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Jan 25

Around the NFC South: Offseason plans

From finding a new owner to breaking in new coordinators on both sides of the ball to difficult decisions about pending free agents, the Panthers are poised for a season of significant change. The good news? They’re starting from a good place. That’s important given that they’re not alone

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Jan 24

5 questions with Pro Bowler Graham Gano

1) How excited are you for your first Pro Bowl experience?  “I’m so excited. I’ve been playing for nine years now and this is my first shot at a Pro Bowl. I think I’m more so excited for my family and my wife and my kids to get to experience this.”  2) Where does this rank on your

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Jan 24

Marty Hurney talks evaluation process at Senior Bowl

Interim general manager Marty Hurney likes everything about the draft process, and this time around, he likes where the Panthers stand heading into it. "This is an exciting time of the year," Hurney said while taking in Senior Bowl practices …

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Jan 19

Greg Olsen already getting acquainted with Norv Turner

CHARLOTTE – Players and coaches in professional sports understand that change is inevitable, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier when it happens. Tight end Greg Olsen enjoyed the best years of his career with Mike Shula as Carolina’s offensive coordinator. From 2014-16, Olsen was

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Jan 19

Grill Bill: Mock draft madness

The roster wasn’t Super Bowl caliber this season, so it needs a good amount of work. But how about I just give you what I see as the biggest hole?  Here’s who’s under contract for next season at defensive end: Mario Addison , Charles Johnson, Wes Horton , Daeshon Hall , Zach Moore , Bryan

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Jan 18

Will Ed Dickson land back with Panthers?

CHARLOTTE – A day after the Panthers’ season came to a close, tight end Ed Dickson was among the first players to enter the locker room and among the last to exit. “It’s a sense of the journey coming to the end,” he said. Dickson was referring to the team’s journey that ended with

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Jan 17

The up-and-down seasons of Carolina’s second-year corners

Moments after the Panthers’ playoff loss in New Orleans, the preseason’s popular breakout candidate at cornerback stood alone in a corner of the visitors’ locker room quietly packing his travel bag. The final image of his up-and-down season – an unsuccessful attempt to knock the ball away

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Jan 16

Around the NFC South: End of the run

A memorable year for the NFC South included three memorable playoff games, but the final three games of the 2017 season won’t include football’s best division. A week after the Panthers lost a tough one to the Saints in the first-ever postseason matchup of NFC South foes, both the Saints and

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Jan 15

Ron Rivera a rock in a rocky situation

CHARLOTTE – As is the nature of the NFL, so much has changed around Bank of America Stadium since the John Fox era ended in 2010. The stadium itself has undergone rounds of renovations, much like the team itself. The current interim general manager was…

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Jan 12

Panthers’ pieces similar to Norv Turner success stories

CHARLOTTE – Because the Ron Rivera/Norv Turner reunion has been the NFL’s worst-kept secret since Tuesday, plenty of folks had a head start analyzing how the new coordinator will – or won’t – help the Panthers’ offense. For me, the easiest way to look at it is this: Turner is almost like

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Jan 08

Will Julius Peppers dress for the Panthers again?

CHARLOTTE – While pretty much everyone else was dressed in sweats, Julius Peppers came to clean out his locker in crsip jeans and a cream-colored, double-breasted peacoat on top of a v-neck sweater and a button-down shirt. “Are you going to take a fami…

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Jan 08

Star Lotulelei “ready for next chapter” if it’s not in Carolina

CHARLOTTE – About 15 hours after the Panthers’ season ended in New Orleans, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei had work to do at Bank of America Stadium.  The dozen or so pair of size-15 shoes and rack of Panthers-issued clothing in his locker wasn’t going to pack itself.  “I don’t know what

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Jan 08

Transcript: Ron Rivera’s end of season press conference

On not getting a replay review on Mike Adams ‘ interception: “I asked the side judge and said, ‘You’re going to need to take a look at that, he dropped the ball.’ He just said, ‘We’ll see.’ He said something into the mic. I have no idea what he said, but I did bring it up

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Jan 08

Thomas Davis expects “reduced role” in 2018

CHARLOTTE – Before Panthers players went their separate ways for the offseason Monday, veteran linebacker Thomas Davis was asked if he thought the team as it’s currently constructed still has time to make a postseason run. After saying the window remains open, he acknowledged that his personal window

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Jan 08

6-Pack: The season finale

1) Spoiled start Everything was going according to plan.  The Saints had gone three-and-out on their first two possessions, and the Panthers were 13 plays into a drive that had eaten up half of the first quarter’s clock. Then the plan began to unravel.  On play No. 14, a third-and-2 from the New

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Jan 08

Cam Newton tries to take blame after valiant effort

NEW ORLEANS – Several times through the years, Cam Newton has referred to offensive football as the ultimate team endeavor. Despite that belief, and despite putting it all on the line for his team on the NFL’s biggest stage, Newton still felt like he let his team down. “I’ve just got to

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