Archive for the ‘Carolina Panthers’ Category

Thomas Davis, after signing extension: ‘Only thing left to do is go win a Super Bowl’

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Thomas Davis isn’t done yet. The 34-year-old Carolina Panthers linebacker signed a one-year extension with the team, announced on Tuesday afternoon. A source told the Observer that the deal is worth $6.75 million, with $3 million guaranteed ($2 million of which will come this year, and $1 million the following). “Lifer, baby!” A jubilant Davis exclaimed in a video post on social media by the Panthers’ accounts. He was on a plane with teammates heading to Nashville for this week’s joint practices and exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans. “Now the only thing left to go do is win the Super Bowl,” he added. Negotiations had started between Davis’ representation and Carolina’s front office

LB Thomas Davis gets another contract extension from Panthers

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Thomas Davis has long said he plans to spend his entire career with the Panthers, but he's in no hurry to leave. NFL Media reported the new deal will net Davis an additional $3 million in guaranteed money between 2017 and 2018. Thomas Davis on new contract: “I’m extremely excited.

A decade of trips to Panthers training camp with his dad led to this emotional visit

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Austin O’Connor and his father, Kevin, made the trip to Wofford College for Carolina Panthers training camp last week, just as they have every summer since O’Connor was 13. They drove down Interstate 26 from Asheville in the early, foggy hours of the Carolina morning. It was cloudy, for once. Austin, now 24, couldn’t remember a gentler morning in all of his years hawking autographs along the sideline at Gibbs Stadium and the adjacent practice fields. When quarterback Cam Newton was a rookie, Austin stayed out in the Spartanburg heat long after his father had given up and retreated to the car. His effort paid off: The two drove back, deliriously happy in the air conditioning – proud owners of

Why Panthers QB Cam Newton didn’t throw Saturday, and other things we learned at camp

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

The Carolina Panthers held a full-pads practice on the stadium field at Wofford College on Saturday, the next-to-last practice of training camp. After some work during individual drills on Friday, quarterback Cam Newton, recovering from March shoulder surgery, didn’t throw. During team drills, he was in with the first team for run plays, particularly to improve his timing on pitches. He was working on footwork drills while the other quarterbacks threw during individual periods. Coach Ron Rivera said afterward that Saturday was a scheduled day off for Newton, and that Newton would throw Sunday. On hand to watch was Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson, who had conversations with Marty Hurney,

Panthers sticking to docs’ direct orders on Cam Newton

Friday, August 11th, 2017

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he wouldn't mind if quarterback Cam Newton didn't play in any of the preseason games as the 2015 NFL MVP continues to rehab his shoulder. "I'd be OK with it,'' Rivera said after Friday's practice. That doesn't mean Newton won't play in next Saturday's game at Tennessee or the following week at Jacksonville after missing Wednesday night's preseason opener against Houston. Newton hasn't played in the final preseason game since his 2011 rookie season, so there's not much likelihood of him facing Pittsburgh on August 31. "We're going to do exactly what the trainers and doctors allow us to do,'' Rivera said. Rivera reiterated what he has

Who will be on Carolina Panthers’ 53-man roster? Here’s our early projection

Friday, August 11th, 2017

The Carolina Panthers are only a fourth of the way through the preseason schedule – and most of their starters sat or only played a couple of series in the exhibition opener against Houston. But it’s never too soon for the Observer’s first projection of the 53-man roster, which won’t be set until Sept. 2 after the NFL did away with the initial round of cuts this year. We’ll update our projections after every preseason game, making allowances for the likelihood that interim general manager Marty Hurney will add a veteran or two from among the more than 1,100 players who will flood the market on cutdown day. Quarterbacks (3): Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Joe Webb. The skinny: The concern here is

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton tested his throwing shoulder in Friday practice

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw live routes to wide receivers Friday afternoon for the first time in nearly two weeks. Newton fired passes to Kelvin Benjamin and his other wideouts for about 10 minutes during the individual portion of Friday’s practice at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium. It was the first time Newton attempted live throws at training camp since July 30, when trainers pulled him near the end of practice because of arm fatigue. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Friday was a step in what is expected to be a gradual process as the medical staff tries to get Newton ready for the regular season. Asked if the Week 1 game at San Francisco was the target for Newton, Rivera said: “We'll

No deep threat to replace Ted Ginn Jr.? Carolina Panthers turned one loose vs. Texans

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Along the receivers’ row of lockers Wednesday at Bank of America Stadium, Devin Funchess kept yelling, “They let him out of the cage!” It was a punny reference to fleet wideout Damiere Byrd, who did in fact fly high in the Carolina Panthers’ 27-17 victory over Houston in the exhibition opener for both teams. Byrd caught four passes for 98 yards, including two touchdowns, in a breakout performance by a player who spent the past two seasons on the Panthers’ practice squad. “This game really helped me take that next step,” he said. Byrd, who went to high school in New Jersey, has never lacked speed – only size and playing time. Despite being the fastest player at South Carolina, Byrd was always

Texans rookie Deshaun Watson showed enough flash to make QB race interesting

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

When his first game in an NFL uniform had wrapped, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was sliding his way across the field when a grinning face appeared from the crowd. “It was just all love and support,” Watson said of the encounter. Watson smiled and stopped from sharing too much.

Rookie QB Watson shines in Texans’ 27-17 loss to Panthers

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Deshaun Watson reminded everyone why Panthers coach Ron Rivera - and many others - felt he should have won the Heisman Trophy last season. Watson shined in his NFL preseason debut, completing 15 of 25 passes for 179 yards and running for a score in the Houston Texans' 27-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday night. The cheers grew louder when Watson outran two defenders for a 15-yard touchdown - although Panthers fans tried to cover the celebration with boos.