Lions vs Panthers NFL Week Two Inactives

Detroit – WR Ryan Broyles, S Don Carey, SS James Ihedigbo, QB Kellen Moore, WR Kevin Ogletree, OT LaAdrian Waddle, DE Larry Webster

Carolina – S Tre Boston, DE Greg Hardy, G Andrew Norwell, QB Joe Webb, RB DeAngelo Williams, LB Jason Williams, OT Garry Williams

Carolina At Tampa Bay Injury Report

Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday QB Cam Newton (ribs)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday QB Cam Newton (ribs)
 
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
 
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Da’Quan Bowers (abdomen), DE William Gholston (shoulder), S Bradley McDougald (knee), CB Rashaan Melvin (ankle), WR Louis Murphy (back)
  Thursday DE William Gholston (shoulder), S Bradley McDougald (knee), CB Rashaan Melvin (ankle), WR Louis Murphy (back)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Mike James (shoulder), RB Jorvorskie Lane (hand)
  Thursday DE Da’Quan Bowers (abdomen), RB Mike James (shoulder), RB Jorvorskie Lane (hand)
 
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Mike Jenkins (hamstring)
  Thursday CB Mike Jenkins (hamstring)

Poll: Panthers at Bucs Week One – Who Wins?

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Wednesday Injury Report – Panthers At Bucs

CAROLINA PANTHERS
 
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday QB Cam Newton (ribs)
 
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
 
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Da’Quan Bowers (abdomen), DE William Gholston (shoulder), S Bradley McDougald (knee), CB Rashaan Melvin (ankle), WR Louis Murphy (back)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Mike James (shoulder), RB Jorvorskie Lane (hand)
 
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Mike Jenkins (hamstring)

Panthers At Buccaneers NFL Week One Capsule

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

SERIES

PANTHERS BUCCANEERS
SERIES LEADER 16-11  
STREAKS 4 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Rivera: 4-2 Smith: 4-2
LAST GAME 12/1/13: Buccaneers 6 at Panthers 27.  Carolina QB Cam Newton throws for 263 yards & records 3 total TDs (2 pass, 1 rush).  Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. has 36-yard TD reception.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/13: Panthers 31, Buccaneers 13. Panthers QB Cam Newton throws 2 TDs & rushes for 50 yards & TD. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams adds 12-yard TD run.
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Chris Myers, Rondé Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims, Rod Woodson. SIRIUS: 92 (Car.), 93 (TB). XM: 234 (TB).

 

2013 STATS

PASSING Newton: 292-473-3,379-24-13-88.8 McCown (Chi.): 149-224-1,829-13-1-109.0 (3L)
RUSHING D. Williams: 201-843-4.2-3 Martin: 127-456-3.6-1
RECEIVING Olsen (TE): 73-816-11.2-6 Jackson: 78-1,224-15.7-7
OFFENSE 316.8 277.0
TAKE/GIVE +11 +10
DEFENSE 301.3 (2L) 348.0
SACKS Hardy: 15 (3L) McCoy: 9.5
INTs Kuechly, Mitchell: 4 David: 5
PUNTING Nortman: 47.8 (2C) Koenen: 44.2
KICKING Gano: 114 (42/42 PAT; 24/27 FG) Murray (Pre.): 8 (2/2 PAT; 2/2 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS: Won NFC South last year & tied team record with 12 wins…Pro Bowl QB CAM NEWTON is only player with 50+ pass (64) & 25+ rush (28) TDs in 1st 3 seasons. His 11,299 pass yards are 3rd most in 1st 3 seasons & his 2,032 rush yards are most by QB in 1st 3 years…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS is franchise leader in rush att. (1,370), yards (6,627) & TDs (46). Had 1,176 scrimmage yards, his 3rd season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Pro Bowl FB MIKE TOLBERT led team with 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.)…TE GREG OLSEN led team with 6 rec. TDs & is only active TE with 5+ rec. TDs in every season since 2008…Club was 2nd in NFL in points allowed (241), total defense (301.3) & rush defense (86.9) in 2013. Pro Bowl LB LUKE KUECHLY was 2013 Defensive Player of Year. Kuechly (156 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 INTs) & LB THOMAS DAVIS (123 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 INTs) were only LB teammates last year with 120+ tackles, 2+ sacks & 2+ INTs. Pro Bowl DE GREG HARDY tied club record with 15 sacks last year…BUCCANEERS: New head coach LOVIE SMITH was 81-63 (.563) in Chi. with 3 division titles, 2 NFC Champ Games & berth in SB XLI…QB JOSH MC COWN makes 1st start with TB. Last year with Chi., played in 8 games (5 starts) & had career-best 109 rating with 13 TDs vs. 1 INT. His .045 INT pct. (1 INT, 224 att.) is 2nd best mark in NFL history…In 2 games vs. Car., RB DOUG MARTIN has 233 rush yards (116.5 per game) & 279 scrimmage yards (139.5 per game)…WR VINCENT JACKSON had career-best 78 catches for 1,224 yards last year. Has 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons & 5 of past 6 years. Among active players (min. 200 catches), has NFL-best 17.4 rec. avg. (422 catches, 7,362 yards)…LB LAVONTE DAVID was only player in NFL last year with 100+ tackles (144), 5+ sacks (7) & 5+ INTs (5). In past decade, David & BRIAN URLACHER (2007) are only 2 in NFL to accomplish feat. Pro Bowl DT GERALD MC COY had 7.5 sacks in final 8 games. Had career-high 9.5 sacks in 2013. S MARK BARRON had 88 tackles, 2 INTs & 2 sacks last year, 1 of 2 S in NFL to accomplish.

Cam Newton Takes Part in 7-on-7 Drills

Panthers' Make a Wish child

In a surprise move, quarterback Cam Newton took part in 7-on-7 drills Thursday during the last practice session of the team’s minicamp according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.

Newton is recuperating from offseason ankle surgery and was not expected to take the field until training camp starts in late July. He has been begging for some football action, however, and head coach Ron Rivera finally gave in. “I think it shows everybody, the team, that he’s coming,” Rivera said. “Nobody expected him to be out here today, except for me, but it was good to see him out there. It was good to see his teammates see him out there.”

Newton’s teammates were surprised to see him on the field and his participation was not full. Understandably he looked rusty and Newton himself described his performance as “real sluggish”. “My mind was moving faster than my body but that comes with time,” Newton said. “I’m excited to get back out there. I’m not 100 percent yet but any progress is good progress for me.” Newton’s appearance was more symbolic than anything else but it is a good sign for Panthers fans. The franchise QB is expected to be 100% by training camp.

Panthers Ink 1st Round Pick Benjamin And 3rd Round Pick Turner

Carolina Panthers Rookie Minicamp

The Panthers announced they have signed first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin and third-round pick Trai Turner.

The Panthers selected Benjamin with the 28th overall pick after the 6-foot-5, 241-pound wide receiver produced a breakout season in 2013. Benjamin recorded 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns to help Florida State capture the national title.

“He has a lot of upside, and he gives us a legitimate chance to have a number one receiver,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “He is a terrific kid. He has come a long way, and we are real excited to have him.”

The Panthers upgraded their offensive line with the selection of Turner, a physically imposing guard from Louisiana State.

“He gives us the power that we’re looking for,” Gettleman said. “He can displace defensive linemen. He’s a tough, nasty kid. He plays that way.”

Panthers Ink Second-Round DE Kony Ealy

Florida v Missouri

The Panthers have signed former Missouri defensive end and second-round pick Kony Ealy, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Terms of Ealy’s four-year deal were not disclosed. Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford received a four-year, $3.4 million deal last year as the 60th overall pick, which was where the Panthers took Ealy this year.

The Panthers have agreed to deals with four of their six draft picks. First-round pick Kelvin Benjamin, the former Florida State wide receiver, and guard Trai Turner, the third-rounder from LSU, remain unsigned.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said he assigned a first-round grade to Ealy, who was an All-SEC selection last season after finishing with 9.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.

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