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Panthers Roster Cut Down Bubble Watch

Here's a look at players on the proverbial roster bubble who helped themselves in practice this week. The WR competition is really heating up just when I thought the six spots were settled. The key factor is Brentson Bersin's ribs. If he isn't ready by Sept 8th then that might open the door for one of these guys. Five observations from Wednesday’s practice4. Norwood flashes...
Via Cat Scratch Reader
8 hours ago

Rivera confident DT Kawann Short will get long-term deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Coach Ron Rivera says defensive tackle Kawann Short is ''too important a player'' for the Panthers not to sign him to a long-term contract. Short has one year remaining on his rookie deal. He's outperformed his current contract, recording 11 sacks last season while being named NFC Player of the Month twice. Rivera said Wednesday that ''somewhere along the...
Via Associated Press
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Panthers No. 2 WR Funchess gives Newton another big target

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton breaks into a smile, barely able to control his enthusiasm when thinking about the prospect of wide receiver Devin Funchess lining up opposite Kelvin Benjamin this season. Newton, the league's MVP, may never have to worry about overthrowing another target again given the receiving corps the Panthers have assembled. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Funchess...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rivera harps on red zone execution and penalties

Head coach Ron Rivera is looking to clean up some problem areas as Panthers enter third week of the preseason.
2 days ago

Ron Rivera: Panthers considered drafting Blaine Gabbert over Cam Newton

Way back in April of 2011, the Carolina Panthers were the worst team in the NFL and in desperate need of a franchise savior. Luckily for them, they owned the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. With a desperate need at the quarterback position, Carolina was set on taking one at the top of the draft. Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, and Jake Locker were all promising prospects, and...
Via The Comeback
July 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Panthers working on contract extension for Ron Rivera

After a near-perfect regular season and getting the Carolina Panthers to their second Super Bowl in franchise history, head coach Ron Rivera will get rewarded. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports, the Panthers have reached out to Rivera to begin work on a contract extension, his second in two years after receiving a three-year extension following the 2013 season. Rivera...
Via The Sports Daily
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Cam Newton: ‘I’m an African-American QB that may scare a lot of people’

Cam Newton quickly has become one of the most polarizing figures in sports. The Carolina Panthers quarterback is the favorite to win the NFL MVP for the 2015 season, and he has the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. But his play often was overshadowed by his touchdown celebrations, and some fanbases, like Seattle Seahawks fans, have taken things to the extreme as a result. And Newton...
January 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Ron Rivera ‘confident’ Jonathan Stewart will play in NFC Championship Game

As a date with the chainsaw run defense of the Arizona Cardinals awaits in the NFC Championship Game, the Panthers will need to have their backfield at or near full health to stay competitive. Fortunately, Jonathan Stewart appears to be holding up his end of the bargain. While pessimistic about the availability of defensive end Jared Allen (who suffered a foot injury in last week’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Ron Rivera bans Panthers from using hoverboards

Don’t expect to see Cam Newton on a hoverboard anytime soon. Panthers coach Ron Rivera has banned his players from using hoverboards due to the injury risk and the viral videos – and the fact that two of his players saw fit to drag race on them. Ron Rivera banned hoverboards because he saw them blowing up on YouTube. Plus he saw two guys dragracing in the hallway — Jonathan...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Panthers go through rare padded practice before bye week

Ron Rivera doesn’t want his 15-1 Panthers to relax too much during their bye week. According to, the Panthers head coach put his team through a padded practice, which is rare for this late in the season. The Panthers had their regular-season bye in Week 5, so they’ve played for 12 straight weeks and it seems they could use the time off that they earned as the...
Via The Sports Daily
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

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