Archive for the ‘Carolina Panthers’ Category

Still the No Fun League: NFL approves ban on leaping over line to block kicks (Shutdown Corner)

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Plays like this, when Miami’s Tony Lippett jumped over the line during a kick attempt in January, are now banned in the NFL. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week the league may relax its current, excessively restrictive rules on celebrating, and while we may see that come to pass, we got another reminder on Tuesday that the NFL isn’t called the “No Fun League” for nothing. At the annual owners meetings in Arizona, a proposal to ban one of the game’s infrequently used but always exciting plays was passed, and it is now illegal for a player to leap over the line of scrimmage to block a field goal or extra-point attempt.

Panthers sign Jonathan Stewart to 1-year contract extension (The Associated Press)

Friday, March 24th, 2017
The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday. Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns.

NFL mulling crackdown on illegal head shots (AFP)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
The National Football League is mulling a crackdown on foul play that would see ejections for players who aim hits at an opponent's head, officials said Wednesday. NFL Executive Vice President for Football Operations Troy Vincent said on Twitter the league was studying the move as part of an effort to eradicate head shots. "The Committee is also exploring ways — including considering immediate ejections or suspensions — to take dangerous hits out of our game," Vincent wrote on Twitter.

NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Star quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff next Thursday, but expects to be ready for the start of training camp, the team announced. Newton, the 2015 league MVP, will begin an early throwing program 12 weeks following the surgery. Should he progress well from there, Newton will resume throwing with the team at 16 weeks.

Panthers star Newton faces surgery (AFP)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is to undergo surgery to repair a damaged rotator cuff but is expected to be fit for pre-season, the team said Tuesday. Panthers officials said Newton faced the operation to repair damage sustained during a game against the San Diego Chargers in week 14 of last season. The decision to go under the knife was taken after Newton's rehabilitation from the injury failed to go as planned.

NFL draft profile: USC CB Adoree' Jackson, elite returner with coverage skills (Shutdown Corner)

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Shutdown Corner is counting down the top 50 prospects in the 2017 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted. Key stat: Scored touchdowns in four ways in college — as wide receiver (six), kick returner (four), punt returner (two) and off interceptions (one) — and contributed as runner on offense too.

Bills sign 3 free agents, including CB Leonard Johnson (The Associated Press)

Friday, March 17th, 2017
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have signed three free agents, including cornerback Leonard Johnson.

Vikings apparently still counting on cornerback Terence Newman, who turns 39 this season (Shutdown Corner)

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
The Minnesota Vikings have brought back cornerback Terence Newman, who turns 39 in September, on a one-year deal. It’s not often you see a 39-year-old defensive back in the NFL. In fact, only two that age or older have intercepted a pass in the league — Charles Woodson and Darrell Green — since 1978, per Pro Football Reference.

NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Pass-rushing linebacker DeMarcus Ware announced his retirement after 12 NFL seasons on Monday. The 34-year-old Ware posted a letter on Twitter addressed to his former teammates, coaches and fans preceded by the caption "It's time." "After a lot of thought and prayer, I've decided to accept the unknown and retire from my NFL career," Ware wrote, later adding that he had unspecific offers from teams on the table in free agency. The nine-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro ranks eighth on the NFL's all-time sacks list with 138 1/2.

Panthers re-sign lineman Chris Scott to 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Monday, March 13th, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have re-signed offensive lineman Chris Scott to a one-year contract.