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
65Alecxih, Chas DT6-42952/10/19892Pittsburgh
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62356/15/198313Oregon State
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102206/23/19903Auburn
13Benjamin, Kelvin WR6-52452/5/19914Florida State
 Bersin, Brenton (FA) WR6-32105/9/19904Wofford
 Blechen, Brian LB6-22309/30/19911Utah
33Boston, Tre FS6-12056/25/19924North Carolina
24Bradberry, James CB6-12108/4/19932Samford
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43256/14/19942Louisiana Tech
86Byrd, LaRon WR6-42258/18/19894Miami (Fla.)
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
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
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 DE6-52651/18/19905USC
 Jacobs, Ben (FA) LB6-42404/17/19884Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22401/20/198610Notre Dame
 Johnson, Charles WR6-22172/27/19895Grand Valley State
47Johnson, Devon RB6-02457/28/19932Marshall
95Johnson, Charles (FA) DE6-22757/10/198611Georgia
42Jones, Colin (FA) FS6-020510/27/19877Texas Christian
 Kalil, Matt T6-73177/6/19896USC
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198511USC
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
82Manhertz, Chris TE6-62554/10/19922Canisius
29Marlowe, Dean FS6-12107/25/19923James Madison
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/8/19933Texas State
 McCaffrey, Christian RB6-01976/7/1996RStanford
 McCray, L.J. DB6-02106/18/19912Catawba
 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
73Oher, Michael T6-43155/28/19869Mississippi
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198511Miami (Fla.)
5Palardy, Michael P5-111917/6/19922Tennessee
 Patmon, Tyler DB5-101881/26/19913Oklahoma State
 Peppers, Julius DE6-72871/18/198016North Carolina
 Richards, Jeff DB6-22101/3/1991REmporia State
72Rigsbee, Jordan G6-43153/5/19932California
 Rodgers, Jake T6-63209/10/19911Eastern Washington
 Samuel, Curtis WR5-111978/11/1996ROhio State
31Sanchez, Zack CB5-1118510/11/19932Oklahoma
79Scott, Chris G6-43408/4/19876Tennessee
 Shepard, Russell WR6-11959/17/19905Louisiana State
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
 Slater, Pearce T6-733510/1/19931San Diego State
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 G6-33106/14/19934Louisiana State
 Wallace, Eric TE6-723312/13/19881Seattle
14Webb, Joe QB6-423511/14/19868Alabama-Birmingham
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
 Young, Lou DB6-020510/9/19912Georgia Tech
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Position Listing
Ryan Wendell
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

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

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

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

Colin Jones
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
Silatolu signed a one-year contract Monday with the Panthers.

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

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
Brian Blechen
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.

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

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

Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kelvin Benjamin
Benjamin will have his fifth-year option picked up by the Panthers, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

This comes as little surprise as Benjamin, when healthy, has been the team's best receiver since landing in Carolina in 2014. He hauled in 63 of 118 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and proved to be a reliable threat deep down the field with 10 receptions of 20-or-more yards. According to Person, Benjamin's option figures to be in the $8 million range in 2018.

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

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

Jonathan Stewart
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.

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

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

Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tyler Larsen
Larsen signed a one-year contract with Carolina on Monday.

Larsen played in his first games last season, starting six contests in place of the injured Ryan Kalil. Look for Larsen to compete for a backup role once again in 2017.

Cam Newton
Newton (shoulder) likely won't be allowed to start throwing until late June, but he's still on track to be cleared for the beginning of training camp a month later, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official website reports.

Still only three weeks removed from March 30 surgery to repair a partially-torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, Newton is on a cardio-heavy plan for the start of the Panthers' voluntary offseason program. He'll likely focus on the mental aspect of his game and endurance conditioning for the next couple months, before eventually easing into a more comprehensive routine that includes throwing and a regular weightlifting program. Newton's supporting cast looks similar to last season's, albeit with Charles Johnson and Russell Shepard replacing Ted Ginn (Saints) in the receiving corps, and left tackle Matt Kalil joining his older brother Ryan on the offensive line. The Panthers could still add more help, potentially using an early-round pick (or two) on a running back and/or wide receiver.

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 posted 59 tackles (47 solo) and two interceptions in 13 games played this season.

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

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

Dickson has yet to top 17 receptions in any of his three seasons in Carolina, where he's served as Pro-Bowler Greg Olsen's backup at tight end since joining from the Ravens. With another year left on his contract with the Panthers, Dickson figures to occupy the same role next season, keeping his fantasy value severely restricted.

Graham Gano
Gano's (foot) rehab from offseason surgery appears to be going well after he posted a video of himself running on a treadmill in normal fashion, Anthony Rizzuti of reports.

Gano underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in the heel of his left foot back in January, and although he was always expected to return to full health by training camp, the video he recently posted evidenced he's moving well following that operation. After posting his lowest field-goal conversion percentage since 2011 last season, Gano will aim for improvement in the final year of his contract in the upcoming campaign.

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

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

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

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

Michael Palardy
Palardy inked an exclusive rights free agent tender from the Panthers on Monday, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Palardy received an extended audition with the Panthers last season due to Andy Lee's (hamstring) placement on injured reserve in mid-November. He punted pretty well, posting a 37.9 net average while pinning the opposition inside the 20 13 different times. He will probably need to beat out his veteran opposition in training camp to earn a 53-man roster spot.

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 (elbow) secured three of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs.

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

Damiere Byrd
Byrd is undergoing knee surgery that will sideline him until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Byrd only played in one game for the the Panthers last season, recording one reception for 16 yards. While conditioning on his own this offseason, the 24-year-old injured his left knee. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, "We saw him for treatment, but he continued to experience pain and swelling. An MRI revealed he has torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, and Dr. Connor will perform a scope on his left knee. We will modify our conditioning program, and he's projected to be ready to go later in the offseason." Look for more updates on the wideout's status to come as training camp nears.

Knee - Meniscus - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chas Alecxih
Alecxih ended the 2016 season on injured reserve.

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

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

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

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

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

Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
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
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.”

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.

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 him in as he prepares for his age-28 campaign.

Luke Kuechly
Kuechly (concussion) has been fully cleared for the start of offseason workouts, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official website reports.

Kuechly missed the final six games of last season while recovering from a concussion, though he did say he was medically cleared around Week 13 or 14, which suggests he might have played the final few games if Carolina had been in the playoff hunt. A concussion also cost him three games the previous season, but his risk for additional head injuries may not be quite as bad as it initially seems, considering he didn't have a documented history of concussion in the NFL prior to 2015. Kuechly still produced at his usual elite level on a per-game basis the past two seasons, averaging 9.6 tackles while recording five interceptions, three forced fumbles and three sacks in 23 appearances.

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.

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

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

Charles Johnson
Head coach Ron Rivera does not seem concerned about Johnson's (back) recent back surgery, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. "This is one of those things that if you play football, you're gonna have this. This was just an easy fix from my understanding," Rivera said. "We're just glad that it's done and he's feeling good and doing the things he's supposed to be doing now."

Johnson recently underwent a microdisectomy to repair a herniated disc, an operation that became necessary after an epidural failed to improve his lower back pain. Although Rivera admitted he wasn't sure of Johnson's timeline for a return, the 30-year-old defensive end is expected back for training camp and should be full go for the start of the 2017 season.

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
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.
Christian McCaffrey
The Panthers selected McCaffrey in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, eighth overall.

McCaffrey (5-foot-11, 202 pounds) may technically remain behind Jonathan Stewart on the depth chart for the duration of 2017, but in terms of touches and almost certainly in terms of production from scrimmage, McCaffrey should function as Carolina's top running back going forward. If not his talent, then the magnitude of the investment in him made by the Panthers all but dictates this. After totaling 5,128 yards and 31 touchdowns from scrimmage in 37 career games, demonstrating truly rare pass-catching ability in the process, McCaffrey is set to make a significant Year 1 impact for the Panthers. Particularly in PPR scoring, he could land in the RB2 category by the time 2017 fantasy drafts fire up.

Lou Young
Young was signed by the Panthers from the practice squad on Saturday, David Newton of ESPN reports.

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

Travell Dixon
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 finished this season with 26 tackles and four sacks in 16 games played.

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

Andy Lee
Lee (hamstring) is fully recovered from his 2016 season-ending hamstring injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Lee pulled his hamstring in mid-November and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. He instantly slots back in as the Panthers' top punter now that he's back to full strength.

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
Gradkowski (knee) is progressing well from knee surgery, The Charlotte Observer reports.

Gradkowski went down in late November with an unspecified knee injury and ultimately finished the season on injured reserve. It isn't clear when he'll be cleared to return to football activities, but the notion that he's progressing well in his recovery implies that he at least hasn't suffered any sort of setback.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Scott
Scott signed a one-year deal to remain with the Panthers.

Scott has spent the past four seasons in Carolina, making 43 total appearances as a depth offensive lineman who's capable of starting at guard or tackle if needed.

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.

Pearce Slater
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
Williams (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

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

Jalen Simmons
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 likely are 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.

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

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

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jeff Richards
No Updates
Matt Kalil
Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil underwent arthroscopic surgical procedures to both of his knees so far this offseason, according to a report from USA Today

Kalil also had injections to help manage joint pain. Both knees were scoped in January before having a Regenexx procedure performed on them in March. Kalil also had platelet-rich plasma therapy performed, too. 

Throughout the procedures, Kalil has been working out and rehabbing at the Vikings' team facility. 

Andrew Norwell
Norwell signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Monday.

Norwell has been a starter for Carolina since the later half of his rookie season in 2014, and he started all 32 games over the course of the past two years. He'll figure to remain in his role as the team's starting left guard in 2017.

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
The Panthers and Shepard agreed to terms of a three-year contract Friday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Undrafted out of LSU in 2013, Shepard didn't reel in his first professional catch until Week 4 of the 2014 season and entered the last campaign with seven career receptions to his name. Once Vincent Jackson suffered a torn ACL in Week 5, though, Shepard gathered in a pass in each of the nine games in which he was active, ending the season with 23 catches (on 40 targets) for 341 yards and two touchdowns for the Buccaneers. Moving on to an NFC South foe, he'll fill the void left behind by the departed Ted Ginn and Philly Brown, but Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen will continue to get top billing within the Panthers' passing attack.

Ryan Kalil
Kalil (shoulder) is "100 percent healed" after undergoing shoulder surgery last November, ESPN's David Newton reports.

Kalil suffered a season-ending injury to the rotator cuff in his right shoulder last November and finished the 2016 season on injured reserve. Now that he's back to full health, he should be available for the start of the Panthers' offseason program on April 17.

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

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

Fozzy Whittaker
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 signed a one-year contract to remain with the Panthers on Tuesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Bersin was set to become a restricted free agent March 9 but will remain with the Panthers through the 2017 season. The receiver has accumulated 24 catches for 287 yards and one touchdown during his first three years in the league. He is also a contributor on special teams, where he likely will make the most impact this coming season.

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

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

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

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

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

Curtis Samuel
The Panthers selected Samuel in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 40th overall.

Even with running back-wide receiver tweener Christian McCaffrey as a first-round pick, the Panthers took another crossover threat in Samuel, who is also one of the most elusive ball carriers in the draft. There might not be a big enough 2017 role for Samuel to make a fantasy impact as a rookie, but his speed (4.31-second 40) and diverse skill set make him a good candidate to emerge as a fantasy factor in his second or third year. The Panthers offense, in any case, will be much faster in 2017.

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.

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

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

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

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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