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7-9, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Progress continues on the Panthers' new indoor practice facility that should be finished by August. The artificial turf is down on the field that will be covered by a bubble. And during Wednesday's organized team activity a large portion of sod was rolled out on a field between the facility and where the team practiced. "It's fascinating,'' tight end Greg Olsen said. "You guys watch them put the sod down? I think that was the highlight of the day. Watching that guy drive that little truck and putting that sod down 18 inches at a time was mesmerizing. That was fascinating. And then the machete guys, the rake guys . . . these guys are serious, And they put 100 feet of sod down in an hour and a half of practice. It's pretty amazing.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera texted Harold Varner III on Sunday after thé Gastonia, N.C., native shot an 81 in the final round of the PGA Championship. He just wanted to tell Varner, who was in the final pairing with winner Bruce Koepka, to keep his head up. Rivera also invited Varner to watch the Panthers practice during organized team activities, and Varner took him up on it Wednesday.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says there remains no timetable for when quarterback Cam Newton will throw. He remains optimistic the 2015 NFL MVP will ready for the season and take a big step forward in his second season under offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints finally added a veteran DE – Wes Horton, who started eight games last year for the rival Panthers and started a total of 35 games over the past six years with 15.5 sacks. Horton, a 6-foot-5, 265-pounder who was undrafted out of USC in 2013, will add depth behind projected starters Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport. It was New Orleans' most glaring remaining need after losing former starter Alex Okafor in free agency this year.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Mose Frazier broke his left arm during offseason workouts on Tuesday on accidental contact by a teammate, a league source confirmed. He was scheduled to undergo surgery by team doctor Pat Connor after a second opinion was sought by his representatives. The recovery is expected to take three to four months. His status for training camp is to be determined. I wrote about Frazier recently and how he worked with fellow Memphis Tigers alum Isaac Bruce on improving his skills to increase his chances to make the roster.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

South Carolina lawmakers on Monday officially approved an incentive package that will grant the Carolina Panthers $115 million in state discounts when the Charlotte, North Carolina-based team moves its headquarters across the state line into the Rock Hill, S.C., area. The plan is to break ground on a state-of-the-art sports complex later this year.

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Tax break for Panthers HQ in S.C. near passage

South Carolina legislators are expected to clear the final hurdle to giving the Carolina Panthers up to $120 million in tax breaks to move their practice fields and team headquarters out of North Carolina.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers added more speed and depth at wide receiver, signing Aldrick Robinson to a one-year deal. Robinson had five touchdown catches last season for Minnesota. He has 86 career receptions and 14 touchdowns. He can stretch the field.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Four-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield was ‘'disappointed'' his son Elijah, a running back out of Georgia, wasn't selected last month in the NFL Draft because of a slow 4.78 second time in the 40 at the combine. But Holyfield was glad to see his son was signed by the Carolina Panthers to compete for the backup spot behind Christian McCaffrey. In an interview with ESPN.com last Friday at Cam Newton's celebrity kickball tournament the elder Holyfield said if it was all about speed the NFL ‘'would have all the track runners.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers keep searching for tight end depth. They claimed Temarrick Hemingway the day after waving Thomas Duarte. Hemingway was a sixth-round pick by the Rams out of South Carolina State in 2016. Roster stands at 89.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

In an effort to add depth and competition at tight end the Panthers signed Ethan Wolf, one of 12 tryout players invited to last weekend's rookie camp, to a one-year contract. Wolf (6-5, 255) was undrafted out of Tennessee in 2018. He spent part of last season on Green Bay's practice squad.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen likes what he saw out of third-round pick Will Grier at rookie camp. ‘'He should have been drafted higher,'' Allen said. He believes the competition between him, Grier and Taylor Heinicke to back up Cam Newton will be good, but friendly because all are ‘'good dudes.'' He also likes what Newton brings to the competition from what he saw last season. ‘'He's not a selfish guy in that room,'' Allen said of Newton.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

A matchup many wanted to see at the Panthers rookie camp was first-round pick Brian Burns, an edge rusher from Florida State, versus second-round pick Greg Little, a left tackle from Ole Miss. Although they weren't in pads both showed the athleticism Carolina saw going into the draft. Their 1-on-1 battles go all the way back to high school. ‘'It's a great matchup and the Panthers got a great player for a long time,'' Little said. ‘'I'm excited to play with him.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who turns 30 on Saturday, said he's too old to change the way he plays (meaning running and throwing) even though he's coming off his second shoulder surgery in three offseasons. ‘'I'm not changing,'' Newton said at his celebrity kickball tournament.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Panthers cornerback (now Washington) Josh Norman said it was a ‘'surreal feeling'' when he walked into Bank of America Stadium today for the first time since having his franchise tag rescinded after the 2015 season. He can't imagine what it will be like when he walks in for a game on December 1. For today it's Cam Newton's celebrity kickball tournament.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Not quite a ‘'Spider-Man'' pose as Panthers first-round draft pick Brian Burns was known for at Florida State. And evaluating how the 16th overall pick did during a steady downpour as rookie camp began wouldn't be fair. After all, Burns wore a cap. But he initially lined up as an OLB as Carolina blends the 3-4 front into its traditional 4-3 scheme. Burns' ability to also play DE in the 4-3 was one of the things that made him so attractive to coach Ron Rivera, who says what defense he calls will be situational.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cam Newton Celebrity Kickball tournament is underway at Bank of America Stadium and rain hasn't dampened spirits or the need for selfies. Always a good time for the celebrities and participants.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers rookie running back Elijah Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, gave boxing a try early in his career. He decided to focus on football because he didn't want to get hit as much. His dad is scheduled to participate in Cam Newton's celebrity kickball tournament today at Bank of America Stadium. He should draw a crowd.

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Team Stats

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