|Offense||15th||166.0 (1st)||203.7 (25th)|
|Defense||19th||110.0 (17th)||246.7 (17th)|
|40||Armah, Alex||FB||6-2||255||5/17/1994||2||West Georgia|
|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|
|74||Clark, Chris||T||6-5||305||10/1/1985||9||Southern Miss|
|35||Elder, Corn||CB||5-10||185||10/9/1994||2||Miami (FL)|
|9||Gano, Graham||K||6-2||202||4/9/1987||9||Florida State|
|Hawkins, Josh||CB||5-10||189||1/23/1993||3||East Carolina|
|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|
|53||Jacobs, Ben||LB||6-4||240||4/17/1988||4||Fresno State|
|44||Jansen, J.J.||LS||6-2||235||1/20/1986||11||Notre Dame|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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 (FL)|
|90||Peppers, Julius||DE||6-7||295||1/18/1980||17||North Carolina|
|77||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||315||5/21/1992||4||South Carolina|
|10||Samuel, Curtis||WR||5-11||195||8/11/1996||2||Ohio State|
|65||Silatolu, Amini||T||6-4||305||9/16/1988||6||Midwestern State|
|57||Smith, Andre||LB||6-0||240||4/20/1997||R||North Carolina|
|73||Van Roten, Greg||G||6-3||305||2/26/1990||4||Pennsylvania|
|47||Cockrell, Ross (IR)||DB||6-0||190||8/6/1991||5||Duke|
|30||Hood, Elijah (IR)||RB||5-11||230||4/22/1996||1||North Carolina|
|75||Kalil, Matt (IR)||T||6-7||315||7/6/1989||7||USC|
|25||Parms, Damian (IR)||DB||6-2||210||10/28/1992||1||Florida Atlantic|
|2||Ross, Fred (IR)||WR||6-2||210||5/19/1995||2||Mississippi State|
|21||Searcy, Da'Norris (IR)||DB||5-11||205||11/16/1988||8||North Carolina|
|27||Seymour, Kevon (IR)||CB||6-0||185||11/30/1993||3||USC|
|71||Sirles, Jeremiah (IR)||G||6-6||315||8/8/1991||5||Nebraska|
|43||Whittaker, Fozzy (IR)||RB||5-10||205||2/2/1989||6||Texas|
|60||Williams, Daryl (IR)||T||6-6||330||8/31/1992||4||Oklahoma|
|Cook, Connor||QB||6-4||215||1/29/1993||3||Michigan State|
|32||Luke, Cole||CB||5-11||200||6/30/1995||2||Notre Dame|
|Norton, Kendrick||DT||6-3||318||6/7/1997||R||Miami (FL)|
|84||Vander Laan, Jason||TE||6-3||245||9/22/1992||2||Ferris State|
White has had short stints with the 49ers and Texans, but has mainly bounced around practice squads for four seasons. He will now look to make an impression in Carolina.
Sirles ended up on Carolina's injured reserve after suffering from a pulled hamstring. Having been granted his release, he's now an unrestricted free agent free to sign elsewhere.
It'll be a big loss for the Panthers, as Searcy combined for 70 defensive snaps through the first two weeks and made five tackles in the process. Expect Colin Jones to see an uptick in snaps.
Funchess came alive on Carolina's third drive, pulling in catches of 16 and 27 yards before finishing it off with a four-yard touchdown reception. He added a 20-yard grab in the fourth quarter. No other Panther had more than 24 receiving yards in this one, so Funchess was easily quarterback Cam Newton's favorite target. The 24-year-old receiver heads into the Week 4 bye with 185 yards and a touchdown on the season.
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 broke his left tibia and fibula during Monday's practice and underwent surgery to repair the leg. The 26-year-old is expected to miss the entirety of the 2018 regular season due to the unfortunate injury, with a long recovery process ahead. Kevon Seymour and second-rounder Donte Jackson should compete for a starting job at cornerback in Cockrell's absence.
Silatolu returned to practice in a limited capacity this week after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in early August. Brendan Mahon could see starting reps at left guard should Silatolu be unable to play.
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 campaigns. The 34-year-old indicated earlier this week that he expects a further reduced role next season, but his leadership status on the Panthers' defense is unlikely to change even if his IDP value takes a hit.
Cook, who was waived by the Raiders on Saturday, is looking to earn a new home in Carolina. The 2016 fourth-rounder had an uninspiring preseason and hasn't shown much throughout limited action in his NFL career. The Panthers' backup quarterback position remains murky, so it's conceivable that the the team could elect to transition Cook towards a depth role.
Jackson only logged one limited practice this week, but the team saw enough in pregame warmups to allow the rookie to suit up for the home matchup. Opposing quarterbacks have been targeting Jackson through the first two games, and that's been beneficial for his counting stats. The second-round pick out of LSU already has 12 combined tackles, an interception and a forced fumble on the season.
It wasn't much, but it proves Larsen has shaken off his hyperextended elbow. He'll serve as Ryan Kalil's backup when Week 1 kicks off.
Newton tied the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter with a two-yard rushing score, then broke that tie on the next drive with a four-yard passing touchdown to Devin Funchess. He hooked up with C.J. Anderson for a 24-yard score on a screen pass later in the first half and picked up his second rushing touchdown of the contest from five yards out in the third quarter. This was another physical contest for Newton, so he'll be glad to rest up with a bye next week.
Bradberry sat out Thursday's preseason game due to his groin injury but he appears to have recovered. Look for him to resume his role as a starting cornerback opposite Kevon Seymour.
Ross was waived over the weekend due to an unspecified hip injury. Barring an injury settlement, the receiver is likely stuck on IR through the end of the league year.
Robinson suffered a foot injury in late August before being dealt to Carolina from Detroit for a draft pick. It appears that is no longer a concern and he should be available for the regular-season opener Sunday against the Cowboys.
Gano missed his only attempt from 50-plus yards last season, so he started this term on the right foot by converting his first opportunity Sunday. Through two weeks, Gano has netted 10 points while not missing a kick.
Monday marked Peppers' first practice of the season due in large part to his offseason shoulder surgery. Coach Ron Rivera also suggested that monitoring the 38-year-old's rest contributed to his elongated absence. Anyhow, Peppers will seemingly ease his way back into the mix and likely won't be heavily relied on during the early portion of the season.
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 will miss his second straight game with the concussion as he did not practice this week. Tyler Larsen started at right guard for the Panthers in his absence last week and could again get the call against the Bengals. Turner will have some additional time to clear the concussion protocol with the Week 4 bye on the horizon.
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 seemingly had been operating under a 4-to-5 week return timetable, but this report indicates he could be back a week or two sooner. It's a virtual certainty Olsen will not play this week against the Bengals, but if he keeps making progress, it appears there is a chance he could return to action with the rest of his teammates Week 5.
Smith was one target behind Devin Funchess' team-leading total, but the veteran wideout didn't get much going as Carolina's offense did most of its damage on the ground. Heading into the Week 4 bye, Smith hasn't exceeded three catches or 33 yards in a game, though he did find the end zone in Week 2.
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 was only able to log limited practices for the entire week after missing the season's second game against the Falcons. With Byrd on the shelf, look for rookie D.J. Moore to once again assume kick and punt return duties.
Anderson was out-touched 30-3 by Christian McCaffrey in this one, but the backup running back made the most of his meager workload. The highlight of Anderson's day was definitely a screen pass that he took 24 yards to the house while barely getting touched. The veteran running back will be hoping the coaching staff incorporates him into the offense more after next week's bye.
Helping Heinicke's cause was a relationship with offensive coordinator Norv Turner in Minnesota. Heinicke's preseason performance also was solid -- 24-for-36 passing for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception to go with one rushing TD -- and he'll be waiting in the wings in the event Cam Newton misses a game for the fourth time in his career.
Addison has averaged over 10 sacks per year the last two seasons and the strong run of play has continued into his age-31 season. His was one of several impressive individual performances in what was a strong day for the Panthers' defense. Addison and the rest of the unit will look to maintain momentum in next week's game against Atlanta.
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 spent the 2017 season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. His participation in the offseason program isn't clear, but the cornerback's involvement in team drills suggests he's since received medical clearance. Luke will compete for a depth role in the Panthers secondary.
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 anchored the Panthers' defensive line on Sunday, holding Ezekiel Elliot to 69 yards in the contest. In addition to his two sacks, he also played a key role in Mario Addison's strip sack of Dak Prescott, as Short took on a double-team of blocks from the Cowboys' line.
Kuechly's high-level performance puts to rest any concerns regarding the knee injury he was dealing with heading into the Week 2 divisional contest. A healthy Kuechly should bode well for Carolina moving forward.
Jacobs struggled with an undisclosed injury throughout camp, but he appears ready to rock. The Panthers will need him immediately, too, since Thomas Davis is suspended for the first four games of the regular season. However, Jacobs is inexperienced and shouldn't be considered a viable IDP swap for Davis.
Horton recorded a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2017 and he looks to be chasing a new career high in 2018. He'll look to continue the season with another strong outing next week against the division-rival Falcons.
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 was surprisingly quiet as a receiver, but he made up for it with a huge game on the ground. He set up a first-quarter Cam Newton touchdown with a career-long, 45-yard run. Newton's prowess as a short-yardage rusher (he scored two in this one), limits McCaffrey's scoring upside, but the second-year running back is a threat to pick up massive chunks of yardage in all situations. He'll have a chance to rest up after this heavy rushing workload with a bye next week.
With Thomas Davis (suspension) set to miss the first four games of the regular season, Mayo is primed for a substantial increase in playing time. The 25-year-old averaged less than 10 defensive snaps per game in 2017, so it remains to be seen how Mayo will adjust to a starter's workload. With Davis considering retirement after the 2018 season, Mayo may eventually take over the starting weak-side linebacker position full time.
Hood's placement on injured reserve will keep him out until at least Week 8 of the regular season. There's a chance Hood could be recalled to the active roster after Week 8, but the odds of that happening seem slim to none at the moment.
Clark signed in conjunction with the placement of Darryl Williams (knee) on injured reserve. The 32-year-old veteran, who started eight games with Houston last season before suffering an ankle injury, is likely to play an immediate role against the Falcons on Sunday.
Though the rookie first-round pick has yet to carve out a major role in the Panthers' passing game, he put his dynamic speed and athleticism on display in Week 2. With Carolina trailing by 14 points late in the fourth quarter, Moore found a soft spot in the defense around the Atlanta 35-yard line, then stiff-armed a would-be tackler and outran multiple defenders for the score. Quarterback Cam Newton looked Moore's way again for a potential game-tying touchdown as time expired, but the wideout let a Hail Mary heave slip through his hands in the end zone while being blanketed by the Atlanta secondary. Despite the disappointing end to his day, Moore, who logged 17 offensive snaps for the second straight week, appears to have earned himself more opportunities in the Panthers' games to come. In his Monday meeting with the media, head coach Ron Rivera said one of his primary objectives will be to get Moore more involved offensively going forward, per Joe Person of The Athletic.
With Greg Olsen (foot) expected to sit out at least the next few games, the Panthers will have a major void to fill at tight end beginning in Week 2. Rather than signing another player to add depth at the position, Carolina seems content deploying Armah when needed, but Thomas and Manhertz seem likely to handle the overwhelming share of the duties. Thanks to his superior speed and athleticism, Thomas is the most likely of the trio to see involvement as a pass catcher and offer fantasy utility, while Manhertz and Armah project mainly as blockers. Over 24 career NFL games, Manhertz has hauled in just three passes for 27 yards.
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.
Parms injured his shoulder during Thursday's preseason opener against the Bills. The extent of his injury remains unclear, but he's likely stuck on IR through the end of the league year unless he agrees to an injury settlement.
Seymour spent last season in a reserve role with the Panthers, making 22 tackles and breaking up four passes. His shoulder injury appears serious, however, so Corn Elder will likely fill in for him.
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.
Williams recently underwent surgery on his right knee, a procedure that was reportedly unrelated to the dislocated patella he suffered in the offseason. In any case, the 2017 second-team All-Pro will be sidelined for at least the next eight weeks, with the potential to rejoin the 53-man roster thereafter as one of the two league-allotted players the Panthers can bring back IR. For the time being, Williams' role at right tackle will be covered by Amini Silatou and newly signed Chris Clark.
The veteran receiver played a key role in the Panthers' passing attack with Greg Olsen (foot) out of action, posting the third-highest reception and receiving yardage totals on the afternoon. Wright has now seen 12 targets through his first two games, certainly an elevated figure for a wideout expected to fill a No. 4 role. He'll look to continue his productive start against the Bengals in Week 3.
Kalil will miss at least the first eight games of the regular season following arthroscopic knee surgery, and then he will be eligible to return to the active roster. Taylor Moton is slated to fill in as the starting left tackle during Kalil's absence, and Daryl Williams (knee) is starting at right tackle.
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 finds himself in a crowded field of five players battling for a spot behind starter Greg Olsen. Since Olsen should see the lion's share of targets at the position, Vander Laan could potentially carve out a roster spot by focusing on his run-blocking abilities.
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 had been nursing an ankle injury prior to Sunday, but having practiced this week without any setbacks it seemed likely he would suit up.
Thomas mustered only 10 receiving yards as the starter in Week 2, so the rookie tight end's role is slowly growing. He should continue to start while Greg Olsen (foot) sits for at least a few more weeks, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Thomas' role expand a bit after next week's bye.
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.
Hawkins is the beneficiary of an open spot on the Panthers' 53-man roster. He will help provide depth at cornerback in Sunday's matchup with the Bengals, as starter Donte Jackson (groin) is considered questionable.
Samuel will miss his third straight game to start the season as he continues to recover from issues related to a irregular heartbeat. The 22-year-old didn't participant at practice this week but was able to do some limited workouts off to the side, so he is at least trending in the right direction.
The Panthers officially list Armah as a fullback, but with Greg Olsen (foot) expected to be sidelined for at least a few weeks, the team requires additional depth at tight end. Though he scored on a goal-line carry in Carolina's season-opening win over the Cowboys, the 6-foot-2, 255-pound Armah is mainly valued for his blocking, and that's likely what he'll be tasked with nearly any time he lines up at tight end. Neither Armah nor Chris Manhertz is expected to draw many targets whenever on the field, with rookie fourth-round pick Ian Thomas instead representing the most likely candidate of the position group to see increased involvement as a pass catcher while Olsen is out.