2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
6-10, 4th in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Overheard at camp: This wasn't overheard in practice. This came loud and clear from quarterback Cam Newton during his first press conference since last season. In talking about 37-year-old defensive end Julius Peppers, listed at 6-foot-7 and 287 pounds, the 6-foot-5, 246-pound Newton said, "Probably the biggest human being I've ever seen in my life on the football field. Just pound for pound.'' Newton followed that by saying cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (5-9) is "probably the smallest human being I've seen.'' He did follow this up with, "I'm just teasing.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie report of camp: Nothing great from first-round pick Christian McCaffrey, but it is obvious from the number of short passes and screens being thrown in the running back's direction there are big plans for him. The crowd loves him, too. He can make a simple move and there are oohs and ahs from fans on the hill overlooking the practice field at Wofford College. Defenders can't love McCaffrey, though. He's so fast on his cuts that it leaves them grasping for air.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Best play of camp: No question it was Cam Newton's last pass of team drills. Limited on deep throws for much of the first two days, the 2015 NFL MVP uncorked about a 45-yard pass down the left sideline that tight end Greg Olsen caught in stride. Newton was pleased, running with his arms spread line an airplane in search of Olsen to celebrate. He celebrated more with backup quarterback Joe Webb on the sideline. Coach Ron Rivera liked it, noting it was a good ending for Newton after he struggled a bit with his accuracy early. "He's working that timing back,'' Rivera said. "We'll talk about whether we'll increase the reps tomorrow or not. His throws were pretty good as we finished up practice, so that was good to see.''

ESPN Stats & Info

Will Newton take less hits this season?

No quarterback has been hit nearly as often as Cam Newton since 2011, but Carolina plans to reduce his role in the running game this season after drafting Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera liked what he saw out of Cam Newton late in practice after a rough start for the 2015 NFL MVP. Could add to his pitch count Friday as the team practices in pads for the first time.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completes a deep pass down the left sideline to tight end Greg Olsen, his last pass of team drills. It was in the air about 45 yards, his longest pass of the day. It was the play of the day and Newton knew it, running to meet Olsen in the end zone. He's still celebrating when he gets back to the sideline and sees backup Joe Webb.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Christian McCaffrey sets up the pocket for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who hasn't had the best of days.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills GM Brandon Beane said he was surprised and it was "tough to see" firing of Panthers GM Dave Gettleman earlier this month. Beane, formerly the Panthers' assistant GM, said he did not worry about prospect that he could have had Carolina GM job and he was more concerned with "consoling" those he knew in Carolina. Beane added it was a reminder that "you're the GM, you're not the owner."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton throws about a 35-yard pass to wide receiver Russell Shepard, who was wide open. The ball was a little under thrown but coaches and doctors don't want Newton to turn it loose just yet.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers first round pick Christian McCaffrey works on blocking to protect Cam Newton.

play
Cam defends run game: 'You expect a lion not to roar?' (0:35)
Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports
6hBill Barnwell

Ranking weapons: Panthers' group is rising

There are still some issues at wideout, but Carolina's additions this offseason give Cam Newton a pretty dynamic arsenal to work with.

play
Inside Thomas Davis' training camp ride (1:06)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn't sound like he planned to significantly back off as a runner as the staff has mentioned he would with the evolution of the offense.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: "I just want to get my swag back." He said players can expect him to be loud in practice.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said last year was "extremely" humbling. To not running as much this year he said "that's his edge." He added, "You don't expect a Lion not to roar."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he didn't want to be a distraction last year with the shoulder injury, but he admitted "I was hurt."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: "It's time for us to be consistent."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he took last year personally. "I just know for my career I can't let that happen again."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said "it felt good to throw last night," But he added he was "kind of nervous."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Judging by Trevor Graham's look and non-answer he has no doubt he is the fastest player on the Panthers' roster. He said he ran the 100 meters in 10.21 seconds at the Raleigh Relays. That's pretty fast.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Trevor Graham is the oldest receiver on the Panthers' roster at 28. Yep this is a young group. He may be the only one that knows French, too.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn hopes to bury the hatchet with wide receiver Devin Funchess. While playing with Minnesota last year Munnerlyn said of Funchess, "I don't think he is that good." Now they are teammates.

Team Stats

Passing Yards230.3Tied-21st
Rushing Yards113.410th
Points For23.115th
Points Against25.126th

Find Tickets