship in each year that Huey was there.

Baca, 25, was brought in as insurance as an interior offensive lineman last season after the Chargers went through five starting centers.

Alecxih, twice a member of the team's practice squad, did not see any regular season action in 2014. 


Tre Boston
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.

Reese Dismukes
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Dean Marlowe
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Kony Ealy
Ealy (neck) is active for Sunday's contest in New Orleans.

Ending the week with full practices Thursday and Friday, Ealy will brush off a stiff neck in his quest to record a sack in a sixth consecutive game,

Mike Scifres
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
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
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
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Michael Oher
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
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Ted Ginn
Ginn secured four of 10 targets for 74 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. He also netted two yards on three punt returns.

The 30-year-old was unable to convert many of his game-high 10 targets due to a suffocating Broncos defense, but did secure a game-long 45-yard pass from Cam Newton on the second play of the third quarter. The Broncos were also careful to not allow Ginn many opportunities to do some of his trademark damage on punt returns, limiting him to just two yards on the three opportunities he did have on special teams. Despite difficulties hanging on to the ball at times throughout 2015, Ginn certainly proved to be serviceable and at times dynamic big-play threat. He hauled in 44 receptions for 739 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns during the campaign, serving as a particularly valuable weapon in the season-long absence of Kelvin Benjamin (knee).

Kawann Short
Short will be present when the Panthers begin training camp July 28th,'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
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Kuechly (shoulder) to be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Kuechly suffered a partial labrum tear in Week 17 last season, yet still managed to record 29 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, four passes defensed and two interceptions (both returned for TDs) in three playoff games. He had offseason surgery and was thus limited to team drills during OTAs and minicamp, but his availability for training camp has never been in much question. Still only 25, Kuechly will look to get back north of 150 tackles after a concussion cost him three games last year.

Shoulder - Probable for start of season
Ben Jacobs
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
Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson sustained a hamstring injury Sunday against the Saints and could miss "several" weeks, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Johnson left in the second half with only one assisted tackle on the ledger, bringing his season-long line to five tackles (two solo) and one sack. His diagnosis should be known within the the next few days, but Mario Addison and Wes Horton (shoulder) are present to pick up the slack at defensive end in Johnson's stead.

Charles Johnson
Johnson agreed to a one-year deal with the Panthers on Wednesday.

Johnson will reportedly take a pay cut to remain with a team he's played the first nine seasons of his career with, despite visiting two other franchises (Giants and Buccaneers). The veteran defensive end missed seven contests in 2015 due to a hamstring issue, and he didn't produce much (1.0 sack, 12 tackles) even when on the field. While the terms haven't been officially released, it appears he'll earn a paltry $3 million compared to the $15 million he was slated to earn if the Panthers kept him originally. While it's reasonable to expect a bounce back from Johnson, his age likely limits the potential production at this point.

Joe Webb
Webb has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Panthers.

Webb has spent the past two seasons as the Panthers' third-string quarterback, but given his unique athleticism, he's also featured on special teams and at wide receiver. A versatile, team-oriented player, Webb figures to continue in such roles going forward.

Marcus Ball
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
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
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Kevin Norwood
The Seahawks traded wide receiver Kevin Norwood to the Panthers on Monday in exchange for an undisclosed 2017 draft pick.

Norwood caught nine passes for 102 yards as a rookie last season. 

Lou Young
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
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Teddy Williams
Cornerback Teddy Williams has been signed by the Panthers, reports NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal is for two years and $2.3 million. He will earn $900,000 in the first year of the contract.

Williams, 26, never played college football because it wasn't offered at his school. Primarily used on special teams, he has only played one snap on defense in the NFL. The Panthers will be his sixth team in the last five seasons.

David Mayo
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.

Tobais Palmer
The Saints have waived running back Timothy Flanders, wide receiver Tobais Palmer, tight end Je'Ron Hamm and linebacker Chidera Uzo-Diribe.
Star Lotulelei
The Panthers exercised the fifth-year option on Lotulelei's rookie contract.

Selected 14th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Lotulelei has just six sacks in 44 games but has been consistently excellent against the run. Carolina's recent decision to rescind Josh Norman's franchise tag may have partially been due to the team's desire to save cap room for long-term extensions for Lotulelei and fellow defensive tackle Kawann Short.

Derek Anderson
The Panthers reached a two-year contract extension with quarterback Derek Anderson, the team announced Wednesday.

"I’m excited about this for my family. To be here with the players, coaches and management we have – everything is top notch," Anderson said. "It was a no-brainer for me."

Anderson will backup Cam Newton. He was slated to become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Mike Tolbert
The Panthers have signed Tolbert to a two-year deal.

Tolbert, who has been a Pro Bowl selection in two of the past three seasons, had been headed for free agency, but the versatile fullback will stay with the Panthers on the heels of a 2015 campaign in which he carried the ball 62 times for 256 yards and a TD, while catching 18 passes for 154 yards and three receiving scores. Tolbert, who turns 31 in November, will thus reprise his role as the Panthers' starting fullback, a job that carries modest fantasy utility in general, though at times when injuries hit the team's backfield, the 5-foot-9, 250-pounder is called upon to see added touches in the Carolina offense.

Gino Gradkowski
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
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. 

Rakim Cox
The Dolphins waived receivers Armon Binns and Ryan Spadola, tight end Brett Brackett, cornerback Steven Clarke, defensive end Rakim Cox, defensive tackle Cory Grissom and center Tyler Larsen. Miami also put defensive tackle A.J. Francis, running back Mike Gillislee and tight end Arthur Lynch on injured reserve, ending their seasons.
Scott Simonson
The Raiders were busy on Thursday as they continued to alter their roster before the start of manadatory minicamp, Adam Caplan of 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
Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson finished Sunday's win over the Saints with seven tackles (three solo) and one sack.

Thompson has gradually grown into a larger role over the first three weeks of this season, with Sunday's performance easily being his best. In addition to providing a solid amount of tackles, Thompson's sack displayed his versatility as a playmaker.

Jeremy Cash
Cash signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent, 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
No Updates
Daryl Worley
The Panthers selected Worley in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 77th overall.

The Panthers have clearly identified their 'type' among cornerbacks, as after selecting the big, long-armed James Bradberry in the second round, they add a similar player in Worley in the third round. At 6-foot-1, 204 pounds with 33 and 3/8-inch arms, Worley should prove adept at jamming at the line of scrimmage.

Kurt Coleman
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
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
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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Jake McGee
Andrew Norwell
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
Benwikere (lower leg) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Benwikere suffered a lower leg fracture in December, forcing him to miss the final three games of the regular season. He was most recently seen doing some sled pushing on Thursday during a rehab session, which indicates Benwikere has taken the next step in his recovery. While the PUP list is an option to the start the year if he sees any setbacks, Benwikere doesn't expect to take that route and he should be good to go by the start of training camp at the end up July. He'll look to solidify a starter's role after receiving four straight starts prior to the injury.

Leg - Probable for start of season
Cameron Artis-Payne
Artis-Payne has already lost around 10 pounds in an effort to get in better shape ahead of this season.

Artis-Payne's rookie campaign started slow last year, but with starter Jonathan Stewart out for the Panthers' final three regular season contests, the former fifth-round pick capitalized nicely on his increased snap count. Now as he enters his second season, Artis-Payne is determined to improve his conditioning by losing a few pounds. If all goes well over the summer, Artis-Payne could emerge as the Panthers' No. 2 option at running back behind Stewart this season.

Ryan Kalil
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
The Buccaneers waived defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, who made his NFL debut Sunday at Cleveland, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Kyle Love
Love has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Panthers.

Love played 15 games for the Panthers last season, including two starts at defensive tackle, finishing with 19 tackles and matching his career-high of three sacks as well. In returning to the Panthers, Love helps solidify Carolina's depth options in the middle of their defensive front.

Fozzy Whittaker
Whittaker finished the 2015 regular season with 25 carries for 108 rushing yards and a touchdown, and 12 catches for 64 receiving yards.

Whittaker once again served as a backup to Jonathan Stewart this season, which limited his touches in a crowded Carolina backfield. That being said, when Whittaker got the ball, he continued to present a decent change-of-pace option. While he'll have to fend off rising second-year running back Cameron Artis-Payne next season, Whittaker should still see touches here and there in 2016.

Arthur Miley
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Brenton Bersin
Bersin (groin) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons, ESPN's David Newton reports.

With the Panthers' other wideouts either healthy or listed as probable, Bersin wouldn't have a significant role in the offense even if he were able to play. He only has seven targets all season.

Paul Soliai
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
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
The Lions parted ways with defensive end Larry Webster on Saturday, sources told Webster has never appeared in an NFL game. He was a fourth-round pick in 2014.
Keyarris Garrett
Garrett signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent, reports.

Garrett, like fellow wideouts Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, is the kind of big bodied receiver that the Panthers seems to covet. At 6'3", 220 pounds, Garrett finished second in the FBS with 1,588 receiving yards on 96 receptions for Tulsa as a senior last season. Given that production and scheme fit with the Panthers, Garrett could be one to monitor during the preseason.

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