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Panthers Agree to Terms with Veteran WR Aldrick Robinson

The Panthers have signed veteran wide receiver Aldrick Robinson according to Josh Alper of Pro Football

Dubbed “Lord Aldrick”, the 30-year-old Robinson is a 5’10/185 deep threat who has never become a star in the NFL but seems to produce everywhere he lands. Originally a sixth-round pick by the Washington Redskins out of SMU in 2011, Robinson spent the first three years of his pro career with the Redskins and has 14 career touchdowns on 86 grabs with five different teams.

He has an impressive 16.5 yards-per-catch average in his career and caught a career-high five touchdowns on 17 catches for 231 yards after being signed by the Minnesota Vikings last September.

In Carolina Robinson joins a wideout group that currently features D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Chris Hogan, Rashad Ross, Jarius Wright, and Torrey Smith, among others.

We would not be surprised if he establishes instant rapport with QB Cam Newton and carves out a role for himself in the Panthers offense in 2019.

Rookies Make a Positive Impact in Panthers First Preseason Camp for Incoming Players

It is easy to get excited about one rookie mini camp, but in the case of the Carolina Panthers, the team did take some big steps in the right direction to try to get back to the postseason and be a force again in the NFC South and the Conference as a whole.

If you look at sites like you will see the Panthers still have a ton to prove if they are going to get back to the Super Bowl of a few seasons ago.

Since that forgettable Sunday afternoon and evening in San Francisco, the team has not been able to reach the same level, and it seems like there needs to be a new attitude that hopefully head coach Ron Rivera and the team can put in motion as they look to get back to double digit wins.

When it comes to the first mini camp with new players, it’s all about players setting tempo, getting on the same page and making sure that this unit starts off on the right foot.

A lot of that falls directly on Rivera, who might be under a slightly hotter seat after how the team has taken steps the other way the last few seasons since that Super Bowl game against the Broncos.

The coach did like what he saw during the first rookie camp, and felt like the new players on the team were there with a renewed vigor and were ready to make an impact.

“Retention was really good,” said Rivera, after the weekend’s final session. “I really liked what we did on both sides of the ball.”

Rivera stated that the staff will take a long look at what the new players kept in their brains over the newest session, and once the veterans come in, it will then be fun to see how the rookies play alongside the veterans and if there can be a good mix.

Two players that stood out in the first camp was backup quarterbacks Will Grier and Kyle Allen.

Reports from the camp stated that both showed promise, which included Grier’s strongest throw of the day on Saturday, when he hit a deep ball to wide receiver Andre Levrone.

Yes the ball fell incomplete, but it was a great effort none the less. Allen showed consistency both days and seemed to have good chemistry with some of the younger pass catchers.

With more camps upcoming, it will be fun to see if the attitude stays the same, as well as if these players continue in the direction to build a winning unit for the 2019 season.

Panthers Add FSU Pass-Rusher Brian Burns with the 16th Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

Getting to the quarterback has been a priority for the Panthers this offseason, and they addressed that need on Thursday, adding Florida State pass-rusher Brian Burns with their first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Longtime Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart Inks One-Day Deal to Retire a Panther

Longtime Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Panthers.

The 32-year-old played the first 10 seasons of his career for the Panthers, after being selected as the No. 13 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Oregon product made the Pro Bowl in 2015 after piling up 1,088 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns.

Stewart scored 10 touchdowns in his first NFL season. His sophomore campaign included 1,272 yards from scrimmage and 11 scores for the Panthers. Stewart and the Panthers reached the Super Bowl in 2016.

The 11-year veteran signed a two-year, $6.9 million contract with the New York Giants in free agency before the 2018 season. Stewart had just six carries for 17 yards in three games last season. The Giants declined to pick up Stewart’s 2019 option in February.

Stewart retires with 8,630 yards from scrimmage and 58 touchdowns in 134 career appearances. He is the Panthers’ franchise leader in rushing yards.

Panthers Early Season Slate Could Get the Cats Off to a Fast Start

Ron Rivera and the Panthers know that in 2019 the team needs to get off to a quick start in order to be able to make a serious run at the division, as well as for the team to make the 2019 postseason.

Last season the team got off to a solid 3-1 start, and even sat at 6-2 before the wheels came off. If you were to check the you’d see that the team is expected again to win 7-9 games in 2019, but that will not be enough to play with the likes of the New Orleans Saints or last year’s NFC Champions the Los Angeles Rams.

The Panthers oddly enough have a shot to make a statement in week one, as they will play host to the NFC Champs the Rams at home, a game that they really need to win to get off to a fast start.

Los Angeles boasts a very good offense with Jared Goff as well as running back Todd Gurley, who is looking to comeback off an awful NFC Title game and Super Bowl.

The following week the team will play a Thursday night game at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game that will come just four days after the season opener.

The Bucs are a team with a new look and new coach in Bruce Arians, and much like Carolina they will be looking to make an early statement on national TV with a week two win.

Some may call it a ‘trap game,’ but for the Panthers, they know the Bucs all too well, and they can’t afford to look past their divisional foes in this week two showdown.

Week three will see the Cats head to Arizona, where again they will see a new head coach (Kliff Kingsbury) and the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are very much a work in progress, and there’s still a chance the team might deal last year’s starting quarterback, Josh Rosen.

With the first pick in the April draft, things can change a lot for the Cardinals if they go with Kyler Murray to take over the QB spot.

Finally in week four it’s another road game, this time against DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans. The Texans are a team that got into the playoffs a year ago as divisional champs of the AFC South, only to lose in the Wild Card game to the Indianapolis Colts.

The slate is laid out for the Panthers, two home games, two away, but again this team needs to put 2018 away and get off to a good start in 2019.

Check out the Complete 2019 Carolina Panthers Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Panthers fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Panthers slate!

Sept. 8 Los Angeles Rams 1:00
Sept. 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:20
Sept. 22 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05
Sept. 29 at Houston Texans 1:00
Oct. 6 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00
Oct. 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London) 9:30 AM
Oct. 27 at San Francisco 49ers 4:05
Nov. 3 Tennessee Titans 1:00
Nov. 10 at Green Bay Packers 1:00
Nov. 17 Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Nov. 24 at New Orleans Saints 1:00
Dec. 1 Washington Redskins 1:00
Dec. 8 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Dec. 15 Seattle Seahawks 1:00
Dec. 22 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00
Dec. 29 New Orleans Saints 1:00

Former AAF Receiver Rashad Ross Inks with the Panthers

Now that the AAF, otherwise known as the Alliance of American Football is done and over, NFL teams are taking long looks at some of the better players who might be on the market.

The Panthers, according to Adam Schefter at ESPN, have inked one of those players, signing wide receiver Rashad Ross, who had been playing for the Arizona Hotshots.

Ross played his college football at Arizona State, where he posted 55 catches, 864 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in two years.

His time may not be all that long with the Cats, as he’s just 6-foot, 180 pounds, and more than likely he’ll have to fight for a roster spot at the receiver position if he’s going to stay on the roster.

Panthers QB Cam Newton Talks About How Bad His Shoulder Was in New YouTube Docuseries

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton unveiled a behind-the-scenes YouTube docuseries, during which he admits just how much the shoulder issue affected his play as the Panthers season nosedived to the finish line after a 6-2 start, Kevin Patra of reports.

“At this persona that we play, you can’t show no signs of weakness,” Newton said. “But I was weak, and I felt so vulnerable. I felt so scared. I felt so afraid because I know I wasn’t myself. I didn’t know what was wrong with my shoulder. I just knew that it hurt, and I knew there was an issue. I couldn’t throw the ball further than 30 yards, no lie. So I was trying to keep up with it as much as possible until the wheels fell off.

“I felt like defenses [were] exposing me because they knew I couldn’t throw the ball downfield. Not being in the position physically to be able to make the throws that you know you’re capable of making, that was the most disheartening thing of the whole year.”

Newton underwent surgery this offseason to clean up the shoulder, which the quarterback hopes will finally put the lingering problems to bed and he can return to his MVP-caliber playing style.

“So here I am, I’m in this position of a lot of people are saying, ‘They’ve seen the best of Cam Newton,'” he said. “F— every single thing that’s been said that I don’t like — straight up. I’m not here to knock on doors, I’m here to kick the motherf—–s down. Seeing the doubt, hearing the whispers of he don’t got it no more fuels me. That’s what makes this comeback even more extraordinary for me. I feel this is going to make me even more dangerous. When it’s all said and done I can look back in my life and I know that this particular time in my life propelled me to that next point. I’m excited for what the future holds.”

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