Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th131.4 (5th)192.3 (28th)
Defense7th88.1 (4th)229.1 (18th)
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29Adams, Mike DB5-112053/24/198115Delaware
97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19878Troy
20Anderson, C.J. RB5-82242/10/19916California
3Anderson, Derek (FA) QB6-62356/15/198314Oregon State
40Armah, Alex FB6-22555/17/19942West Georgia
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102156/23/19904Auburn
16Bailey, Rasheed WR6-12107/29/19931Delaware Valley
78Banner, Zach T6-836012/25/19932Southern California
38Barner, Kenjon RB5-91954/28/19905Oregon
85Baylis, Evan TE6-624511/18/19931Oregon
11Bersin, Brenton (FA) WR6-32105/9/19905Wofford
39Bonnafon, Reggie RB6-0215//RLouisville
61Bosch, Kyle G6-430011/11/1994RWest Virginia
24Bradberry, James CB6-12128/4/19933Samford
49Brown, Richie LB6-22354/15/19941Mississippi State
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43306/14/19943Louisiana Tech
31Byrd, Jairus (FA) DB5-1020310/7/198610Oregon
18Byrd, Damiere WR5-91801/27/19933South Carolina
76Clausell, Blaine T6-63301/31/19921Mississippi State
47Cockrell, Ross DB6-01908/6/19915Duke
91Cox, Bryan DE6-32706/25/19942Florida
36Cox, Demetrious DB6-02004/20/19942Michigan State
58Davis, Thomas LB6-12353/22/198314Georgia
31Doss, Lorenzo CB5-111854/20/19944Tulane
8Duke, Austin WR5-91708/3/19931North Carolina-Charlotte
79Eatmon, Quinterrius G6-631512/4/19911South Florida
35Elder, Corn CB5-1018510/9/19942Miami (Fla.)
71France, Dan (FA) T6-63154/1/19912Michigan State
14Frazier, Mose WR5-111908/30/19931Memphis
74Friend, Kyle C6-02954/3/19941Temple
17Funchess, Devin WR6-42255/21/19944Michigan
57Gachkar, Andrew (FA) LB6-222411/4/19888Missouri
9Gano, Graham K6-22024/9/19879Florida State
28Gaulden, Rashaan DB6-02001/23/1995RTennessee
4Gilbert, Garrett QB6-42307/1/19912Southern Methodist
54Green-Thompson, Shaq LB6-02304/21/19944Washington
23Gunter, LaDarius CB6-22015/13/19924Miami (Fla.)
94Hall, Daeshon DE6-52656/14/19952Texas A&M
98Haynes, Marquis DE6-223512/16/1993ROle Miss
62Hearn, Taylor G6-43151/11/1996RClemson
6Heinicke, Taylor QB6-12103/15/19933Old Dominion
30Hood, Elijah RB5-112304/22/19961North Carolina
96Horton, Wes DE6-526512/17/19896Southern California
87Howard, Bug WR6-422011/28/19941North Carolina
79Iddings, Drew DT6-52903/16/19932South Dakota
26Jackson, Donte CB5-1018011/8/1995RLSU
53Jacobs, Ben LB6-42404/17/19886Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22351/20/198611Notre Dame
64Johnson, Dorian G6-530510/21/19941Pittsburgh
88Johnson, Charles (FA) DE6-22787/10/198612Georgia
42Jones, Colin DB6-020510/27/19878TCU
15Jones, Jamaal WR6-11901/31/19931Montana
75Kalil, Matt T6-73157/6/19896Southern California
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198512Southern California
59Kuechly, Luke LB6-32384/20/19917Boston College
69Larsen, Tyler C6-43257/8/19913Utah
93Love, Kyle DT6-131011/18/19867Mississippi State
32Luke, Cole CB5-112006/30/19952Notre Dame
72Mabry, Ashaad DT6-331511/4/19921Texas-San Antonio
82Manhertz, Chris TE6-62554/10/19923Canisius
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/8/19934Texas State
22McCaffrey, Christian RB5-112056/7/19962Stanford
77Moore, Zach DE6-62759/5/19902Concordia-St. Paul
12Moore, DJ WR6-02104/14/1997RMaryland
72Moton, Taylor T6-53258/18/19942Western Michigan
41Munnerlyn, Captain DB5-91954/10/198810South Carolina
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19898Auburn
52Norris, Jared LB6-12387/19/19933Utah
74Norton, Kendrick DT6-2315//RMiami (Fla.)
71Obada, Efe DE6-62654/13/19921No College
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198512Miami (Fla.)
5Palardy, Michael P5-112007/6/19923Tennessee
25Parms, Damian DB6-221010/28/19921Florida Atlantic
90Peppers, Julius DE6-72951/18/198017North Carolina
95Poe, Dontari NT6-33468/18/19907Memphis
2Ross, Fred WR6-22105/19/19952Mississippi State
10Samuel, Curtis WR5-111958/11/19962Ohio State
76Schult, Karter DE6-326012/21/19931Northern Iowa
21Searcy, Da'Norris DB5-1120511/16/19888North Carolina
27Seymour, Kevon CB6-018511/30/19933Southern California
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19896Purdue
65Silatolu, Amini T6-43059/16/19886Midwestern State
80Simonson, Scott (FA) TE6-52554/13/19924Assumption
71Sirles, Jeremiah G6-63158/8/19915Nebraska
11Smith, Torrey WR6-02051/26/19898Maryland
57Smith, Andre LB5-112404/20/1997RNorth Carolina
37Southward, Dezmen DB6-220810/1/19903Wisconsin
68Sprinkle, Tracy DT6-2290//ROhio State
80Thomas, Ian TE6-32606/6/1996RIndiana
70Turner, Trai G6-33156/14/19935LSU
73Van Roten, Greg C6-33052/26/19904Pennsylvania
84Vander Laan, Jason TE6-32459/22/19922Ferris State
60Williams, Daryl T6-63308/31/19924Oklahoma
13Wright, Jarius WR5-1019011/25/19897Arkansas
61Yankey, David (FA) G6-63151/18/19924Stanford
Injured Players
43Whittaker, Fozzy (IR) RB5-102052/2/19896Texas
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Position Listing
Jeremiah Sirles
Sirles signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

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.

Da'Norris Searcy
Searcy signed a two-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.

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.

Tracy Sprinkle
No Updates
Devin Funchess
Funchess is anticipated to maintain his No. 1, or 'X', receiver role in the Panthers offense despite last week's first-round selection of D.J. Moore, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Zach Moore
Moore was signed to the Panthers' 53-man roster Saturday, David Newton of reports.

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.

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.

Kendrick Norton
No Updates
Ross Cockrell
Cockrell signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract with the Panthers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Amini Silatolu
The Panthers signed Silatolu to a one-year contract Monday.

Silatolu saw action in 14 games with the Panthers in 2017, starting in three of them in place of Trai Turner at right guard. The 29-year-old is likely to serve in a reserve role for Carolina's offensive line again next season.

Jamaal Jones
The Panthers signed Jones to a reserve/future contract Monday, David Newton of reports.

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.

Rashaan Gaulden
No Updates
Evan Baylis
Baylis signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, David Newton of reports.

Baylis started the season with Houston and spent a week on their 53-man roster in September, but finished the season on Carolina's practice squad.

Dezmen Southward
Southward signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, David Newton of reports.

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.

Andrew Gachkar
Gachkar signed with the Panthers on Tuesday, David Newton of reports.

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.

Karter Schult
No Updates
Dorian Johnson
Johnson was waived by the Texans on Friday.

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.

Kenjon Barner
Barner is signing with the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Thomas Davis
Davis received a four-game suspension for a violation of NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 6 at Washington
Quinterrius Eatmon
No Updates
Donte Jackson
No Updates
Tyler Larsen
Larsen (foot) is active for Sunday's matchup with Tampa Bay.

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.

Austin Duke
Duke signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, David Newton of reports.

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.

Cam Newton
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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Daeshon Hall
Hall's knee is back to full health, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports. "My knee feels real good right now," says Hall. "Everything feels stable, strong."

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.

James Bradberry
Bradberry finished with 85 tackles (66 solo), two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble in 16 games played this season.

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.

Fred Ross
Ross (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jairus Byrd
Byrd signed with the Panthers on Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Bug Howard
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.

Graham Gano
Gano signed a four-year contract Tuesday.

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.

Julius Peppers
Peppers (shoulder) is expected to be at full health in time for training camp, David Newton of ESPN

Peppers and Luke Kuechly both tore their right labrum and had offseason surgery. Though the veteran 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.

Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Captain Munnerlyn
Munnerlyn (illness) is expected to be available for the Panthers' Week 13 game against the Saints, David Newton of reports.

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.

Trai Turner
Turner (concussion) has been cleared to play in Sunday's game versus the Saints, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Michael Palardy
Palardy signed his restricted free-agent tender with Carolina on Monday, Bill Voth of the team's official site reports.

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.

Ashaad Mabry
The Saints will release safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to
Jared Norris
The Panthers placed Norris on injured reserve Tuesday with a calf injury, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

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.

Calf - Questionable for the start of training camp
Mike Adams
Adams finished with 69 tackles (48 solo), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced in 16 games played this season.

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.

Greg Olsen
Olsen and the Panthers agreed Thursday on a two-year extension, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN. The new deal is worth $8.55 million annually and could escalate to $20.1 million in total value.

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.

Torrey Smith
Smith is part of a Carolina receiving corps that added D.J. Moore in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Dontari Poe
Poe intends to sign a three-year contract with the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Damiere Byrd
Byrd (leg) is back to full health and ready to participate in offseason workouts in April, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official website reports.

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.

C.J. Anderson
Anderson signed with the Panthers on Monday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

The fit makes a lot of sense for Anderson, as the Panthers' backfield mainly consists of versatile, pass-catching tailbacks, so the former Bronco will give Carolina a traditional, veteran presence in the running game. Anderson was released by Denver just under a month ago after he didn't have any guaranteed money remaining on his four-year contract, but the running back still ran for over 1,000 yards last season. He should serve as a quality compliment to Christian McCaffrey, who may still not be seen as an every-down back for the Panthers.

Efe Obada
No Updates
Taylor Heinicke
Heinicke was claimed by the Panthers off waivers Monday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

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.

Mario Addison
Addison (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Packers.

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.

Mose Frazier
Frazier was signed to the Panthers' active roster Friday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Cole Luke
Luke (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

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.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Greg Van Roten
Van Roten signed a two-year extension with the Panthers on Monday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Kawann Short
Short finished the 2017 regular season with 49 tackles (27 solo), 7.5 sacks, two fumbles forced and one fumble recovery across 16 games.

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.

Luke Kuechly
Kuechly (shoulder) is expected to return to practice in time for training camp, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Kuechly has been recovering from shoulder surgery the past few months and will be missing all of Carolina's offseason program. However, he isn't expected to miss a beat once training camp begins, and barring setback he should be a full go in the 2018 regular season.

Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Corn Elder
Elder (knee) is on schedule with his recovery and expected back for Offseason Team Activities, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Elder saw his rookie year end before it started, being placed on season-ending injured reserve with a patella stress fracture ahead of Week 1. The fifth-round pick in 2017 faced stiff competition for any significant role on the defense prior to his injury. Now that he'll be back and healthy entering offseason team activities he'll have a chance to earn a roster spot and as much as a backup secondary role on the defense.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Charles Johnson
The Panthers released Johnson on Monday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

With Carolina in need of cap space and Johnson coming off a season in which he failed to record a sack in 12 games while missing four contests for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the 31-year-old was always considered a prime candidate to get cut before the start of the new league year. Given his lack of productivity as a pass rusher in recent seasons, Johnson, who ranks second in franchise history with 67.5 sacks, could have difficulty landing anything more than a one-year deal in free agency this offseason.

David Yankey
Yankey (back) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

The nature of Yankey's back injury isn't clear.

Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey likely will have a new backfield partner in 2018, though he could see more touches as a result of Jonathan Stewart's recent release, Max Henson of the Panthers' official website reports. "I think you do need to have that in the NFL today," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "It's tough to have one guy that just dominates a game. You have to have guys that have similar characteristics but also do something special that can separate them."

McCaffrey had nearly as many targets (113) as carries (117) in his rookie season, with 59.9 percent of his 1,086 scrimmage yards and five of his seven touchdowns coming through the air. His mark of 3.7 yards per carry may not seem to beg for an expanded role in the rushing attack, but he at least was more effective than the recently released Stewart, who managed just 3.4 yards per tote. The Panthers likely want McCaffrey to take on a portion of Stewart's vacated carries, with the rest going to Cameron Artis-Payne, a draft pick or a free-agent signing. The No. 8 overall pick from last year's draft figures to take on more work in Year 2, but a regular three-down role shouldn't be assumed.

David Mayo
Mayo posted 19 tackles and one pass breakup in the 2017 season.

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.

Kyle Bosch
No Updates
Elijah Hood
Hood was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Panthers, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Rasheed Bailey
Bailey signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, David Newton of reports.

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.

Derek Anderson
Anderson saw action in three games this season, completing two of eight attempts for 17 yards.

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.

Reggie Bonnafon
No Updates
Scott Simonson
Simonson (back) didn't receive a qualifying offer or minimum tender from the Panthers and has become an unrestricted free agent, per the league's official transaction log.

Simonson spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve due to an undisclosed back injury he suffered during the preseason. It isn't clear where he stands in his recovery, but there hasn't been any reported concern of him not being available to work out this offseason, let alone be at risk of not being ready for Week 1.

Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
DJ Moore
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Chris Manhertz
The Panthers have tendered a one-year to contract to Manhertz, an exclusive-rights free agent, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Manhertz appeared in every game during the 2017 season but most of his playing time came on special teams. Sitting third on the tight end depth chart behind Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson, he ultimately finished the campaign with two receptions for 17 yards on four targets. However, its possible his role in the passing game could expand this upcoming season with Dickson set to become an unrestricted free agent March 14.

Shaq Green-Thompson
The Panthers exercised Thompson's fifth-year option on Tuesday.

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.

Damian Parms
Parms signed with the Panthers on Sunday.

Carolina had shown a steady level of interest in signing Parms for several months and finally reached an agreement with the former Florida Atlantic standout. If he makes the team, Parms projects as a special teams asset.

Zach Banner
Banner was claimed off waivers by the Browns on Monday, Dan Labbe of reports.

Banner was brought into Cleveland for added depth on the offensive front, but don't expect the 2017 fourth-round pick to make any moves for a starting role anytime soon.

Kevon Seymour
Seymour recorded 22 tackles and four pass breakups over 15 games in 2017.

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.

LaDarius Gunter
The Panthers signed Gunter to a one-year contract Monday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

Andre Smith
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Bryan Cox
The Panthers promoted Cox to their 53-man roster Saturday, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

J.J. Jansen
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Richie Brown
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Taylor Moton
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Blaine Clausell
Clausell was promoted to the Panthers' 53-man roster on Tuesday.

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.

Daryl Williams
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Taylor Hearn
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Garrett Gilbert
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.

Jarius Wright
Wright is signing a two-year contract with the Panthers, including a $2 million signing bonus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Matt Kalil
Kalil (illness) is good to go for Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Saints, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Kalil will slot back into his right tackle position Sunday and look to slow down Saints' DE Cameron Jordan.

Lorenzo Doss
Doss was waived by the Broncos on Thursday, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.

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.

Jason Vander Laan
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.

Marquis Haynes
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Kyle Friend
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Cameron Artis-Payne
The Panthers' signing of C.J. Anderson suggests they weren't comfortable entering the season with Artis-Payne as their top between-the-tackles runner, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Ryan Kalil
Kalil announced Tuesday that he plans to retire from professional football after the 2018 season, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. "This is going to be the last one for me," Kalil said.

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.

Kyle Love
Love had 16 tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks in the 2017 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.

Ian Thomas
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Fozzy Whittaker
Whittaker was placed on injured reserve Thursday after tearing his ACL during OTAs.

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.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Drew Iddings
Iddings was re-signed by the Panthers on a one-year contract Wednesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

Brenton Bersin
Bersin finished with eight receptions (on 12 targets) for 128 yards in eight games played this season.

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.

Dan France
The Panthers declined to extend a contract tender to France, who was an exclusive-rights free agent, Max Henson of the Panthers official site reports.

France will thus hit the open market after spending the entire 2017 season on injured reserve due to a concussion he suffered in the preseason. Thankfully, there have been no reports that he's still experiencing any symptoms.

Curtis Samuel
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.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Demetrious Cox
Cox (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's matchup with the Eagles, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Vernon Butler
Butler (shoulder) returned to the field in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Butler exited earlier in the contest with the injury but apparently is good to go for the remainder of Sunday's game.

Alex Armah
Armah (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's matchup with Tampa Bay.

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.

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