Carolina Panthers

4th NFC South (1-2-0)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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  • Browns deal P Andy Lee in trade with Panthers

    The Browns traded punter Andy Lee to the Panthers Monday, the team announced. Panthers punter Mike Scifres exited Friday's preseason tilt with the Patriots with a knee injury after taking a shot to the leg.
  • NFL roster cuts tracker: Trimming to 75 players

    It's that time of the preseason. With the 2016 regular season nearly upon us, NFL teams have started trimming their rosters to 75 players. Keep track of all the latest cuts here.
  • Rivera on Short contract: Panthers 'will figure it out'

    Ron Rivera believes it's only a matter of time before the Panthers reach agreement with Kawann Short on a new contract. Will the Pro Bowl defensive tackle play out the final year of his rookie deal?
  • Demaryius Thomas KOs Norman with a tweet

    Demaryius Thomas struck back at Josh Norman's digs on Twitter by posting a photo of his Super Bowl 50 championship ring, reminding the ex-Panthers CB of the game's result.
  • Panthers' Funchess set for breakout season?

    The buzz surrounding Devin Funchess continues to bubble up. Beat reporters in bunches have called the second-year wideout the MVP of Panthers camp. Is a breakout season ahead?
  • Cam's early celebration costs Panthers TD

    Cam Newton came off the sideline early while linebacker A.J. Klein returned an interception 95 yards for a score. A penalty on the Carolina Panthers quarterback wiped out the touchdown.
  • Cam arrives for preseason opener ... in style?

    An honest question: Is Cam Newton pulling this off? The Panthers quarterback arrived in Baltimore for Thursday's preseason matchup against the Ravens in a questionable ensemble.
  • Panthers DE Kony Ealy in concussion protocol

    Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy has been sidelined after a helmet-to-helmet hit during Saturday's practice. He is now in the league's concussion protocol, according to coach Ron Rivera.
  • Benjamin healthy and ready to go for Panthers

    The Carolina Panthers are welcoming Kelvin Benjamin back into the fold for training camp. Will Cam Newton have the best wide receiver corps of his six-year career?
  • Coleman, Panthers reach 3-year extension

    While defensive tackle Kawann Short remains at a contract impasse with the Carolina Panthers, veteran safety Kurt Coleman has landed a new deal.
  • No holdout: Short to report to Panthers camp

    Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Carolina defensive tackle Kawann Short will report to training camp after skipping a portion of OTAs this offseason in search of a new contract.
  • Training camp preview: Carolina Panthers

    Will the Carolina Panthers put together another dominant season? Conor Orr explores the experienced group heading into training camp, including Kelvin Benjamin and the deep receiving corps.
Draft 2016 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 31 (30) Butler, Vernon DT 
Rd 2, Pick 31 (62) Bradberry, James CB 
Rd 3, Pick 14 (77) Worley, Daryl CB 
Rd 5, Pick 2 (141) Sanchez, Zack CB 
Rd 7, Pick 31 (252) Sandland, Beau TE 
Scoreboard more
Bank of America Stadium - Wk 3 1 2 3 4 T
New England Patriots 3 6 7 3 19
Carolina Panthers 0 0 3 14 17
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
P1 Thu, Aug 11 @ Baltimore 19-22   L
P2 Sat, Aug 20 @ Tennessee 26-16   W
P3 Fri, Aug 26 New England 17-19   L
P4 Thu, Sep 01 Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET
1 Thu, Sep 08 @ Denver 8:30 PM ET
2 Sun, Sep 18 San Francisco 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Preseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Cam Newton 47 26 298 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Cameron Artis-Payne 17 48 2.8 0
Brandon Wegher 21 41 2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Damiere Byrd 5 93 18.6 0
Ted Ginn 4 88 22 1
Devin Funchess 8 78 9.8 1
Marcus Lucas 6 77 12.8 2
Transactions more
Date Transaction
8/29 Miles Shuler (WR) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
8/29 Tom Lally (DE) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
8/29 Willie Smith (OT) Terminated, Vested Veteran, all contracts (terminated, vested veteran, all contracts).
8/29 Avius Capers (WR) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Atlanta 0 0 0 .000
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 .000
New Orleans 0 0 0 .000
Carolina 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. 26, 2016 at 10:53 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers QB Joe Webb finds wide receiver Marcus Lucas for an 18-yard touchdown.

  2. Published: Aug. 26, 2016 at 08:15 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart finds the hole and runs for a 23-yard gain.

  3. Published: Aug. 20, 2016 at 06:20 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Joe Webb finds running back Jalen Simmons for a 6-yard touchdown.

  4. Published: Aug. 20, 2016 at 05:18 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback finds wide receiver Kevin Norwood for 8-yard TD.

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