|Offense||19th||131.4 (5th)||192.3 (28th)|
|Defense||7th||88.1 (4th)||229.1 (18th)|
|40||Armah, Alex||FB||6-2||255||5/17/1994||2||West Georgia|
|16||Bailey, Rasheed||WR||6-1||210||7/29/1993||1||Delaware Valley|
|61||Bosch, Kyle||G||6-4||300||11/11/1994||R||West Virginia|
|49||Brown, Richie||LB||6-2||235||4/15/1994||1||Mississippi State|
|92||Butler, Vernon||DT||6-4||330||6/14/1994||3||Louisiana Tech|
|18||Byrd, Damiere||WR||5-9||180||1/27/1993||3||South Carolina|
|76||Clausell, Blaine||T||6-6||330||1/31/1992||1||Mississippi State|
|36||Cox, Demetrious||DB||6-0||200||4/20/1994||2||Michigan State|
|8||Duke, Austin||WR||5-9||170||8/3/1993||1||North Carolina-Charlotte|
|79||Eatmon, Quinterrius||G||6-6||315||12/4/1991||1||South Florida|
|35||Elder, Corn||CB||5-10||185||10/9/1994||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|50||Frey, Chris||LB||6-0||225||6/23/1995||R||Michigan State|
|9||Gano, Graham||K||6-2||202||4/9/1987||9||Florida State|
|4||Gilbert, Garrett||QB||6-4||230||7/1/1991||2||Southern Methodist|
|23||Gunter, LaDarius||CB||6-2||201||5/13/1992||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|94||Hall, Daeshon||DE||6-5||265||6/14/1995||2||Texas A&M|
|98||Haynes, Marquis||DE||6-2||235||12/16/1993||R||Ole Miss|
|6||Heinicke, Taylor||QB||6-1||210||3/15/1993||3||Old Dominion|
|30||Hood, Elijah||RB||5-11||230||4/22/1996||1||North Carolina|
|96||Horton, Wes||DE||6-5||265||12/17/1989||6||Southern California|
|87||Howard, Bug||WR||6-4||220||11/28/1994||1||North Carolina|
|79||Iddings, Drew||DT||6-5||290||3/16/1993||2||South Dakota|
|53||Jacobs, Ben||LB||6-4||240||4/17/1988||6||Fresno State|
|44||Jansen, J.J.||LS||6-2||235||1/20/1986||11||Notre Dame|
|75||Kalil, Matt||T||6-7||315||7/6/1989||6||Southern California|
|67||Kalil, Ryan||C||6-2||300||3/29/1985||12||Southern California|
|59||Kuechly, Luke||LB||6-3||238||4/20/1991||7||Boston College|
|93||Love, Kyle||DT||6-1||310||11/18/1986||7||Mississippi State|
|32||Luke, Cole||CB||5-11||200||6/30/1995||2||Notre Dame|
|72||Mabry, Ashaad||DT||6-3||315||11/4/1992||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|63||Mahon, Brendan||G||6-4||320||1/17/1995||R||Penn State|
|55||Mayo, David||LB||6-2||245||8/8/1993||4||Texas State|
|77||Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||275||9/5/1990||2||Concordia-St. Paul|
|72||Moton, Taylor||T||6-5||325||8/18/1994||2||Western Michigan|
|41||Munnerlyn, Captain||DB||5-9||195||4/10/1988||10||South Carolina|
|74||Norton, Kendrick||DT||6-2||315||6/7/1997||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|71||Obada, Efe||DE||6-6||265||4/13/1992||1||No College|
|88||Olsen, Greg||TE||6-5||255||3/11/1985||12||Miami (Fla.)|
|25||Parms, Damian||DB||6-2||210||10/28/1992||1||Florida Atlantic|
|90||Peppers, Julius||DE||6-7||295||1/18/1980||17||North Carolina|
|78||Price, Norman||T||6-4||311||8/25/1994||1||Southern Miss|
|2||Ross, Fred||WR||6-2||210||5/19/1995||2||Mississippi State|
|10||Samuel, Curtis||WR||5-11||195||8/11/1996||2||Ohio State|
|76||Schult, Karter||DE||6-3||260||12/21/1993||1||Northern Iowa|
|21||Searcy, Da'Norris||DB||5-11||205||11/16/1988||8||North Carolina|
|27||Seymour, Kevon||CB||6-0||185||11/30/1993||3||Southern California|
|65||Silatolu, Amini||T||6-4||305||9/16/1988||6||Midwestern State|
|57||Smith, Andre||LB||5-11||240||4/20/1997||R||North Carolina|
|68||Sprinkle, Tracy||DT||6-2||290||4/18/1995||R||Ohio State|
|73||Van Roten, Greg||C||6-3||305||2/26/1990||4||Pennsylvania|
|84||Vander Laan, Jason||TE||6-3||245||9/22/1992||2||Ferris State|
|43||Whittaker, Fozzy (IR)||RB||5-10||205||2/2/1989||6||Texas|
Sirles played in 14 games for the Vikings this past season, making four starts at left guard. He also started nine games at right tackle in 2016, so he brings proven versatility to the Panthers. The 26-year-old will likely be in the mix to take over the starting job left behind by Andrew Norwell.
Searcy, who can make up to $5.7 million on this new deal per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, was let go by the Titans earlier this month after spending most of the 2017 season in a reserve role. He'll have the opportunity to regain starter status in Carolina with the Panthers looking to find a replacement for Kurt Coleman. The durable Searcy, who's missed only five games in his seven professional seasons, averaged 53.3 tackles and 4.7 pass breakups per season while serving as a starter for the Titans and Bills from 2014-16.
Funchess overcame injury and benefited from the trade departure of Kelvin Benjamin to turn in a career-best campaign in 2017, finishing with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. On the back of that production, the 23-year-old is expected to remain in the highly valued 'X' role going forward, likely leaving Moore to operate opposite him or in the slot. While Moore's presence figures to give quarterback Cam Newton a shiny new toy, Funchess' stock still seems to be on the rise from last season's success in an expanded role, and the fact he's currently entering a contract year only figures to motivate him more.
Moore had been residing on the team's practice squad so far this season. The 27-year-old takes the roster spot of offensive lineman John Theus (concussion), who was placed on injured reserve, and should serve as a depth option on the defensive line.
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.
Cockrell fared well during his one-year stint with the Giants this past season, racking up 50 tackles, 11 pass breakups and three interceptions while logging over 50 percent of the available defensive snaps. He should be in the mix for a starting job in Carolina for a Panthers team in need of cornerback help.
The 24-year-old out of Montana signed with the Panthers' practice squad in late September and remained with the organization for the rest of the season. Jones is still awaiting his NFL debut, but with a standout showing in Carolina's offseason program, he'll have a more legitimate shot at reaching that goal in 2018.
Southward spent the 2017 season on the Panthers' practice squad and also had a brief 10-day stint on the 53-man roster. The 27-year-old hasn't seen consistent game action since his rookie campaign with the Falcons in 2014.
Johnson was signed by the Texans earlier this month but did not appear in a game. The rookie was let go in order to free up a roster spot, as the team added quarterback depth in the wake of Deshaun Watson's season-ending knee injury.
Barner entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick with the Panthers in 2013, but he's made 37 of his 45 regular-season appearances in a Philadelphia uniform, mostly serving as a return specialist and No. 4 back. He'll have a nice opportunity to make the 53-man roster in Carolina, where Fozzy Whittaker recently suffered a season-ending knee injury during offseason workouts. Barner, Cameron Artis-Payne and Elijah Hood will compete for backfield slotting behind the leading duo of Christian McCaffrey and C.J. Anderson.
In the aftermath of a 76-tackle campaign, Davis announced on Jan. 12 that he intended to retire following the upcoming campaign, which will mark his 14th as a pro. He released a video on his Twitter account, post-suspension, and appeared to intimate his career may continue beyond 2018. "Who knows? Maybe this isn't my last year," he said. Before he makes such a decision, though, Davis will miss the first four games of the season.
Larsen is returning from a two-game absence due to his foot injury. He's expected to return to his role as the primary backup to starting center Ryan Kalil.
A local product out of Charlotte who went undrafted last spring, Duke spent the entire preseason with Carolina before ultimately getting cut in September. He latched on with the practice squad and stuck on in that capacity throughout the season, impressing the coaching staff with his speed and ability in the slot. Duke will likely vie for a roster spot with Carolina again this summer.
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.
Hall, a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, played only nine snaps for the Panthers in his rookie season before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury. The 6-foot-5 defensive end has recovered in time to participate in OTAs with no restrictions, and will enter the 2018 season with the benefit of a full offseason of practice.
Bradberry has served as Carolina's top cornerback ever since he was drafted in the second round last year. While he impressed as a little-known rookie, Bradberry only increased his production his second time around, finishing second on the team in tackles and tying for the lead with 10 passes defended. A promising presence on the outside, the Samford product will look to take another step in his development next season.
Ross hasn't gotten much work in during spring workouts, though he's frequently been seen working with trainers on the sidelines. It isn't clear if he's expected to be back to full health in time for training camp. Regardless, the undrafted second-year receiver faces an uphill climb to winning a roster spot in Carolina.
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.
The Panthers were expected to use the franchise tag on Gano, who converted at least 29 field goals each of the past four seasons and has an 81.7 percent success rate for his career. The team probably won't use its tag now that the 30-year-old is locked up for the long haul. Gano should continue as a serviceable but sub-elite fantasy option among kickers.
Peppers and Luke Kuechly both tore their right labrum and had offseason surgery. Though the veteran DE will be missing the offseason program he isn't expected to be held back once the regular season rolls around. The now 38-year old hasn't shown signs of slowing down too much after recording 11 sacks in 16 games a season ago. He'll be looking to make a large impact on the defense as a rotational player once again in 2018.
Munnerlyn was inactive for Sunday's win over the Jets while recovering from a virus, but it appears his condition has already dramatically improved just one day later. Assuming he suffers no recurrence of the symptoms during the week, he should settle back in as the Panthers' nickelback.
Turner, a New Orelans native, will have the the opportunity to play in his hometown for the Panthers' wild-card matchup. He missed the final three games of the regular season after suffering a concussion. Greg Van Roten would presumably fill in at right guard should he suffer any setbacks.
The 25-year-old served as the primary punter for the Panthers last season after having appeared in just seven games during the 2016 campaign. The contract agreement means Palardy will at least be punting through 2018.
Norris had appeared in 11 of the Panthers' 12 games this season, with all of his snaps coming on special teams. He'll be replaced on the 53-man roster by fellow linebacker Spencer Paysinger, whom the team signed to a contract Tuesday.
Adams, who joined the Panthers last offseason, tied for the team high by having a hand in six turnovers forced. While that boosted his value, the 36-year-old posted his fewest tackles since 2013. Nonetheless, he still ranked fifth on Carolina in stops, and will be back in 2018 for the final year of his contract.
Olsen was already under contract for 2018 at a $6.5 million base salary, so the extension will keep him in the fold through the 2020 season and provide plenty of incentive for the 33-year-old to delay his broadcasting career. Though his 2017 season was disrupted by a Jones fracture of his right foot, Olsen looked to be back at full strength in the Panthers' playoff loss to the Saints in the wild-card round, catching eight of 12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in the contest. With Olsen confirming earlier this month that he has no intention of retiring and has endured no setbacks with his foot heading into the Panthers' offseason program, it appears Carolina was comfortable making him one of the NFL's top-paid tight ends. With three 1,000-yard seasons prior to the injury-abbreviated campaign, Olsen has certainly proven worthy of the large financial commitment.
The Panthers weren't content after acquiring Smith in a March trade with the Eagles, subsequently signing Jarius Wright and then drafting Moore at No. 24 overall. The 29-year-old speedster still figures to be in the mix for a starting job, but he'll likely serve as a low-volume deep threat, just as he did in San Francisco and Philadelphia the past three seasons. Moore, Damiere Byrd and Curtis Samuel (ankle) can all offer a similar element of speed, and the Panthers also return their leading receiver from last season, Devin Funchess.
Poe signed a one-year deal with Atlanta last year and went on to record 39 tackles, including 2.5 sacks on the year. With Star Lotulelei leaving Carolina for Buffalo, Poe will slid into a run-stuffing role alongside pass-rushing maven Kawann Short.
Byrd missed seven games in the middle of last season with a broken arm, returning in December to score three touchdowns (one on a kick return) in four games before landing back on injured reserve with a leg/knee injury. He avoided surgery and re-signed with the Panthers, but he'll likely need to compete for a depth role after the team added Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright in the offseason. Byrd's 4.28 speed could give him the inside track to a roster spot, offering the potential to return kicks while also serving as an occasional deep threat on offense.
That comparison is probably pushing things, considering that Davis rushed for 1,444 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games in his first season for Carolina. Still, Anderson is a useful back, who is capable of running hard between the tackles as well as catching the ball out of the backfield. With 2017 first-rounder Christian McCaffrey also in the mix, Anderson isn't likely to log abundant targets in the Panthers' passing game, but he should at least fill the sort of early down role that Jonathan Stewart handled last season en route to averaging 3.4 yards on 198 carries. Meanwhile, Anderson logged 1,007 yards on 245 carries (4.1 YPC) for the Broncos in 2017. While the presence of McCaffrey limits Anderson's fantasy ceiling, the 27-year-old should earn enough of a workload to maintain a modest weekly floor, which would of course spike in the event of an injury to McCaffrey.
Heinicke quickly found a new home in Charlotte after he was cut by the Texans late last week. He'll have a good chance to supplant Garrett Gilbert for the primary backup role should he impress during the preseason.
Addison's removal from the Panthers' injury report cleared up any concern about his availability after the illness kept him out of Thursday's practice. The defensive end sits at 9.5 sacks through 13 games, tying the career high he set in 2015.
Frazier has been bouncing around between practice squads for the last two seasons. With wideouts Devin Funchess and Russell Shepard nursing shoulder injuries, Frazier will provide extra depth.
Luke did not play in the Panthers' season-opening victory over the 49ers on Sunday after not practicing last week. The 27-year-old will now spend the remainder of the season on IR unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team.
Van Roten was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year. The Penn product appeared in 10 games for the Dolphins last season and, while most of his playing time came on special teams, took reps at both guard and center on offense.
Short continues to put up excellent numbers for an interior defensive lineman, evidencing just why Carolina awarded him a five-year, $80 million contract last offseason. For reference, only three defensive tackles posted more sacks than Short this season, yet none of them totaled more tackles. With an average of 53 tackles along with a combined 24.5 sacks over the last three seasons, the 28-year-old is undoubtedly one of the best players in the NFL at his position.
Kuechly missed the entire offseason program while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The Panthers likely will encourage a cautious timeline for him returning to practice, as the seventh-year pro has nothing to prove besides his health. Kuechly is elite in both real-life and IDP terms, but he hasn't played a 16-game season since 2014.
Horton is entering his sixth season in the league, all of which have been with the Panthers. The 28-year-old recorded 360 defensive snaps in 2017, but after the release of Charles Johnson this offseason, the Panthers will need someone to take on more reps in rotation with veteran Julius Peppers. If he impresses during training camp, Horton could be line for a major uptick in his workload this season.
Elder is bouncing back from a stress fracture in his patella, which required surgery in October and forced the cornerback to spend his entire rookie season on injured reserve. When healthy, the 2017 fifth-rounder is expected to compete for the top nickelback job in Carolina.
McCaffrey ranked third on the Panthers with 117 carries as a rookie, while his 113 targets tied Devin Funchess for the team lead. Carolina signed C.J. Anderson as a replacement for Jonathan Stewart (Giants) this offseason, and while CJA may actually be an upgrade, that doesn't mean he'll take on all of Stewart's 198 carries from last year. Rivera and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner seem to think their second-year back is ready for a larger rushing workload, with Rivera pointing to McCaffrey's success running between the tackles at Stanford. Anderson and Cam Newton seem like better bets for goal-line and short-yardage work, but it won't come as any surprise if McCaffrey pushes for 10-15 carries per game without sacrificing many targets, if any. There is some cause to doubt his efficiency, considering he managed just 3.7 yards per carry last year and the Panthers lost standout LG Andrew Norwell to Jacksonville during the offseason.
Mayo averaged less than 10 defensive snaps per game, so not much more could be expected out of him. With starting weak-side linebacker Thomas Davis set to retire after the 2018 season, the Panthers may look into giving Mayo more defensive reps to prepare him for a potential starting job in 2019.
Hood was originally selected by the Raiders in the 7th round of last year's draft, but he spent majority of his rookie season on the team's practice squad and was waived by Oakland on Monday. The Panthers are pretty secure with their depth at running back, especially considering they signed veteran tailback C.J. Anderson on Monday, so he could be in line for another year on a practice squad.
Bailey reached an injury settlement with the Chargers in early September and finished the season on the Panthers' practice squad. The 24-year-old would likely need to make significant strides and be a special teams contributor to crack the 53-man roster in 2018.
Manhertz suffered a foot injury in mini camp and is working towards a full recover. While the injury isn't overly severe, his absence from the start of training camp is an unfortunate development. He's expected to compete for the backup tight end role behind Greg Olsen. With Manhertz expected to miss time, look for Ian Thomas to get a chance to make the most of some extra reps early on in camp as he battles for the same slot.
This has been the plan for almost a month now, and it's finally set in stone. In 2017, Thompson picked up 61 tackles (41 solo) and two sacks, but he'll likely expand his role in 2018 as Carolina prepares for veteran linebacker Thomas Davis to retire after the season.
Seymour, who was acquired from the Bills in early September, didn't have a great season from either a fantasy or real-life standpoint given his meager statistical production coupled with the fact he finished as Pro Football Focus' sixth-lowest graded cornerback out of 120 qualifiers. He'll look to bounce back in 2018, but won't be worthy of IDP consideration.
Gunter entered the offseason as a restricted free agent for the Panthers, but the team opted not to offer him a tender. The 25-year-old played four games with Carolina and one with Green Bay in 2017, failing to record a tackle. Gunter is likely to serve as a depth cornerback and special teams contributor if he is able to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Panthers likely won't have a clear idea regarding the extent of Cox's injury until he's sent in for further evaluation. The 23-year-old appeared in seven games as an undrafted rookie in 2017, logging six tackles and a fumble recovery.
Clausell has spent the 2017 season on the Panthers' practice squad and fills the roster spot of tight end Chris Manhertz (ankle), who was placed on injured reserve. Clausell should provide depth at offensive tackle for the Panthers' potential playoff run.
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.
Released by the Vikings on Friday, the 2012 fourth-round pick only needed three days to find a new home. He'll reunite with Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who held the same role in Minnesota from 2014 to 2016. Wright lost his long-time gig as the Vikings' No. 3 receiver in 2016, but he finally got it back for the 2017 playoffs, where he responded by catching six of 12 targets for 107 yards in two games. The 28-year-old likely will compete with Russell Shepard and Curtis Samuel (ankle) for slot work, while Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith figure to man the outside. The Panthers may still add more help in the draft, as their current wideout group is a clear case of quantity over quality.
Kalil will slot back into his right tackle position Sunday and look to slow down Saints' DE Cameron Jordan.
Doss failed to play a significant role for the Broncos this season after appearing in six games and recording four tackles with Denver last year. The defensive back will likely go unclaimed and end up as a free agent.
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.
A 2015 fifth-round pick, Artis-Payne has taken 99 carries for 422 yards (4.3 average) and four touchdowns in 23 career games, getting most of his playing time when Jonathan Stewart was injured. The Panthers' decision not to draft a running back suggested the 25-year-old would replace Stewart, but the team then signed Anderson on Monday to fill the role. Artis-Payne now figures to compete with Fozzy Whittaker for the No. 3 job behind Anderson and Christian McCaffrey.
The five-time Pro Bowler is set to turn 33 years old in March and is entering the final year of his contract. After a serious neck injury limited Kalil to just six regular-season games in 2017, it appears he's not inclined to jeopardize his long-term health by playing several more seasons. Kalil has since said that he's received full clearance from the Panthers' medical staff and doesn't believe his neck will provide any complications during his final NFL season.
Love filled the role of a rotational defensive tackle, rarely playing more than 25 defensive snaps in a game. The 31-year-old was able to play all 16 games for the first time since the 2012 campaign, showing he can still handle the rigors of NFL play at his age.
Whittaker suffered the injury earlier this week during a non-contact drill, and his season is over before it even started as a result. Whittaker appeared in just 12 games last season and only ended up carrying the ball seven times, and he was is line to see limited opportunities again in 2018. The Panthers' backfield is expected to be lead by Christian McCaffrey and newly-signed C.J. Anderson, with Cameron Artis-Payne likely seeing limited snaps as well.
Iddings spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve due to an August shoulder injury. However, there's been no reported concern that he's in danger of missing any portion of the offseason program coming up next month. With Star Lotulelei set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, Iddings could be in store for an increased role in 2018, pending any moves the front office makes in the draft and free agency.
Samuel only did individual work during the first round of OTAs but has now progressed to limited team drills. He seems to be a bit ahead of schedule in the rehab process, bouncing back from a November ankle injury that involved ligament damage and required surgery. The 2017 second-round pick will have to fight for his snaps after the Panthers traded for Torrey Smith, signed Jarius Wright and drafted D.J. Moore in the first round. With Devin Funchess and Damiere Byrd also returning, Samuel could find himself limited to a gadget role on offense and a return job on special teams.
Cox was not able to practice Monday and Tuesday and will now miss his second straight contest as a result. Dezmen Southward, who was promoted to the active roster Friday, could see an increase in special team reps given Cox's absence.
Armah was limited in practice on Wednesday before sitting out sessions on both Thursday and Friday. His absence will leave Carolina without a healthy fullback, possibly leading to some extra snaps for Cameron Artis-Payne or Christian McCaffrey.