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Revenge or vindication? Panthers 2021 schedule filled with games that could be both

By Richard Walker When the Carolina Panthers got their 2021-22 NFL schedule on Wednesday, a theme of the season is the number of games that can be considered “revenge” or “vindication” contests. It starts in the Sept. 12 opener when new Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold faces the team that just traded him when Bank of […]

Panthers trade back for extra picks, then choose wide receiver in second round, offensive lineman and tight end in third round

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers made four trades on Friday night, then chose the first three offensive draft picks of the Matt Rhule era. The Panthers selected LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall with the No. 59 selection in the second round, BYU offensive tackle Brady Christensen the No. 70 selection in the third round […]

SURPRISE MOVE? Panthers choose South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn

By Richard Walker With a quarterback and two offensive tackles linked to their selection still available when the Carolina Panthers made their No. 8 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, the team selected a cornerback from the University of South Carolina. Jaycee Horn, a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, became the eighth straight defensive player chosen in […]

NEXT MOVE? After offseason of roster change, Panthers head into 2021 draft will multiple options (with full list Panthers’ all-time draft picks)

By Richard Walker One year after setting NFL history by selected only defensive players in the 2020 draft, the Carolina Panthers enter the 2021 draft after an offseason full of roster moves. After replacing 16 starters during the 2020 season, including one due to Christian McCaffrey’s injuries, Carolina currently enters the draft with a projected […]

NEW QUARTERBACK? Panthers acquire former Jets first-rounder Sam Darnold and are set to trade 2020 starter Teddy Bridgewater

By Richard Walker One of the worst-kept secrets in the NFL this offseason has been that the Carolina Panthers were seeking a new starting quarterback for the upcoming 2021 season. On Monday, the franchise thinks it has found its man after sending three draft picks to the New York Jets for 23-year-old Sam Darnold. Darnold […]

PANTHERS FREE AGENCY: Team adds offensive and defensive line players while losing three 2020 starters

By Richard Walker Carolina Panthers had to know the offeseason would be a busy one after head coach Matt Rhule went 5-11 in his first season. And this week delivered seven free agent additions and six free agent departures. Early in the week, the Panthers focused on restocking the offensive line by signing guard Pat […]

PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Davis and Olsen retire together, Rhule and Fitterer discuss future, Draft update, Moton’s Gastonia connection

By Richard Walker It’s been a busy week for the Carolina Panthers. It was highlighted by Thursday’s emotional retirement announcements by popular former players Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen. Each player returned to Bank of America Stadium to sign one-day contracts in order to finish their careers with the Panthers. Davis, selected No. 14 overall […]

Panthers continue 2021 restructuring by releasing three more players

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers continued their 2021 restructuring by releasing three more players. The team announced the release of defensive end Stephen Weatherly and punter Michael Palardy. The team also reportedly released safety Tre Boston, a former University of North Carolina standout. Earlier this week, the team released veteran defensive tackle Kawann Short. […]

Panthers 2021 restructuring begins with release of longtime defensive tackle

By Richard Walker New general manager Scott Fitterer and second-year coach Matt Rhule began restructuring their 2021 roster on Tuesday when they released veteran defensive tackle Kawann Short. The move will reportedly clear $8.6 million in salary cap space for the team to make other transactions. Short, 32, had played in five games the last […]

Panthers 2021 mock draft: Most see them choosing a QB, but will they trade up or stay at No. 8?

By Richard Walker Ever since the Carolina Panthers knew they were choosing No. 8 in the April 29 NFL Draft to be held in Cleveland, speculation has run rampant among the so-called NFL draft experts about what the franchise might do. Less than a week after the end of the season, Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain […]

Hometown heroes: Local connections to Super Bowl include four former winners and Panthers notes on Sunday’s big game

By Richard Walker As the nation prepares to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl matching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Kansas City Chiefs, four local products stand alone as previous winners of arguably the most signature annual athletic event in the country. Shelby native Bobby Bell, Gastonia native Scottie Patton, former Gardner-Webb standout Gabe Wilkins and […]

New Panthers general manager? After 15 were interviewed, the team has made an offer

By Richard Walker After interviewing 15 candidates for their vacant general manager position, the Carolina Panthers announced on Thursday they had offered the job to Seattle Seahawks vice president of football operations Scott Fitterer. By Thursday evening, the team announced that Fitterer had accepted the position. Fitterer interviewed by videoconference with the Panthers on Monday […]

Panthers 2021 wrapup: Notes and observations on the recently-completed season

By Richard Walker As the NFL Wild Card weekend comes to a close, here’s some notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ recent 5-11 season and a look ahead to what the future holds for the team: STATISICALLY SPEAKING- OFFENSE: … For the first time in team history – and fifth time in the NFL […]

Panthers wrapup: 5 interceptions too much for Carolina to overcome in season finale as offseason questions loom

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 33-7 home win/loss against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday that ended the season at 5-11: … Five interceptions, including two in the end zone, were too much for the Panthers to overcome in a loss to the NFC South Division champion Saints. … Teddy […]

Panthers preview: Jan. 3 vs. New Orleans Saints

Game: New Orleans Saints (11-4) at Carolina Panthers (5-10), 4:25 p.m. TV: Fox Network RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: New Orleans leads 27-25, including seven of the last eight meetings and three straight in Charlotte. […]

Panthers and Hornets winning on the same day? It doesn’t happen all that often but it did on Sunday

By Richard Walker Ever since the NFL’s Carolina Panthers were born in 1995, local sports fans have 48 times had the good fortune of having a NBA Charlotte Hornets and Panthers game on the same day. They’ve just rarely enjoyed double victories. That’s why Sunday’s 20-13 Panthers win at Washington followed shortly by the Hornets’ […]

Panthers wrapup: Turnovers key to win in Washington over former coach

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 20-13 win at the Washington Football Team on Sunday that improved the team to 5-10 overall: … The game swung Carolina’s way on the season’s third defensive touchdown of the year when wide receiver Brandon Zylstra recovered a muffed punt in the end zone late […]

Panthers preview: Dec. 27 at Washington Football Team

Game: Carolina Panthers (4-10) at Washington Football Team (6-8), 4:05 p.m. TV: CBS Network (Ian Eagle play-by-play, Charles Davis color analyst, Evan Washburn sideline reporter) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: Washington leads series 9-6, including […]

Former Carolina Panthers star defensive player dies Monday at 58

By Richard Walker Carolina Panthers fans joined NFL fans on Monday in mourning the death of one of the most colorful and talented players in team and league history. NFL Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, who played for the Panthers in 1996, 1998 and 1999, died Monday at his home in Alabama. He was 58. […]

Mired in seventh season of double digit losses, Panthers make an all-too-familiar decision on Monday

By Richard Walker David Tepper has been owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers since the summer of 2018. On Monday morning, he followed a script common among his colleagues for the second time in his brief tenure. When a team loses 10 or more games, changes are made. A little more than a year since […]

Panthers suffer another disappointing one-score defeat in season filled with them

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 24-16 loss at the Green Bay Packers that dropped team to 4-10 overall: … By losing another game by a one-score margin, Carolina is one loss away from tying a dubious team record; The Panthers had nine losses by a one-score margin in 1998 and […]

Panthers preview: Dec. 19 at Green Bay Packers

Game: Carolina Panthers (4-9) at Green Bay Packers (10-3), 8:15 p.m. TV: NFL Network (Mike Tirico play-by-play, Kurt Warner color analyst, Melissa Stark sideline reporter) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: Green Bay leads series 10-5. […]

Panthers wrapup: Critical penalties cost Carolina chance at comeback as it clinches another losing season

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 32-27 home loss to Denver Broncos that dropped team to 4-9 overall: … Critical penalties have hurt the team throughout the season. Seven penalties cost the team 48 yards and defensive stops on Sunday. The last one may have been the most damaging as a […]

Panthers preview: Dec. 13 vs. Denver Broncos

Game: Denver Broncos (4-8) at Carolina Panthers (4-8), 1 p.m. TV: CBS (Andrew Catalon play-by-play, James Lofton color analyst, Sherree Burruss sideline reporter) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: Denver leads series 5-1, including a 24-10 […]

Monday’s roundup: Former Abbey coach meets UNC on Tuesday, Charlotte 49ers take 1st win, Panthers update

By Richard Walker Former Belmont Abbey College head coach Billy Taylor will be on the sidelines for the University of Iowa when the No. 3-ranked Hawkeyes host No. 16 North Carolina in Tuesday night’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Taylor is in his fifth year overall and second year in a row on the Iowa bench as […]

Panthers wrapup: Late time management issues, missed FG cost a victory on historic day for rookie DB

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 28-27 road loss to Minnesota Vikings and that dropped team to 4-8 overall: … Three incomplete passes in the final 2 1-2 minutes made for poor time management that cost the Panthers a win. Had Carolina simply run the football in each of those situations, […]

Panthers preview: Nov. 29 at Minnesota Vikings

Game: Carolina Panthers (4-7) at Minnesota Vikings (4-6), 1 p.m. TV: FOX (Kenny Albert play-by-play, Jonathan Vilma color analyst, Shannon Spake sideline reporter) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: Minnesota leads series 8-6 but Carolina won […]

P.J. Walker made his first NFL start in Charlotte on Sunday. Here’s a look at his first start as a college QB 5 years ago

By Richard Walker On Sunday, quarterback P.J. Walker made his first Carolina Panthers start and came away with a surprising 20-0 victory over the visiting Detroit Lions. It wasn’t Walker’s first start in Charlotte. Let’s look back at how Walker led Temple to a 37-3 victory over the Charlotte 49ers on Oct. 2, 2015. At […]

Panthers wrapup: Carolina defense dominating as first-time starting quarterback takes victory

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 20-0 home win over the Detroit Lions that snapped a five game losing streak and improved the team to 4-7 overall: … After going through pregame workouts, the Panthers made quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (right knee) inactive and gave rookie P.J. Walker his first start. Walker […]

Panthers preview: Nov. 22 vs. Detroit Lions

Game: Detroit Lions (4-5) at Carolina Panthers (3-7), 1 p.m. TV: FOX (Kevin Kugler play-by-play, Chris Spielman color analyst, Laura Okmin sideline reporter) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: Carolina leads series 6-3 but Detroit won […]

Panthers wrapup: Tampa Bay hammers Carolina in second half and Panthers suffer more injuries

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 46-23 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that dropped the team to 3-7 overall: … As expected, Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) didn’t play, but his replacement Mike Davis (left thumb) missed time with an injury and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (right knee) didn’t return after getting […]

Panthers preview: Nov. 15 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) at Carolina Panthers (3-6), 1 p.m. TV: FOX (Kevin Burkhardt play-by-play, Daryl Johnston color analyst, Pam Oliver sideline reporter) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: Carolina leads series 24-16 but Tampa […]

Panthers wrapup: McCaffrey makes successful return but is there a new, different injury to be worried about?

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 33-31 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday that dropped the team to 3-6 overall: … Christian McCaffrey made a successful return to action after missing six games with an ankle sprain. McCaffrey rushed 18 times for 69 yards and one touchdown and […]

Panthers preview: Nov. 8 at Kansas City Chiefs

Game: Carolina Panthers (3-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-1), 1 p.m. TV: FOX (Kevin Burkhardt play-by-play, Daryl Johnston color analyst, Pam Oliver sideline reporter) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: Kansas City leads series 4-2 including […]

Panthers wrapup: NFL Network Thursday Night Football struggles continue for Carolina on windy, rainy night

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 25-17 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons in a Thursday night game played in windy, rain conditions as the remnants of Hurricane Zeta rolled through town: … NFL Network Thursday Night Football continues to be a struggle for the Panthers. Carolina is 2-8 in such […]

Panthers preview: Oct. 29 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Game: Atlanta Falcons (1-6) at Carolina Panthers (3-4), 8:20 p.m. TV: FOX (Joe Buck play-by-play, Troy Aikman color analyst, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink sideline reporters) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: Atlanta leads series 32-19 […]

Panthers wrapup: Rushing struggles hard to overcome in road loss to Saints that nearly had record-setting FG

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 27-24 road loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday that dropped the team to 3-4 overall: … Having 14 carries for 37 yards rushing are two statistical numbers that historically are hard for the Panthers to turn into success. Carolina is now 50-120 in […]

Panthers preview: Oct. 25 game at New Orleans

Game: Carolina Panthers (3-3) at New Orleans Saints (3-2), 1 p.m. TV: FOX (Kevin Kugler play-by-play, Chris Spielman color analyst, Laura Okmin sideline reporter) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: New Orleans leads series 26-25, including […]

Panthers wrapup: Turnovers, struggling pass game combine for 23-16 home loss to Bears

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 23-16 home loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday that dropped the team to 3-3 overall and ended Carolina’s three-game winning streak. … At 3-3, history doesn’t bode well if you’re hoping for a postseason appearance. Only in 2013 was Carolina 3-3 before making the […]

Panthers Preview: Oct. 18 home game against Chicago Bears

Game: Chicago Bears (4-1) at Carolina Panthers (3-2), 1 p.m. TV: FOX (Kenny Albert play-by-play, Jonathan Vilma color analyst, Shannon Spake sideline reporter) RADIO: WBT-AM 1110/WBT-FM 99.3 in Charlotte is flagship station (Mick Mixon play-by-play, Kurt Coleman and Jim Szoke color analysts, Kristen Balboni sideline reporter) THE SERIES: Chicago leads series 6-4, including a 17-3 […]