Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Panthers sophomore DE Daeshon Hall (knee) said he is back to full health.

A third-round pick last year, Hall was limited to just nine snaps as a rookie before landing on injured reserve with a knee issue. "My knee feels real good right now. Everything feels stable, strong," Hall said. "I'm excited. No limitations. I'm squatting, doing everything lower body." The Panthers need some help at defensive end, and Hall has the talent to be a factor now that he is healthy.
Apr 19 - 11:11 AM

Greg Olsen said his injured foot is completely healed.

Olsen never looked completely healthy after coming back from a fractured foot late last season. However the injury didn't require any additional surgery and it looks like the tight end will be a full go for OTAs. The 33-year-old also said he's hoping to hammer out a contract extension with Carolina before Week 1. 2017 snapped Olsen's streak of three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Apr 17 - 2:49 PM

Panthers re-signed WR Damiere Byrd to a one-year contract.

C Tyler Larsen and P Michael Palardy also signed one-year deals. All three were exclusive rights free agents. Byrd caught 10 passes for 105 yards including two Week 15 touchdowns last season, but he ended the year on injured reserve with a knee issue. With Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright now in the fold, Byrd is likely looking at a backup role.
Apr 16 - 10:10 AM

NFL suspended WLB Thomas Davis four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The suspension is reportedly for a non-HGH banned supplement. It's an early-season blow for Carolina, but Davis was expected to have a lesser role after considering retirement this offseason. The Panthers don't have any proven options behind Davis, with Jared Norris and Richie Brown behind him on the depth chart. Shaq Thompson will see every-down snaps while Davis is sidelined.
Apr 6 - 6:11 PM

Cam Newton was uninjured in a car accident Thursday in Atlanta.

Newton's Ferrari F12 was rear-ended by a dump truck at around 4 PM ET. Neither party chose to file a police report. Newton suffered broken bones in his back after flipping his car in 2014, causing him to miss a game against Tampa Bay in Week 15. Luckily this accident wasn't as serious.
Apr 6 - 4:19 PM

Panthers CB Corn Elder (knee) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

A patella stress fracture ended Elder's rookie season before it even got started, but he is nearing full health. "This injury is usually a six-month recovery, so I'm right on schedule," Elder said. "I have my days where it's a little sore, but I'm feeling good. I'm on the right path getting better every day." Elder should be given every chance to win the slot corner job this offseason.
Mar 29 - 9:46 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed 2017 second-round OL Taylor Moton will get a shot at left guard.

Moton was expected to compete for the right tackle job last offseason, but Daryl Williams easily beat him out on his way to a breakout campaign. Now the sophomore will get a shot to replace Andrew Norwell at left guard. The Panthers also could look for help in the draft.
Mar 27 - 10:19 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Luke Kuechly (shoulder) will sit out the offseason program.

Kuechly is recovery from offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He should be ready for training camp. Julius Peppers will also sit out the offseason program with the exact same injury.
Mar 27 - 10:13 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there is no "timetable" for Curtis Samuel (ankle).

Samuel needed surgery to repair a broken bone and ligament damage in his ankle last November. "I know they’ve gotten him running around a little bit," Rivera said. "Not a lot of cutting and breaking right now. I think they’re just slowly working him back in that process." Samuel was hurt more than he was healthy last year, and now it looks like he will miss most if not all of the offseason program. With a new offense to learn, it might be tough for Samuel to earn a big role as a sophomore.
Mar 27 - 10:10 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Greg Olsen (foot) does not need a second surgery.

A second operation is common with Jones fractures, but Olsen appears to be in the clear. Rivera said the tight end has been running and doing bike work. Olsen struggled to consistently produce after returning last season, but he did flash for two big games including an 8/107/1 line in the playoffs. Assuming he is healthy, Olsen should be a solid TE1 in 2018.
Mar 27 - 8:22 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Cameron Artis-Payne will get the "opportunity" to replace Jonathan Stewart.

Carolina has not added any running backs since cutting ties with Stewart, opening up a potentially large role for Artis-Payne. The draft is deep with running back talent, however, and it would be surprising if the Panthers do not select a runner at some point. As it stands now, Artis-Payne is just a best ball flier.
Source: ESPN
Mar 27 - 8:01 AM

Panthers re-signed OG Amini Silatolu to a one-year contract.

A reserve, Silatolu started three games in 2017. He's experienced depth for a team that will be adjusting to life without Andrew Norwell on the interior.
Mar 26 - 2:40 PM

Panthers re-signed CB Ladarius Gunter to a one-year contract.

Gunter visited the 49ers last week, but he decided to stay with Carolina. The former Packer was limited to special teams after being claimed off waivers by the Panthers last year, but he should compete for a role on defense in camp.
Mar 26 - 1:03 PM

Panthers exercised LB Shaq Thompson's fifth-year team option for 2019.

The move is not yet official, but the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports the decision has already been made. Thompson has taken on bigger and bigger roles each of his first three years in the league, and he is expected to take even more work from Thomas Davis moving forward. The option should be worth around $9 million.
Mar 26 - 8:58 AM

Panthers signed CB Ross Cockrell, formerly of the Giants, to a two-year, $6.8 million contract.

Cockrell didn't receive real opportunity with the Giants in 2017 until the latter half of the year when Janoris Jenkins was lost to injury and both Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were in and out of the lineup. Cockrell recorded a league-high three interceptions over the final two weeks of the season. He joins Da'Norris Searcy as new additions to the Panthers' secondary.
Mar 23 - 11:51 AM


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