Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Panthers TE Chris Manhertz (Jones fracture) will begin training camp on the active/PUP list.

Manhertz has a broken left foot. He was injured in June's minicamp. The Panthers are "hopeful" Manhertz will be ready for Week 1, which isn't the same thing as saying he will be ready for Week 1. Manhertz has been slated for No. 2/blocking duties with Ed Dickson departed for Seattle.
Jul 17 - 4:53 PM

Panthers.com's Max Henson writes first-round WR D.J. Moore "looked more than ready to contribute" during the offseason.

Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, and Christian McCaffrey should handle the majority of the targets, but there will still be room for Moore to produce if he is ready. Every indication has been he is, and Henson believes the rookie's "unique" ability to create after the catch will be used "as much as possible." Moore is an upside target in the later rounds.
Jul 16 - 11:33 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue predicts Christian McCaffrey's carry total "won’t go up by much."

McCaffrey carried the ball 117 times as a rookie, and there was hope his role as a runner would expand following a strong finish to the season -- he averaged 4.7 yards per carry over his final eight games. Rodrigue expects new-addition C.J. Anderson to be the "traditional running back," however, leaving McCaffrey in a similar role to the one he occupied as a rookie. That role did allow him to finish as the RB16 in standard leagues last season, and Rodrigue thinks he can be even more productive as a receiver this year. Still, that is probably close to his ceiling if he does not get more involved on the ground.
Jul 16 - 10:58 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton considers Cam Newton to be on the "hot seat" in Carolina.

"This is a big year for Newton with a new offensive coordinator and system," writes Newton. "If he doesn't show improvement after consecutive down years, there will be a lot of questions about his future." Newton remains one of the top fantasy players at his position, but he's strung together back-to-back down passing seasons after a trip to the Super Bowl in 2015. He's still only 29 and one of the most dynamic all-around quarterbacks, but his contract is relatively easy to get out of after 2018. Still, we would be completely shocked if it happened. Newton remains in the prime of his career and is under contract through 2020 at a bargain rate of $20.76 million annually. He's the league's 15th-highest-paid QB.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 10:52 AM

Panthers TE Chris Manhertz (foot) will be sidelined for at least the start of training camp.

Manhertz missed most of minicamp with a left foot injury. It's an opportunity for fourth-round TE Ian Thomas to do some depth-chart jumping, though Manhertz is still expected to open the year behind Greg Olsen. Manhertz is an active/PUP list candidate, but his Week 1 status isn't in doubt.
Jul 4 - 6:39 PM

The NFL has fined outgoing Panthers owner Jerry Richardson $2.75 million following its investigation into his workplace conduct.

The NFL substantiated the publicly-known complaints against Richardson while turning up previously unknown claims. Its investigation also concluded the improper conduct was limited to Richardson. Richardson was accused of both sexual harassment and making racist comments. Richardson sold the Panthers to hedge fund billionaire David Tepper in May.
Jun 28 - 1:18 PM

Panthers TE Ian Thomas got reps with the first-team offense at minicamp.

Thomas made only 11 starts in his two years at Indiana but blew up the Combine (91st-percentile SPARQ). The Panthers drafted Thomas as a project but he's shown enough to push Chris Manhertz for the No. 2 job behind Greg Olsen. Thomas has the pass-catching skills for a rookie impact.
Jun 23 - 2:27 PM

Panthers DE Wes Horton could have an expanded role this season.

Horton managed 5.5 sacks on 359 snaps (34%) last year. With Charles Johnson gone and Julius Peppers limited to pass downs, he's a good bet to see an uptick in playing time. A strong training camp would make Horton the favorite to start opposite Mario Addison.
Jun 23 - 12:24 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue reports there is a "monster gap" between the Panthers and contract-year RT Daryl Williams in extension talks.

It would reportedly be "shocking" if the two sides agreed to a deal before the start of training camp. An ideal deadline would be Week 1. There's still plenty of time. Williams, 26 in August, has developed into one of the league's top right tackles, and Carolina has done a tremendous job of drafting and developing linemen. Williams is likely looking for double-digits in annual average.
Jun 20 - 11:03 AM

Panthers signed first-round WR D.J. Moore to a four-year contract.

As is the case with all first-round rookie deals, Moore has a club option for year five. In Carolina, Moore is expected to start immediately opposite Devin Funchess, who is in his contract year. Moore was the first wide receiver selected in April's draft and is our No. 1 Dynasty rookie wideout from this class.
Jun 18 - 3:44 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer writes Panthers first-round WR D.J. Moore "has looked the part" this offseason.

The first receiver off the board at No. 24 overall, Moore is a dynamic weapon who is dangerous after the catch, and he apparently showed off those traits during OTAs and minicamp. In addition to Breer's praise, Panthers.com's Max Henson wrote Moore is "more than ready to contribute." Even with Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, and Christian McCaffrey all vying for targets, Moore has the talent to make a fantasy impact as a rookie.
Source: MMQB
Jun 18 - 8:56 AM

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


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