Player News - Panthers

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Christian McCaffrey rushed three times for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' second preseason game, adding two catches for 39 yards.

The Panthers' offense barely saw the field in the first quarter due to a first-play fumble by Devin Funchess and then a Derek Anderson interception, but Jonathan Stewart played six of the first ten snaps, with McCaffrey getting the other four and the next five. McCaffrey ripped off numerous big plays in succession, first a 13-yard run up the gut followed by a 17-yard touchdown between the right guard and tackle. On the next drive, he took a screen 38 yards. McCaffrey's burst especially stands out. He's the real deal. McCaffrey's ADP has settled in the mid third round.
Aug 19 - 4:56 PM

NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon reports the Panthers will "increase" Cam Newton's workload this week.

Newton is not going to play in the second preseason game, but the Panthers' don't seem to be worried about his Week 1 availability. Blackmon's source said it's "so far so good" with Newton's progress. Newton is a high-upside pick in fantasy drafts this season who will enjoy the addition of explosive first-round RB Christian McCaffrey.
Aug 19 - 1:56 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Cam Newton (shoulder) is "throwing more each day and feels fine."

Newton has been ruled out for Saturday, but is on track to play in Carolina's third preseason game. Derek Anderson will continue to start in his place.
Aug 18 - 7:12 PM

Panthers.com's Bill Voth expects Russell Shepard to open the year as the No. 3 receiver.

Shepard has reportedly been a favorite target of Cam Newton and Derek Anderson at training camp. He had an expanded role in Tampa last year, but has been mostly a special teamer. With rookie Curtis Samuel missing the first two weeks of camp, Shepard's veteran status gives him the edge for early-season snaps.
Aug 18 - 6:34 PM

Cam Newton (shoulder) won't suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

He hasn't thrown during team drills the past two days and coach Ron Rivera admitted that Newton has looked "rusty" coming off offseason shoulder surgery. Rivera also acknowledged that Newton may not play at all in the preseason, though he's still on track for Week 1. Derek Anderson will draw the start versus Tennessee.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 18 - 1:27 PM

Panthers rookie WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) was back in full pads for Wednesday's practice.

Samuel has missed almost all of training camp with a hammy issue that also hampered him in the spring. He's been sidelined for so long that it's hard to envision him having a prominent early-season role. Russell Shepard and Damiere Byrd have emerged behind Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess.
Aug 16 - 11:25 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports there's "nothing imminent" on the Greg Olsen extension front.

Thomas Davis received his long-awaited (one-year) extension on Tuesday, but talks haven't progressed as quickly with Olsen. Whereas Davis was a 34 year old looking for one more year to be tacked onto his contract, Olsen is "only" 32 and remains in his prime. He's not looking for a one-year pillow. Olsen is currently signed through 2018.
Aug 15 - 6:11 PM

Panthers signed WLB Thomas Davis to a one-year, $6.75 million extension through 2018.

The deal guarantees $2 million of Davis' 2017 salary, and guarantees another $1 million in 2018. It's designed to have 34-year-old Davis retire as a Panther. It was surely driven by owner Jerry Richardson, who adores Thomas. Ex-GM Dave Gettleman seemed unwilling to play ball on a Davis extension. It's believed to be part of the reason he was fired. Despite his ancient age, Davis remained a useful, if non-impact, player in 2017. He's still a snap hog.
Aug 15 - 4:26 PM

Panthers rookie WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) got in work during individual drills Tuesday.

Samuel has been sidelined since the first day of camp with a hamstring injury. He is not back to full health yet, but it looks like he is getting close. After missing this much time, Samuel is unlikely to earn an early-season role.
Aug 15 - 11:29 AM

Panthers rookie WR Curtis Samuel missed all but one training camp practice with a hamstring injury.

He got hurt on the first day of camp and never recovered. Samuel also battled hamstring problems during spring practices. The Panthers left Spartanburg on Sunday and will return to their team facility to prepare for the regular season. It's hard to imagine Samuel having a significant early-season role.
Aug 13 - 4:16 PM

Panthers LG Andrew Norwell has hired Drew Rosenhaus as his new agent.

After settling for a one-year contract as a restricted free agent this offseason, Norwell is seeking his first long-term deal. Rosenhaus is familiar with Carolina's inner workings after successfully negotiating a four-year, $45 million extension with RG Trai Turner last month. Norwell is due for a raise after earning PFF's No. 12 grade out of 77 qualifiers at guard last season and may get one now that Carolina has moved on from penny-pinching GM Dave Gettleman.
Aug 13 - 1:21 PM

Cam Newton (shoulder) participated in team drills on Sunday.

Derek Anderson still worked with the first-team offense as Newton was mostly limited to red-zone work. Newton is still getting his strength back as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. It's unlikely we'll see Newton during Carolina's preseason slate but he doesn't seem to be in danger of missing Week 1.
Aug 13 - 11:14 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said "the hope" is to have DT Vernon Butler (knee) ready for the season opener.

Butler's Thursday MRI confirmed he's only dealing with a sprain. He'll miss the rest of the preseason, but has a chance to be back for Week 1. Butler will open the year in a rotational role if healthy.
Aug 11 - 5:35 PM

Cam Newton (shoulder) threw during individual drills at Friday's practice.

It was his first time throwing since July 30. Newton only threw for about 10 minutes, a sign that the Panthers will continue to take it slow as their franchise quarterback recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Newton is still expected to suit up at some point during the preseason. His status for Week 1 has never been in doubt.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 11 - 4:41 PM

Damiere Byrd caught four passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' preseason opener.

The Panthers need a deep threat after parting ways with Ted Ginn, and Byrd made his case on Wednesday night, hooking up with Joe Webb on a 50-yard score in the second quarter. "Coach (Ron) Rivera talks about it all the time, ‘Make those opportunities count,’" Byrd said. "I think I’ve put myself in a great position. I just have to continue to do things well." Byrd also opened the game as the first-team punt returner, suggesting he has a good shot to make the final roster.
Aug 10 - 11:31 AM


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