CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-11)
CAMP SITE: Charlotte, North Carolina
LAST YEAR: Panthers floundered following 5-3 start, costing head coach Ron Rivera his job. Carolina lost QB Cam Newton two...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers had a decision to make with the No. 7 overall pick in the NFL draft — Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown or Clemson linebacker Isaiah...
BEST FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK: LB Luke Kuechly. A tough one, as you can make strong arguments for QB Cam Newton (2011), DE Julius Peppers (2002) and even RB Christian McCaffrey (2017), although he’s...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With the Panthers in the midst of a roster overhaul, Christian McCaffrey could have forced his way out of Carolina in hopes of finding a team better prepared to challenge...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Look for the Panthers to get defensive in the upcoming NFL draft.
Carolina lost nine defensive starters from last year’s team, including five-time All-Pro linebacker...
CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB James Bradberry, DE Mario Addison, DT Gerald McCoy, DT Dontari Poe, RT Daryl Williams, OLB Bruce Irvin, CB Ross Cockrell, WR Jarius...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring from the NFL after eight seasons.
The 28-year-old Kuechly made the surprising announcement Tuesday night in a...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are in need of leadership and direction on and off the field as they prepare for an uncertain future.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey has made a habit of writing down goals before every season.
One of those was becoming the third player in NFL history to record 1,000 yards rushing...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ohio State defensive end Chase Young won the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation's top college defensive player on Monday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have endured some rough stretches in the past two years.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly believes this last week was probably the toughest.
LONDON (AP) — For most members of the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game in London is an opportunity to see a new country and experience a different culture.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly easily could have had an interception to add to his personal stats.
Gardner Minshew's heave toward the end zone on the game's final...
CAROLINA PANTHERS (7-9)
New faces: DT Gerald McCoy, C Matt Paradis, DE Bruce Irvin, OLB Brian Burns, OT Greg Little, QB Will Grier, WR Chris Hogan.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers say quarterback Cam Newton and four other key starters will not play Friday night against the Buffalo Bills.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cam Newton's return to game action will have to wait.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly will not play in Thursday night's preseason...
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly returned to team drills for the first time since sustaining an undisclosed injury last Wednesday.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Panthers have added a familiar face to the roster, signing safety Tre Boston to a one-year contract.
Boston didn't participate in the team's morning practice on...
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was held out of the second half of practice after getting tangled up in a pile during a 9-on-7 play.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Ron Rivera's focus is a little different this summer in his ninth training camp with the Carolina Panthers.
Along with being the team's head coach, Rivera enters the...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — All it took for the Carolina Panthers to land All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was a one-year deal worth up to $10.25 million — and a vegan lunch with some future...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers safety Eric Reid says he's been fined a fourth time this season by the NFL for an illegal hit — this time for a hit that didn't draw a flag.
The play came in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints, when Reid and linebacker Luke Kuechly converged on wide receiver Michael Thomas near the sideline.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Thomas Davis said Carolina's most recent loss could turn out to be a positive for the Panthers moving forward.
That's why Davis thanked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin at midfield for "humbling" the Panthers after his team put up 52 points on Carolina's once-vaunted defense last Thursday night.
DALLAS (AP) — L-u-u-u-u-u-ke, and this time it's unanimous.
Luke Kuechly was voted the NFL's top inside linebacker by The Associated Press for the second straight year Friday, with all 10 members of the panel picking the Carolina star first.
The top three remained unchanged from a year ago, with Seattle's Bobby Wagner second followed by C.J. Mosley of Baltimore. Kuechly got seven of 11 first-place votes in 2017, and Wagner picked up the other four. No such split this time.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis arrived at work bright and early Monday morning to some unexpected fanfare after serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for PEDs.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short stood smiling at his locker sporting a new black golf shirt with three letters stitched on that read: G2X.
It was a present to the defensive linemen from new coordinator Eric Washington — a reminder of the motto of this year's unit.
"Getting to the spot, man; getting to the quarterback," Short said. "It's the mentality for everybody on defense."
CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)
New faces: RB C.J. Anderson, WR Torrey Smith, WR Jarius Wright, WR D.J. Moore, TE Ian Thomas, OL Jeremiah Sirles, DT Dontari Poe, CB Donte Jackson, S Da'Norris Searcy, QB Taylor Heinicke.
Key losses: RB Jonathan Stewart, OG Andrew Norwell, TE Ed Dickson, DE Charles Johnson, DT Star Lotulelei, CB Daryl Worley, S Kurt Coleman, QB Derek Anderson.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end Mario Addison has spent his entire life shedding labels.
Now the former undrafted rookie from Troy who was waived by three other NFL teams appears on the verge of joining the upper echelon of the league's defensive ends entering his eighth season.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Well, it turns out that maybe Panthers four-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly may have a minor flaw in his game.
The 27-year-old Kuechly, considered one of the best players in the league at his position, said after Sunday's practice his pass rushing ability needs to improve "by leaps and bounds."
CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina
LAST YEAR: Panthers enjoyed bounce-back season after failing to reach playoffs in 2017. Carolina lost three times to New Orleans, including wild-card playoffs. No deep threat, lengthy injury to TE Greg Olsen and poor pass protection doomed offense. Defense remained one of NFL's best behind high MLB Luke Kuechly.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers four-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly says he should be ready for full contact when training camp begins following offseason surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Kuechly participated in individual drills during minicamp Tuesday, but was held out of team drills.
The 27-year-old Kuechly called that a "bummer," saying "that's the best part of OTAs and minicamp. But it's still good to be out here."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While NFL owners were busy unanimously approving the sale of the Carolina Panthers to hedge fund owner David Tepper in Atlanta, his new team was taking the field for the first time together this season 250 miles away in Charlotte.
Tepper inherits a team that will have a noticeably new look for 2018.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All that's left of the 2018 NFL scouting combine is for the deepest class of defensive backs ever to attend the annual assembly of college prospects to wrap up their testing and timing Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Then, they'll join the other hopefuls in returning home to prepare for their pro days, team visits and the NFL draft in Arlington, Texas, next month.
Here's a look at some of the highlights and lowlights of this year's combine:
NEW YORK (AP) — Veterans Joe Thomas, Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis are among eight finalists for the NFL's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
Also announced Monday as finalists are Luke Kuechly, Haloti Ngata, Joe Staley, Josh McCown and Alex Smith.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints rookie sensation Alvin Kamara took the brunt of a hard collision near the goal line with Carolina linebacker Shaq Thompson, who is 2 inches taller and 15 pounds heavier than runner he was trying to prevent from scoring on fourth down.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers' offense were far from their usual playmaking selves.
Thanks to the opportunistic defense and special teams — and some big-time mistakes by the New York Jets — they didn't need to be.
Luke Kuechly returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown and Kaelin Clay had a 60-yard punt return for a score, capping a stunning swing in the fourth quarter that lifted the Panthers to a 35-27 comeback win on Sunday.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — The potential return of middle linebacker Luke Kuechly to the Panthers starting lineup on Sunday has been greeted with a mixture of excitement and concern by teammates and coaches.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The potential return of middle linebacker Luke Kuechly to the Panthers starting lineup on Sunday has been greeted with a mixture of excitement and concern by teammates and coaches.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly practiced in full pads and coach Ron Rivera says he's on pace to play Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Kuechly participated in all of practice Wednesday but has not yet been cleared from the NFL concussion protocol, Rivera said. The league's NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 is expected to meet with independent physicians later this week. However, the fact he practiced without any restrictions is a positive sign for Carolina.
NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Kuechly tackles just about everything that comes his way. The toughest opponent lately for the Carolina Panthers' playmaking star has been the injuries that have kept him off the field.
Kuechly was voted the NFL's top inside linebacker in The Associated Press rankings on Friday.
He beat out Seattle's Bobby Wagner and Baltimore's C.J. Mosley for the No. 1 spot. The voting was done by Pro Football Hall of Fame member James Lofton and 10 AP football writers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly will miss Carolina's game against the Chicago Bears while in the concussion protocol. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and two-time All-Pro center Ryan Kalil are expected to start.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly, who was limited in practice Friday, is "progressing nicely" through the concussion protocol. Rivera is hopeful Kuechly can return for next week's game.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers could be without two key players when they visit the Chicago Bears.
Three-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly missed his third straight day of practice Thursday with a concussion while wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin missed a second consecutive day of practice with inflammation in his left knee.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are faced with the difficult task of replacing three-time All-Pro Luke Kuechly for the third time in three seasons, the
Only this time they don't have A.J. Klein to fill in at middle linebacker.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly is back in the concussion protocol. And that could leave a big hole at the heart of the Panthers' defense.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly won't return to the Panthers' game Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles after being placed in the concussion protocol.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — To say that Tom Brady was unhappy about what transpired at the end of New England's 2013 loss at Carolina would be an huge understatement.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It's time to find out if Carolina's No. 1-ranked defense is for real.
After dominating performances against sub-par offenses in San Francisco and Buffalo, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly knows the Panthers will face their stiffest test Sunday when Carolina plays host to Drew Brees and the Saints' high-flying offense.
"Their offense is still what it is — it's explosive," Kuechly said. "Drew makes it run and they're very creative with the ball."
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — LeSean McCoy wouldn't be topping 9,000 career yards rushing if he spent time wilting at the prospect of facing defenses stacked against him or deflecting blame after a bad outing.
And the Buffalo Bills running back isn't about to start now.
Stopped in his tracks by Luke Kuechly and the Carolina Panthers last weekend, McCoy expects much more from himself with Von Miller and the Denver Broncos coming to town Sunday.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (6-10)
New faces: DE Julius Peppers, CB Captain Munnerlyn, S Mike Adams, LT Matt Kalil, RB Christian McCaffrey, WR Russell Shepard, WR Curtis Samuel, LT Matt Kalil.
Key losses: FB Mike Tolbert, LT Michael Oher, RT Mike Remmers, WR Ted Ginn Jr., WR Philly Brown, LB A.J. Klein, S Tre Boston, DE Kony Ealy.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera endured a rough season in 2016 after being forced to start two rookies at cornerback following the release of Josh Norman and the retirement of Charles Tillman.
This year he's looking forward to having James Bradberry and Daryl Worley in the starting lineup.