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Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said he will not negotiate contracts with any player once the regular season starts.

Star MLB Luke Kuechly will be extended at some point. The only question is if it will come in the next month or next offseason. Kuechly is under contract through 2016 as a result of his $11.1 million fifth-year team option getting picked up.
Jul 27 - 10:41 AM

Kelvin Benjamin is down to his playing weight.

Benjamin is back in the 245-pound range after reporting to OTAs overweight. His conditioning remains a non-issue. Benjamin missed time with hamstring injuries this offseason, but will be fully cleared for the start of camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 8:07 PM

Coach Ron Rivera expects Kelvin Benjamin (hamstrings) to be a full go when training camp opens next week.

Benjamin tweaked both of his hamstrings during OTAs, but neither issue was ever serious. We're more concerned with Benjamin's volume taking a hit in Year 2 than any injuries. He ranked sixth in the NFL in targets as a rookie.
Jul 23 - 10:48 AM

Panthers TE Brandon Williams (groin surgery) will be limited when training camp opens next week.

Williams underwent a minor procedure in June and is expected back for the second week of camp. It's a note for preseason DFS players to file away. Williams, a former college basketball player and athletic freak, logged a heavy 58 snaps in last year's exhibition opener and produced 3-50-1. Be sure he's healthy before using him this year.
Jul 23 - 10:45 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers could extend MLB Luke Kuechly at some point this year.

Kuechly is signed through 2016 after his fifth-year option was picked up. The Panthers have $14.5 million in cap space after long-term deals to Cam Newton and Thomas Davis and want to extend Kuechly. The top inside linebacker in the league, Kuechly is expected to command in the range of $12 million annually.
Jul 18 - 6:07 PM

Stephen Hill is expected to compete with Brenton Bersin and Jarrett Boykin for the Panthers' sixth and final wideout spot.

Hill is by far the most talented member of the trio and was singled out by coach Ron Rivera for showing well at OTAs. The former No. 43 overall pick of the Jets is still just 24 years old. The Panthers' top-five wideouts Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Corey (formerly Philly) Brown, Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 9:07 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton expects Mike Remmers and Daryl Williams to battle for the starting right tackle job in camp.

Remmers came into the offseason as the heavy favorite to start at right tackle after playing well in seven starts including two playoff starts last season, but that plan was thrown into doubt after the Panthers drafted Williams in the fourth round. A four-year starter at Oklahoma and consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection his senior year, Williams is ready to start right now. Remmers needs a strong camp to hold onto his job.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 11:55 AM

The Panthers' secondary recorded just two sacks last season.

That's down from 11 the year before. Carolina DC Sean McDermott didn't call for many safety blitzes in 2014 but that may have been because he didn't have the right personnel. The Panthers lost blitz specialists Quintin Mikell, Mike Mitchell and Captain Munnerlyn last offseason and the unit never seemed to recover. Roman Harper has the most sacks by a defensive back since 2006 but only one of those came last season. Even with versatile rookie Shaq Thompson in the mix, the Panthers are going to have a tough time generating pressure in 2015.
Jul 5 - 11:19 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes Amini Silatolu could win the starting left guard job in camp.

Andrew Norwell played well down the stretch last season after taking over for an injured Silatolu, but Silatolu brings more experience. Before Silatolu can unseat Norwell, he will have to prove his health. He has played just 10 games total the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 1:05 PM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson saw snaps at right end during the offseason program.

Johnson has played almost exclusively on the left side the last three seasons, but with Kony Ealy, Wes Horton and Frank Alexander question marks on the right side, the Panthers could look to move Johnson around more. No matter where he lines up, Carolina's pass rush will likely go as Johnson goes this season.
Jul 4 - 11:09 AM

Coach Ron Rivera "seems most bullish" on DE Frank Alexander winning the starting job opposite LE Charles Johnson.

The Panthers are looking to replace Greg Hardy full-time. Alexander played just 24 snaps last season after being slapped with consecutive four- and 10-game suspensions to open the season. He admitted to smoking weed after practices on a regular basis to help him heal. Now apparently clean, Alexander made noise at OTAs before injuring his groin and missing minicamp. If Alexander doesn't take the job, the Panthers also have Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, and Wes Horton.
Jul 1 - 9:52 AM

Rookie Panthers WR Devin Funchess blames his disappointing junior season at Michigan on a toe injury.

"We never got to see the full Devin Funchess at Michigan because I did play one season at wide receiver, and I was battling through an injury," Funchess said. "I think up here in the NFL I can make some damage." At 6-foot-4, 232 pounds, Funchess certainly has the size to be an NFL difference maker, but has questionable speed. He ran 4.70 at the Combine before improving at his Pro Day. As a Wolverine, Funchess didn't always fight for the ball in the air, and disappointed after the catch. He'll be a wild card opposite second-year pro Kelvin Benjamin.
Jun 29 - 2:56 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton "really expect(s)" Devin Funchess to "play a big role."

Funchess worked at X, Z and slot during OTAs -- and he "looked good doing it." The second-round rookie will play a ton of snaps opposite Kelvin Benjamin beginning in Week 1. The question is if Funchess will be able to capitalize on his unique size and athleticism after disappointing at Michigan last year. He's worth re-draft consideration beginning in about the 13th round.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 11:03 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes rookie RB Cameron Artis-Payne would take over lead duties if Jonathan Stewart went down.

Artis-Payne is still behind Fozzy Whittaker and possibly Darrin Reaves on the depth chart, but of the three he is the most well equipped to handle an early-down role. Though Artis-Payne lacks high-end talent, he is the likely handcuff to an extremely injury-prone running back. He is a sneaky flier late in drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 3:58 PM

Panthers WR Corey Brown expects to play this season at 185 pounds.

He played at 180 last year. The Panthers want Brown to get better at his intermediate route running. Brown is competing with Ted Ginn serve as Carolina's situational deep threat behind Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, and Jerricho Cotchery.
Jun 27 - 7:16 PM


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