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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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
29Adams, Mike SS5-112053/24/198114Delaware
97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19877Troy
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62356/15/198313Oregon State
40Armah, Alex RB6-12555/17/1994RWest Georgia
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102156/23/19903Auburn
11Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19904Wofford
24Bradberry, James CB6-12128/4/19932Samford
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43306/14/19942Louisiana Tech
31Byrd, Jairus DB5-1020310/7/19869Oregon
76Clausell, Blaine T6-63301/31/19921Mississippi State
12Clay, Kaelin WR5-101951/2/19923Utah
20Coleman, Kurt FS5-112084/1/19888Ohio State
64Cox, Bryan DE6-32706/25/1994RFlorida
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198313Georgia
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19878Oregon
14Frazier, Mose WR5-111908/30/19931Memphis
17Funchess, Devin WR6-42255/21/19943Michigan
57Gachkar, Andrew LB6-222411/4/19887Missouri
9Gano, Graham K6-22024/9/19878Florida State
4Gilbert, Garrett QB6-42307/1/19911Southern Methodist
54Green-Thompson, Shaq OLB6-02304/21/19943Washington
23Gunter, LaDarius CB6-22015/13/19923Miami (Fla.)
96Horton, Wes DE6-526512/17/19895Southern California
53Jacobs, Ben LB6-42404/17/19884Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22351/20/198610Notre Dame
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22787/10/198611Georgia
42Jones, Colin FS6-020510/27/19877TCU
75Kalil, Matt T6-73157/6/19896Southern California
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198511Southern California
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19916Boston College
69Larsen, Tyler C6-43257/8/19912Utah
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-231512/20/19895Utah
93Love, Kyle DE6-131011/18/19866Mississippi State
55Mayo, David MLB6-22458/8/19933Texas State
22McCaffrey, Christian RB5-112056/7/1996RStanford
77Moore, Zach DE6-62759/5/19902Concordia-St. Paul
72Moton, Taylor T6-53258/18/1994RWestern Michigan
41Munnerlyn, Captain DB5-91954/10/19889South Carolina
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19897Auburn
68Norwell, Andrew G6-632510/25/19914Ohio State
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198511Miami (Fla.)
5Palardy, Michael P5-112007/6/19922Tennessee
90Peppers, Julius DE6-72951/18/198016North Carolina
27Seymour, Kevon CB6-018511/30/19932Southern California
19Shepard, Russell WR6-11959/17/19905LSU
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19895Purdue
65Silatolu, Amini G6-43059/16/19885Midwestern State
28Stewart, Jonathan RB5-102403/21/198710Oregon
70Turner, Trai G6-33156/14/19934LSU
73Van Roten, Greg G6-33052/26/19903Pennsylvania
43Whittaker, Fozzy RB5-102052/2/19895Texas
60Williams, Daryl T6-63308/31/19923Oklahoma
26Worley, Daryl CB6-12052/22/19952West Virginia
Injured Players
18Byrd, Damiere (IR) WR5-91801/27/19932South Carolina
36Cox, Demetrious (IR) DB6-02004/20/1994RMichigan State
35Elder, Corn (IR) CB5-1018510/9/1994RMiami (Fla.)
71France, Dan (IR) T6-63154/1/19911Michigan State
94Hall, Daeshon (IR) DE6-52656/14/1995RTexas A&M
91Iddings, Drew (IR) DT6-52903/16/19931South Dakota
12Johnson, Charles D. (IR) WR6-22172/27/19894Grand Valley State
32Luke, Cole (IR) CB5-112006/30/1995RNotre Dame
82Manhertz, Chris (IR) TE6-62554/10/19922Canisius
52Norris, Jared (IR) ILB6-12387/19/19932Utah
2Ross, Fred (IR) WR6-22105/19/1995RMississippi State
10Samuel, Curtis (IR) WR5-111958/11/1996ROhio State
80Simonson, Scott (IR) TE6-52554/13/19923Assumption
74Theus, John (IR) T6-63031/19/19942Georgia
21Williams, Teddy (IR) DB6-12107/3/19886Texas-San Antonio
61Yankey, David (IR) G6-63151/18/19923Stanford
Practice Squad
 Bailey, Rasheed WR6-12097/29/19931Delaware Valley
 Baylis, Evan TE6-625011/18/1993ROregon
 Brown, Richie LB6-22344/15/1994RMississippi State
 Duke, Austin WR5-91708/3/1993RNorth Carolina-Charlotte
 Johnson, Dorian G6-530510/21/1994RPittsburgh
 Jones, Jamaal WR6-11891/31/1993RMontana
71Obada, Efe DE6-62654/13/19921No College
25Parms, Damian DB6-221010/28/19921Florida Atlantic
 Sanchez, Zack CB5-1118510/11/19932Oklahoma
 Southward, Dezmen DB6-220810/1/19903Wisconsin
 Taylor, Kent TE6-6240//RTexas-El Paso
 
 
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Position Listing
Devin Funchess
News
Funchess caught four of eight targets for 79 yards in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card loss to the Saints.

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 enjoy entering next season -- the last under his rookie contract -- as Carolina's No. 1 wideout. That pegging would obviously portend itself to fantasy success, making Funchess someone to monitor over the course of this offseason.

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

Charles D. Johnson
News
Johnson (knee) reverted to the Panthers' injured reserve list Wednesday.

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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Amini Silatolu
No Updates
Jamaal Jones
News
The Panthers signed Jones to a reserve/future contract Monday, David Newton of ESPN.com 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.

Kaelin Clay
News
Clay finished with five receptions (on 15 targets) for 57 yards and rushed twice for 27 yards in nine games for the Panthers this season.

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 dropped a would-be touchdown in that outing as well, Clay should 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.

Evan Baylis
News
Baylis signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, David Newton of ESPN.com 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
News
Southward signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, David Newton of ESPN.com 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
News
Gachkar signed with the Panthers on Tuesday, David Newton of ESPN.com 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.

Dorian Johnson
News
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.

Kent Taylor
No Updates
Thomas Davis
News
Davis announced Friday night that he will retire following the 2018 season, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

Jonathan Stewart
News
Stewart finished with 11 rushes for 51 yards in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card loss to the Saints.

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.

Tyler Larsen
News
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
News
Duke signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, David Newton of ESPN.com 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
News
Newton completed 24 of 40 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card loss to the Saints. He also rushed eight times for 37 yards.

Newton was outstanding in Carolina's narrow defeat, passing for his second-most yardage in any game this season while committing no turnovers. Along with his two touchdown tosses, which included a 56-yard connection with Christian McCaffrey, Newton had a perfectly thrown pass dropped in the end zone during the first quarter. Following a turbulent recent stretch through the air, Newton was on point Sunday, when he also provided his usual punch on the ground. Although he was knocked out for one play during the fourth quarter after being poked in the eye, Newton was able to return following medical evaluation. Speaking of that, now that his season is over, Newton figures to benefit from the opportunity to finally rest the throwing shoulder he had surgically repaired last offseason. While that procedure ultimately didn't cost him any action this term, it put Newton behind the curb to kick off the campaign, when he finished with 3,302 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, and rushed for 754 yards and six more scores.

Daeshon Hall
News
Hall (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
James Bradberry
News
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.

Ed Dickson
News
Dickson finished with 30 receptions (on 47 targets) for 437 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this 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.

Fred Ross
News
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.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Jairus Byrd
News
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.

Graham Gano
News
Gano converted 29 of 30 field-goal attempts and 34 of 37 extra-point tries en route to 121 points this season.

Gano, the Panthers kicker since 2012, had to earn his roster spot this season, as the team used a seventh-round pick on Harrison Butker following a 2016 campaign that saw Gano miss 11 times in total. While Butker enjoyed an outstanding rookie year with the Chiefs after Gano beat him out early in the season, the 30-year-old proved just why Carolina stuck with him. Although Gano's 121 points matched his 2016 mark, he was nearly flawless on his kicking opportunities, with his only missed field goal coming from 50-plus yards. Such improved accuracy resulted in Gano finishing 12th in points league-wide, and would figure to give the Panthers plenty reason to re-sign him as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Julius Peppers
News
Peppers finished with 33 tackles (21 solo), 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced in 16 games played this season.

Peppers continued to evade father time, as he not only posted his tenth double-digit sack campaign at age 37, but moved into fourth all-time in the category in the process. Clearly still menace off the edge, Peppers tied teammate Mario Addison for the Panthers' team lead, with both players ranking just outside the top 10 league-wide. Peppers can rest assured knowing he's destined for the Hall of Fame whenever he opts to retire, but after such effectiveness, it's worth wondering whether he plans to continue to play as he becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Captain Munnerlyn
News
Munnerlyn totaled 29 tackles (24 solo) and two sacks in 14 games with the Panthers in 2017.

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.

Trai Turner
News
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
No Updates
Zack Sanchez
News
Sanchez signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Sanchez was waived/injured by the Panthers prior to Week 1 but remained on the team's practice squad through the end of his rookie season.

Jared Norris
News
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.

Injury
Calf - Injured Reserve
Mike Adams
News
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
News
Olsen caught eight of 12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card loss to the Saints.

Olsen led the Panthers in all major receiving categories, with his performance highlighted by a 14-yard touchdown to begin the fourth quarter. Considering his track record, which includes three Pro Bowl selections, Olsen's output Sunday wasn't all that surprising, but it was an uncommon occurrence this season. That's because the veteran was limited to just seven regular-season appearances due to a foot injury. Even when he was available, though, Olsen topped 30 yards just once, finishing with only 17 receptions on 38 targets for 191 yards and one touchdown on the campaign. Although he'll be 33 years old next season, which is the final under his current contract, Olsen can be counted on to bounce back statistically, assuming he's able to return to full health.

Damiere Byrd
News
Byrd isn't expected to require surgery to address the lower-leg injury he sustained in Sunday's 22-19 win over the Buccaneers, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Injury
Lower Leg - Injured Reserve
Efe Obada
No Updates
Mario Addison
News
Addison finished the 2017 regular season with 44 tackles (27 solo), 11 sacks and two forced fumbles across 16 games.

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.

Mose Frazier
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Greg Van Roten
News
Van Roten (shoulder) wasn't on Wednesday's injury report and will be available for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Van Roten missed out of Week 7's game against the Bears, but now that he and Trai Turner (knee) are available, the Panthers' offensive line is looking up.

John Theus
News
Theus (illness) was placed on injured reserve by the Panthers on Saturday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

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

Injury
Illness - Injured Reserve
Kawann Short
News
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
News
Kuechly finished with 125 tackles (74 solo), three interceptions, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 15 games this season.

Kuechly missed nine games over the previous two seasons due to concussions, and although his lone absence this term was for the same reason, his relatively improved health saw him total at least 40 more tackles than any of his teammates. While this season marked the first time Kuechly averaged fewer than nine tackles per game, his 125 stops still ranked tenth league-wide. Additionally, he played a hand in forcing six turnovers, tying his high mark for a campaign. Thanks to such production, the 26-year-old was named to his fifth Pro Bowl in six years since entering the league, evidencing just how dominant of a player he's become.

Ben Jacobs
News
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
News
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
News
Elder is considered week-to-week after an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his knee.

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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Charles Johnson
News
Johnson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's wild-card game against the Saints.

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.

David Yankey
News
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.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
Christian McCaffrey
News
McCaffrey finished with six rushes for 16 yards and caught six of eight targets for 101 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card loss to the Saints.

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 dual-threat 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 climbing Carolina's cadre of ball carriers.

Teddy Williams
News
Williams (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
David Mayo
News
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.

Star Lotulelei
News
Lotulelei had 25 tackles (six solo) and 1.5 sacks in the 2017 season.

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.

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

Scott Simonson
News
Simonson (back) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
Chris Manhertz
News
Manhertz has a high-ankle sprain and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Shaq Green-Thompson
News
Thompson finished with 61 tackles (41 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles in 14 games played this season.

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.

Damian Parms
News
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.

Kevon Seymour
News
Seymour (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Seymour is one of several Panthers to be affected by an illness this weekend, which will keep him sidelined for the team's wild-card game. Lorenzo Doss could see additional reps at cornerback behind starters James Bradberry and Daryl Worley while Seymour remains sidelined.

Injury
Illness - Questionable for the start of training camp
LaDarius Gunter
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Gunter suited up in five games for the Panthers (four) and Packers (one) in the 2017 and recorded no tackles.

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.

Bryan Cox
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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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Daryl Worley
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Worley finished with 64 tackles (50 solo), two interceptions and one sack in 15 games played this season.

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.

Richie Brown
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Kurt Coleman
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Coleman finished with 76 tackles (51 solo) and one fumble recovery in 12 games played this season.

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.

Taylor Moton
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Blaine Clausell
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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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Garrett Gilbert
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Gilbert (illness) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Matt Kalil
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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.

Andrew Norwell
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Cameron Artis-Payne
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Artis-Payne finished with 18 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown in 13 games played this season.

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.

Russell Shepard
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Shepard finished with 17 receptions (on 33 targets) for 202 yards and a touchdown in 15 games played this season.

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.

Ryan Kalil
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Kalil (neck) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Kalil is set to make just his fourth appearance of the season as injuries have plagued his 2017 campaign. He figures to draw the start at center as well with primary backup Tyler Larsen (foot) sidelined.

Kyle Love
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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 this season for his first time since the 2012 season, showing he can still handle the rigors of NFL play at his age.

Fozzy Whittaker
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Whittaker finished with seven carries for 18 yards and five receptions (on six targets) for 47 yards and a touchdown in 12 games played this season.

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.

Drew Iddings
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Iddings (shoulder) cleared waivers and reverted to the Panthers' injured reserve list Monday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

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Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Brenton Bersin
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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'll enter another offseason as an unrestricted free agent, knowing Carolina will likely let him battle for his roster spot again should interest fail to surface elsewhere.

Dan France
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France (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

France sustained a concussion in the Panthers' third preseason tilt. Barring an injury settlement, he's likely stuck on IR all season.

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Concussion - Injured Reserve
Curtis Samuel
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The Panthers placed Samuel (ankle) on injured reserve Friday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Samuel's season came to a close in the Panthers' last game Week 10, when he tore ligaments in his left ankle. That said, he wasn't immediately placed on IR because the obvious corresponding move, activating Greg Olsen (foot) from the list, couldn't be confirmed until he completed this week of practice. With Olsen's health approved, the team swapped the skill-position players Friday. Consequently, Samuel ends his rookie campaign with 15 receptions (on 26 targets) for 115 yards, four rushes for 64 yards and 22.1 yards per on his 10 kickoff returns.

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Ankle - Injured Reserve
Demetrious Cox
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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.

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Ankle - Injured Reserve
Vernon Butler
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Butler had 13 tackles (eight solo) and zero sacks in the 2017 season.

It was the second consecutive season with just 13 tackles for Butler. He played less than 22 defensive snaps per game, but it's likely the Panthers will expect more out of their 2016 first-round pick next season.

Alex Armah
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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.