Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th131.4 (5th)192.3 (28th)
Defense7th88.1 (4th)229.1 (18th)

Schedule

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Thu Aug 9
7:00 pm ET
@BUF
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Fri Aug 17
7:30 pm ET
MIA
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Fri Aug 24
7:30 pm ET
NE
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Thu Aug 30
7:30 pm ET
@PIT
Sun Sep 9
4:25 pm ET
FOXDAL
Sun Sep 16
1:00 pm ET
FOX@ATL
Sun Sep 23
1:00 pm ET
CBSCIN
Sun Oct 7
1:00 pm ET
FOXNYG
Sun Oct 14
1:00 pm ET
FOX@WAS
Sun Oct 21
1:00 pm ET
FOX@PHI
Sun Oct 28
1:00 pm ET
CBSBAL
Sun Nov 4
1:00 pm ET
FOXTB
Thu Nov 8
8:20 pm ET
NFLN@PIT
Sun Nov 18
1:00 pm ET
FOX@DET
Sun Nov 25
1:00 pm ET
FOXSEA
Sun Dec 2
1:00 pm ET
FOX@TB
Sun Dec 9
1:00 pm ET
FOX@CLE
Mon Dec 17
8:15 pm ET
ESPNNO
Sun Dec 23
1:00 pm ET
FOXATL
Sun Dec 30
1:00 pm ET
FOX@NO

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New Orleans11-5-04-2-0
Carolina11-5-03-3-0
Atlanta10-6-04-2-0
Tampa Bay5-11-01-5-0
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Panthers' Cam Newton: Taking part in OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newton (knee) is throwing passes Tuesday at the start of OTAs, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton suffered ligament and cartilage damage in his right knee during a Jan. 7 playoff loss to the Saints, but he never left the game and finished with 349 passing yards and two touchdowns. Despite avoiding surgery, there was some concern Newton would be limited or absent from team activities this offseason. While it isn't clear if he's back to 100 percent, his participation in OTAs would seem to put him on track for full clearance at some point before the start of training camp. Newton will be playing with a new-look offense that added RB C.J. Anderson and WRs Torrey Smith, Jarius Wright and D.J. Moore (a first-round pick) during the offseason. The team did suffer a big loss with the departure of LG Andrew Norwell, along with smaller losses in RB Jonathan Stewart, TE Ed Dickson and WR Russell Shepard. Meanwhile, Norv Turner is replacing Mike Shula as Carolina's offensive coordinator, with the stated goal of getting Newton's completion percentage into the 60s for the first time since 2013, ESPN.com's David Newton reports.

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Panthers' Curtis Samuel: Participating in OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samuel (ankle) is running routes and catching passes at OTAs on Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

While he hasn't necessarily been cleared for all activities, Samuel does appear to have regained most of his quickness, six months after having surgery to repair ligament damage in his left ankle. He was largely limited to straight-line running as of late March, but it isn't shocking to see that he's made considerable progress since the last update two months ago. Samuel seems to be on track for full participation at the start of training camp, where he'll compete for snaps with Devin Funchess, D.J. Moore, Torrey Smith, Jarius Wright and Damiere Byrd. Following an unimpressive rookie season, the 2017 second-round pick may end up settling for a role as a gadget player and kick returner.

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Panthers' Jason Vander Laan: Signs with Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Laan signed a contract with the Panthers on Monday.

Vander Laan saw action in four games with the Colts in 2017, also spending plenty of time on the team's practice squad. After being cut loose by the Colts earlier in May, Vander Laan now heads to Carolina, where he's still likely a long shot to make the final roster. Vander Laan will need to impress throughout offseason actives and training camp to earn a spot as added depth at tight end.

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Panthers' Bug Howard: Signs with Carolina
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Howard signed a contract with the Panthers on Monday, Jordan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Howard (6-foot-4, 221 pounds), who went undrafted in 2017, participated in the Panthers' rookie minicamp last weekend after spending his rookie season on the Browns' practice squad. The North Carolina product offers plus size for the position, but he's also the owner of a 4.58-second 40 time and has struggled to consistently create separation from NFL-caliber cornerbacks. He might need to flash on special teams in order to stick around in Carolina.

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Panthers' Garrett Gilbert: Could win backup job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Panthers coach Ron Rivera suggest Gilbert is the early leader for the No. 2 quarterback job, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

The Panthers could still choose to re-sign long-time backup Derek Anderson, who doesn't seem to be drawing much interest as a free agent. If not, Gilbert will compete with Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen for the No. 2 job, with none of the three offering any significant NFL experience. Gilbert was selected by the Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 draft and has yet to attempt a pass in a regular-season game. Heinicke entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2015, and Allen did the same this year. It would make sense for Carolina to seek an upgrade, considering Cam Newton has dealt with far more injuries than his career total of three missed games might seem to suggest.

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