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Panthers 2018 season opener countdown: 54 days to go As you know Thomas Davis was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for failing a drug test. As a result we need Thompson to make this leap right out of the gate. He most likely will get a chance to play Davis' WLB position, the position he seems best suited for given his play speed.

Can a healthy 2018 Panthers receiving corps can be a 180-degree flip from 2017? An analysis of the Panthers’ receivers, including a big year ahead for Devin Funchess, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel.

Panthers: New stadium not likely, at least initially The Carolina Panthers have undergone a significant amount of change since last season, including a new owner. David Tepper recently completed his sole purchase of the franchise from founder and previous owner, Jerry Richardson.

Panthers' Sir Purr named NFL Mascot of the Year Since the early days of the franchise, Sir Purr has served as a friendly figure that routinely delights Bank of America Stadium, and anywhere else where he may be summoned. Relative to his peers, Sir Purr is truly an elite NFL mascot - and he has the hardware to prove it.

Panthers: Is Curtis Samuel finally back on track? Throughout the course of the offseason, many have been wondering if Samuel would be able to contribute to the team in the 2018 campaign partly because of injury and also because of the depth at the wideout position. Max Henson of Panthers.com answered three questions about the wide receivers on Monday, and Samuel was a topic of discussion.

David Tepper fulfills promise to longtime Carolina Panthers employee Before Tepper's place as the Panthers' owner was secure, he promised Coleman that he would see to it that the Panthers employee of 22 years had some. On Monday, Tepper kept his word, presenting Coleman with a box full of new business cards. Coleman was very much appreciative of the gesture, and spoke highly of Tepper afterwards.

Panthers: Three best players drafted in the Marty Hurney era Without further ado, we take a look at the three best players drafted in the Marty Hurney era. #59 of the Carolina Panthers\u201d \/>. The hype was there for Kuechly as soon as he left Boston College. Putting together an impressive resume at Chestnut Hill, Kuechly notched two seasons of 100-plus tackles.

Panthers offense played at slowest pace in the NFL last season According to Football Outsiders, the Carolina Panthers averaged 29.35 seconds per offensive play in 2017. That was even slower than what were formerly John Fox's Chicago Bears and earned them the distinction of playing at the slowest pace in the NFL.

Christian McCaffrey could get more catches as C.J. Anderson takes over as lead back The Panthers are planning to use C.J. Anderson as their feature back, leaving Christian McCaffrey in a similar role he had last season, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports. Jonathan Stewart and McCaffrey combined for only 1,115 rushing yards last season, with quarterback Cam Newton leading the team in rushing.

Watch: Steve Smith defends Terrell Owens' reputation Ask former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith and he'll tell you Owens has been painted in a bad way by the media, who he accuses of character assassination in some instances. Watch No. 89 go to bat for Owens in a recent segment on Good Morning Football.

This Panthers investor is giving away millions he made from the team’s sale A Carolina Panthers investor, Derick Springsteen Close, has given Foundation for the Carolinas a $30 million contribution out of proceeds from the $2.275 billion purchase by David Tepper.

Panthers LB Shaq Thompson announces engagement on Instagram Thompson announced that he is now engaged to be married over the weekend on his personal Instagram page. Congratulations! Thompson is 24 years old and entering his fourth season with the Panthers. He is expected to take on a larger role on the field this year, especially while Thomas Davis is suspended during the first four games.

Will Cam Newton Have a Breakout Year? Cam Newton is a must-see spectacle whether you enjoy his superman show or not. He is nearly indestructible for a quarterback, weighing in at 245 and being 6-5. He looks more like your normal NFL middle linebacker. He runs over defenders and does first down dances in their face until they react and receive penalties.

NFC South Two of them are young, but they can make a big splash in this division. Moore gives the Panthers explosiveness on the outside, and McCaffrey can be more of running threat as a second-year player than he was as a rookie. He was already a threat in the passing game as a rookie.

Cam Newton ranked No. 3 in converting 3rd or 4th-and-1 situations According to Pro Football Focus, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had the third-highest success rate in the NFL last year while rushing on third or fourth and one opportunities, converting 83.3 percent of the time. Only Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz did better.

Panthers running backs have a new plan to bounce back from underwhelming 2017 season A position analysis of the Carolina Panthers’ running backs ahead of 2018 training camp. Anderson is the likely starter in the traditional lead role, with Christian McCaffrey as changeup. Behind them, who?

THAT is What Showing the Love Looks Like Charlotte fans, now for Fear… While their singing ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’  at the end of a 2-1 overtime loss to Croatia in the semis wasn’t meant to foster fear,  the crystal clear ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ at beginning of the Three Lions third place game against Belgium’s Red Devils raised the hair on my neck.

The Story of the 2017 Carolina Panthers - Part Four The Falcons had opened the season with three straight wins, but they had barely escaped the Chicago Bears and only triumphed against the Detroit Lions thanks to an officiating call in the final seconds.

Cam Newton rated least consistent passing QB in NFL Yes even the staunchest Panther fan has to admit Newton has been inconsistent as a passer. He is a career 58% passer with a season high of just under 62%. Yet those of us that have watched him play since he was a rookie know it is a little deeper than that.

Panthers 2018 season opener countdown: 56 days to go He follows in the successful - as far as 5th round picks go - footsteps of AJ Klein and David Mayo. Klein earned a contract with the New Orleans Saints in free agency last year and Mayo, who will be profiled in this space tomorrow, has grown into an excellent depth and special teams player.

4 key players who may be entering their last year with the Panthers The Carolina Panthers have several key players who are set to retire at the end of this season, and if not then soon after. That transition will be a tremendous challenge for general manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera as they retool a changing roster around the second half of Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly's respective careers.

NFC South: Each team's most underrated player New Orleans Saints: Marcus Williams. Most of the attention in the Saints secondary went to rookie Marshon Lattimore last season, but fellow rookie Marcus Williams was just as impressive as his teammate. The second-round picked amassed 73 tackles and 4 interceptions in 15 games in his first year in the league.

Cam Newton charity hosting Hometown Gala in Atlanta tonight In that spirit, here's some info on an event for Newton's foundation, which is hosting a Hometown Gala in Atlanta tonight, per D. Orlando Ledbetter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Newton is from the Atlanta area and played at Westlake High School.

Panthers: Can Spartanburg make their push to save training camp? There are many people who aim to keep the team there, including figures with close ties to the place. Late Friday, Stephen Igoe of 247Sports wrote a piece detailing the fact that many local figures in the area want the Spartanburg camp to stay.

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