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Cam Newton (ankle surgery) was medically cleared to work out last week.

Newton announced on his Instagram that he's not yet 100 percent, but he should be plenty ready for the start of training camp. This week, Newton has been working out at Under Armour headquarters and throwing the ball around with fellow UA clients Randall Cobb, Torrey Smith, and teammate Kelvin Benjamin.
Jul 2 - 3:25 PM

Panthers first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin revealed on the Ross Tucker Podcast that he currently weighs 245 pounds.

He weighed 240 at the Combine and 242 at Florida State's Pro Day. Benjamin is a truly massive human being at 6-foot-5 even, with left tackle-like 34 7/8-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands. He projects as Carolina's go-to red-zone target right away, though we're skeptical how many passes Benjamin will end up catching. He could be a 40-catch, eight-touchdown sort of producer in year one.
Jun 30 - 2:38 PM

Panthers LG Amini Silatolu (knee) says he's "probably at 98 percent" health and should be all systems go for the start of training camp.

Silatolu blew out his knee in Week 5 last season. He's fully expected to reclaim his starting job at left guard, while rookie Trai Turner is considered the favorite at right guard. The Panthers' Week 1 projected offensive line reads: LT Byron Bell, LG Silatolu, C Ryan Kalil, RG Turner, and RT Nate Chandler.
Jun 25 - 10:12 AM

Coach Ron Rivera said Jason Avant is a "little more of a blocker" than Jerricho Cotchery, and will also play on special teams.

Cam Newton's top-three options will be Greg Olsen, Kelvin Benjamin and Cotchery. Avant said he "butted heads" with Chip Kelly last year over routes, which isn't surprising because he can't create a mismatch. On the wrong side of 30, Avant was brought in to be a mentor to Benjamin more than an on-field contributor.
Jun 24 - 4:53 PM

Panthers RE Greg Hardy's trial for two misdemeanor assault charges is set for July 15.

Hardy allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, on May 13, when he attacked her at his condo at an "after-party." Holder accused Hardy of throwing her to the floor, into a bathtub, strangling her, and slamming her onto a futon that was covered in guns. She says he threatened to shoot her if she told anyone about the fight. Hardy denies any wrongdoing.
Jun 24 - 12:30 PM

According to the Charlotte Observer, Jonathan Stewart "showed great burst every time he touched the ball" during spring practices.

Stewart is 27 and DeAngelo Williams is 31, so this season the gap between the two should be much smaller. Stewart is as healthy as he's ever been in his NFL career, while Williams is in his annual-decline phase. Stewart's current fantasy Average Draft Position is undrafted. Considering the cost, Stewart is one of our favorite 2014 running back sleepers. He's never been this cheap.
Jun 22 - 3:57 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports rookie Trai Turner "has the edge" for the Panthers' right guard job.

Incumbent starter Chris Scott has struggled with his conditioning throughout minicamp and is a career journeyman. Turner should provide an immediate upgrade in run blocking and has good arm length (34") for pass protection. The Panthers are counting on Turner to be a Week 1 starter.
Jun 21 - 8:39 PM

Panthers rookie Bene Benwikere received the majority of first-team snaps at nickel corner during OTAs.

Charles Godfrey is the front-runner for slot corner duties, but has done "very little" in his return from Achilles surgery. A fifth-round pick, Benwikere has good ball skills and will push for early-career snaps in sub packages. The Panthers run mostly a Cover-3 scheme, which plays to his strengths.
Jun 21 - 8:17 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton identified second-year TE Brandon Williams as a player that "stood out" at minicamp and OTAs.

A second-year UDFA out of Oregon, Williams played only 28 snaps his rookie year, but Newton believes his role will expand this season. Williams is a physical freak, standing 6'4/250 with sub-4.6 40 wheels. In order to earn playing time with Greg Olsen in two-tight end sets, Williams only has to overtake underwhelming Ed Dickson. 26-year-old Williams is a super-deep sleeper.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 9:04 AM

Panthers second-year LB A.J. Klein is learning all three linebacker spots.

Klein is competing with Chase Blackburn for the starting weak-side linebacker job, and also backing up Luke Kuechly. He was mostly limited to special teams as a rookie, but held his own in two starts and is a candidate for more playing time. Kuechly and Thomas Davis stay on the field in nickel packages, so Klein would only have a two-down role.
Jun 20 - 6:19 PM

Cam Newton (ankle surgery) participated in 7-on-7 work Thursday.

Newton gets his most extensive work of the offseason in on the final day of minicamp. His tuned-up ankle will be 100 percent for training camp.
Jun 19 - 12:41 PM

Kelvin Benjamin will spend the four weeks before training camp in Charlotte with Cam Newton.

Benjamin isn't going to bolt during the dead spot in the NFL's calendar. He'll stick around and get work in with his starting quarterback, which can only be a good thing for such a raw rookie. The 6-foot-5 Benjamin is penned in as an every-down player right away, but projects as a touchdown-dependent WR4 in fantasy. The passing offense is not going to be prolific.
Jun 19 - 9:51 AM

Panthers signed S Colin Jones to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

Jones, 26, was acquired from the 49ers in August 2012 and was a special teams standout for the Panthers. He's appeared in 31-of-32 games for Carolina the past two seasons, racking up 21 tackles. Jones played just 55 defensive snaps over that span. He'll continue to cover kicks and punts in 2014.
Jun 18 - 1:44 PM

Panthers signed DE Mario Addison to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

Addison, 26, appeared in all 17 games last season, making two starts and participating on 269 snaps. He amassed 21 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one forced fumble as the top reserve behind starters LE Charles Johnson and RE Greg Hardy. Addison will compete for that role again with rookie DE Kony Ealy.
Jun 18 - 1:40 PM

Panthers signed OT Nate Chandler to a three-year, $7.95 million contract extension through 2017.

Chandler was entering the final year of his entry-level UDFA rookie deal. He was under team control for two more seasons, but the Panthers have high hopes for the former tight end-turned-defensive tackle-turned-offensive lineman. Chandler has been splitting reps with Byron Bell both at left and right tackle and is fully expected to man one of the positions this season. He played both tackles spots and right guard in 2013. Carolina wants to continue to develop him.
Jun 18 - 1:31 PM


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