Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Panthers signed Marshall RB Devon Johnson.

Johnson (6'1/238) spent time at tight end, linebacker, and fullback before switching to tailback as a junior and senior, finishing his career with a 305-2,373-25 (7.8 YPC) rushing line but only 27 receptions. Johnson's final year was derailed by a back injury that cost him six games. He excelled at the Thundering Herd's Pro Day, running 4.59 with a 33-inch vertical. Nicknamed "Rockhead" for his bruising, no-frills playing style, Johnson has a future in the league on special teams and perhaps as a short-yardage runner.
May 1 - 11:42 AM

Panthers signed Duke S Jeremy Cash.

Cash (6'0/212) was a decorated safety at Duke, earning All-America recognition in each of his final three seasons and first-team honors as a senior. A 38-game starter, Cash piled up 38 career tackles for loss, six INTs, nine forced fumbles, and eight sacks. He turned in an above-average Pro Day, running 4.56 with a 34-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Limited in coverage, Cash fares best in the box where he's attacking in run support. It's believed Cash fell out of the draft due to medical concerns. The Panthers listed Cash as a linebacker. He'll open his career trying to win a job on special teams.
Apr 30 - 10:17 PM

Panthers signed Tulsa WR Keyarris Garrett.

Garrett (6'3/220) led the nation in receiving as a fifth-year senior, catching 96 passes for 1,588 yards (16.5 YPR) and eight TDs. Garrett combines a wide catch radius (34 1/2-inch arms) with Dez Bryant-like Combine numbers, running 4.53 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Garrett's weaknesses are his inconsistent hands and routes. He's also old for a rookie, turning 24 in September. Garrett is still an exciting talent with big-time vertical tools and lots of experience working underneath. He has a chance to develop into an NFL starter.
Apr 30 - 8:06 PM

Panthers signed Florida TE Jake McGee.

McGee (6'6/250) spent three years at Virginia before transferring to Florida for his sixth-year senior campaign, posting a career receiving line of 112-1,150-11 (10.3 YPR) and earning second-team All-SEC accolades in 2015. McGee showed sub-par athleticism at the Gators' Pro Day, clocking 4.84 with lineman-like vertical (28 1/2") and broad (9'6") jumps. A high school quarterback, McGee has excellent ball skills and NFL size, but he lacks big-play receiving ability and needs to learn how to block. Long term, McGee's ceiling is Matt Spaeth.
Apr 30 - 7:09 PM

Panthers signed Utah LB Jared Norris.

Norris (6'1/241) made 32 career starts for the Utes, tallying 24 tackles for loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles. He earned second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. Norris sent up athletic red flags in Indy, managing a 4.80 forty and 29 1/2-inch vertical. An active, high-energy linebacker, Norris is headed for a special teams and reserve duty in the pros.
Apr 30 - 7:06 PM

Panthers selected Montana State TE Beau Sandland with the No. 252 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Sandland (6'5/253) spent one season with the Bobcats after transferring from Miami (FL), catching 37 passes for 632 yards (17.1 YPR) and a team-high nine TDs. He showed big-time athleticism at the Combine, running 4.74 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Sandland is long armed (34 1/4") and can block, but he has very limited experience against formidable competition after bouncing around JUCO and FCS and playing sparingly at The U. Sandland is an unlikely rookie-year contributor, but in the long term he has NFL-starter traits.
Apr 30 - 6:39 PM

Panthers selected Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez with the No. 141 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Sanchez (5'11/185) made 37 starts in three seasons with the Sooners, tallying a whopping 15 interceptions and earning first-team All-Big 12 as both a redshirt sophomore and junior. A difference-making college corner, Sanchez showed borderline-NFL athleticism with a 4.50 forty, 9-foot-8 broad jump, and 35 1/2-inch vertical before the draft. An undersized gambler, Sanchez isn't big or athletic enough to hold up outside and lacks the physicality and tackling efficiency to excel in the slot. He is unlikely to grow into an NFL regular.
Apr 30 - 2:06 PM

Panthers selected West Virginia CB Daryl Worley with the No. 77 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Worley (6'1/204) turned pro after starting for 2 1/2 seasons at West Virginia, tallying ten career INTs and 9.5 tackles for loss. He earned first-team All-Big 12 as a 2015 junior. A long-armed (33 3/8") ballhawk, Worley tested out like a safety in Indy, running 4.64 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump, before improving his forty time to 4.48 at the Mountaineers' Pro Day. Worley has an intriguing blend of size, movement ability, and ball skills. He'll team with second-rounder James Bradberry to compete to replace Josh Norman.
Apr 29 - 10:20 PM

Panthers selected Samford CB James Bradberry with the No. 62 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Bradberry (6'1/211) earned third-team FCS All-American accolades as a senior, finishing his career with eight interceptions and holding his own as a small schooler at January's Senior Bowl. In addition to plus size, Bradberry is blessed with length (33 3/8-inch arms) and quality athleticism, clocking 4.5-flat at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Announced as a corner, Bradberry will compete to replace Josh Norman opposite Bene Benwikere.
Apr 29 - 9:36 PM

Panthers selected Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Butler (6'4/323) starred in Conference USA, earning first-team all-conference honors as a senior and finishing his career with 29.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks. Butler has a meaty, powerful frame and long arms (35 1/8") to ward off blocks, as well has huge hands (10 3/4"). Butler needs to improve as a finisher, but wins with power and quickness in the trenches and was College Football Focus' top-rated defensive lineman outside the Power 5 conferences last year. He's a high-floor, high-ceiling prospect.
Apr 28 - 11:34 PM

Panthers activated the fifth-year option for DT Star Lotulelei.

Carolina had already confirmed they would pick up the $6.757 million option last month. One of the best defensive tackles in the league, Lotulelei is now locked up through 2017. The Panthers' focus should now turn to an extension for contract-year DT Kawann Short.
Apr 26 - 10:38 AM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (broken arm) is participating in voluntary workouts.

Davis has resumed lifting weights. Amazingly, he played through the injury in the Super Bowl, but it's not something he would have done under normal circumstances. Now 33, Davis remains one of the league's better linebackers. It's quite a success story after most of Davis' 2009-11 was washed out by injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 3:30 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) will be full-go for training camp.

As expected. Benjamin even participated in OTAs last week as he continues to come back from a torn ACL suffered last summer in a joint-practice with the Dolphins. Benjamin's return is big news for Carolina's red-zone offense.
Apr 25 - 12:09 PM

Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne was arrested for speeding in Gaston County, N.C. on Sunday.

Artis-Payne was clocked traveling 102 MPH in a 65 MPH zone around 1:30 AM Sunday morning. Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved, and Artis-Payne spent about 30 minutes in jail before being released on $5,000 bond. The second-year back may face minor NFL discipline, but it's unlikely.
Apr 25 - 9:00 AM

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe believes the Panthers could sign DT Kawann Short to a contract extension with the money they saved by rescinding Josh Norman's franchise tag.

Volin is just speculating but it seems like a no-brainer for the Panthers now that they have over $31 million available in cap space. While it's still a mystery why Carolina let Norman walk, it's possible the Panthers didn't feel they had enough cap room to accommodate both Norman and Short with so much money already committed to Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly. Short was a second-team All-Pro last season and should remain in Carolina for the foreseeable future.
Apr 24 - 10:04 AM


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