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2018 Schedule
7-9, 2nd in NFC South
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8hDavid Newton

With Cam hurt, Panthers keeping 'options open'

Panthers owner David Tepper said Tuesday that the team is keeping all options on the table when it comes to the sore right shoulder of quarterback Cam Newton, including the possibility of the former MVP sitting out the 2019 season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner David Tepper said he was involved in the decision to not re-sign linebacker Thomas Davis, 35, the team's all-time leading tackler and a long-time leader in the locker room. “When you have cherished – I'm not going to use this word lightly – cherished veterans, you should get involved at that point with ownership. If you have things that could potentially be disruptive or viewed as very controversial, Eric Reid, you get ownership involved in that decision making.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner David Tepper admitted winning became harder this past season the worse Cam Newton's right shoulder. He's also hopeful that Newton's shoulder will be much improved by the 2019 season, but realistic the team has to be prepared in case that doesn't happen. “We have to recognize we may have to do things through the year if it doesn't [get better],'' Tepper said. “We have to make sure we have our options in all ways possible.'' As for the rehab plan for Newton's shoulder, Tepper indicated a decision between rest and surgery has not been made. “Of course it's a concern,'' Tepper added. “People get injured in football and what we have to do is keep our options open just in case. Cam Newton is a guy we're going to be depending on. He's a talent. But it would be foolish to say you're not having an awareness of potential things that could happen during the year.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner David Tepper said there were many reasons why he retained coach Ron Rivera and GM Marty Hurney after a 1-7 finish to a 7-9 season. Among them: * He believed the team was better than the final record; * The offensive line at times looked like a disaster due to injuries; * Improvement on defense once Rivera took over the play calling; and he admitted changes probably should have come earlier; * The team got older faster then anyone expected; * As Cam Newton's ‘'shoulder got worse much it was harder to win;'' * The way the team played in a 33-14 victory at New Orleans in the finale; * He believes Rivera is a good coach and Hurney has a handle on the personnel side.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has pulled out of the Pro Bowl. ESPN.com's Todd Archer is reporting Kuechly will be replaced Leighton Vander Esch, becoming the first Cowboys rookie defender to play in the all-star game since Everson Walls in 1981.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Perry Fewell on Tuesday was hired as the Panthers' new secondary coach. Fewell is a native of Charlotte and worked with coach Ron Rivera with the Chicago Bears in 2005. "With his background with coverages and technique I think he'll be really good for us, especially for our young defensive backs," Rivera said.

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Reid's lawyers dispute claim testing was normal

Attorneys for Eric Reid dispute a joint statement by the NFL and NFL Players Association that says the Panthers safety was not singled out with excessive drug testing and they're demanding the league and the union "immediately issue a retraction.

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6dDavid Newton

Veteran LB Davis says Panthers won't re-sign him

Thomas Davis said via social media Wednesday that the Carolina Panthers have informed him they won't re-sign him for next season. Davis, 35, said he intends to land with another team to continue playing.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receivers coach Lance Taylor will not return for the 2019 season, a source close to the situation confirmed to ESPN.com. Taylor joined the Panthers in 2017 after three seasons at Stanford, where he was the position coach for Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey, the eighth pick of the 2017 draft. Exactly why Taylor isn't returning remains unclear. Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL radio first reported this.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Outside linebacker Thomas Davis, 35, posted on social media that the Panthers informed him on Monday they're "going to go in a different direction with the linebacker position'' and not re-sign him. "It was extremely tough for me to deal with,'' Davis said in a video. "That's why you guys are just hearing from me right now because I wanted to be back, I wanted to be a part of a group that . . . righted the wrongs we had this season.'' Davis said he will pursue playing for another team. "I want to play football,'' Davis said.

Le Batard says NFL/NFLPA's message to Reid is 'You're wrong' (2:43)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Eric Reid has claimed he was randomly drug tested seven times this past season. League sources told ESPN.com that number is inaccurate.

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7dDavid Newton

NFL, NFLPA: Reid not targeted for drug tests

The NFL and NFL Players Association issued a statement saying there is no evidence that Panthers safety Eric Reid was targeted for drug testing, as he alleges.

Stephen A.: It's time for Eric Reid to 'get over it' (1:35)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Thé NFL and NFLPA ruled after an investigation that Panthers safety Eric Reid was not being targeted with seven drug tests since signing with Carolina in late September. ‘'There is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive line coach Sam Mills III was named one of two head coaches for the 2019 East-West Shrine Game. Mills will serve as the head coach of the East Team. Minnesota's Adam Zimmer will coach the West Team. Mills is the son of former Panthers linebacker/coach Sam Mills, the only player In the team's Hall of Honor.

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Panthers, Vike assistants to coach Shrine Game

Assistant coaches Sam Mills III of the Carolina Panthers and Adam Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings will be the head coaches of the East-West Shrine Game.

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.816th
Rushing Yards133.54th
Points For23.5Tied-14th
Points Against23.919th