Player News - Panthers

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Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said second-round OT Taylor Moton is "not a redshirt guy."

"He's talented, he's big, he's strong, he's powerful," Gettleman said. "He's a good enough athlete to play right tackle, and he's smart enough to go inside." Moton will not start at guard unless the Panthers have bad injury luck in camp, but Gettleman's comments suggest he has a real shot to win the right tackle job. Daryl Williams is the favorite heading into camp.
Jun 22 - 10:01 AM

Appearing on Adam Schefter's Know Them From Adam podcast, Greg Olsen wouldn't rule out holding out of training camp in hopes of a new contract.

Olsen has two years left on his deal at base salaries of $6.5 million. In annual average, he makes less than Charles Clay. Olsen has proven he's one of the league's best tight ends and most reliable, having not missed a game since 2007. When asked directly by Schefter if he'd skip the start of camp, Olsen said it's "too early" to say. He turned 32 in March and said he thinks he can play another 5-6 seasons.
Jun 21 - 9:46 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person writes Kelvin Benjamin "worked his way back into shape" during the offseason program.

Coach Ron Rivera called out Benjamin for being a "little heavy" in April, and Twitter has been filled with pictures and video clips highlighting the receiver's frame ever since. Benjamin looks a lot better leaving the offseason program, however, and as long as he keeps it off during the break, he should get into better shape during training camp. A threat for double-digit touchdowns every season, it would not be shocking if Benjamin outplayed his draft slot.
Jun 19 - 11:47 AM

Cam Newton (shoulder) did not throw at minicamp this week.

Cam was hoping to throw off to the side, but that never materialized. The original plan called for Newton to resume throwing 12 weeks after his shoulder operation. Next week will mark the end of that timetable. While he didn't participate in any team drills, Tiffany Blackmon of NFL.com saw Newton jogging and using resistance bands at practice. There remains no threat of him missing Week 1.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 16 - 3:00 PM

Panthers DE Ryan Delaire is recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Coach Ron Rivera said Delaire is the only question mark on the team for the start of training camp. Delaire had two separate stints on I.R. last season, recording one sack in six games. He spent all of last offseason recovering from shoulder surgery. Delaire needs to get healthy to compete for a job.
Jun 16 - 9:19 AM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

The Panthers described it as a "clean-up" operation. Lotulelei was held out of OTAs and minicamp, limited only to individual position drills. Entering the final year of his deal, Lotulelei is expected to be ready for training camp.
Jun 16 - 9:16 AM

No Panthers running back has reached 30 receptions in a season over the past half decade.

Carolina has finished top eight in the NFL in rushing attempts in each of those seasons -- lowering team passing volume to start -- while dual-threat quarterbacks like Cam Newton have poor track records of targeting running backs in the passing game. It is also fair to have concerns about Christian McCaffrey's scoring-position usage with 235-pound backfield partner Jonathan Stewart coming off an efficient season in the red zone. You can read more on the Panthers' 2017 outlook in Evan Silva's Team Fantasy Preview at the link below.
Jun 16 - 1:33 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the front office is "taking care of" the situation with OT Michael Oher (concussion).

Rivera added he is preparing for camp with the 90 guys who will be on the roster, suggesting the Panthers could release Oher in the coming weeks. Oher reported to minicamp this week, but he was not spotted on the field. It is looking increasingly unlikely he is able to contribute for the Panthers this season.
Jun 15 - 12:24 PM

Christian McCaffrey (absurd rule) returned to practice Thursday.

McCaffrey was not allowed to participate in OTAs or minicamp to this point because Stanford, his alma mater, is on the quarter system, meaning their finals just wrapped up Wednesday night. It is a rule which needs changing, but that will not help guys like McCaffrey and 49ers DT Solomon Thomas this year. Despite the missed time, McCaffrey should earn a large rookie role.
Jun 15 - 9:25 AM

Two league sources tell the Charlotte Observer that Greg Olsen wants a raise from the Panthers.

A top-five player at his position ever since he arrived in Carolina, Olsen wants to be paid "commensurate with the NFL's top tight ends." In annual average, Olsen is presently paid less than Charles Clay and Zach Ertz. He ranks 12th among tight ends in guaranteed money and is due base salaries of $6.5 million in each of the next two years. Olsen is attending minicamp, and there are no indications he plans to hold out.
Jun 13 - 10:14 PM

Panthers OT Michael Oher (concussion) reported for the start of minicamp.

This is a surprise considering the Panthers had not had contact with Oher since May, while an Instagram post by the tackle made it clear he is still not over the concussion issues which ended his 2016 season. Oher has not been spotted on the practice field, so it is possible he will just meet with team doctors, who have not seen him in "a while," according to the Charlotte Observer. Despite this development, it still seems unlikely Oher is able to contribute this season.
Jun 13 - 8:58 AM

The Charlotte Observer believes OT Michael Oher's (concussion) time with the Panthers appears "just about done."

This is speculative, but Oher is trending in the wrong direction going into minicamp. Oher hasn't been in contact with the Panthers in over a month and recently suggested he's not over his concussion symptoms. The Panthers could be forced to turn to rookie Taylor Moton or Daryl Williams if Oher can't get cleared.
Jun 9 - 7:31 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said he hasn't been in contact with OT Michael Oher (concussion) since last month.

It falls in line with what coach Ron Rivera said earlier this week. Oher recently posted a photo of prescription medicine bottles on Instragram, suggesting he's still not over his concussion symptoms. Taylor Moton and Daryl Williams will continue to get reps at right tackle if Oher isn't cleared for minicamp.
Jun 9 - 6:50 PM

Panthers OT Michael Oher shared a concerning photo of 10 prescription medicine bottles on Instagram Thursday night, with the words "All for the brain smh."

For those not familiar, "smh" stands for "shaking my head." Oher continues to be away from the team as he tries to get healthy. Word last month was that Oher planned to attend this month's minicamp, but that remains to be seen. The concern in the photo was the pure amount of prescription drugs and pain killers NFL players consume to get their bodies "healthy" enough to play. Players have been able to acquire highly addictive pills so freely, and it's one of the reasons many are staunchly advocating for the use of medical marijuana.
Jun 9 - 10:08 AM

Panthers LCB James Bradberry (wrist) returned to OTAs practice Tuesday.

Bradberry broke his left wrist on an "awkward fall" at Monday's practice, but he was back on the field sporting a cast on Tuesday. The corner will be in the cast for six weeks, so he should have plenty of time to return to 100 percent before training camp.
Jun 6 - 11:14 AM


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