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The Panthers will play the reigning NFC champs for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons.

Week 1 vs. Cowboys (Sunday, September 9)

238 – Combined rec Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey eiving yards for Steve Smith (135) and Muhsin Muhammad (103) in the Panthers’ 29-10 home win over the Cowboys in a 2003 NFC Wild Card. Since then, Dallas has won four straight in Charlotte.

Week 2 at Falcons (Sunday, September 16)

558 – Receivin Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap g yards on 26 receptions for Falcons wideout Julio Jones in his past three home games against the Panthers, including a 300-yard explosion during Atlanta’s blowout win in 2016.

Week 3 vs. Bengals (Sunday, September 23)

1 – Number of ties out of 386 games in Panthers’ history. That came against the Bengals in the last meeting of this series, a 37-all finish at Paul Brown Stadium in 2014.

Week 5 vs. Giants (Sunday, October 7)

2 – Interceptions for the Panthers the last time the Giants visited Charlotte. Those picks were by cornerback Melvin White and safety Robert Lester in a 38-0 shutout that kicked off the 2013 season.

Week 6 at Redskins (Sunday, October 14)

6 – Wins for Carolina over Washington in seven meetings since division realignment in 2002. Before that, the Panthers were 0-6 in the series.

Week 7 at Eagles (Sunday, October 21) 

10 – Seasons since 2008 that the Panthers will have faced the reigning NFC champions. The only outlier in that time was 2016 when Carolina couldn’t play itself.

Week 8 vs. Ravens (Sunday, October 28)

0 – Wins for the Panthers over the Ravens in the building known as Bank of America Stadium. Carolina did beat Baltimore twice (1996, 2002) in Ericsson Stadium.

Week 9 vs. Buccaneers (Sunday, November 4)

9 – Consecutive years the season series has featured a sweep. Including their 2017 sweep, the Panthers have won eight of the past 10 matchups.

Week 10 at Steelers (Thursday, November 8) 

29 – Seconds remaining when Panthers safety Chad Cota picked off a Pittsburgh pass in the end zone to clinch Carolina’s first division title in 1996. Since that 18-14 win, the Panthers have lost all five regular season meetings.

Week 11 at Lions (Sunday, November 18) 

21.7 – During tight end Ed Dickson’s time in Carolina, percentage of his receiving yards that were gained against the Lions. Dickson went off for 175 yards in Detroit  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap last season. He totaled 632 yards in his 63 other games with the Panthers.

Week 12 vs. Seahawks (Sunday, November 25)

9 – Games with the Seahawks since 2010, including a split of two postseason matchups. The Panthers are 1-3 in Charlotte and 1-3 in Seattle in the previous eight meetings.

Week 13 at Buccaneers (Sunday, December 2) 

7 – Interce Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ptions for quarterback Jameis Winston in his three home games against the Panthers. Winston countered those with only three touchdown passes while going 1-2 against Carolina at Raymond James Stadium.

Week 14 at Browns (Sunday, December 9) 

32 – Passing yards for Browns starting quarterback Johnny Manziel the last time Carolina played Cleveland. In 2014, Manziel completed 3-of-8 attempts before he exited late in the second quarter with a hamstring injury.

Week 15 vs. Saints (Monday, December 17)

4 – Point differential in the all-time series. In 47 meetings, the Saints own a 1,044-1,040 edge in points, but the Panthers are 24-23 overall.

Week 16 vs. Falcons (Sunday, December 23)  

25 – Total touchdowns (18 passing, seven rushing) for quarterback Cam Newton in 14 meetings with his hometown Falcons. Newton’s also thrown 15 interceptions in those 14 games.

Week 17 at Saints (Sunday, December 30) 

711 – Miles between Bank of America Stadium and the Superdome. After Carolina played six games on the West Coast the past three seasons, New Orleans is the longest trip on the 2018 schedule.

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A three-week stretch to close the season against the Saints, Falcons and Saints again is as noteworthy as it is challenging.

1. Finally opening at home

For the first time since 2013 against the Seahawks, the Panthers are home for Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  the season opener, set to take on the Cowboys. Carolina went 2-2 in the last four openers on the road, and head coach Ron Rivera will be thrilled to know his team will (finally) host the game to start the season Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap . This marks just the second time in River Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey a’s eight seasons that the Panthers are home for Week 1.

2. An early break in the action

Carolina’s bye comes in Week 4, which is the earliest it can possibly be. The Panthers’ first Week 4 bye since 2013 sets up 13 consecutive weeks without a break, which will no doubt be grueling. The “mini bye” that comes in the form of a Thursday night game in Week 10 at Pittsburgh is mitigated a bit by the fact that the Panthers travel to Detroit the following week.

3. Long wait for another shot at Saints

As Rivera said following the NFC Wild Card playoff defeat at New Orleans, the Saints were Carolina’s “nemesis” in 2017. The Panthers went 0-3 against them, and they’ll have to wait until Week 15 on Monday Night Football to get another crack at their rivals – the latest initial matchup against a division foe in franchise history.

Then, after hosting the Falcons in Week 16, the Panthers will trav Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey el to the Superdome to close out Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  the regular season. Two games against the Saints in three weeks time, with Atlanta sandwiched between? Yeah, the most challenging stretch on the schedule – at this point, at least.

4. Well-balanced overall

Aside from the aforementioned three-game slate to finish the year, this looks like a manageable, balanced schedule. The other three-game stretch that sticks out a bit is Weeks 10-12, which features trips to Pittsburgh and Detroit before coming home to host Seattle. The Steelers went 13-3 a year ago while both the Lions and Seahawks just missed the postseason at 9-7.

5. Cold weather possibilities?

With Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland on the travel schedule, there was a good chance the Panthers could be playing in some winter weather in 2018. But Cleveland (Week 14 – Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey  December 9) is the only trip of those four that occurs after Thanksgiving. The Panthers will be in D.C. and Philly in mid-October, and they’ll be in Pittsburgh for Thursday Night Football on November 8.

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Carolina opens at home against Cowboys, closes on road against Saints.

CHARLOTTE – The Carolina Panthers will host the Dallas Cowboys to open their 2018 schedule, the first time since 2013 the Panthers will open at Bank of America Stadium.

Carolina will close the season with three games against the other two NFC South teams to qualify for the playoffs in 2017, wrapping up the regular season at the Saints after hosting New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 15 and hosting Atlanta the next week.

The Panthers’ other primetime Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  game is a trip to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in Week 10 on Thursday Night Football. The Panthers have lost all three of their regular season games at Pittsburgh and are 0-5 in regular season home games against the Cowboys (but 2-0 against Dallas in the playoffs).

A limited number of single-game tickets for home games will go on sale April 28 at 10 a.m.

Carolina will travel just once  Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey through the first five weeks of the season – a Week 2 trip to the Falcons. The Panthers then host the Bengals and the Giants on either side of their bye in Week 4, the first week that NFL teams  Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey have byes (Week 12 is the last week).

Three of the Panthers’ first four road games are against fellow 2017 playoff qualifiers – the Falcons, the Steelers and in between those a trip  Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey to the reigning Super Bowl champion Eagles in Week 7. The finale at New Orleans constitutes the longest road trip in a season that will feature a franchise-record low for miles traveled – approximately 4,000.

The opener against the Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. is the only game aside from the pair of primetime contests that doesn’t have a 1 p.m. kick time, though Carolina could end up making more Sunday primetime appearances under the league’s flex scheduling policy.

The Panthers also have finalized dates and times for their preseason schedule.

PRESEASON
DAY DATE OPPONENT TIME TV
Thu. Aug. 9
at Buffalo Bills
7:00 p.m.
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Fri. Aug. 17
vs. Miami Dolphins
7:30 p.m.
Panthers TV / Spectrum News
Fri. Aug. 24 vs. New England Patriots
7:30 p.m.
Panthers TV / Spectrum News
Thu. Aug. 30
at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 p.m.
Panthers TV / Spectrum News

Gri Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey ll Bill: Greg Olsen to MNF?

Cam Newton isn’t losing his security blanket. Not yet, at least.

Yeah, what a nontroversy this has been.

Listen, it’s extremely unlikely Olsen’s getting the Monday Night Football job. At least not this go-around. He knows that. The Panthers know that. So there was no “leverage” being played. But  Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey when ESPN calls to at least give you a look, you jump at the opportunity. And Olsen, who will be behind a mic whenever his playing days are done, got to add some high-profile reps to his résumé.

My main point is there’s no question in anyone’s mind around here that Olsen’s playing for the Panthers this season. After 2018? That’s a legit storyline. I’m guessing he’ll be offered an extension sometime before the start of the regular season, and from there it’ll depend on whether the two sides can agree on numbers. 


Na Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey h. They’d love to add another weapon for Cam Newton and get a potential Olsen replacement in the pipeline. Those goals and the possibility of Olsen playing beyond this season aren’t mutually exclusive. 


Probably not. Not necessarily because they took a back in the first last year. Mostly because I don’t see him as a good fit.


Email from Eric: Hey Bill, do you see the Panthers making a late-round selection of Shaquem Griffin? 

Selfishly, I’d dig it. There may be no better story in this draft. But he’s a linebacker in a safety’s body, and again, so much of this is about fit. Don’t think he is one here. 


Website submission from Terry in Pawleys Island, S.C.: What happened to Derek Anderson?

Pretty sure nothing’s happened to him. Last I heard he’s healthy and happy on some golf course in Arizona. 

Football-wise, there’s still a good chance he’ll eventually sign on for another stint with the Panthers. This week’s addition of Taylor Heinicke doesn’t change the fact they still need to bring in someone they can truly trust to back up Cam Newton.


I’m not as convinced as I was a couple of months ago, but it’s still possible they’ll pick one up. I wouldn’t do it in the first five rounds, but if there’s an intriguing arm in the sixth or seventh … 


Email from John in Durham: How does Daeshon Hall look? Has he packed on some muscle?

I haven’t talked to him yet, but Bryan Strickland did and Hall told him, “my knee feels pretty good.” That’s step one. 

Step two: I’m not going to pretend to be one of those guessers at an amusement park, so I’m not sure if Hall’s Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  up to his listed weight of 265. But he definitely looks like he’s added a bit of bulk. That’s important because they really need to get some production this season from last year’s third-round pick.


Website submission from Mitch in Greensboro: Hey Bill!…..or should I say….William. Was wondering how good is Corn Elder? I have heard he was a bulldog in college and think the D could use a “Steve Smith/ Josh Norman” type figure back there. I think that’s how they get back to 2015 form. Thoughts?

You can call me William, though no one else does. My family still calls me Billy, but I don’t think we’re on that level yet, Mitchell.

Sure, Elder has an edge to him. He has to at 5-foot-10. But because he essentially redshirted as a rookie, it’s way too early to tell if he’s even close to the Steve Smith/Josh Norman stratosphere. 

You’re right, the secondary does need to up its tenacity. That’s why I think Jaire Alexander could be a good pick next week. The Louisville cornerback/Charlotte native has an attitude, and while a guy like that could make the Panthers’ PR team uncomfortable at times, it’d sure make my job more fun. 


Email from Brett: How can we rid the world of mock drafts? It seems like everyone on Twitter that has a blue check is an “expert.” If you put out 30 mocks a week at some point you’ll hit on one. Also, any way you have your own weekly podcast where you talk about Panthers, Cleveland teams and anything else going on? Would be a good listen.

PREACH, Brett. Something about a broken clock. 

As much as I may enjoy talking about Cleveland teams – and yes, I’m using the word “enjoy” loosely – odds are the Panthers’ audience wouldn’t be all that interested. But I did run across this piece of perspective last night: 

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Know how the Panthers opening away from home was a thing the past few years? Well, remember, things could always be worse. The Browns have had plenty of Week 1 games at home since coming back in 1999. Their record in those games? 1-14. 

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Defensive end has been cleared from a knee injury that cut short his rookie season and is working toward getting bigger and stronger.

CHARLOTTE – After just nine snaps, defensive end Daeshon Hall‘s rookie season was over.

“I got a little taste,” Hall said, “but it was just a little taste.”

Toting a takeout container from the players’ lunchroom following the first day of the offseason workout program, Hall wasn’t surprised that a food-related question was forthcoming. A knee injury sidelined him one game into his rookie season,  Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey but some didn’t seem to think that Hall – even if healthy – looked ready for the rigors of the NFL while listed at a spindly 6-foot-5, 265 pounds.

But, with the knee no longer a concern, Hall began offseason workouts without any restrictions and with a determination to prove he is ready, willing and able to pull his weight for the Panthers’ defensive front.

“My knee feels real good right now. Everything feels stable, strong,” Hal Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap l said. “I’m excited. No limitations. I’m squatting, doing everything lower body.

“I’m just trying to be complete, trying to be the full package strength-wise and weight-wise. I’m just working and trying to put the finishing touches on it during offseason workouts.”

Hall, selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M, stumbled through a season similar to those experienced by other Panthers rookies not named Christian McCaffrey. He appeared in the first two preseason games before suffering a knee injury, then recovered just in time to see a few snaps in the season opener only to hurt the knee again in practice after the victory over the 49ers.

Carolina held out hope that Hall could recover in time to contribute in Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  2018 but set in stone what Hall called a “redshirt year” by placing him on injured reserve prior to Week 5 action.

“Last year really humbled me and showed me what I need to do for this year,” Hall said. “When I wasn’t playing, I was able to learn from the vets how to be a pro, seeing what it takes to be good at this level.

“I had a year to learn the plays and to watch and see how different guys do different things well, and then I took that and put it into my game.”

For all the questions surrounding Hall’s size and strength, it’s easy to forget that his transition from college involved more than bulking up. Hall played predominantly in a 3-4 defense at Texas A&M and played some outside linebacker before switching to defensive end, so he’s still growing into the position in more ways than one.

As for his literal growth? He’s eating cleaner, going from being a “big pork guy” and gravitating to a diet heavy in chicken, fish and vegetables. Hall also kept good company on both coasts during his unofficial offseason training, spending tim Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey e in North Carolina and in California.

“I was down here working and also went to San Francisco to train with some guys. Von Miller trained out there, and a whole bunch of other defensive ends,” Hall said. “It’s been good. I’ve gotten a lot stronger in the offseason.”

Now, back with his teammates for the offseason workout program that will run through mid-June, Hall is hoping to put himself in a stronger position to support the likes of Julius Peppers and Mario Addison come the fall.

“I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to this year and contributing,” Hall said. “I just want to get to the quarterback and help this great front that’s been doing great things.

“Everything is coming together now.”

Torrey Smith: Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey Still fast for an “OG”

The Panthers’ wideout roster is lined with guys 25 and u Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey nder. That makes the 29-year-old Smith “old.”

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers’ longest-tenured wide receiver is 23 years old. Devin Funchess, a veteran of three whole NFL seasons, turns 24 next month.  

That’s why coaches and the front office felt the need to add someone with a bit more seasoning. Enter Torrey Smith, who’s inherited the “OG” label previously held by Jerricho C Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey otchery and Ted Ginn Jr.  

But Smith isn’t that old of a guy. Shoot, he’s still lucky enough to be sitting under the 30 mark.  

“How old is he?,” asks 25-year-old wideout Damiere Byrd.

Twenty-nine for another nine months.  

“All right,” Byrd replies, “that’s close enough.”  

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As his new, younger teammates helped Smith find his way around the facilities at Bank of America Stadium this week, he marveled at how quickly roles can change. It was only seven years ago when Smith was a Ravens’ second-round pick who found a mentor in Anquan Boldin.  

“I was with Anquan at a golf event last week,” Smith recalls, “and I asked him, ‘Wait, what year were you when I came into the league?’ He was like, ‘When you came in, I think it was my eighth or ninth year.’  

“So now I’m in my eighth year and I’m like, ‘Woah!’ It’s weird to picture that I’m in the same boat. Time flies. It goes by so fast.” 

In addition to Smith’s experience, the Panthers traded for him because he’s still fast and they desperately missed having someone like Ginn in a field-stretching role last season. Smith’s numbers during his lone year in Philadelphia – 36 receptions, 430 yards, two touchdowns – weren’t eye-popping. But he provided a jolt to the Eagles’ postseason run, catching 13 passes for 157 yards and a 41-yard score.

“I think physically, I’m still young. I haven’t lost a step or anything like that,” says Smith, whose career totals include 302 receptions, 4,951 yards, 39 touchdowns and two Super Bowl wins.

“But mentally, I’m definitely an older guy. When I think of older people, I’m that guy – almost 30, married, have two kids. So you talk to any 20-something year old coming in here, I’m the old guy regardless.”

Add up the ages of the 11 players who currently make up Carolina’s receivers room and you get an average of 23.8. Six are under 25 and only three have eclipsed 25: Jarius Wright (28), Russell Shepard (27) and Smith, who’s the only guy on the roster with big, fat rings.

“He’s somebody that’s been on two Super Bowl-winning teams. He’s been in the league now for at least eight years, so he’s been around for a while,” Byrd reminds. “As young players, that’s really what we need is experienced people to be able to help us through different situations.”

Even though Smith wasn’t labeled the “OG” in his two previous stops, he held a leadership role in both Philly and San Francisco. Now he’s the oldest guy in a room that includes a 23-year-old “veteran” li Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap ke Funchess and Curtis Samuel, who has until August to say he’s still just 21. 

“(Leadership) is key because it could be the difference. If you have a lot of talent and you have bad leadership, you’re not going anywhere whether it’s in football, business, family or whatever,” Smith says.  

“Obviously, I can still play. It’s a great opportunity to compete here. But my responsibility off the field is just as big as my responsibility on it.”

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The Pro Bowl tight end discusses his contract situation, the possibility of Carolina drafting a tight end in the early rounds and exploring broadcast opportunities.

CHARLOTTE – Greg Olsen is entering his 12th NFL season, and at that point, it’s reasonable to think workouts in April can get a bit stale.

But his enthusiasm hasn’t waned.

“I enjoy coming to the building and being around the guys,” Olsen said Tuesday morning. “I enjoy the banter, the energy, the workouts, the training.”

Olsen banters with the best – it usually takes one step inside the locker room to recognize that. The 33-year-old is full of energy. And he’s known for his commitment to his training regimen.

“I always told myself: As long as I enjoy this part, the season is the easy part,” Olsen said. “I think older guys start losing interest and burning out in times like February – starting from scratch, laying out your program throughout the winter and spring. It takes a lot of Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey  time if you’re going to do it right.”

Olsen believes he’s capable of playing for several more years, and he wants to. But the three-time Pro Bowler, who missed nine games last year with a broken foot, is only under contract through the 2018 season.

“It’s a huge year for me,” Olsen said. “This is my last year on my deal. We did the extension before the Super Bowl year, which now feels like a long time ago. I’ve been able to keep playing well, but unfortunately last year I broke my foot and missed half the season. I was still able to come back and play well. I know I can play for years more if I want to. I’m not concerned about that.

“We’ll see what the future holds. It takes two to tango, so we’ll see how the team feels. If we can’t get anything done this year, then next year I’ll become a free agent.”

Olsen has never tested free agency, and he prefers to finish his career in Carolina. His ideal situation would be to hammer out an extens Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap ion prior to the start of the season.

“It’s no secret I’d prefer to get something done this offseason and not go into the season on my last year (of the deal),” Olsen said. “But if not, we’ll play out the year and prepare to test free agency.”

Olsen is prepared for the future on a couple of fronts.

Take the upcoming draft, for instance. The Panthers haven’t selected a tight end on the first or second day of the draft during Olsen’s tenure. But after Ed Dickson signed with Seattle and the Panthers didn’t land a replacement in free agency, there’s a decent chance an addition comes via an early round of the draft.

“I prepare myself every year for the possibility they could draft a guy to come in here, whether he’s my successor or replacement or however you want to look at it,” Olsen said. “I think it would be great to get a young guy in and work with him and help him with some of the things I’ve learned the past 11 years. I think our room has a lot to offer. If I were a young guy I would want to come into a room like ours and learn from (coach) Pete (Hoener) and our group.

“I’ll do everything I can to help just like Desmond Clark did for me Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey  when I got drafted in Chicago. But – just like Des helped me – by no means did he just turn over and play dead. I don’t have any interest in doing that either. The reality is, the young guy is going to have to be pretty good to take it away from me. That’s my approach and how I believe in going about my business. If you don’t feel that way, you’re going to get beat out pretty quick.”

Olsen has also been preparing for life after retirement. His recent audition for a commentator role on ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew, a position that needs to be filled for the 2018 season, sent shockwaves through the fan base.

“Any time you get an opportunity like that you’d be silly not to go through it and get that experience under your belt, get that practice,” Olsen said. “It was more of an experience thing, and on their end more of a due diligence thing, which I was cool with. I haven’t called many games, although I did a similar type of audition years ago out in L.A. for FOX – the difference is nobody knew until now. And of course I called the (Vikings-Rams) game last year.

“I gave the team a heads up. I assumed it was going to come out and I wanted Ron Custom Angels Baseball Jersey  (Rivera) and Marty (Hurney) to hear it from me. After it came out, I was glad I did that. But I get it – I understand everyone’s initial reaction.”

Panther fans aren’t ready to picture life without Olsen. That’s not something he’s ready for either.

“I’m feeling good,” Olsen said. “Physically and mentally, I still enjoy playing and preparing myself. In that regard, I feel like I’m as good as I was five years ago.”

Mock Draft Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey Report 8.0

Defensive backs remain at the front of the line in forecasts for the Panthers’ first-round Custom Angels Jersey  selection next week.

With the draft about a week away, secondary continues to be the primary position for mock drafters trying to forecast what the Panthers will do at No. 24 come the first round of the NFL Draft on April 26.

The newest batch of mock drafts didn’t offer any new names either, with Ch Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale arlotte native Jaire Alexander showing up again as a part of a trio of cornerbacks. This marks the fourth consecutive week where at least three of the six mock draft spots have been occupied by defensive backs, with safeties like Justin Reid and Ronnie Harrison filling the holes in recen Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap t weeks.

Interior offensive linemen have had a pretty consistent presence in  Custom Angels Baseball Jersey the report to date, and that continues this week with past favorites Will Hernandez and Isaish Wynn returning to the list. And no mock draft report would be complete without a wide receiver, as Josh Norris of Rotoworld became the latest to tout the virtues of D.J. Moore as a first-rounder for the Panthers.

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Panthers claim Old Dominion’s all-time leading passer from the Texans.

CHARLOTTE – It was unlikely the Panthers would go too far into the spring with just two quarterbacks.

On Monday, the day players returned for the start of offseason workouts, Carolina added an arm to a group that had previously included only Cam Newton and Gar Custom Angels Jersey r Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap ett Gilbert.  

The Panthers picked up Taylor Heinicke off waivers from the Texans, who released the quarterback Friday.

Old Dominion’s all-time leading passer, Heinicke landed in Minnesota as an undrafted rookie in 2015. He spent two seasons with the Vikings and was waived/injured bef Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey ore the start of the 2017 regular season.

After a short stint on the Patriots’ practice squad, Heinicke wound up in Houston. He made his regular season debut in Week 16 but suffered a concussion on his ninth snap.

Also on Monday, the Panthers’ three remaining exclusive rights free agents – wide receiver Damiere Byrd, punter Michael Palardy and center Tyler Larsen – signed their one-year tenders. A fourth exclusive rights free agent, tight end Chris Manhertz, signed his tender last month.

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Offseason workouts begin with running back Cameron Artis-Payne in the best position of his career to consistently contribute.

CHARLOTTE – Jovially joking around with his fellow running backs before the first meeting of the offseason workout program began Monday, Cameron Artis-Payne had the look of a player who can’t wait for the start of the season.

Then again, the waiting game is one Artis-Payne knows well.

The start of the nine-week offseason program is the first tangible sign that things are beginning to take shape for the 2018 season, but the reality is that the regular season opener remains nearly five months away. When it finally does  Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap get here, Artis-Payne could have his best chance to date to show that he’s arrived as an NFL running back.

“I feel great about the opportunity,” Artis-Payne  Custom Angels Jersey said. “I feel like I’m prepared and I can make some big things happen to continue the tradition of productive, high-level running backs that the Panthers have had over time. I’m looking forward to it.”

The running backs were their us Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale ual smiley selves Monday morning, picking up where they left off last season almost as if nothing had changed. But something substantial has changed: Jonathan Stewart, the man in the middle of running back row in the locker room and the man who became Carolina’s all-time leading rusher last season, is now a New York Giant.

Stewart struggled at times while weaving his way to the franchise record in 2017, finishing the year with 3.4-yard-per-carry mark, the lowest of his 10-year career. The Panthers released him February 28, and two weeks later the Giants signed him.

Stewart’s midseason struggles led to some calls for Artis-Payne to get an extended look alongside rookie Christian McCaffrey. But by and large, through a minus-4-yard rushing game against the Eagles and two lost fumbles against the Falcons, the Panthers stuck with Stewart.

But Artis-Payne, who had looked like a candidate for more carries his first two years in the league as well, understood.

“Last year was a learning experience just as far as understanding how things play out sometimes in this league,” Artis-Payne said. “Yes I had a great preseason, but at the end of the day you had a guy that had earned the right to go out the way he wants to go out.

“Me and Stew were close, so we had an understanding. We talked and all of those type of things, so it was nothing for me really to wait my turn.”

Artis-Payne’s preseason performance – NFL bests in both yards (180) and rushing touchdowns (three) – still was significant because if nothing else it assured that he remained a Panther, causing Carolina to find room on the 53-man roster in a crowded backfield. But then he went back to waiting, something he has plenty of experience with.

In high school he waited behind a guy named LeSean McCoy before transferring to another Pennsylvania high school for his senior season. He excelled at Harrisburg High School, rushing for nearly 2,000 yards and more than 30  Custom Angels Baseball Jersey touchdowns as a senior in 2007, but grades kept him from getting the scholarship offers he hoped for in either football or basketball.

A year of prep school didn’t pique recruiters’ interest, and Artis-Payne was out of the game for nearly two years. Still he was waiting for a break, one that came when a former coach told him of a junior college across the country in need of a running back. Artis-Payne piled up 3,412 yards and 43 rushing touchdowns over two seasons at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif., earning him a shot at Auburn. After getting limited chances behind Tre Mason in 2013, Artis-Payne paced the Southeastern Conference with 1,608 rushing yards in 2014 and the Panthers drafted the then-24-year-old months later.

He’s been back to the waiting game with the Panthers, carrying the ball just 99 times through his first three seasons. With Stewart gone the Panthers are now in need of a bruising back to pair with McCaffrey, and while the draft in less than two weeks could change things, Artis-Payne is ready to answer the call.

“I’ve just been training, getting ready for this happening, and trying to raise my daughter – and not getting any sleep,” said Artis-Payne, who has spent most of the last three months around Charlotte with his six-month-old daughter. “I’m excited for it. I think I came in in great shape, dropped some weight, dropped some body fat, things of that nature. I’m 212 and dropped body fat; I’m feeling good about it. End of last year I was probably 217.

“I’m looking forward to getting on the field.”

For now, Artis-Payne was talking about getting on the practice field. But, of course, it’s all in anticipation of getting on the field of play more now that Stewart has a new address.

“There’s definitely an adjustment with Stew not being here. Stew was our leader,” Artis-Payne said. “There’s going to be an adjustment period, but all in all it’s still the same chemistry with a lot of the same guys back. We’re just going to continue to carry the torch.”