Player News - Panthers

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Panthers signed QB Derek Anderson to a two-year, $5 million extension through 2017.

Anderson, 32, made two starts for the Panthers last season, leading the team to a 2-0 record while Cam Newton was hurt. Across those two starts and parts of three other games, Anderson completed 65-of-97 passes (67 percent) for 701 yards and a 5:0 TD:INT ratio. He's one of the better backups with a rocket arm.
Sep 2 - 1:08 PM

Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) practiced on Tuesday.

There was some concern after Funchess aggravated his hamstring injury in practice Monday, but he appears to be fine. Funchess could play in the fourth preseason game.
Sep 1 - 11:48 AM

Panthers released CB Melvin White.

White started games for the Panthers as recently as last season, but he was benched last year and was well behind Charles Tillman on the depth chart. With White gone, Teddy Williams will likely make the final 53.
Sep 1 - 9:31 AM

Panthers acquired WR Kevin Norwood from the Seahawks in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2017.

It was initially reported that Norwood had been waived. Instead he's been shipped to the thinnest wideout corps in the league. Norwood has nice measurables, but is a 26-year-old (in September) sophomore who didn't produce much in college. Even in receiver-needy Carolina, his contributions should come mostly on special teams.
Aug 31 - 3:45 PM

Seahawks waived WR Kevin Norwood.

The No. 123 overall pick of last year's draft, Norwood had the looks of a flop from the beginning. One month shy of his 26th birthday, Norwood never reached 40 receptions in a college season. Norwood is a good athlete, but he didn't contribute enough on special teams to keep his roster spot. It's foreboding for his NFL future that he couldn't even make it to final cuts.
Aug 31 - 1:22 PM

Panthers CB Charles Tillman suffered a concussion in the third preseason game.

Tillman's injury was originally reported as a hand, but coach Ron Rivera confirmed it was a concussion. Tillman has 13 days to get ready for the Panthers' opener.
Aug 31 - 1:09 PM

Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess aggravated his hamstring injury in Monday's practice.

Funchess was able to finish the session, but he was spotted with the trainer after practice. Expected to serve as the "X" receiver with Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) done for the year, Funchess needs to get and stay healthy.
Aug 31 - 12:18 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Kony Ealy is the starting right defensive end.

The Panthers have been searching for a bookend for Charles Johnson since placing Greg Hardy on the commissioner's exempt list Week 2 of last season. A 2014 second-rounder, Ealy struggled with consistency as a rookie but still managed four sacks on limited snaps. He should have a much bigger role this time around.
Aug 31 - 8:43 AM

Devin Funchess (hamstring) returned to Panthers practice on Sunday.

Funchess resumed practicing last week, but sat out Carolina's third preseason as a precaution by a team that already lost Kelvin Benjamin to I.R. The Panthers are counting on more than expected from Funchess and can't risk a pre-season injury aggravation. It'll be interesting to see whether the Panthers let Funchess play in their preseason finale. That game is Thursday night.
Aug 30 - 2:33 PM

The Panthers defense intercepted Tom Brady twice as they faced the Patriots in Week 3 of the NFL preseason.

Charles Tillman and Kurt Coleman both got in the action for Carolina, who will need a stout defensive effort in 2014 after losing offensive playmaker Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL. The Panthers D/ST unit and running game will need to be staples of the Carolina team in 2015, as they were down the stretch last season when Carolina finished 4-0 in December while allowing just 10.8 points per game.
Aug 29 - 10:56 AM

Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers are going to "stick" with WR Corey Brown.

Brown had a nightmare game on Friday night, dropping three passes including his second drop in the end zone in as many weeks. "This is what the preseason is for," Rivera said. "As we go through it and I see how he handles the situation, it will tell me a lot about who he is as a football player." The Panthers do not have much choice but to stick with Brown. Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) is out for the season, Devin Funchess (hamstring) is injured and unproven, and the rest of the depth chart is either old, uninspiring or both. Carolina's lack of receiving talent is a real concern for Cam Newton's fantasy value.
Aug 29 - 10:47 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes Kony Ealy will be the team's starting right defensive end.

With Frank Alexander (Achilles) done for the year, Ealy solidified his spot in the starting lineup with two sacks in as many games. The 2014 second-round pick recorded four sacks in limited snaps last season, but he struggled against the run and did not consistently pressure the quarterback. With little quality depth at defensive end, the Panthers need Ealy to take a step forward.
Source: ESPN
Aug 29 - 9:18 AM

Cameron Artis-Payne rushed six times for 15 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.

The fifth-round rookie mixed in with the ones after Jonathan Stewart exited. Artis-Payne has secured the Panthers' No. 2 tailback job and is a worthwhile handcuff for Stewart owners. Through three preseason contests, Artis-Payne has piled up 72 yards on 18 carries (4.0 YPC) with two short receptions.
Aug 28 - 10:30 PM

Corey Brown managed one catch for five yards on seven targets in the Panthers' third preseason game.

It was a disastrous game for Brown, who dropped a touchdown for the second consecutive week. He also had a bad drop on a third-down pass. Brown is the favorite to start opposite Devin Funchess in two-wide sets, but isn't a recommended late-round flyer. Brown has two catches for 14 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 28 - 10:28 PM

Ted Ginn caught three passes for 30 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.

Ginn started and was targeted six times. He outplayed Corey Brown, who struggled with drops for the second straight week. Ginn isn't on the redraft radar despite Carolina's wideout situation. He should be reduced to a situational deep threat when Devin Funchess returns.
Aug 28 - 10:22 PM


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