Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th113.4 (10th)230.3 (21st)
Defense21st91.6 (6th)268.2 (29th)

Schedule

4:25 pm EDT
Sun Sep 10
at SF
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 17
BUF
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 24
NO
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 1
at NE
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 8
at DET
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 12
PHI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 22
at CHI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 29
at TB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 5
ATL
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 13
MIA
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 26
at NYJ
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 3
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 10
MIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 17
GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 24
TB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 31
at ATL

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Atlanta11-5-05-1-0
Tampa Bay9-7-04-2-0
New Orleans7-9-02-4-0
Carolina6-10-01-5-0
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Panthers' Cam Newton: Begins throwing again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newton threw Monday for the first time since having offseason shoulder surgery, Bill Voth of Panthers.com reports.

Newton tossed 45 passes in total, throwing to Carolina's head athletic trainer from three different positions. The session took place in the Panthers' locker room, evidencing the baby steps required before Newton can take the field again. Following surgery on his partially torn right rotator cuff in late March, the quarterback said his range of motion hasn't fully returned yet, but Newton admitted it felt good to finally be able to throw again. In order to shake some of the stiffness in his arm, Newton is scheduled to continue one-on-one throwing sessions for the next four weeks, and if all goes according to plan, he'll be cleared to throw to teammates the day the Panthers open training camp on July 26.

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Panthers' Dean Marlowe: Returns to full health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Marlowe (hamstring) participated in the entirety of the Panthers' OTAs, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports. "This is the first time I actually put on a helmet since September," Marlowe said. "But adversity can be key -- you just have to bounce back and keep pushing. I'm so happy to be out here healthy and performing on the field."

Marlowe spent nearly his entire rookie season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury, but he now appears to be back to 100 percent. The second-year James Madison product picked off a few passes in front of reporters during OTAs and seems to be making a strong case for the No. 2 strong safety job behind Kurt Coleman.

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Panthers' Devin Funchess: Talked up by team brass
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Panthers coach Ron Rivera and GM Dave Gettleman both said the team should have used Funchess (ankle) more last season, Bill Voth of Panthers.com reports.

Funchess didn't exactly make a strong case for a larger workload last season when he hauled in only 23 of 59 targets (39 percent) in 15 games, though he did produce 16.1 yards per catch and four touchdowns. He's still the favorite for the No. 2 wideout job, but the Panthers probably wouldn't have used their first two draft picks on pass-catching back Christian McCaffrey and slot receiver Curtis Samuel if they had confidence Funchess -- a 2015 second-round selection -- were about to emerge as a major weapon. Part of the problem may be that Funchess' skill set is somewhat redundant alongside Kelvin Benjamin's, as neither offers much speed and both are among the league's largest wide receivers. Funchess suffered a minor ankle injury during the offseason program, but he participated in mandatory minicamp in mid-June and should be at full health for training camp.

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Panthers' Greg Olsen: Doesn't exclude possibility of holdout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Olsen said it's too early to say whether he'd consider holding out of training camp as part of his effort to secure a new contract, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.

Considering training camp is only five weeks away, Olsen presumably at least has some idea about his plan for landing a new contract. His $6.5 million base salaries for the next two seasons would seem to make him a clear bargain in comparison to other top tight ends, but the situation is partly of his choosing, as his contract contains a much higher percentage in guarantees (53.3 percent) than the deals signed by Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce and Jimmy Graham. Olsen agreed to the deal two years ago, seemingly trading some upside in exchange for security. The Panthers probably don't want to set the precedent of a large-scale renegotiation for a contract that was signed only two years ago and still has two years remaining, but the 32-year-old Olsen did mention that he hopes to play another five or six seasons, which could make an extension amenable to both parties. He hasn't missed a game since 2007 despite handling a heavy workload throughout his time in Carolina, drawing triple-digit targets each of the past five seasons, including 122 or more the last three years.

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Panthers' Russell Shepard: Starting off well in Carolina
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shepard consistently got open and caught the ball from his slot position during offseason practices, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Shepard joined the Panthers this offseason to help replace Ted Ginn and Philly Brown, and it appears he's gotten off to a great start in his bid to do so. After career-highs of 23 catches for 341 yards and two scores with the Buccaneers last year, Shepard will hope to keep his momentum going when Carolina opens training camp. As it stands, the 26-year-old is expected to compete with rookie second-rounder Curtis Samuel and fellow offseason signing Charles Johnson for pegging behind the Panthers' top wideouts, Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess.

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