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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.”

Panthers QB Cam Newton Has Surgery on His Right Shoulder

The season was a rough one for the Panthers and more so for QB Cam Newton, and today the quarterback finally put 2018 behind him as he had surgery on his right shoulder.

It was that shoulder that caused him so many issues this season hopefully can be put to rest as he recovers and gets ready for the 2019 campaign.

The QB this past season threw for 3,395 yards with 24 scores and 13 picks, but he simply wasn’t the same QB down the stretch.
The team stated that Newton has “an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder Thursday. The procedure was successfully performed by Panthers team physician Dr. Pat Connor. Newton’s rehabilitation process will begin immediately.”

The team shut Newton down for the final two games of 2018, as the team was not going to make the postseason, and Newton was not the same QB as he was earlier in the season.

Panthers QB Cam Newton Trolls the Browns with His Dog Collar Cleats

Despite playing with a sore shoulder and a four-game losing streak starring them in the face, the Panthers (at least quarterback Cam Newton) are not playing around today, as his cleats tell the story about playing in Cleveland against the Browns.

Newton and the Panthers are set on a very cold day at First Energy Stadium to take on the Browns, looking to try and keep their playoff hopes alive with a win.

Game time temp with the wind chill is 23 degrees.

Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen Says He’s Done for the Season

The Panthers suffered a loss on Sunday, as well as major loss on offense, as tight end Greg Olsen is done for the year as he ruptured his plantar fascia.

This season he had 27 catches for 291 yards with four scores for the Panthers.

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