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11-5, 1st in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera said he heard from Cam Newton via text in Newton's unique style after the Panthers selected Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore. The message said: "Thank You."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney didn't realistically think Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore would be there at No. 24. He said Moore reminds him a little of Steve Smith, the team's all-time leading receiver, in terms of physical play and yards after the catch. "When he has the ball in his hands he turns into a running back," Hurney said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers now have two former Maryland wide receivers in 2018 first-round pick D.J. Moore and Torrey Smith, acquired in a trade with Philadelphia. Moore said Smith called him this morning, easing his mind.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore (WR, Maryland) wasn't all that surprised he was taken at No. 24. “They told me [when I was on my visit] they was going to do it. They kept their promise.'''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers select Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore with the 24th pick. They needed a player that could stretch the field and create separation. They got one in Moore, 6-foot, 210 pounds, who remind many of Steve Smith, the team's all-time leading receiver. This player has an attitude when going for the ball.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots have selected tackle Isaiah Wynn . Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said he would be patient and let the draft come to him. He has done that with a multitude of trades above him. Now he has a choice of the top two wide receivers (Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore), guard Will Hernandez, cornerback Mike Hughes or even South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst. A receiver or Hernandez might make the most sense based on need. Don't rule out Boston College outside linebacker Harold Landry with Thomas Davis suspended the first four games and retiring after this season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans have selected linebacker Rashann Evans. The Patriots are on the clock. They could go with Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan or an OT based on need, leaving the Panthers at No. 24 with their choice of the top two wide receivers (Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore), cornerback Mike Hughes, safety Justin Reid, guard W/ill Hernandez or South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The draft is at pick No. 18, where Panthers GM Marty Hurney says the draft starts for him. He has a list of six or so players ready to choose from at No. 24. Right now he's got a lot of good options at CB, WR and even center-guard.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen makes it official by signing two-year extension. Here is his official statement: "I've made it clear over the past year that I want to keep playing and I want to play here," Olsen told the team. "Both sides were very fair and worked on it in a timely manner. I feel really good about what we were able to get done both for ourselves and the team."

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Ex-Panthers worker details alleged misconduct

A former employee of the Panthers, alleging sexual misconduct against owner Jerry Richardson, has broken her silence on the subject.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers released a statement on what they have been doing to ensure a good workplace environment since the NFL announced in December it was investigating owner Jerry Richardson for alleged sexual and workplace misconduct.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Securing Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen through the 2020 season with a two-year extension does not mean the Panthers won't take a tight end with the 24th pick in tonight's NFL draft. As I was told by a source, "nothing is off the table.'' The Panthers still need a backup tight end that can catch as insurance in case Olsen gets hurt as he did last year They run a lot of two tight-end sets as well.

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Panthers TE Olsen signs two-year extension

The Panthers have signed tight end Greg Olsen to a two-year extension. The deal is worth up to $10.05 million per season, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Panthers' TE Greg Olsen is signing a two-year extension today worth $8.55M per year with a max value of up to $10.05M per year, per source. I also confirmed the deal is worth $17.1 million over two years, per source. Olsen has been seeking extension and security.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson typically is in the war room for the draft. He also visits with many of the players brought in for a visit. This year may be different with Richardson selling the team and under investigation by the NFL for alleged sexual and racial workplace misconduct. GM Marty Hurney said he's not sure what Richardson's plans are for the draft on Thursday night.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers GM learned a lot watching the draft as a non-participant the last five years. One thing he assured, "I can tell you we're not going to be trading next year's first [round pick].'' Hurney did that a few times in the past and it didn't work out well.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said he's still talking to Derek Anderson, who has been Cam Newton's backup since 2011. Also said he believes in the philosophy of taking a quarterback in the draft to develop for the future. Just don't expect that to be with an early pick.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney hasn't ruled out trading up or down the draft. “In this draft at 24, we'll probably get calls either way,'' he said. “What we do will depend on how the draft has gone.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers on Tuesday exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Shaq Thompson. The team's 2015 first-round pick started a career-high 14 games and had a personal-best 75 tackles with six quarterback pressures and two sacks this past season. There never was a debate on whether the option should be used.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

This is a no-brainer but the Panthers plan to pick up the fifth-year option on linebacker Shaq Thompson, a league source confirmed. Thompson is the long-term replacement for Thomas Davis. The option was first reported by Ian Rapoport.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards192.328th
Rushing Yards131.44th
Points For22.712th
Points Against20.411th