Carolina Panthers

3rd NFC South (1-1-0)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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  • Injury roundup: Newton on track to start Thursday

    Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Tuesday that his star QB Cam Newton will take first snaps vs. the Jaguars on Thursday, barring a setback with Newton's surgically repaired shoulder.
  • Panthers cautious with Cam, will sit him vs. Titans

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is progressing well from offseason shoulder surgery and is feeling fine, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Still, the QB won't play Saturday against the Titans.
  • Dak impresses for 'Boys; Jaylon has spirited debut

    Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott showed why he won't be one-year wonder and teammate Jaylon Smith made his long-awaited debut. What else did we learn from Saturday's preseason slate of games?
  • Thomas Davis inks 1-year extension with Panthers

    Thomas Davis will be under contract with the Carolina Panthers for at least another year. The veteran linebacker has signed a one-year extension with the team, the Panthers announced Tuesday.
  • Injuries: Cam Newton throws during team drills

    The latest on Cam Newton's shoulder continues to be good news. The Panthers quarterback again threw during team drills on Sunday, showing no signs of any setbacks with his shoulder.
  • Damiere Byrd makes case as Panthers' deep threat

    The preseason matters to Damiere Byrd. The Panthers wideout and return man made the most of his snaps on Wednesday night with a four-catch, 98-yard, two-TD fiesta in a 27-17 win over Houston.
  • Rookie Watson outshines Savage in preseason tilt

    Houston Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson impressed in his NFL debut Wednesday night, outshining veteran Tom Savage. Chris Wesseling breaks down what else we learned from Texans-Panthers.
  • Kelvin Benjamin a big-boned headache for Texans

    News for all you Belly Truthers out there: Kelvin Benjamin looks good tonight in Charlotte. The fourth-year wide receiver had a dynamic pair of catches in the first half against the Texans.
  • Newton won't play in Panthers' preseason opener

    The Carolina Panthers will kick off the preseason on Wednesday without Cam Newton. Coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that Newton will not play in the preseason opener versus the Houston Texans.
  • Panthers DT Lotulelei not worried about new deal

    Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei told reporters this weekend that he wasn't worried about his current situation, meaning that he seems to be alright with playing out his fifth-year option.
  • McCaffrey ends Kuechly at Panthers practice

    Carolina Panthers first-round pick Christian McCaffrey is wowing thus far in training camp. On Wednesday, veteran linebacker Luke Kuechly fell victim to the RB's ability.
  • Cam has a sore shoulder, doesn't throw at practice

    The Panthers are taking a cautious approach with Cam Newton during training camp. The star QB did not throw during practice on Tuesday, seeing the field briefly at the end of the session to hand off.
  • Stewart: McCaffrey 'unstoppable' in Panthers camp

    Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey is impressing thus far in training camp. Veteran Jonathan Stewart said McCaffrey is 'pretty unstoppable' coming out of the backfield.
  • Newton hopes to bounce back from '16 nightmare

    For Cam Newton, the nightmare remains a vivid one. Carolina's quarterback -- an MVP two seasons ago -- has yet to wipe the memory of last year's ultra-rocky campaign.
  • Rivera: Cam a little 'rusty' but looks good throwing

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw for the first time in practice since March shoulder surgery. The Panthers, though, are keeping their superstar on a "pitch count" for now.
  • Panthers TE Olsen won't hold out, to play out deal

    Panthers TE Greg Olsen would like a new deal, but the Pro Bowler isn't going to hold out. Olsen told media Tuesday he did not want to be a further distraction after Dave Gettleman's firing.
Draft 2017 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 8 (8) McCaffrey, Christian RB 
Rd 2, Pick 8 (40) Samuel, Curtis WR 
Rd 2, Pick 32 (64) Moton, Taylor OG 
Rd 3, Pick 13 (77) Hall, Daeshon DE 
Rd 5, Pick 8 (152) Elder, Corn CB 
Rd 6, Pick 8 (192) Armah, Alex FB 
Rd 7, Pick 15 (233) Butker, Harrison K 
Scoreboard more
Nissan Stadium - Wk 2 1 2 3 4 T
Carolina Panthers 0 10 14 3 27
Tennessee Titans 17 7 3 7 34
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
P1 Wed, Aug 09 Houston 27-17   W
P2 Sat, Aug 19 @ Tennessee 27-34   L
P3 Thu, Aug 24 @ Jacksonville 7:30 PM ET
P4 Thu, Aug 31 Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET
1 Sun, Sep 10 @ San Francisco 4:25 PM ET
2 Sun, Sep 17 Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Preseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Joe Webb 20 12 195 3
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Cameron Artis-Payne 11 92 8.4 1
Christian McCaffrey 10 66 6.6 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Damiere Byrd 4 98 24.5 2
Austin Duke 5 75 15 0
Kelvin Benjamin 4 71 17.8 1
Kaelin Clay 3 51 17 0
Transactions more
Date Transaction
8/15 Dean Marlowe (FS) Waived, Injury Settlement (waived, injury settlement).
8/14 Drew Iddings (DT) Reserve/Injured from Waived/Injured; Not Against 90 (reserve/injured from waived/injured; not against 90).
8/13 Drew Iddings (DT) Waived, Injured, Prior to Cut to 53 (waived, injured, prior to cut to 53).
8/13 Connor Wujciak (DT) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 .000
New Orleans 0 0 0 .000
Carolina 0 0 0 .000
Atlanta 0 0 0 .000

Head Coach more

Ron Rivera

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Ron Rivera was named the fourth head coach in Carolina Panthers' history on Jan. 11, 2011.

Rivera served as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers' top-ranked defense in 2010 and playing linebacker for the Chicago Bears' top-ranked defense and Super Bowl XX championship team in 1985.

Rivera worked with the San Diego Chargers from 2007-10. He coached inside linebackers before taking over as the team's defensive coordinator midway through the 2008 season.

With Rivera's guidance, the pass defense steadied itself - intercepting nine passes and yielding 229.6 passing yards per game and 11 touchdown passes over the final eight games. Those numbers contrasted to the first half of the season when San Diego notched just seven picks and was victimized for 265.1 yards per game and 14 touchdowns through the air.

In Rivera's first full season leading the defense in 2009, the Chargers ranked 16th in total defense and 11th against the pass. One of the unit's strengths was playing tough after offensive turnovers, giving up only 44 points, a figure that tied New England for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Those rankings improved in 2010 as San Diego led the NFL with an average of 271.6 total yards allowed per game and gave up a league-low 177.8 passing yards per game. Overall, the Chargers finished in the top five in 11 different defensive statistical categories despite not having any defenders selected to the Pro Bowl.

From 2004-06, Rivera oversaw the Chicago Bears defense, engineering the unit to two top-five finishes in the league. Under Rivera's direction, five different defensive players went to the Pro Bowl: linebacker Lance Briggs, safety Mike Brown, defensive tackle Tommie Harris, linebacker Brian Urlacher and cornerback Nathan Vasher.

In his first season as a defensive coordinator in 2004, Rivera presided over a defense that produced nine more takeaways and 17 more sacks than the previous year and scored a franchise record and NFC high six defensive touchdowns. The Bears also thrived on third down and buckled down inside their own 20-yard line, ranking first in the NFL in third-down efficiency (30.5%) and topping the NFC in red zone defense (42.6%).

The following year, Chicago continued to build on the foundation Rivera laid in 2004. The Bears won their first of two consecutive NFC North titles and stood second in the NFL in total defense. In surrendering the fewest points in the league, Rivera's defense went 43 consecutive quarters without allowing more than seven points - the longest streak in the NFL since 1969. Chicago also led the NFL in red zone defense (32.5%) and rated second in third-down efficiency (31.9%).

During Rivera's last season with the Bears in 2006, the defense paced the NFL with 44 takeaways and finished fifth in the league in total defense and third in scoring defense, helping propel Chicago to the NFC Championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.

Prior to becoming a defensive coordinator, Rivera spent five seasons from 1999-2003 as the linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, who advanced to the NFC Championship game in each of his final three seasons.

Following his retirement from his playing career, Rivera went into broadcasting. He covered the Bears and college football as a television analyst for WGN and SportsChannel Chicago for four years from 1993-96.

Selected in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft by Chicago, Rivera played all nine of his pro seasons with the Bears. Primarily an outside linebacker, he appeared in 149 games with 62 starts (including 12 postseason contests with six starts) and posted 392 tackles, 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, nine interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Rivera was a member of six NFC Central division title teams and a Super Bowl XX championship team in 1985.

As a player, Rivera was known for both his skill and determination on the field and his dedication of time and energy to the community. As a result, he was named the Bears' Man of the Year in 1988 and earned the club's Ed Block Courage Award in 1989.

An All-American at the University of California, Rivera finished his career as the school's all-time leader in sacks with 22 and tackles with 336. As a senior in 1983, he set the Bears' single-season record for sacks with 13 and tackles for loss with 26.5.

Born Jan. 7, 1962 in Fort Ord, Calif., Rivera lived in Germany, Panama, Washington and Maryland before his family settled in Marina, Calif. He attended Seaside High School in Marina and was a three-sport star in football, basketball and baseball.

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  1. Published: Aug. 19, 2017 at 05:41 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers fullback Alex Armah runs up the sideline and gets into the end zone for a 20 yard touchdown.

  2. Published: Aug. 19, 2017 at 05:36 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne breaks free from defenders and picks up 43 yards.

  3. Published: Aug. 19, 2017 at 05:14 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne escapes the pile and gets into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown.

  4. Published: Aug. 19, 2017 at 05:11 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne makes Titans defenders miss and rushes for a gain of 22 yards.

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