Carolina Panthers

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


Thu Sep 8
L 21 - 20at DEN
Sun Sep 18
W 46 - 27SF
Sun Sep 25
L 22 - 10MIN
Sun Oct 2
L 48 - 33at ATL
Mon Oct 10
L 17 - 14TB
Sun Oct 16
L 41 - 38at NO
Sun Oct 30
W 30 - 20ARI
Sun Nov 6
W 13 - 10at LAR
Sun Nov 13
L 20 - 17KC
Thu Nov 17
W 23 - 20NO
Sun Nov 27
L 35 - 32at OAK
Sun Dec 4
L 40 - 7at SEA
Sun Dec 11
W 28 - 16SD
Mon Dec 19
W 26 - 15at WAS
Sat Dec 24
L 33 - 16ATL
Sun Jan 1
L 17 - 16at TB


Tampa Bay9-7-04-2-0
New Orleans7-9-02-4-0
Panthers' Garrett Gilbert: Joins Carolina on one-year deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gilbert signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

While they already have three quarterbacks on the roster, the Panthers were likely in need of another arm for training camp with Cam Newton (shoulder) on the shelf for the time being. While Gilbert hasn't thrown a regular-season pass in his career, he could theoretically push Joe Webb for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2017 season opener.

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Panthers' Michael Oher: Progressing in recovery from concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Oher (concussion) remains under the concussion protocol but is progressing in his recovery, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Oher hasn't cleared the protocol since first reporting concussion symptoms prior to Week 4 -- nearly 6 months ago. However, the 30-year-old offensive lineman has been working out as usual in the weight room five days a week and is moving in the right direction toward getting the thumbs up. With the recent addition of Ryan Kalil, Oher's expected to slide over to right tackle ahead of the 2017 season opener. However, if he's unable to shake off the lingering effects of his head injury soon, the Panthers may need to begin making other arrangements.

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Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Gets fifth-year option picked up by Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Benjamin will have his fifth-year option picked up by the Panthers, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

This comes as little surprise as Benjamin, when healthy, has been the team's best receiver since landing in Carolina in 2014. He hauled in 63 of 118 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and proved to be a reliable threat deep down the field with 10 receptions of 20-or-more yards. According to Person, Benjamin's option figures to be in the $8 million range in 2018.

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Panthers' Jonathan Stewart: Signs extension through 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Panthers signed Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018, the team's official website reports.

Previously entering the final season of a five-year, $36.5 million contract he signed in 2012, the 30-year-old running back was scheduled for a 2017 cap hit of $8.25 million. The extension likely redistributes some of that charge to 2018, ending any speculation about the possibility Stewart could be released. He had 218 carries for 824 yards (3.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns in 13 games last season, missing at least three contests for a fifth consecutive year. The Panthers could still select a running back early in the upcoming draft.

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Panthers' Cam Newton: Scheduled for shoulder surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newton is slated to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder on March 30, Max Hanson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Newton suffered a partial tear of his right rotator cuff in Week 14 of last season, after which his practice participation alternated between limited and full in preparation for the final three games. While he didn't miss an offensive snap down the stretch, he statistically posted the worst campaign of his six-year career, completing a miserable 53 percent of his throws for 3,509 yards with a 19:14 TD:INT ratio, while failing to reach 500 yards on the ground (359 yards, to be exact) for the first time. After the season, the Panthers placed a specific rehab schedule upon him. "We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage -- the strengthening stage, the throwing stage -- he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing. As a result, Dr. Pat Connor [head team physician] felt the most prudent procedure would be to arthroscopically repair the shoulder." Newton is expected to require 12 weeks before commencing "an early throwing program" and 16 weeks before throwing in a team setting. With attendance during the offseason program ruled out, he'll aim to be ready by the start of training camp in late July.

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