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Kelvin Benjamin (knee) fully expects to be ready for the preseason.

Jul 29 - 5:04 PM

Panthers first-round WR Kelvin Benjamin has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee, and is day to day.

According to coach Ron Rivera, there's no structural damage, but Benjamin's knee is "inflamed." The Panthers can breathe a sigh of relief, but Benjamin is still going to miss some all-important practice time as he attempts to get up to speed as the Panthers' de facto No. 1 receiver. He'll be a boom-or-bust option as a rookie. The Panthers' offense will be in dire straits if Benjamin doesn't "boom."
Jul 28 - 3:37 PM

Coach Ron Rivera insists the Panthers are just being cautious with Kelvin Benjamin's knee injury.

Benjamin underwent a "precautionary" MRI on his left knee Monday. "We want to be smart with it," Rivera said. "It could just be one of those things where if he had iced it right away and not finished (Sunday's) practice, maybe it would have been better. ... I'm optimistic that is what it's going to be." Although MRIs always signal at least some level of concern, it sounds like Benjamin should be back on the practice field before the end of the week.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 2:31 PM

Coach Ron Rivera hinted that Mike Tolbert will remain the Panthers goal-line back.

Rivera alluded to the goal-line role when discussing the 13 pounds Tolbert lost this offseason. "We don't want him to lose that nose for the goal line that he has. A lot of times he's our fourth-down, go-to guy. He's our crunch-time guy," Rivera said. Tolbert had five rushing TDs on 101 carries last season while DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for three rushing scores on 249 attempts. Add in Cam Newton's goal-line leaping ability, and the scoring upside of Williams and Stewart is capped.
Jul 28 - 12:21 PM

Kelvin Benjamin is getting a precautionary MRI on his left knee Monday.

Benjamin bumped knees with a teammate Sunday and is complaining of soreness. The MRI is not expected to find anything serious, but the Panthers will be holding their breath anyway. Tiquan Underwood and Jason Avant are currently behind starters Benjamin and Jerricho Cotchery on the depth chart.
Jul 28 - 10:17 AM

Panthers signed RB Fozzy Whittaker, formerly of the Browns.

25-year-old Whittaker has been on the street since Cleveland cut him in May. A passing-game back with special teams ability, Whittaker managed 2.8 YPC on 28 rushing attempts last season, but caught 21 passes and scored two TDs.
Jul 27 - 3:25 PM

Panthers signed S Tom Nelson.

Nelson, 27, has been out of the league the past two seasons. He has 24 games of experience, and will compete for a spot covering kicks.
Jul 27 - 12:13 PM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) said he expects to miss 2-4 weeks.

The Panthers initially listed Stewart's timetable at 1-2 weeks. Stewart has avoided active/PUP, but is likely going to miss at least one preseason game. DeAngelo Williams will continue to handle all first-team carries until Stewart returns.
Jul 26 - 2:50 PM

Cam Newton (ankle surgery) has been fully cleared for training camp.

Newton did 7-on-7 work during OTAs, planting with his right foot and looking near 100 percent. He's not expected to be too limited during camp. The procedure was designed to tighten some ligaments in his ankle, alleviating some pain and giving him more power off cuts. Newton, who has played in all 16 games in each of his three NFL seasons, is not an injury risk.
Jul 24 - 12:47 PM

Panthers waived/injured OG Edmund Kugbila.

He'll undergo back surgery on August 8. A fourth-round project pick out of Valdosta State last season, Kugbila missed his entire rookie year due to knee surgery. Now his sophomore campaign is already done. It further thins an offensive line that was decimated by defections and retirements this offseason.
Jul 24 - 12:40 PM

Jonathan Stewart pulled his hamstring prior to training camp and will miss the first 1-2 weeks.

Coach Ron Rivera says the pull isn't as serious as some hamstring injuries, and added Stewart will remain on the active roster. Still, it's no way to start a season for a player that's missed so much practice time due to nagging injuries the past few years. DeAngelo Williams will soak up first-team reps as he surges to the front of this committee attack.
Jul 24 - 12:32 PM

Panthers signed G/C Kevin Matthews.

Kevin is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and brother of Falcons rookie OT Jake Matthews. However, he's not quite as talented. Kevin has appeared in 17 career games, making three starts. He'll compete for a roster spot.
Jul 23 - 5:52 PM

Panthers signed C Fernando Velasco.

Velasco, 29, started 11 games for the Steelers last season before going on injured reserve with an Achilles' injury. He's made 30 career starts across five seasons and will compete for a backup job behind Ryan Kalil.
Jul 23 - 4:19 PM

Ed Dickson had an "impressive showing" during OTAs.

When the Panthers open camp on Friday, they'll have six tight ends on the roster. Dickson enters as the favorite to bookend Greg Olsen in two-tight end formations, but he'll mainly be a blocker. The ex-Raven flopped badly last season despite a golden opportunity following Dennis Pitta's injury, dropping four passes in the first three games and struggling all year in the run game.
Jul 21 - 8:17 AM

Panthers WR Tiquan Underwood "dropped passes throughout OTAs."

Underwood looked like he had a chance to start when the Panthers signed him to a two-year deal in March, but he's fallen down the totem pole. Carolina's top-three receivers are now Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery, and Jason Avant. 27-year-old Underwood could still be a useful situational deep threat.
Jul 20 - 1:26 PM


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