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Devin Funchess has plenty of confidence, despite not playing in two years

Packers receiver Devin Funchess is back, and he’s ready to go. Funchess hasn’t played since breaking a collarbone in the first game of the 2019 season. When he lines up to start the 2021 season, it’ll be the first time he has played in two years. Regardless, he’s not lacking in confidence. “I’ll never doubt [more]

Joe Brady: Sam Darnold’s youth and experience was “extremely enticing to us”

The Panthers’ search for a franchise quarterback has turned to Sam Darnold, the former No. 3 pick of the 2018 draft. Darnold finished the 2020 season with the worst passer rating among 35 qualified players last year at 72.7 — below the likes of Carson Wentz, Dwayne Haskins, and Drew Lock. But the Panthers feel [more]

Joe Brady: Christian McCaffrey doesn’t have anything to prove to me or anyone else

A year after becoming just the third player in NFL history to record 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey couldn’t stay on the field. Three separate injuries limited McCaffrey to just three games in 2020, with the running back missing the last seven contests. As McCaffrey returns [more]

Matt Rhule on vaccinations: I don’t tell anyone what to do

The NFL has relaxed its COVID-19 protocols for players who are vaccinated and for teams with 85 percent of all players vaccinated. But that isn’t enough for some players to get the shot. Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold has yet to be vaccinated and might not get it, he said Wednesday. His coach, Matt Rhule, said [more]

Sam Darnold has yet to be vaccinated

The vaccination issue continues to be a vexing one for some pro football players. Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold said today that he has yet to get the vaccine, and that he might not get it. “There’s a ton of different things that go into it,” Darnold said, via Joe Person of TheAthletic.com. “I’m gonna evaluate [more]

David Tepper makes it clear that he won’t be buying his own stadium

Panthers owner David Tepper is taking a “when in Rome” approach to his desire to finagle a new coliseum for his football team. “I’m not building a stadium alone, Tepper said Tuesday, via the Associated Press. “The community is going to have to want it. If I’m [paying] a third, the community is [paying] a [more]

Panthers hire Tyler Ramsey as national scout from Seahawks

New Carolina Panthers General Manager Scott Fitterer is bringing along a former colleague from Seattle to join his front office staff with the Panthers. Tyler Ramsey left the Seahawks to become a national scout with the Panthers, his LinkedIn account confirms. The move was first reported by Neil Stratton of Inside the League. Rasmey spent [more]

TJ Olsen thankful after receiving new heart

TJ Olsen, the 8-year-old son of former NFL tight end Greg Olsen, is feeling grateful this morning after receiving a heart transplant over the weekend. Greg Olsen posted on Twitter a video of TJ, who is still in his hospital bed but looks alert and happy. “Hi, everybody. Thank you for thinking of me. Thank [more]

Greg Olsen’s 8-year-old son has successful heart transplant surgery

TJ Olsen, the 8-year-old son of former NFL player Greg Olsen, successfully received a heart transplant on Friday. “TJ is finished with surgery and is being transferred to the ICU. We won’t be able to see him for a few more hours but his doctors are very happy with the surgery. TJ will be sedated [more]

Greg Olsen’s son getting heart transplant

Former NFL tight end Greg Olsen said recently that his 8-year-old son TJ may need a heart transplant, and today Olsen revealed that he will be getting the transplant. Olsen wrote on Twitter that he found out last night that TJ will receive a heart transplant. “Today is a day of mixed emotions,” Olsen wrote. [more]

DJ Moore: OTAs matter because we’re one of the youngest teams in the league

As OTAs continue around the league, the Panthers have been one of few teams with a high number of practices and consistent high attendance. Per Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer, only two players on Carolina’s 90-man roster were not on the field for Wednesday’s practice: wide receiver Robby Anderson and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones. [more]

Brian Burns feels Panthers are “kind of complete” on defense

The Panthers went into the 2020 season with a lot of young players on defense after using all seven of their draft picks to stock that side of the ball. That unit wound up finishing 18th in the league in both points and yards allowed while integrating all of those new pieces. Carolina used its [more]

Panthers plan to move Jeremy Chinn to safety

The Panthers plan to move Jeremy Chinn to safety full time after his standout rookie season at linebacker. At 220 pounds, Chinn is undersized for a linebacker. “Obviously he would be a big safety, and he would be able to cover tight ends,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said, via Steve Reed of the Associated Press. [more]

Sean Padden resigns as Carolina’s vice president of football ops

Sean Padden has worked with Matt Rhule for a long time, but not for any longer. Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer reports that Padden has resigned as the Panthers’ vice president of football ops to pursue other opportunities. Padden first worked with Rhule in 1998 when both were assistant defensive coaches at Albright College. [more]

Panthers sign C.J. Saunders, waive Tommy Stevens

The Panthers have signed receiver C.J. Saunders, the team announced Tuesday night. They cut quarterback Tommy Stevens in a corresponding move. Stevens spent most of last season on the Panthers’ practice squad. He entered the league as a seventh-round draft choice of the Saints in 2020. Stevens, 24, saw action for the Panthers against the [more]

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