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Panthers released RB C.J. Anderson.

Anderson failed to carve out a role behind breakout workhorse back Christian McCaffrey and at times resembled old Panthers FB Mike Tolbert on the field rather than a svelte tailback. Cameron Artis-Payne is CMC's new top backup.
Nov 12 - 3:47 PM

Giants declared TE Evan Engram, C Evan Brown, DT John Jenkins, CB Mike Jordan, QB Kyle Lauletta, S Kamrin Moore and LB Olivier Vernon inactive for Week 5 against the Panthers.

Engram is still nursing a sprained MCL. He's week-to-week. CB Eli Apple (groin), LB Connor Barwin (knee), CB Antonio Hamilton (groin), DT Damon Harrison (knee), WR Cody Latimer (knee) and WR Sterling Shepard (back) are all ready to roll.
Oct 7 - 11:41 AM

Free agent QB Connor Cook visited the Panthers on Wednesday.

Cook has been making the rounds following his release from Oakland. He also visited the Bills on Tuesday, though he left without a contract. The Panthers don't have much behind Cam Newton—their backup is former UDFA Taylor Heinicke—so adding Cook as a depth option might make sense. Cook has seen just 104 offensive snaps (postseason included) since arriving as a fourth-round pick in 2016.
Sep 5 - 6:30 PM

Panthers waived/released QB Garrett Gilbert, QB Kyle Allen, RB Reggie Bonnafon, WR Austin Duke, WR Moze Frazier, WR Jamaal Jones, C Kyle Friend, OG Taylor Hearn, OG Dorian Johnson, TE Jason Vander Laan, DE Kiante Anderson, DE Daeshon Hall, DE Zach Moore, DT Kendrick Norton, CB Lorzenzo Doss, CB Cole Luke, and S Dezmen Southward.

Carolina also placed RB Elijah Hood, OT Jeremiah Sirles, and CB Kevon Seymour on injured reserve. Gilbert entered training camp as the favorite for the No. 2 quarterback job, but he was beaten out by Taylor Heinicke. Gilbert is likely nearing the end of his NFL road.
Sep 1 - 12:41 PM

Panthers waived DE Daeshon Hall.

The No. 77 overall pick of the 2017 draft, Hall played just nine snaps before a knee injury landed him on injured reserve. Either he's not healthy or couldn't get back to his pre-injury form. Hall is still only 23. He will hunt for practice squad work.
Sep 1 - 12:40 PM

Panthers waived WR Mose Frazier.

A 2016 UDFA, Frazier found the end zone three times this preseason. Perhaps he will resurface for the Panthers later in the season.
Sep 1 - 11:54 AM

Panthers waived CB Ladarius Gunter.

He was among 16 Panthers let go on Friday. Gunter started 15 games for the Packers in 2016 but only saw the field four times with Carolina last season. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as a special teamer and backup cornerback.
Aug 31 - 6:53 PM

Former Panthers DE Charles Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.

A 2007 third-round pick, Johnson spent all 11 seasons with Carolina. He managed 67.5 career sacks and flashed dominance for a five-year stretch from 2010-2014 with 52.5 sacks in that span. He was a second-team All Pro in 2010. Johnson is a good bet for the Panthers' Ring of Honor at some point.
Aug 22 - 12:17 PM

Panthers LT Matt Kalil (knee) is considered "week-to-week" after having his knee scoped Tuesday.

The team's trainer released a statement mentioning that Kalil had "received a second opinion" from Dr. James Andrews and "the decision was made to perform an arthroscopic procedure" on his knee. Kalil notably had both knees scoped in 2015, too. It's horrendous news for the Panthers after the club had already lost RT Daryl Williams to a dislocated kneecap and torn MCL, as well as premier G Andrew Norwell in free agency. Taylor Moton is now expected to start at left tackle in Week 1 for a Carolina offensive line that remains in shambles.
Aug 21 - 9:41 AM

Panthers RT Daryl Williams was carted off the field Saturday.

Williams was said to go down in a tremendous amount of pain and immediately surrounded by teammates. Williams, 26 in August, has developed into one of the top tackles in the league and was sure to command a premium five-year deal from the Panthers with this upcoming season being his contract year. Time will tell on his status, but Carolina could be without both him and Andrew Norwell, who signed a $66.5 million deal with the Jaguars this offseason, in the trenches this year.
Jul 28 - 10:49 AM

Panthers waived OT Zach Banner.

The No. 137 overall pick of last year's draft by the Colts, Banner was waived before appearing in eight games for the Browns. The fact that he's getting cut loose at this stage of the offseason by the Panthers bodes poorly for his NFL future.
May 31 - 2:02 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera seemed to shut the door on re-signing free agent QB Derek Anderson.

Anderson has been the backup in Carolina for the last seven seasons, and GM Marty Hurney said the team talked to him earlier this offseason about returning to that role. Rivera seemed to close that door Tuesday, however, saying he expects Cam Newton's backup to emerge from the group already on the roster. Garrett Gilbert is the early favorite for the job.
May 29 - 10:53 AM

Giants signed WR Russell Shepard, formerly of the Panthers.

Shepard links back up with GM Dave Gettleman, who handed Shepard a three-year, $10 million deal last offseason before he was fired by the Panthers. Shepard brought nothing to the table as a receiver in Carolina but remains an effective special teams player. He'll compete for a job this summer.
May 21 - 7:57 PM

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

Panthers waived TE Kent Taylor.

The move comes two weeks after Taylor was slapped with a four-game PED ban. The UDFA out of UTEP has never appeared in a regular season game.
May 1 - 6:43 PM

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said RB Cameron Artis-Payne will "get the first crack" at joining Christian McCaffrey in Carolina's backfield rotation.

The Panthers cut ties with Jonathan Stewart in free agency and have yet to add any running backs to their depth chart. Artis-Payne need only compete with Fozzy Whitaker to receive a larger role behind McCaffrey this upcoming season. It's possible the Panthers also sprinkle in hybrid WR/RB Curtis Samuel into their backfield mix.
Apr 28 - 3:55 PM

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said the team has talked to free agent QB Derek Anderson about re-signing.

The Panthers do not have any proven backup options behind Cam Newton on the depth chart. Even if they draft a developmental prospect this weekend, they could use a veteran safety blanket in the No. 2 spot, a role Anderson has filled since 2011. It would not be surprising to see him re-sign after the draft.
Apr 24 - 11:30 AM

Raiders signed CB Daryl Worley, formerly of the Eagles.

Worley was cut by the Eagles after being arrested for DUI, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, and disorderly conduct fighting on April 15. A 2016 third-round pick of the Panthers, Worley put some promising moments on tape as a rookie but struggled last season and fell into a rotation for snaps.
Apr 23 - 3:24 PM

The Charlotte Observer doesn't expect the Panthers to have interest in free agent Dez Bryant.

The Panthers don't have the cap space to make a run at Bryant. Washington is also not expected to pursue him despite his desire to stay in the NFC East. Injuries and a down 2017 have Bryant's value at a career low, but he should resurface quickly.
Apr 13 - 5:15 PM

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