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2017 Schedule
6-10, 4th in NFC South
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8hTodd McShay

NFL draft buzz: Christian McCaffrey to the Panthers?

Sources have told Todd McShay that the Carolina Panthers are getting a lot of buzz as being a possible landing spot for Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey at No. 8 overall.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Between visits & workouts, Toledo RB Kareem Hunt met with Detroit, New England, San Francisco, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tennessee, Carolina and the New York Jets. Hunt is a possible Day 2 pick at running back. Hunt had 262 carries for 1,475 yards and 10 touchdowns with 41 catches and 403 receiving yards last season.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Could Washington cornerback Josh Norman ever return to the Panthers as Julius Peppers and Captain Munnerlyn did this year in free agency? Here's what he said Saturday night at his celebrity basketball tournament In Charlotte.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (yes he is wearing No. 23) prepares to block out former Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith at Josh Norman's celebrity basketball fundraiser. Little gamesmanship here. Or maybe Davis is trying to put his missed dunk on the other end behind him. He wasn't 23 worthy on that one but he has some game.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (yes wearing a hat backwards) with the rebound and former Carolina cornerback Josh Norman with the 3-pointer on the other end. Norman naturally gets the first basket for his team at his celebrity basketball fundraiser.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

This is quite a reunion. Former Panthers cornerback Josh Norman with former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith with Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. Norman says he has something for his old rival Smith.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith catches up with new Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks at Josh Norman's celebrity basketball fundraiser.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Jonathan Stewart among several Panthers at the Josh Norman celebrity basketball fundraiser at Providence High in Charlotte, N.C. Also here are safeties Kurt Coleman and Tre Boston and cornerback Teddy Williams. Stewart has pretty good form on the court.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Panthers cornerback (now Washington ) Josh Norman doing a meet and greet with fans before his celebrity basketball tournament at Providence High in Charlotte, N.C. Redskins-themed colors now of course. Norman still is popular in the Queen City.

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Best reunion games of 2017 NFL season

New Panthers lineman Matt Kalil will see his former Vikings teammates late in the season. Carolina defensive players will face their previous coordinator much sooner than that.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said quarterback Cam Newton is "on schedule'' to be ready for training camp after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery on March 30. He also remains optimistic that offensive tackle Michael Oher, still in the concussion protocol, will be ready to play this season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers used 29 of their 30 official visits on draft picks. General manager Dave Gettleman doesn't get caught up in numbers here. But he typically drafts players that have made official visits.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman doesn't sound like a man looking to trade up in the draft. Here's what he said Friday when asked about having four picks among the top 98: "It's real valuable. This is a good draft. Man, I'm telling you. This is the full Ben & Jerry's, Howard Johnson's . . . Does anybody remember HoJos's, Howard Johnson's? Fifty-six flavors? Fifty-seven? There is a real variety of talent and skills and interesting mixes and matches. It's a heck of a draft to have a lot of picks. And frankly, the back end of the draft has some interesting characters.''

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Week 2 of the NFL season will be circled in red ink on a lot of calendars, as three head coaches and two prominent players who changed squads this offseason will face their former teams for the first time.

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Cam Newton & Co. will play under the Monday Night Football spotlight just once, hosting the Dolphins during midseason. They open the season against San Francisco and end with Super Bowl runner-up Atlanta.

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2017 Carolina Panthers game-by-game predictions

Other than again having to open on the road, Ron Rivera won't have much to complain about with a 2017 schedule that is favorable for a fast start.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers preseason home opener against the Houston Texans will be played on Wednesday, Aug. 9, one day before the NFL schedule window for preseason openers. The exception was granted to accommodate the PGA Championship taking place in Charlotte that week. "We approached the NFL and the Houston Texans about moving our game to Wednesday in an effort to minimize the impact on city resources, and out of respect for our friends at Quail Hollow and the PGA," executive director of stadium operations Scott Paul said.

Team Stats

Passing Yards230.3Tied-21st
Rushing Yards113.410th
Points For23.115th
Points Against25.126th

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