Player News - Panthers

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Speaking Thursday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) was in "pretty doggone good form."

Rivera stopped just short of declaring Benjamin all the way back to top form. "Kelvin's retention as far what we're doing, he handled that really well by the way he ran the routes and attacked the football," Rivera said of Benjamin's year on the sideline. "There will be a lot of good things for us to see on tape." Benjamin seems like an obvious overdraft candidate coming off a ridiculously inefficient rookie year followed by a torn ACL, but his WR18 price tag isn't absurd. Someone has to score touchdowns in the Panthers' high-octane offense. WR2 is not out of reach for the third-year pro.
Jul 28 - 9:51 PM

Rookies James Bradberry and Daryl Worley were the Panthers' starting cornerbacks on the opening day of camp.

Bene Benwikere will be a starter, but is returning from injury. That leaves second-rounder Bradberry and third-rounder Worley to battle it out. Robert McClain is also in the mix. Bradberry and McClain are better bets than Worley.
Jul 28 - 7:10 PM

Panthers WR Corey Brown said he is up to 200 pounds.

Brown weighed in at 178 pounds at the 2014 Combine, so 200 pounds is quite a jump in just two years. He claims the added weight has not affected his speed. Brown is expected to serve as the No. 4 behind Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, and Ted Ginn.
Jul 28 - 11:42 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) avoided the active/PUP list to begin training camp.

He passed his conditioning test, but will be eased into practice. Benjamin is the favorite to lead Carolina's wide receivers in targets if he stays healthy. Luke Kuechly (shoulder) has also been cleared for the start of camp.
Jul 27 - 4:50 PM

Panthers placed CB Bene Benwikere (leg) on the active/PUP list.

Benwikere is still working into shape after sitting out the entire offseason. He can be activated at any time. Benwikere isn't in any danger of missing Week 1.
Jul 27 - 4:41 PM

Panthers contract-year DT Kawann Short reported for the first day of training camp Wednesday.

As expected. Short skipped voluntary workouts during the spring, but showed up to mandatory minicamp and isn't going to cause a stir this summer. GM Dave Gettleman reportedly is unwilling to give Short more than $15 million annually on a new deal, but Fletcher Cox and Muhammad Wilkerson both just got more than $17 million. Short might be looking at the tag next year.
Jul 27 - 9:39 AM

Panthers signed FS Kurt Coleman to a three-year, $17 million extension through 2019.

Plucked off the scrap heap after a year of backing up in Kansas City, Coleman had a career year in 2015. He stuffed the stat sheet with 90 tackles, seven picks and a sack, and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 7 overall safety. His seven picks were tied for second in the league. Coleman turned 28 in April.
Jul 26 - 7:45 PM

The Panthers could use Ted Ginn on kick returns.

With Kelvin Benjamin returning, Ginn doesn’t project for more than a situational deep threat role on offense. The Panthers want to use special teams to get him more touches. Ginn will also remain Carolina’s punt returner.
Jul 24 - 9:12 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones believes undrafted rookie Keyarris Garrett is "destined" for the practice squad.

Garrett somewhat surprisingly went undrafted despite leading the nation in receiving last season and tearing up the Combine at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. He failed to impress during the offseason program, however, and appears to be buried on the depth chart. Garrett is still a hold in Dynasty formats, but it does not look like he will make a rookie impact.
Jul 23 - 12:59 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones says Panthers WR Corey Brown "should make the team."

If he does, that leaves at most two spots for Stephen Hill (knee), Brenton Bersin, Kevin Norwood, and Damiere Byrd. Hill was reportedly showing well last offseason before tearing his ACL, and he has enough physical upside to warrant a spot on the roster. Unless one of the top three suffers an injury, there is not going to be any fantasy value to be found in this lot.
Jul 23 - 12:55 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Panthers walk-year DT Kawann Short will report for camp.

Short sat out OTAs, but he returned for the mandatory portion of the offseason program. He should be the Panthers' No. 1 contract priority heading into the preseason, but reports have suggested GM Dave Gettleman is unwilling to pay much more than $15 million per season on a new deal. With Fletcher Cox and Muhammad Wilkerson both recently getting more than $17 million annually, that likely will not be enough to get something done.
Jul 18 - 12:23 PM

Panthers DC Sean McDermott called 2016 "a big year" for DE Kony Ealy.

Following the retirement of Jared Allen, Ealy is expected to take over at right end. The 2014 second-rounder has had an up-and-down career, but he shined in the Super Bowl with three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble. If Ealy takes an expected leap this year, he would become an extension candidate next offseason.
Jul 16 - 10:58 AM

Panthers DC Sean McDermott said "all indications" are Luke Kuechly (shoulder) will be ready for training camp.

Kuechly underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in February. There has never been any real concern about his status, but it is still nice to get confirmation. Thomas Davis (broken arm) will also be ready to go.
Jul 16 - 10:52 AM

Panthers DT Paul Soliai isn’t a lock for the final roster.

Soliai was cut from Atlanta in February after consecutive declining seasons. The $3 million guaranteed he landed should secure his spot this year, but his role could be limited. Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei are Carolina’s base starters.
Jul 15 - 7:24 PM

Panthers signed CB Leonard Johnson.

CB Shaq Richardson was waived in a corresponding move. Johnson ended last season with the Patriots after spending his first three years in the league with the Bucs. He is unlikely to earn a big role in Carolina, but he does bring some starting experience to an extremely young cornerback group.
Jul 14 - 11:02 AM


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