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7-9, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers added more speed and depth at wide receiver, signing Aldrick Robinson to a one-year deal. Robinson had five touchdown catches last season for Minnesota. He has 86 career receptions and 14 touchdowns. He can stretch the field.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Four-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield was ‘'disappointed'' his son Elijah, a running back out of Georgia, wasn't selected last month in the NFL Draft because of a slow 4.78 second time in the 40 at the combine. But Holyfield was glad to see his son was signed by the Carolina Panthers to compete for the backup spot behind Christian McCaffrey. In an interview with ESPN.com last Friday at Cam Newton's celebrity kickball tournament the elder Holyfield said if it was all about speed the NFL ‘'would have all the track runners.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers keep searching for tight end depth. They claimed Temarrick Hemingway the day after waving Thomas Duarte. Hemingway was a sixth-round pick by the Rams out of South Carolina State in 2016. Roster stands at 89.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

In an effort to add depth and competition at tight end the Panthers signed Ethan Wolf, one of 12 tryout players invited to last weekend's rookie camp, to a one-year contract. Wolf (6-5, 255) was undrafted out of Tennessee in 2018. He spent part of last season on Green Bay's practice squad.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen likes what he saw out of third-round pick Will Grier at rookie camp. ‘'He should have been drafted higher,'' Allen said. He believes the competition between him, Grier and Taylor Heinicke to back up Cam Newton will be good, but friendly because all are ‘'good dudes.'' He also likes what Newton brings to the competition from what he saw last season. ‘'He's not a selfish guy in that room,'' Allen said of Newton.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

A matchup many wanted to see at the Panthers rookie camp was first-round pick Brian Burns, an edge rusher from Florida State, versus second-round pick Greg Little, a left tackle from Ole Miss. Although they weren't in pads both showed the athleticism Carolina saw going into the draft. Their 1-on-1 battles go all the way back to high school. ‘'It's a great matchup and the Panthers got a great player for a long time,'' Little said. ‘'I'm excited to play with him.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who turns 30 on Saturday, said he's too old to change the way he plays (meaning running and throwing) even though he's coming off his second shoulder surgery in three offseasons. ‘'I'm not changing,'' Newton said at his celebrity kickball tournament.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Panthers cornerback (now Washington) Josh Norman said it was a ‘'surreal feeling'' when he walked into Bank of America Stadium today for the first time since having his franchise tag rescinded after the 2015 season. He can't imagine what it will be like when he walks in for a game on December 1. For today it's Cam Newton's celebrity kickball tournament.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Not quite a ‘'Spider-Man'' pose as Panthers first-round draft pick Brian Burns was known for at Florida State. And evaluating how the 16th overall pick did during a steady downpour as rookie camp began wouldn't be fair. After all, Burns wore a cap. But he initially lined up as an OLB as Carolina blends the 3-4 front into its traditional 4-3 scheme. Burns' ability to also play DE in the 4-3 was one of the things that made him so attractive to coach Ron Rivera, who says what defense he calls will be situational.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cam Newton Celebrity Kickball tournament is underway at Bank of America Stadium and rain hasn't dampened spirits or the need for selfies. Always a good time for the celebrities and participants.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers rookie running back Elijah Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, gave boxing a try early in his career. He decided to focus on football because he didn't want to get hit as much. His dad is scheduled to participate in Cam Newton's celebrity kickball tournament today at Bank of America Stadium. He should draw a crowd.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers rookie camp is underway in a downpour. Construction on the new bubble that will be ready for the 2019 season also is continuing. Would have been a good day to be indoors today.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers signed third-round draft pick Will Grier and the four picks that followed to their rookie contracts. Also signing were linebacker/defensive end Christian Miller (fourth round), running back Jordan Scarlett (fifth), offensive tackle Dennis Daley (sixth) and wide receiver Terry Godwin (seventh).

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers announced several changes to their scouting and football operations staff. Mark Carrier went from senior adviser to the general manager to executive director of the football staff, Rob Rogers from director of football administration to executive director of player finance and football research, Jeff Morrow from senior director of scouting to executive director of player personnel, Eric Stokes from area scout to director of college scouting and Chris Herbert from assistant video director to director of video.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The South Carolina Senate on Thursday passed a bill to give the Carolina Panthers tax incentives to build their new headquarters in South Carolina. The 27-15 vote will give the organization a reported $115 million in tax breaks.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, through his HEARTest Yard Foundation, has donated $2.5 million to help build a pediatric cardiovascular and congenital heart outpatient clinic at Levine Children's Hospital. Olsen and his wife, Kara, became actively involved in raising awareness for congenital heart disease soon after being told in 2012 during a prenatal visit one of their twin sons had the disease. The latest donation was their biggest as the three-time Pro Bowl selection continues to give back to the community.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Future Hall of Fame defensive end Julius Peppers has joined the Panthers as a special assistant on the business side of the operation, team spokesperson Steven Drummond confirmed. He also will serve as an ambassador for the organization after retiring following the 2018 season fourth on the NFL's all-time sack list. "Julius is a special person and he will help us in a variety of ways,'' Drummond said. "His role is part special projects on the business side and part ambassadorship. We are giving him an opportunity to work in several parts our our business while also helping us engage and grow our business with fans and partners. He will be a tremendous asset.''

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner David Tepper believes he ultimately will build the team's new headquarters in South Carolina. He calls the pushback from some state officials ‘'politics'' and initially said he had no comment on today's vote in Columbia, S.C. Then he expanded.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers are changing up their rookie camp routine by putting more emphasis on classroom work. There also will be fewer participants. Instead of inviting 28 to 37 tryout players to join the rookies and select veterans they will keep the number to about a dozen. There will be two hour-long on-the-field sessions Friday and one on Saturday.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards239.816th
Rushing Yards133.54th
Points For23.5Tied-14th
Points Against23.919th