|Offense||19th||131.4 (5th)||192.3 (28th)|
|Defense||7th||88.1 (4th)||229.1 (18th)|
|3||Anderson, Derek||QB||6-6||235||6/15/1983||14||Oregon State|
|40||Armah, Alex||FB||6-1||255||5/17/1994||2||West Georgia|
|Bailey, Rasheed||WR||6-1||209||7/29/1993||1||Delaware Valley|
|Brown, Richie||LB||6-2||234||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|
|20||Coleman, Kurt||DB||5-11||208||4/1/1988||9||Ohio State|
|36||Cox, Demetrious||SAF||6-0||200||4/20/1994||2||Michigan State|
|Duke, Austin||WR||5-9||170||8/3/1993||1||North Carolina-Charlotte|
|35||Elder, Corn||CB||5-10||185||10/9/1994||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|71||France, Dan||T||6-6||315||4/1/1991||2||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|
|96||Horton, Wes||DE||6-5||265||12/17/1989||6||Southern California|
|91||Iddings, Drew||DE||6-5||290||3/16/1993||2||South Dakota|
|53||Jacobs, Ben||LB||6-4||240||4/17/1988||5||Fresno State|
|44||Jansen, J.J.||C||6-2||235||1/20/1986||11||Notre Dame|
|12||Johnson, Charles D.||WR||6-2||217||2/27/1989||5||Grand Valley State|
|75||Kalil, Matt||T||6-7||315||7/6/1989||7||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|
|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||G||6-5||325||8/18/1994||2||Western Michigan|
|41||Munnerlyn, Captain||DB||5-9||195||4/10/1988||10||South Carolina|
|68||Norwell, Andrew||G||6-6||325||10/25/1991||5||Ohio State|
|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|
|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|
|27||Seymour, Kevon||CB||6-0||185||11/30/1993||3||Southern California|
|65||Silatolu, Amini||G||6-4||305||9/16/1988||6||Midwestern State|
|Taylor, Kent||TE||6-6||240||//||1||Texas-El Paso|
|73||Van Roten, Greg||G||6-3||305||2/26/1990||4||Pennsylvania|
|21||Williams, Teddy||DB||6-1||210||7/3/1988||7||Texas-San Antonio|
|26||Worley, Daryl||CB||6-1||205||2/22/1995||3||West Virginia|
Funchess was noticeably impacted by the shoulder injury he's carried for the past few weeks, and although he also rolled his ankle early on Sunday, he still soldiered his way to a productive performance. In fact, Funchess' yardage total marked his most since Week 12 of the regular season. On that day, which came in the midst of a strong stretch following the departure of former top wideout Kelvin Benjamin, Funchess topped 100 yards for the only time this term. On the whole, Benjamin being dealt to Buffalo helped result in a career-best campaign from Funchess, who finished with 63 receptions on 113 targets for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. As long as he gets his shoulder healthy, Funchess could well enter next season -- the last under his rookie contract -- as Carolina's No. 1 wideout. That pegging would obviously portend fantasy success, making Funchess someone to monitor over the course of this offseason.
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.
Johnson was waived Tuesday after undergoing surgery on his right knee, according to Max Henson of the team's official site. He'll need to either agree to an injury settlement or be one of the two players the Panthers activate off IR in order to have a chance at playing in 2017.
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.
Clay also totaled 147 yards and a touchdown on 17 punt returns. The wideout joined Carolina after being released by Buffalo in October. In four games for the Bills, he managed just one reception for 28 yards, but along with providing a spark in the return game, he carved out a depth receiving role with the Panthers. His presence was felt most in the team's final few games, with his three catches for 32 yards in Sunday's wild-card loss to the Saints marking a career-best performance. Although he did fail to haul in a difficult, yet catchable would-be touchdown in that outing, Clay should still be encouraged by the progress he made this season. It'll be interesting to see whether he's retained by the Panthers as an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason.
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.
With Luke Kuechly in concussion protocol, Gachkar will add some depth to the Panthers' linebacking unit. He's expected primarily to fill a role on special teams while David Mayo takes on more snaps in Kuechly's absence.
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.
Davis is coming off his first sub-100 tackle season since 2011 and saw a significantly reduced snap count compared to previous seasons. The 34-year-old indicated earlier this week that he expects a further reduced role next season but his leadership role on the Panthers defense is unlikely to change, although his IDP value should certainly take a hit.
Stewart's total included an unlikely 29-yard gain to start the second half. With the help of that tote, he was able to average over four yards per carry for just the sixth time in 16 total appearances this season. That fact evidences the 30-year-old's growing limitations, which resulted in just 680 yards on 198 carries during the regular season. Although Stewart did find the end zone seven times, including once on one of his eight receptions, he's clearly not the threat he once was. The veteran's fantasy calling card is his consistent role in Carolina's run-based offense, which afforded him double-digit carries in all but one game. Slated to return to the Panthers for the final year of his contract in 2018, Stewart may continue to see decent volume, but it's obvious Christian McCaffrey is the team's top tailback, and it'd be surprising if the latter's role isn't expanded further in his second 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.
Per the Charlotte Observer, an MRI of Newton's knee the day after the Panthers' wild-card loss to the Saints revealed ligament and cartilage damage, as well as "very extensive swelling." This injury nugget surfaced in conjunction with the league's determination that the Panthers did not did not violate the NFL's concussion protocol relative to their assessment of Newton during the Jan. 7 tilt. In addition to his knee issue, Newton also suffered an eye injury during the contest, but according to the league's findings, he did not sustain a concussion. In any case, the QB will now have the entire offseason to recover from his aches and pains, though it will be worth monitoring his status once the Panthers resume on-field activities in order to see if he is past his knee woes at that time.
The rookie third-round pick only played nine defensive snaps in Week 1 before suffering a knee injury that kept him out the next three weeks. Hall will now shift his focus to rehabbing for the 2018 season, when there may be more openings on the Panthers' defensive line.
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.
Dickson went for more yardage than in his previous three seasons with the Panthers combined, making for his second-best overall campaign since entering the league in 2010. The 30-year-old's uptick largely came as a result of starter Greg Olsen missing nine games due to injury. Furthermore, most of Dickson's damage was done in one game -- his five-catch, 175-yard shredding of the Lions in Week 5. Although context is needed to explain his success, Dickson's improvement couldn't have come at a better time, as he'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Ross, who's dealing with a high ankle sprain and a bone bruise, is unlikely to come off IR unless he agrees to an injury settlement.
Byrd was seen as one of the best safeties in the league when he was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Bills, but then, after signing a six-year deal with the Saints, he wasn't the same player. After being released by the Saints during the offseason, Byrd finally will get another shot, with Panthers starting safety Kurt Coleman set for a multiweek absence with a sprained MCL. Byrd likely will fill in as a reserve safety until Coleman is able to make his return to the field.
Gano is coming off a strong 2017, which saw him hit 29-of-30 field goals, with his only miss coming from more than 50 yards. He's been with the team for the past six seasons and the team can keep him around for a seventh year at $4.8 million by using the tag.
Peppers -- who was born in North Carolina and attended both high school and college in the state -- spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Panthers after the team selected him in the first round of the 2002 draft. He was a force to be reckoned with during his time there, earning the 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award along with two first-team All-Pro (2004, 2006) and two second-team All-Pro selections (2008, 2009). After spending the subsequent seven seasons of his career with Chicago and Green Bay, Peppers returned to the Panthers in 2017 and proved he still has plenty left in the tank after tying for the team lead with 11 sacks. While the 38-year-old free agent is approaching what could be his 17th season in the NFL and just underwent shoulder surgery to address an undisclosed injury he's reportedly been playing with for "quite a while," it would seemingly be a mutually beneficial decision for the storied defensive end to return for another season in a role as a situational pass rusher.
Munnerlyn signed a four-year contract with the Panthers in March 2017, and subsequently posted the lowest tackle total of his career and failed to record an interception. The 29-year-old is the veteran presence in a group of young Carolina cornerbacks, but this season proved to be the worst statistical season of his nine-year career.
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.
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 fractured his foot in a Week 2 game against the Bills and returned from injured reserve in Week 12 to play 24 snaps in a win over the Jets, only to suffer a setback in the contest. The recurring soreness in Olsen's foot resulted in him sitting out Week 13, but the veteran tight end suited up and played normal snap counts in the Panthers' final four regular-season contests and looked like his usual, dominant self in Carolina's playoff loss to New Orleans, catching eight of 12 targets for 107 yards and a score. After ending the injury-marred campaign on a high note, Olsen looks like he'll be in store for a normal offseason as he enters the final year of his contract in 2018.
Though the lack of a procedure suggests Byrd's recovery timetable will likely be measured in weeks rather than months, his season will nonetheless come to an end after Panthers head coach Ron Rivera revealed Tuesday that the wideout would be placed on injured reserve. After trading away Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills in October and losing Curtis Samuel (ankle) to a season-ending injury of his own soon after, the Panthers were already lacking in weapons at receiver prior to Byrd's emergence over the last few weeks. With Byrd now shut down, Russell Shepard (shoulder), Brenton Bersin and Kaelin Clay -- all players that have been primarily special-teams contributors throughout their respective careers -- look like the top complementary pass catchers behind No. 1 wideout Devin Funchess, tight end Greg Olsen and running back Christian McCaffrey.
Addison set new career highs in tackles and sacks, justifying the lucrative three-year contract he signed following 27 stops and 9.5 sacks in 2016. The 30-year-old not only tied Julius Peppers for Carolina's team lead in sacks, but also placed just outside the top 10 in the NFL. After going undrafted in 2011 and playing just six games in two seasons prior to joining the Panthers, the Troy product has made a name for himself as a disruptive presence within one of the league's best defenses.
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.
Theus had been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints after not practicing because of the illness, and now his 2017 season is over. Defensive end Zach Moore has taken his spot on the 53-man roster
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 only missed one game in 2017 due to a concussion but popped up on the injury report ahead of the Panthers' Week 15 contest against the Packers with an undisclosed shoulder injury. However, it isn't clear if that issue is related to this recent procedure, especially since Kuechly didn't miss a single snap in any game thereafter. It isn't certain if the five-time All-Pro will be ready for offseason workouts in May.
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.
Elder practiced on the first day of training camp before complaining about soreness in his knee. He has since worked on the side with a brace on. The fifth-round pick is trying to solidify a role with the team, so it would be advantageous for him to return to the field sooner rather than later.
Johnson, who played just 17 snaps in the Panthers' regular season finale last week, won't be used during the team's wild-card tilt. Wes Horton figures to provide depth at defensive end behind Julius Peppers and Mario Addison.
The nature of Yankey's back injury isn't clear.
McCaffrey was kept under wraps until he exploded for a 56-yard, catch-and-run touchdown during the fourth quarter. That play marked the longest gain of McCaffrey's rookie season, giving him a second career 100-yard receiving game in the process. Overall, McCaffrey's biggest impact this term came through the air, where he finished the regular season with an impressive 80 receptions on 113 targets for 651 yards and five scores. In comparison, he managed just 435 yards and two touchdowns on 117 carries. So while last year's eighth overall pick has already emerged as one of the league's best receiving tailbacks, in his second season he'll aim to improve his efficiency on the ground to become even more dynamic. Although quarterback Cam Newton and veteran Jonathan Stewart still figure to consume carries, McCaffrey could take his stock to the next level by making more use of his, which despite any durability concerns linked to his size, should only increase going forward.
Williams sustained a shoulder stinger in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers. Barring an injury settlement, he's unlikely to come off IR until season's end.
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.
It was a slight regression from the 26-tackle, four-sack performance of 2016, but he played less snaps this campaign. In his fifth year, Lotulelei proved consistent enough to man the front of one of the league's strongest defensive units.
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.
Anderson joined the Panthers in 2011, the same year they drafted Cam Newton first overall. A reliable backup to Newton since then, Anderson will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Considering he'll be 35 years old once next season kicks off, Anderson should receive mild interest from teams looking for a second-stringer, should he decide to keep playing.
Simonson is dealing with a back injury of some kind. He's likely stuck on IR all season unless he agrees to an injury settlement.
Manhertz played all 16 games for the Panthers this season, posting two receptions on four targets for 17 yards and zero touchdowns. He was used more for his run-blocking abilities, especially since No. 1 TE Greg Olsen is a stud in the pass-catching realm. Olsen and Ed Dickson are the two remaining healthy tight ends for Carolina for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Thompson has been a confounding commodity since the Panthers spent a first-round pick on him in 2015. Although he's increased his tackle total in each season, the presence of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis ahead of him, along with his own inconsistencies, has kept him at bay from a playing time perspective. However, with 2018 marking the final year of his rookie contract, and Davis showing signs of aging, it'll be interesting to see whether Thompson can finally live up to his pedigree.
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 was able to record one solo tackle in the wild-card game against New Orleans, but he was blanked in the regular season. In 2016, he racked up 54 tackles and 12 pass breakups as a starting corner, but his lack of speed was exposed in the playoffs that season, which keeps him in special teams roles now.
Cox was called up for insurance on the defensive line, as veteran defensive end Julius Peppers (shoulder) was a late addition to the injury report Saturday. The rookie could potentially see some rotational reps should Peppers ultimately be ruled out.
Worley, a third-round pick in 2016, served as Carolina's starter opposite top corner James Bradberry as a rookie, registering 88 stops and a pick along the way. This season, the trade acquisition of Kevon Seymour cut into his snaps early on, but Worley prevailed to re-establish himself as a first-stringer. The 22-year-old will aim to keep going in the right direction in 2018.
Coleman missed four games due to knee and ankle ailments, contributing toward a slight decline in overall production. Still, Coleman has enjoyed a resurgence in Carolina, as he's registered at least 75 tackles in all three seasons as a Panther. While he'll be disappointed by not intercepting a pass this year, especially after 11 over the previous two campaigns, the 29-year-old remains a valuable member of the team's defense.
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.
Gilbert and No. 2 quarterback Derek Anderson both dealt with illnesses earlier in the week, but neither was limited at Wednesday's practice. Both should be options for Sunday's game against the Jets, but Gilbert will likely be a healthy inactive for the contest.
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.
Artis-Payne, a fifth-round pick in 2015, played just 10 games over his first couple seasons, so this year was his first as a regular member of Carolina's 53-man roster. Despite reaching that status, however, he was handed half as many carries this year as his previous low mark for a season. While his career average of 4.3 yards per rush isn't too shabby, Artis-Payne just hasn't been able to crack the Panthers' backfield rotation. He'll aim to finally do so in 2018, the final year of his rookie contract.
Shepard also rushed twice for 19 yards and returned three kickoffs for 65 yards. The shifty veteran was inked to a three-year contract last offseason following a career-best campaign that included 23 receptions for 341 yards and two touchdowns. Like his time with the Buccaneers, Shepard often found himself third or fourth on the Panthers depth chart. That came despite Kelvin Benjamin being traded mid-season and rookie second-rounder Curtis Samuel being limited to nine games by injuries. The 27-year-old will likely remain in a similar role next season.
The five-time Pro Bowler is set to turn 33 years old in March and is entering the final year of his contract in 2018. 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. He 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 this season for his first time since the 2012 season, showing he can still handle the rigors of NFL play at his age.
Whittaker entered his fourth season as a Panther coming off a career-high 82 touches in 2016, but after the team spent its first two draft picks on tailback Christian McCaffrey and utility man Curtis Samuel, his role always figured to be reduced this season. Despite Samuel not featuring much due to injuries, Whittaker was clearly an afterthought in Carolina's offense. Assuming the team's backfield remains intact, he'll likely be slated for a similar amount of action in 2018, his final year under contract.
Iddings was a long shot to land a spot on 53-man roster prior to going down with a shoulder injury during practice last week.
Bersin has provided depth to the Panthers receiving corps since joining the team as a local undrafted free agent in 2014. He once again enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, knowing Carolina will likely let him battle for a roster spot should interest fail to surface elsewhere.
France sustained a concussion in the Panthers' third preseason tilt. Barring an injury settlement, he's likely stuck on IR all season.
The Panthers have issued no timetable for Samuel's return to full activity but it appears the 2017 second-round pick is at least making progress in his recovery from surgery, as he has since had his cast removed and is now sporting a protective boot on the ankle while using crutches to get around. Per Henson, the 21-year-old has been going through at least three hours of rehab for the ankle five times a week at the Panthers' facility while varying his workouts. It sounds unlikely that Samuel will take part in all drills when the Panthers reconvene in the spring for Organized Team Activities but the expectation is that the wideout will be fully recovered by the time training camp opens in the summer. If he's able to steer clear of the injury bug that plagued him as a rookie, Samuel could have an elevated role in the Panthers' passing attack in 2018 with few established targets populating the roster beyond lead receiver Devin Funchess, tight end Greg Olsen and running back Christian McCaffrey.
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.