Player News - Panthers

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Panthers SS Da'Norris Searcy is expected to start opposite Mike Adams.

Searcy was cut from Tennessee after losing his starting job to Kevin Byard last year but was still good against the run. With Kurt Coleman gone, he should take over most of the snaps on early downs. The Panthers may look to spell Searcy with rookie Rashaan Gaulden in sub-packages.
Source: ESPN
Jun 16 - 7:07 PM

The Panthers' official website believes first-round WR D.J. Moore is "more than ready to contribute."

In-house writer Max Henson described Moore as "smooth" during an impressive minicamp. An elite athlete who stuffed the stat-sheet in the Big 10, Moore makes his name after the catch. He should begin the season as a starter opposite Devin Funchess.
Jun 14 - 9:47 PM

Panthers LB Thomas Davis said he is "very open" to playing beyond 2018.

It is a change for Davis, who said he planned to retire following the 2018 season back in January. Perhaps the four-game PED suspension he was hit with in April changed his mind. The 35-year-old has just one year left on his deal.
Jun 14 - 10:51 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Amini Silatolu will be "at [the] top of the list" at left guard when camp opens.

The Panthers have to replace Andrew Norwell, who signed a massive deal with the Jaguars in free agency. Silatolu will get the first crack at the job, but it should be a wide-open competition.
Jun 14 - 10:47 AM

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) said he is on schedule for training camp.

Kuechly underwent surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum following the season. He was never expected to participate during the offseason program, but he remains on track for training camp.
Jun 12 - 11:43 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports Curtis Samuel (ankle) is "still not 100 percent."

Samuel "slowly progressed" throughout OTAs. The progression figures to remain slow in this week's mandatory minicamp with an eye toward being 100 percent for training camp. With Devin Funchess and first-rounder D.J. Moore locked in as the Panthers' top two receivers, Samuel will try to earn No. 3/gadget work this summer.
Jun 11 - 3:10 PM

The Charlotte Observer expects the Panthers to extend contract-year RT Daryl Williams before the start of the season.

Williams was one of the top tackles in the league last year, grading behind only David Bakhtiari and Joe Staley in PFF's ratings. The Panthers will likely be extending Williams when his value is at its highest, but don't want to risk losing him next offseason. Williams is going to command at least the five-year, $37.5M deal Chris Hubbard got from Cleveland. He could push for Justin Pugh's $9M annually.
Jun 9 - 5:02 PM

Panthers CB Kevon Seymour is the "early favorite" to start opposite James Bradberry.

Seymour has been repping with the starters at OTAs. He has a full year in Carolina's defense after getting traded from Buffalo last September. Seymour will be pushed by second-rounder Donte Jackson.
Jun 8 - 8:02 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Christian McCaffrey is able to handle a big workload.

"Everybody forgets when he was in college he ran between the tackles more than anybody and he touched the ball more than anybody," Rivera said. "So I don't see why not." McCaffrey recorded 80 catches and 117 carries as a rookie. While the catch total will be difficult to top, it is very likely McCaffrey sees more carries in his second season even after the Panthers added C.J. Anderson to the backfield. McCaffrey's second-round ADP is steep, but he could get enough work to pay it off.
Source: ESPN
Jun 5 - 9:41 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports Panthers C Ryan Kalil looks "healthier than he has in awhile" in OTAs.

Injuries, including a serious 2017 neck ailment, have limited 33-year-old Kalil to just 14 games over the past two years. It's the main reason he has said 2018 will be his final season. His healthy presence in the middle would be a huge boost for the Panthers.
May 29 - 1:41 PM

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) saw some work during team drills on Tuesday.

Samuel surprisingly did some work during individual drills at the start of OTAs, and he appears to be ramping up his activity this week. "We increased some of his team reps early on and then shut him down," coach Ron Rivera said. "Hopefully tomorrow we can increase a little more or do the same thing." It now looks like Samuel could be ready for minicamp in a couple weeks, and he should be a full-go by training camp barring any setbacks.
May 29 - 12:07 PM

Christian McCaffrey says he added "about five pounds of good muscle."

McCaffrey downplayed the changes, but he looked noticeably bigger in photos from the offseason program and confirmed he wanted to add some strength following his rookie season. "My core strength, my upper body strength and my lower body," McCaffrey said. "I’m just trying to increase all those. Make sure I can break tackles in the second level and be able to turn those three-, four-yard runs into some bigger runs." McCaffrey struggled to produce on the ground early in his rookie season, but he averaged 4.7 yards per carry over the final eight games. Even with C. J. Anderson in the fold, McCaffrey is a solid RB2 option in standard leagues and a borderline RB1 in PPR.
May 29 - 10:26 AM

New Panthers OC Norv Turner believes he can help Cam Newton become more efficient.

Newton is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but it is not because of his accuracy. Cam has completely 60 percent or more of his passes in just two seasons, and he has not managed the feat since 2013. Despite that, his new coordinator has high expectations. "I see Cam as a guy that can be in the mid- to high-60s in the completion percentage," Turner said. "We're working hard in terms of scheming and getting the ball out quick. ... We want a good mix of dropback, play-action." High-60s sounds like a pipe dream, but it would not be surprising to see Newton become a more efficient passer in a better system with better weapons around him.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 10:21 AM

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) is participating in OTAs.

It is something of a surprise after coach Ron Rivera sounded pessimistic about Samuel's health at the end of March. While it is not clear if he will participate in team drills, he appeared to be moving well as he ran routes in individual work. Coming off essentially a lost rookie season, a full offseason would be huge for Samuel.
May 22 - 9:20 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports new Panthers owner David Tepper is "committed to keeping the team in Charlotte."

RapSheet adds Tepper is "aiming to keep stability on all fronts," meaning coach Ron Rivera and GM Marty Hurney are safe and he is not looking for a new stadium. A hedge fund manager who had been a minority owner of the Steelers, Tepper agreed to a deal to purchase the Panthers for $2.2 billion on Tuesday. He will need to sell his stake in the Steelers and be approved by the other owners before the sale is final.
May 15 - 11:45 AM


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