Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Stephen Hill (ACL surgery) is limited at OTAs.

The Panthers re-signed Hill to a minimum salary ($600,000) earlier this offseason. He should be ready for training camp, but there’s a lot working against him. Hill is competing for one of Carolina's final receiver spots.
May 28 - 5:36 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) participated in OTAs on Thursday.

This was Benjamin's first organized practice since tearing the ACL in his left knee last August. He will likely be eased through the offseason program, but Benjamin should be 100 percent for training camp. Even with his target share likely to decline after a stellar rookie campaign, Benjamin has the touchdown upside to remain in the WR2 conversation.
May 26 - 12:53 PM

Tre Boston opened OTAs as the Panthers' starting free safety.

Last year's starting free safety, Kurt Coleman, is shifting to strong safety, replacing veteran Roman Harper, who hasn't been re-signed to this point. Boston entered last offseason as the favorite to start over Coleman, but lost the gig in camp, and Coleman ended up third in the NFL with seven picks.
May 25 - 8:52 AM

Second-round rookie CB James Bradberry worked with the first-team defense on the opening day of Panthers OTAs.

With Bene Benwikere recovering from a broken leg, Bradberry lined up across from Robert McClain in the starting lineup. Third-round pick Daryl Worley also saw snaps with the first team, but he was clearly working behind Bradberry and McClain. With Josh Norman gone, the Panthers will lean heavily on their rookie corners this season. Fifth-rounder Zack Sanchez is also in the mix.
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 11:46 AM

Panthers SLB Shaq Thompson was involved in a car crash Sunday morning in North Carolina.

Thompson's car crashed head-on with another vehicle that was driven by former Duke QB Anthony Boone, sending Boone to the hospital. Thompson is being charged with "driving left of center," and alcohol was said to be involved, though not a factor in the crash. Either Thompson was below the legal limit or alcohol wasn't a factor on his end. Thompson was not injured in the crash.
May 23 - 11:56 AM

Panthers signed WR Tobais Palmer.

He was released by Pittsburgh last week after signing a futures deal on February 4. The Panthers also inked journeyman WR LaRon Byrd. Both will serve as camp bodies. UDFAs Andrew Bonnet and Jake McGee were waived to open spots for Byrd and Palmer.
May 20 - 4:18 PM

Greg Olsen plans to keep playing for a "good number of years."

"The reality is I’m not 25 anymore," said the 31-year-old Olsen. "But I’m also going to make it hard for these young guys to take time away from me. I don’t anticipate slowing down anytime soon. I anticipate playing for a good number of years remaining." Operating as the Panthers' de facto No. 1 receiver, Olsen has set new career yardage highs each of the past two years. It's realistic to expect at least 2-3 more strong seasons.
May 19 - 1:40 PM

Panthers UDFA WR Keyarris Garrett believes he was the best wide receiver in this year's draft class.

"I had the best numbers out of any of the receivers," Garrett said. "My numbers don’t lie. ... I haven’t gotten like a really good reason as to why I wasn’t drafted." Garrett is correct that his numbers were the best, as he led the NCAA in receiving for Tulsa as a fifth-year senior, catching 96 passes for 1,588 yards and eight touchdowns. Standing in at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he showed 4.53 speed at the Combine. The hang ups are inconsistent hands and unrefined routes. Overpowering people was a big part of Garrett's game in the American Athletic Conference. Nevertheless, he's certainly an UDFA who has a legitimate shot at cracking the 53-man roster, and is worth a back-end spot in Dynasty leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 1:33 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn't expect the team to sign a veteran cornerback.

The team has a huge hole to fill with Josh Norman gone but so far Rivera has liked what he's seen from rookie corners James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez. "I guess if we did do something it would be later on. But right now we’re set," said Rivera. "We’re very happy with what we’ve seen the last two practices with the young guys." If things stay the way they are, Robert McClain and Bene Benwikere would likely open 2016 as the starting corners.
May 15 - 11:40 AM

Panthers WR coach Ricky Proehl thinks UDFA Keyarris Garrett can contribute as a rookie.

"We got a draft pick in the free agent market," Proehl said. "With the tools, he’s just going to get better. We can develop him as a guy that can step in." A priority UDFA, Garrett had a mid-round projection after leading the NCAA in receiving and running 4.53 at the Combine. Garrett is currently behind Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn, Corey Brown, and Brenton Bersin.
May 14 - 7:07 PM

Panthers UDFA rookie Jeremy Cash will play linebacker.

Cash was a hybrid safety-linebacker at Duke, but he will transition to linebacker full time with Carolina. Cash weighed in at 212 pounds at the combine, but ESPN's David Newton reports he showed up to minicamp at 201 pounds. He will need to bulk up considerably to stick at linebacker.
May 14 - 12:10 PM

Panthers signed No. 30 overall pick DT Vernon Butler to a four-year contract.

It comes with a fifth-year team option for 2020. Butler was a star at Louisiana Tech, winning with power and quickness. He has an extremely high ceiling and will slide in behind starters Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short.
May 13 - 9:01 AM

Panthers signed fifth-round CB Zack Sanchez to a four-year contract.

Sanchez made plays all over the field for the Oklahoma Sooners, but has questionable athleticism for a corner his size (5-foot-11). Sanchez was also a bit of a gambler in the Big 12, a habit that will get you burned mercilessly in the NFL. Sanchez will have to prove himself on special teams before getting a shot on defense.
May 12 - 6:28 PM

Panthers signed third-round CB Daryl Worley to a four-year contract.

Standing in at 6-foot-1, 204 pounds, Worley looked more like a safety than cornerback at the Combine, clocking in with 4.64 speed. Worley does have excellent movement ability and ball skills. He'll be in the mix as the Panthers shake up their post-Josh Norman cornerback corps.
May 10 - 3:08 PM

Panthers signed No. 62 overall pick CB James Bradberry to a four-year contract.

Carolina also locked up seventh-round TE Beau Sandland to a four-year deal. A third-team FCS All-American as a senior at Samford, Bradberry has the size (6'1/211), arm length (33 3/8 inches), and athleticism (4.5 forty, 36-inch vertical) teams covet at corner. He should push for snaps opposite Bene Benwikere right out of the gate.
May 9 - 7:39 PM


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