2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
7-9, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL awarded compensatory draft picks today and the Panthers got a third-round pick (No. 100 overall), as expected, after losing All Pro left guard Andrew Norwell to Jacksonville last season. Pretty good for a player who was undrafted originally.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Meredith Starkey has been named chief marketing officer of the Panthers. Starkey spent nearly 10 years at T-Mobile, where she was Vice President of Marketing – Sponsorships and Events. She is a native of Williamston, N.C., and grew up in Lexington, S.C., Starkey earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Clemson.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers signed S Damian Parms to a one-year deal. An exclusive rights free agent, Parms spent last season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury suffered in the preseason. He will add depth in competition.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers made it official that Jake Peetz has been hired to replace retired running backs coach Jim Skipper. Peetz comes to Carolina with nine years of NFL experience, having spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2008-12), Washington Redskins (2014) and Oakland Raiders (2015-17). An assistant coach last year at Alabama, he has a vast knowledge of the RPO that offensive coordinator Norv Turner has implemented.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

It didn't take long for the Panthers to fill the role of retired running backs coach Jim Skipper. According to multiple reports, beginning with Albert Breer, Carolina has hired Alabama assistant coach Jake Peetz. His background in the RPO (Run-Pass-Option) is a good fit for offensive coordinator Norv Turner, big on the RPO with the offense running through Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers running back coach Jim Skipper is retiring, the team announced. The 70-year-old has been with the Panthers for 15 of the past 17 years.

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7dMike Reiss

Kap 'absolutely' still wants to play, lawyer says

Attorney Mark Geragos said he believes the Panthers and Patriots are two potential landing spots for his client, Colin Kaepernick, who still "absolutely wants to play" in the NFL.

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Kaepernick, Reid settle grievances against NFL

In a joint statement Friday, the NFL, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid say they have resolved the collusion grievances filed by the players against the league.

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9dJeremy Willis

The best cheesy Valentines from around the NFL

Nothing says "I love you" like an exquisite pun from your significant other's favorite NFL team. Here are some of the best from around the league, including from the league's leading Casanova, the Atlanta Falcons.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The promotion of Sam Mill III to game management coach takes some of the pressure off Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who will continue to call defensive plays in 2019. "Sam sees the game from a different perspective," Rivera said. "He's very interested in how the league operates, how the game operates. By that I mean he's a guy that pays attention to the rules, he pays attention to replay and he understands time management and score management."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers made official three coaching changes. Everette Brown was named assistant linebackers coach, Ben Jacobs assistant special teams coach and defensive line coach Sam Mills III game management coach. Brown was promoted from a coaching intern. Jacobs was a top special teams player for Carolina for years.

Reid signs 3-year deal with Panthers (0:44)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Eric Reid said his collusion grievance against the NFL is ongoing, as is that of former San Francisco 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick, and he believes his new three-year deal will strengthen his case. Asked if he had hope that Kaepernick might finally get signed by an NFL team this year, Reid didn't offer much hope. “Knowing what I know, my hope tank is on E. This is a leverage game, so we'll see what happens moving forward.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Eric Reid said prior to the end of last season with the Panthers he wanted market value with his next deal. This one reportedly is three years for more than $22 million. “I do feel like I got that,'' Reid said of market value. “So I'm satisfied with this contract.'' Reid added his collusion grievance against the NFL remains ongoing.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers signed safety Eric Reid to a three-year deal through the 2021 season. Solidified a big need in the secondary.

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16dDavid Newton

Cam with a plan: 'More dangerous' after surgery

Panthers QB Cam Newton posted a video on YouTube saying that he'll be "even more dangerous" after having arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his throwing shoulder.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says on his newly-launched YouTube channel that the surgery and critics saying "they've seen the best of Cam'' will only make him "more dangerous.'' "When it's all said and done, I can look back at my life and I know this particular time in my life propelled me to that next point. I'm excited about what the future holds.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, on his YouTube channel he launched on Thursday, said he couldn't throw the football more than 30 yards as the season progressed because of the soreness in his right shoulder. “No lie,'' Newton said. . . . "I felt like defenses was exposing me because I couldn't throw the ball down field. Not being in a position physically to be able to make the throws that you know you're capable of making, that was the disheartening thing of the whole year.''

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.8
Rushing Yards133.5
Points For23.5Tied-14th
Points Against23.9