Player News - Panthers

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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

David Tepper purchased the Carolina Panthers for $2.2 billion.

It is a record price for an NFL franchise. The deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday, although Tepper still has to sell his minority stake in the Steelers and be approved by the other owners, who meet next week. Considering he was already a minority owner, that process should be a formality. A hedge fund manager with an estimated net worth of $11 billion, Tepper is a Pittsburgh native who reportedly wants to model his new franchise after the Steelers.
May 15 - 8:41 AM

Panthers waived CB Zack Sanchez with an injury designation.

He will revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Sanchez has appeared in just five games while spending most of his career on Carolina's practice squad. He will likely be released with an injury settlement before the season. The Panthers signed WR Bug Howard, C Kyle Friend, OG Quinterrius Eatmon, and DE Karter Schult in corresponding moves. All four were tryout players during rookie minicamp.
May 14 - 12:37 PM

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said QB Garrett Gilbert is the leader to be the team's No. 2 quarterback.

Gilbert hasn't thrown a pass in the regular season. Unless it's a motivating tactic, this means the Panthers are unlikely to re-sign free agent QB Derek Anderson. Taylor Heinicke will also compete for the backup job behind Cam Newton in camp.
May 12 - 1:12 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has "zeroed in" on selling his team to hedge fund manager David Tepper.

Tepper, a Steelers minority owner since 2009, appears to have separated himself from other finalists including Alan Kestenbaum and Ben Navarro. There are still hurdles to clear but if talks progress, it's possible the sale could be brought to a vote at the Spring League Meeting in Atlanta later this month. Per Rapoport, Tepper plans on keeping the team in Charlotte.
Source: NFL.com
May 11 - 2:48 PM

Panthers signed RB Kenjon Barner, formerly of the Eagles.

Back where it all began. Barner was a sixth-round pick of the Panthers in 2013 and spent one year there before going to Philly for four years. Barner doesn't bring much offensively but can play special teams and return kicks. The Panthers just lost veteran RB Fozzy Whittaker to a torn ACL.
May 11 - 10:22 AM

Panthers signed second-round CB Donte Jackson to a four-year contract.

The Panthers have also gotten fourth-round TE Ian Thomas, fourth-round DE Marquis Haynes, fifth-round LB Jermaine Carter and seventh-round DT Kendrick Norton under contract. Jackson is is built slightly with short arms (29 ½") and is an inconsistent tackler, but he offers man-coverage skills with loose hips, twitchy quickness, and speed to run with anyone (4.32). He enters the NFL with experience at both slot and boundary corner. Jackson could play early with a strong training camp.
May 10 - 7:23 PM

Panthers placed RB Fozzy Whittaker on injured reserve with a torn ACL, ending his season.

Whittaker suffered the injury in OTAs. Headed into his seventh season, Whittaker handled the ball just 12 times in 12 games last year. He'll try to reclaim his role as a passing-down specialist in 2019. Whittaker turned 29 in February.
May 10 - 3:20 PM

Panthers claimed RB Elijah Hood off waivers from the Raiders.

The 2017 seventh-rounder will likely be little more than a camp body for a team that just signed C.J. Anderson to pair with Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers still also have Cameron Artis-Payne.
May 8 - 5:06 PM

Free agent RB Kenjon Barner is visiting the Bills on Tuesday.

A sixth-round pick by the Panthers in 2013, Barner has made appearances for the Eagles in each of the last three seasons. If signed, he would look to help out on special teams and compete for a role behind LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory.
May 8 - 11:20 AM

Raiders waived RB Elijah Hood.

A 2017 seventh-round pick, Hood was spun in some circles as a potential heir apparent for Marshawn Lynch. Hood struggled in camp and preseason, however, and couldn't get on the field as a rookie. The Raiders saw more potential in undrafted rookie backs behind Lynch, Doug Martin, DeAndre Washington, and Jalen Richard.
May 7 - 6:10 PM

Panthers signed RB C.J. Anderson, formerly of the Broncos, to a one-year contract.

It's a savvy and sensible pickup for Carolina, which did not draft a running back and had only Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne on the depth chart behind Christian McCaffrey. The Anderson signing deals a significant blow to McCaffrey's fantasy outlook, and positions Anderson for RB3/flex value in the old Jonathan Stewart role. The Panthers are missing 202 carries from last year's roster, eighth most in the NFL. Anderson, 27, topped 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career last season, although his efficiency (4.1 YPC) has been mediocre the past two years. He is functional in the passing game. Anderson is now the favorite to lead the Panthers in carries.
May 7 - 3:56 PM

Panthers.com's Max Henson believes Cameron Artis-Payne will get a "real shot" to replace Jonathan Stewart.

The Panthers shockingly failed to add a running back during the draft, leaving Artis-Payne as basically the only option to be the "big back" complement to Christian McCaffrey. A fifth-round pick in 2015, Artis-Payne has just 99 career carries, but he held his own in three spot starts at the end of 2016. It seems likely the Panthers bring in a veteran, but Artis-Payne would have some RB3 value if he earns the job.
Apr 30 - 9:31 AM

Panthers signed Clemson OG Taylor Hearn.

Hearn (6’5/320) turned pro as a redshirt junior after logging 29 starts at left guard for the Tigers and earning third-team All-ACC honors in 2017. Hearn showed low-end athleticism at the Combine, however, testing as a mere third-percentile SPARQ athlete and managing 18 reps on the bench. Hearn won with sheer size and sporadic power at Clemson, but his sub-par movement skills and weight-room strength are big red flags. Hearn would do well to become a serviceable multi-year interior backup.
Apr 29 - 8:41 AM

Panthers selected Miami DT Kendrick Norton with the No. 242 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Norton (6'3/314) was a surpise entrant into this year's draft as a junior after an underwhelming career at The U, managing five career sacks as a two-year starter. Not a particularly outstanding athlete, Norton will likely max out as an early-down run defender.
Apr 28 - 6:26 PM


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