Player News - Panthers

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Panthers first-round WR D.J. Moore was cited for driving 113 mph in a work zone on August 10.

Moore was pulled over around 3 AM on Interstate 77 in Charlotte. The posted speed limit was 65 mph. The rookie was reportedly "chastised" by coach Ron Rivera, but seemed genuinely remorseful and owned up to his mistake in front of teammates and coaches. He's due in court in October.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 21 - 4:51 PM

Panthers LT Matt Kalil (knee) is considered "week-to-week" after having his knee scoped Tuesday.

The team's trainer released a statement mentioning that Kalil had "received a second opinion" from Dr. James Andrews and "the decision was made to perform an arthroscopic procedure" on his knee. Kalil notably had both knees scoped in 2015, too. It's horrendous news for the Panthers after the club had already lost RT Daryl Williams to a dislocated kneecap and torn MCL, as well as premier G Andrew Norwell in free agency. Taylor Moton is now expected to start at left tackle in Week 1 for a Carolina offensive line that remains in shambles.
Aug 21 - 9:41 AM

Panthers LT Matt Kalil (knee) will visit Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.

Dr. Andrews is a renowned knee surgeon who handles most ACL operations in sports. He scoped both of Kalil's knees in 2015. The Panthers are counting on Kalil to bounce back this season, especially after the team already lost RT Daryl Williams to a dislocated kneecap and torn MCL earlier this summer. Carolina's offensive line is in complete shambles right now.
Aug 20 - 9:40 PM

Panthers LT Matt Kalil (knee) remained sidelined at Monday's practice.

Kalil sat out Sunday's session as well. Coach Ron Rivera shrugged that absence off as a "veteran's day," though now it's been revealed that the 29-year-old is dealing with a sore knee. Kalil still has almost three weeks to get ready for the start of the regular season, though obviously it's something to monitor as we move into the final stretch of camp.
Aug 20 - 10:27 AM

C.J. Anderson tallied 39 yards on eight carries while also snaring two catches for nine yards Friday in the Panthers’ preseason game against the Dolphins.

Christian McCaffrey dominated touches early as Anderson didn’t see his first carry until midway through the second quarter. Anderson did break off one long run—that came on an 18-yard gallop early in the third quarter—but he averaged just three yards on his other seven carries. The 27-year-old will certainly have a role this year, but it’s clear as day that McCaffrey is the back to own in Carolina.
Aug 17 - 11:04 PM

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed five times for 92 yards and a touchdown while catching 4-of-5 targets for 28 yards in Friday's preseason game versus the Dolphins.

After dominating all of the first-team reps a week ago, McCaffrey was once again the focal point of the Panthers offense. He had every backfield touch up until the final drive of the fist half, receiving nine of the Panthers' 16 offensive touches in the half. His best play came on a 71-yard touchdown run on his second carry. The Panthers gave him a big hole on the right side and he outraced the Miami defense to the end zone. True to their word this offseason, the Panthers have shown they are dedicated to giving McCaffrey a gigantic workload. Look for McCaffrey to move further up running back ranks and draft boards over the final two weeks of the preseason.
Aug 17 - 9:05 PM

Panthers SS Da'Norris Searcy left Friday's preseason game with a possible concussion.

Searcy was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit. He started for the second straight week opposite Mike Adams before going down. Searcy will likely miss the Panthers' third preseason game if he gets placed in the concussion protocol.
Aug 17 - 7:59 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue believes Brendan Mahon will win the Panthers' left guard job at some point this season.

Mahon is an undrafted rookie out of Penn State. Greg Van Roten looks like the favorite for the job right now -- assuming Amini Silatolu (knee) is not ready for Week 1 -- but Mahon is squarely in the mix. Even if he does not win the job, Mahon looks locked into a roster spot.
Aug 16 - 11:24 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person considers fourth-round TE Ian Thomas the "biggest surprise" of Panthers camp.

Per Person, Thomas has been "consistently finding open lanes in the secondary and pulling down intermediate-length passes." With Chris Manhertz working his way back from a Jones fracture, Thomas could steal some targets behind 33-year-old starter Greg Olsen.
Aug 13 - 2:41 PM

The Charlotte Observe reports Greg Olsen has been running "fluidly" in training camp.

Reporter Joseph Person believes Olsen "appears to be back" following his injury-ruined 2017. Fantasy owners hoping to get Olsen at a discount will be disappointed, as the 33-year-old is still being drafted as a top 4-5 tight end.
Aug 13 - 2:36 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said second-round CB Donte Jackson has given him a "comfort level" at cornerback he hasn't felt in 2-3 years.

Jackson has been a standout at Panthers training camp and even intercepted one of Cam Newton's passes during Sunday's practice. Teammate Devin Funchess said he's "never seen somebody that quick." The LSU alum has emerged as the early favorite to start opposite James Bradberry in Carolina's secondary.
Aug 12 - 12:18 PM

Panthers C/T Tyler Larsen (elbow) didn't practice on Sunday.

Larsen is dealing with a hyperextended elbow, though his absence appears to be precautionary. Coach Ron Rivera said he could play if this were the regular season. Greg Van Roten filled in at center on Sunday.
Aug 12 - 12:16 PM

Panthers CB James Bradberry (thigh) returned to practice on Sunday.

Bradberry had been out with a thigh injury. The 25-year-old is coming off a down season that saw him earn PFF's No. 109 grade out of 120 qualifiers at cornerback.
Aug 12 - 9:25 AM

Panthers LCB James Bradberry (thigh) has been sidelined at training camp.

Bradberry was held out of Carolina's preseason opener. He's day to day but looks unlikely to get cleared for next week's game with Miami. Donte Jackson has been getting first-team reps with Bradberry out.
Aug 11 - 3:32 PM

D.J. Moore caught 4-of-6 targets for 75 yards in the Panthers' preseason opener Thursday.

Moore was the star of the Panthers' exhibition versus Buffalo, posting a game-high 75 yards. His long catch went for 32 yards on an underthrown deep ball down the sideline where Moore had to stop and come back to it, but his most impressive play was a shallow cross on 3rd-and-9 where Moore broke several tackles to set up C.J. Anderson's fourth-quarter, four-yard TD run. Moore was targeted once by Cam Newton but played mostly with the second- and third-teamers. Moore will compete for targets behind Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith this season.
Aug 10 - 11:02 AM


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