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Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Panthers Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Panthers player on the list was linebacker Luke Kuechly, who comes in with a rank of 98.

Halfback Christian McCaffery comes in with a mark of 91, while tight end Greg Olsen sits with an 89.

Check out all the Panthers Rankings by clicking HERE.

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Three Questions About the Panthers as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Panthers had success early but stumbled late and ended the season 7-9, good for second in the NFC South, there are plenty of questions about the team as 2019 approaches.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a season playing into the postseason.

1. The Future of Ron Rivera

There’s plenty of eyes on Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who since being named the team’s head coach in 2011 has won two Coach of the Year awards.

Last season there were plenty of fans calling for his head after the club started 6-2, and then lost seven straight before finishing the year with a win over the Saints on the road in a game that was more like a preseason affair due to the Saints sitting all their starters.

The Panthers under Rivera have never had back-to-back winning seasons, and in his time with the franchise boasts a mark of 71-56-1.

He needs to have a good camp to install confidence into this franchise once again and set things straight with those that want him out of his job.

2. Can Cam Regain His Form Before His Injury?

While it’s a make or break season for Ron Rivera, quarterback Cam Newton may not be far behind, with plenty of fans ready to move on from the 30-year-old thrower.

Newton did not look like the same QB he always was in the second half of the season, and the team eventually shut him down for the final two games of the season as he dealt with a lingering shoulder injury.

After the season, it was revealed that Newton had undergone another surgery on the same shoulder had had surgery on in early 2017.

Newton’s injury was the main factor in the Panthers’ seven-game losing streak, and the franchise needs him to be 100 percent if they are going to contend with the likes of the Saints and Falcons in the NFC South.

Last season Newton threw for 3395 yards with 24 scores and 13 interceptions.

3. What Wide Outs Will Step up in 2019?

The Panthers have a burning question at the wide out position in 2019, and that is what receiver will lead the team?

Last season it was 21-year-old D.J. Moore leading the way with 55 catches for 788 yards and two scores. Moore has the talent to be even better this season.

Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel are two other pass catchers that will get plenty of chances during camp, and both of them could have big roles in 2019 for the team.

The Panthers top pass catcher in 2018 was running back Christian McCaffrey, and tight end Greg Olsen is another top target for Cam Newton.

Jarius Wright and Ian Thomas (tight end) are two more possible targets at the wide out spot for Newton. Camp will go a long way in determining who will be a top wide out on the team in 2019.

Panthers QB Cam Newton “Slated to Be a Full Participant” Once Camp Opens

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is “slated to be a full participant” when training camp opens in late July according to Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Observer.

That was always the goal when Newton underwent shoulder surgery in January and he appeared to be right on track in his recovery when he was cleared to throw at the June minicamp.

Nothing can be taken for granted, but it appears as if Newton will be 100 percent well before Week one.

If Newton can stay healthy and maintain is new throwing motion, the Panthers are a good bet to rebound from a disappointing 2018 season.

Panthers LB Shaq Thompson Hoping to Stay in Carolina After 2019

At the conclusion of the 2019 season, linebacker Shaq Thompson is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

If Thompson has his way, however, he’ll be staying put in Carolina with the Panthers, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

“This is a place I’ve been for five years,” Thompson told the Charlotte Observer’s Brendan Marks. “I don’t want to know any other place.”

With Carolina having picked up his fifth-year option, the 2016 NFL Draft’s 25th pick is set to make $9.23 million in 2019.

In 2018, Thompson’s 79 tackles in 11 starts (14 games) tied Thomas Davis for second on the Panthers and his 3.5 sacks were third on the team.

Newly Signed Panthers DT Gerald McCoy Explains His Decision to Ink with Carolina

Newly signed Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy spoke today about his decision to come to the Panthers over the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, two teams that also were in hot pursuit of the six-time Pro Bowl tackle.

“The reason I’m here is I’m quoted as saying I want to play for a contender. Every ounce of me feels this is a contender,” McCoy said via Field Yates of ESPN.

The Ravens won the AFC North, while Cleveland defeated the Panthers last season and went 7-8-1, while the Panthers stumbled to a 7-9 mark.

Some think that the Panthers are ready to turn the corner though after quarterback Cam Newton was injured for a good portion of the second half of the year.

“Carolina was a great fit for me. Being around the guys we just meshed & I love the instant chemistry we had. They have a tradition of having a great defense,” McCoy said.

“I love the players & I believe in #1. Ron Rivera is a proven coach & can’t wait to get started.”

McCoy will have plenty of chance to make an impact for the Panthers, and to also back up his words of his new team hopefully being a contender in 2019.

Panthers Land Free Agent Six-Time Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy

The Panthers scored a huge victory on Monday, beating out two teams from the AFC North to land the services of six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the former Buccaneers tackle has decided on inking with the Panthers, turning down the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, two teams that also met with McCoy.

The move will keep him in the NFC South, where he can fast his former team twice a season after being released by the Buccaneers a few weeks back.

The report says that McCoy will be signing a one-year deal worth up to $10.25 million that includes a $4 million signing bonus.

McCoy was set to make $13 million this season if the Bucs would not have released him. In his career he has put up 54.5 sacks, 296 tackles, 79 for a loss and 140 quarterback hits.

His sack totals rank fourth in the NFL among defensive tackles since 2010.

Getting McCoy is a huge addition to the team’s defensive line, as he will team with Kawaan Short to give the team one of their best (on paper) lines in some time.

The Panthers Will Have to Wait the Weekend to See if Gerald McCoy Will Come to Baltimore

The Panthers and their fans will have to wait the weekend to see if free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is going to be wearing a Cats unifor or another outfit in 2019 and beyond.

NFL.com reports that McCoy, after visits with the Panthers, Baltimore and, will use the weekend to make a decision on what team to sign with.

Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network stated as well that McCoy could choose his team in time to be there for upcoming minicamps.

Of note, the Browns kick off their three-day minicamp on the weekend of June 4-6, while the Ravens and Panthers will hold their respective minicamps on June 11-13.

McCoy immediately found himself a wanted man in the wake of his release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The six-time Pro Bowler first visited with the Browns, followed by the Ravens and Panthers.

If McCoy desires to play for a contender, he can’t go wrong with any of the teams.

The Ravens come off a 2018 season where they won the AFC North to make the postseason, while the Panthers have a talented foundation to turn around a disappointing 2018 campaign.

The Browns, though, are one of the more exciting teams in the league heading to the 2019 season with the offseason additions of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and defensive end Olivier Vernon. The trio joined a foundation anchored by second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive end Myles Garrett, among others.

Of the three teams vying for McCoy’s services, the Browns as of Friday afternoon have the most salary cap space with $32.6. The Ravens have $13.4 million and the Panthers sit on $8.5 million.

McCoy visited with the Browns first on his free agent tour, and then spent two days with the Ravens before moving on and chatting with the Panthers, who he knows very well from his time playing in Tampa with the Buccaneers.

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