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ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes SLB Thomas Davis could sign a multi-year extension prior to training camp.

Even if no deal gets done by camp, Newton does not "foresee any issues getting it done" and believes the deal will be for 2-3 years. Despite turning 32 in March, Davis played at a high level last season and has shown no signs of wearing down. With Luke Kuechly manning the middle and rookie Shaq Thompson on the weak side, Carolina will field one of the most formidable linebacker corps in the league, and quite probably the fastest.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:02 AM

Kelvin Benjamin is missing some OTAs sessions with a strained hamstring.

Benjamin dealt with a concussion and minor knee issue last season, but appeared in all 16 games. He should be 100 percent for next month's minicamp. His durability isn't a concern for 2015.
May 21 - 4:37 PM

Panthers signed S Marcus Ball and released S Kimario McFadden.

Ball made 12 appearances for the Saints last year after two-season stint with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. He'll be a fringe roster prospect just like McFadden was.
May 21 - 9:16 AM

Coach Ron Rivera says WR Stephen Hill is ready to contribute.

Hill spent a much-needed season developing on the practice squad in 2014. The Panthers are optimistic about his progress, but the depth chart is also crowded. Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess are the top-two options, Jerricho Cotchery is the veteran slot man and Ted Ginn/Philly Brown are the lid-lifters. Hill is an afterthought despite tons of physical gifts.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 10:55 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said Jonathan Martin will "get a shot" to compete at left tackle.

Michael Oher is currently penciled in as the starting left tackle, so the Panthers are smartly considering their other options. Unfortunately for Cam Newton, Martin is that other option. Carolina surprisingly did not add a left tackle in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 9:18 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said SLB Thomas Davis wants to retire a Panther.

The Carolina front office feels the same. Davis recently said extension talks are ongoing, but he believes a deal will "eventually get done." The 32-year-old linebacker has shown no signs of slowing down. A 1-2 year extension makes sense for both sides.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 9:05 AM

SLB Thomas Davis said contract extension talks with the Panthers are ongoing.

Davis is 32 years old and the Panthers drafted his eventual replacement, Shaq Thompson, in the first round. Despite this, Davis is confident a deal will "eventually get done." A 1-2 year extension makes sense as he continues to play at a high level next to stud MLB Luke Kuechly. "It’s a work in progress. It’s something that both sides are working on, trying to get it done. We’re in a good place right now," Davis said.
May 14 - 10:09 AM

The Panthers believe Cameron Artis-Payne can carry a full workload if Jonathan Stewart gets injured.

Artis-Payne's limited athleticism makes him a pedestrian Dynasty prospect. But he has virtually no competition for backup duties to Stewart, who has missed 20 games over the last three seasons. Artis-Payne led the SEC in rushing while at Auburn last season. "He's a complete back," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. "I watched games last year where he took games over. That's what you saw with Gurley. That's what you saw with the kid from Wisconsin."
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 8:50 AM

Panthers signed second-round WR Devin Funchess to a four-year contract.

In terms of immediate opportunity, Funchess couldn't have landed in a better spot. He'll have a chance to contribute right away in two- and three-wide sets with slow-footed veteran Jerricho Cotchery currently No. 2 on the depth chart behind Kelvin Benjamin. One of the youngest players in the 2015 draft, 20-year-old Funchess stands 6'4/232. He ran 4.47/4.53 at the Michigan Pro Day.
May 11 - 6:24 PM

Panthers signed No. 174 overall pick Cameron Artis-Payne to a four-year, $2.39 million contract.

Despite leading the SEC in rushing in 2014, Payne is a limited athlete with tight hips and below-average agility. A non-factor in the passing game, Artis-Payne will need an injury to Jonathan Stewart to have any fantasy value this season.
May 9 - 12:28 PM

Undrafted free agent CB Garry Peters shined at Panthers' rookie minicamp on Friday.

A big (6-foot, 201) corner who dominated in college, Peters slipped out of the draft after running 4.61 at the NFL Combine. Despite the long speed concerns, coach Ron Rivera believes Peters can play in the NFL. "He has quickness, good ball skills, good ability to elevate," Rivera said. "Watching the way he’s practiced, you’re looking at a guy that should have been drafted." Peters has an outside shot to make the Panthers' roster.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 9:53 AM

Panthers WLB Shaq Thompson tweaked his hamstring on the first day of rookie minicamp.

The injury will likely force Thompson to miss the rest of rookie camp. With Washington on the quarter system, he will also miss the beginning of OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 9:47 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton expects fourth-round pick Daryl Williams to "make a strong push" for the right tackle job.

A four-year starter in college, Williams (6'5/327) is a road grader with pro-ready traits. He didn’t allow any sacks during his senior year at Oklahoma and has the strength (27 bench press reps) to hold up in pass protection. Williams should be considered the favorite to start over journeyman Mike Remmers.
Source: ESPN.com
May 8 - 5:02 PM

Panthers second-round WR Devin Funchess "stood out" at rookie minicamp.

Funchess lined up at all three receiver spots, with the majority of his reps in the slot. Despite route-running and RAC concerns, Funchess is in good position to emerge as Carolina’s No. 3 option. Jerricho Cotchery is the only veteran option behind Kelvin Benjamin. Funchess has a clear path to be the Week 1 starter.
Source: ESPN.com
May 8 - 4:45 PM

Panthers signed No. 169 overall pick ILB David Mayo to a four-year contract.

Mayo recorded the second-most tackles in college football last year with 154. With Luke Kuechly starting at inside linebacker, Mayo's best chance to see the field this season will be to carve a role for himself on special teams.
May 7 - 9:10 PM


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