Carolina Panthers Roster 2018 Panthers Roster

6-7, 2nd NFC South

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1:15 am UTC, 12/18

The Panthers had some holes last season, and they addressed them in the offseason. The main one was getting Cam Newton another wide receiver outside of Devin Funchess. They drafted D.J. Moore out of Maryland, and added Torrey Smith. While it is tough to expect a lot out of Smith, Moore should be able to come in and make a big first year impact. The Panthers also signed C.J. Anderson, and while Christian McCaffrey is still the guy here, Anderson is a decent change of pace back. With Greg Olsen on the wrong side of 30, Carolina drafted Ian Thomas in the first round. Thomas won’t have an impact in year one, but if Olsen’s age catches up to him, that will change. An area of depth that is a concern is under center. Newton is a big body and his running style can create injuries. With no Matt Moore, there isn’t a lot to like if Newton was to go down.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Cam Newton Cam Newton C. Newton 1
90
#7 QB 1 6'5" 244 29 5/11/89 8 2011 1 1 Auburn
QB Taylor Heinicke Taylor Heinicke T. Heinicke 6
57
#85 QB 2 6'0" 198 25 3/15/93 3 2015 Old Dominion
RB Christian McCaffrey Christian McCaffrey C. McCaffrey 22
88
#8 RB 1 5'11" 202 22 6/7/96 2 2017 1 8 Stanford
RB Travaris Cadet Travaris Cadet T. Cadet 38
72
#77 RB 2 6'1" 210 29 2/1/89 7 2012 Appalachian State
RB Cameron Artis-Payne Cameron Artis-Payne C. Artis-Payne 34
69
#88 RB 3 5'10" 212 26 6/23/92 4 2015 5 174 Auburn
RB Alex Armah Alex Armah A. Armah 40
62
#121 RB 4 6'2" 253 24 5/17/94 2 2017 6 192 West Georgia
RB Kenjon Barner Kenjon Barner K. Barner 23
78
#48 RB 5 5'9" 196 29 4/28/89 5 2013 6 182 Oregon
OT Chris Clark Chris Clark C. Clark 74
74
#48 OT 1 6'5" 315 33 10/1/85 9 2008 Southern Mississippi
OT Taylor Moton Taylor Moton T. Moton 72
72
#62 OT 1 6'5" 319 24 8/18/94 2 2017 2 64 Western Michigan
OT Marshall Newhouse Marshall Newhouse M. Newhouse 71
72
#55 OT 2 6'4" 319 30 9/29/88 9 2010 5 169 TCU
ILB Luke Kuechly Luke Kuechly L. Kuechly 59
97
#2 ILB 1 6'3" 243 27 4/20/91 7 2012 1 9 Boston College
OLB Thomas Davis Thomas Davis T. Davis 58
82
#160 OLB 1 6'1" 240 35 3/22/83 14 2005 1 14 Georgia
OLB Shaq Thompson Shaq Thompson S. Thompson 54
79
#25 OLB 1 6'0" 228 24 4/21/94 4 2015 1 25 Washington
OLB Jermaine Carter Jr. Jermaine Carter Jr. J. Carter Jr. 56
68
#88 OLB 2 6'0" 235 23 1/14/95 0 2018 5 161
OLB David Mayo David Mayo D. Mayo 55
65
#122 OLB 2 6'2" 228 25 8/18/93 4 2015 5 169 Texas State
OLB Ben Jacobs Ben Jacobs B. Jacobs 53
65
#121 OLB 3 6'4" 243 30 4/17/88 4 2011 Fresno State
OLB Andre Smith Andre Smith A. Smith 57
66
#107 OLB 3 6'0" 237 21 4/20/97 0 2018 7 234
SS Eric Reid Eric Reid E. Reid 25
79
1 6'1" 213 27 10/10/91 6 2013 1 18 LSU
SS Colin Jones Colin Jones C. Jones 42
66
#59 SS 2 6'0" 208 31 10/27/87 8 2011 6 190 TCU
FS Mike Adams Mike Adams M. Adams 29
78
#29 FS 1 5'11" 200 37 3/24/81 15 2004 Delaware
FS Rashaan Gaulden Rashaan Gaulden R. Gaulden 28
68
#51 FS 2 6'1" 197 23 1/23/95 0 2018 3 85 Tennessee
LS JJ Jansen JJ Jansen J. Jansen 44
63
#24 LS 6'2" 256 32 1/20/86 11 2008 Notre Dame
C Ryan Kalil Ryan Kalil R. Kalil 67
78
#17 C 1 6'3" 295 33 3/29/85 12 2007 2 59 USC
C Tyler Larsen Tyler Larsen T. Larsen 69
66
#51 C 2 6'4" 313 27 7/8/91 3 2014 Utah State
DT Kawann Short Kawann Short K. Short 99
88
#7 DT 1 6'3" 299 29 2/2/89 6 2013 2 44 Purdue
DT Dontari Poe Dontari Poe D. Poe 95
84
#13 DT 1 6'3" 346 28 8/18/90 7 2012 1 11 Memphis
DT Vernon Butler Vernon Butler V. Butler 92
76
#33 DT 2 6'4" 323 24 6/14/94 3 2016 1 30 Louisiana Tech
DT Kyle Love Kyle Love K. Love 93
72
#49 DT 2 6'1" 310 32 11/18/86 7 2010 Mississippi State
DB Captain Munnerlyn Captain Munnerlyn C. Munnerlyn 41
72
#102 DB 1 5'8" 186 30 4/10/88 10 2009 7 216 South Carolina
WR Devin Funchess Devin Funchess D. Funchess 17
83
#40 WR 1 6'4" 232 24 5/21/94 4 2015 2 41 Michigan
WR Curtis Samuel Curtis Samuel C. Samuel 10
73
#116 WR 1 5'11" 196 22 8/11/96 2 2017 2 40 Ohio State
WR D.J. Moore D.J. Moore D. Moore 12
66
#172 WR 1 6'0" 210 21 4/14/97 0 2018 1 24 Maryland
WR Torrey Smith Torrey Smith T. Smith 11
79
#66 WR 2 6'1" 205 29 1/26/89 8 2011 2 58 Maryland
WR Jarius Wright Jarius Wright J. Wright 13
75
#100 WR 2 5'10" 180 29 11/25/89 7 2012 4 118 Arkansas
TE Ian Thomas Ian Thomas I. Thomas 80
67
#83 TE 1 6'4" 259 22 6/6/96 0 2018 4 101
TE Chris Manhertz Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz 82
61
#102 TE 2 6'6" 255 26 4/10/92 3 2014 Canisius
TE Greg Olsen Greg Olsen G. Olsen 88
90
#5 TE 3 6'6" 255 33 3/11/85 12 2007 1 31 Miami
TE Wyatt Houston Wyatt Houston W. Houston 85
65
#96 TE 40 6'5" 255 24 6/21/94 1 2017 Utah State
TE Desean Smith Desean Smith D. Smith 0
67
#80 TE 6'5" 249 24 11/2/94 1 2017 LSU
DE Mario Addison Mario Addison M. Addison 97
79
#48 DE 1 6'3" 254 31 9/6/87 8 2011 Troy
DE Julius Peppers Julius Peppers J. Peppers 90
84
#28 DE 1 6'5" 287 38 1/18/80 17 2002 1 2 North Carolina
DE Wes Horton Wes Horton W. Horton 96
74
#83 DE 2 6'5" 264 28 1/18/90 6 2013 USC
DE Efe Obada Efe Obada E. Obada 94
65
#140 DE 2 6'6" 255 26 4/13/92 1 2015
DE Marquis Haynes Marquis Haynes M. Haynes 98
66
#134 DE 3 6'2" 235 24 12/16/93 0 2018 4 136
DE Bryan Cox Jr Bryan Cox Jr B. Cox Jr 91
69
#102 DE 3 6'3" 265 24 6/25/94 2 2017 Florida
CB Donte Jackson Donte Jackson D. Jackson 26
72
#101 CB 1 5'10" 178 23 11/8/95 0 2018 2 55 LSU
CB James Bradberry James Bradberry J. Bradberry 24
76
#72 CB 1 6'1" 211 25 8/4/93 3 2016 2 62 Samford
CB Corn Elder Corn Elder C. Elder 35
67
#143 CB 2 5'10" 183 24 10/9/94 2 2017 5 152 Miami
CB Lorenzo Doss Lorenzo Doss L. Doss 31
68
#135 CB 3 5'10" 182 24 4/20/94 4 2015 5 164 Tulane
G Trai Turner Trai Turner T. Turner 70
80
#20 G 1 6'3" 310 25 6/14/93 5 2014 3 92 LSU
G Greg Van Roten Greg Van Roten G. Van Roten 73
71
#58 G 1 6'3" 303 28 2/26/90 4 2012 Pennsylvania
G Taylor Hearn Taylor Hearn T. Hearn 62
68
#94 G 2 6'4" 320 22 1/11/96 0 2018
G Amini Silatolu Amini Silatolu A. Silatolu 65
71
#59 G 6'4" 314 30 9/16/88 6 2012 2 40 Midwestern State - TX
G Brendan Mahon Brendan Mahon B. Mahon 63
69
#72 G 6'4" 312 23 1/17/95 0 2018
K Graham Gano Graham Gano G. Gano 9
81
#12 K 1 6'1" 192 31 4/9/87 9 2009 Florida State
K Chandler Catanzaro Chandler Catanzaro C. Catanzaro 4
76
#27 K 2 6'1" 195 27 2/26/91 5 2014 Clemson
K Michael Palardy Michael Palardy M. Palardy 5
77
#22 K 3 5'11" 189 26 7/6/92 3 2014 Tennessee

Fixing the Offense & Staying Healthy

In the 2017-18 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers were plagued by injuries. Despite that, this team managed to finish out their season 11-5 and tied in terms of record with division rivals New Orleans. The Saints won the tiebreaker and also bounced Carolina from the playoffs in the Wild Card round. However, the Panthers addressed important needs this offseason in the NFL Draft and will look to once again challenge within the NFC this season.

Carolina's offense struggled last season under quarterback Cam Newton, but that could be blamed on injuries. Former head coach Norv Turner was hired as Carolina's offensive coordinator for the upcoming season. He's got quite the pedigree, having won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993 in that position with the Dallas Cowboys. Now he'll be the man calling the shots on a healthy and potent Panthers offense with the dynamic Cam Newton.

Perhaps the biggest factor for the coming season will be that they'll have healthy players coming back. Greg Olsen, Devin Funchess, and Damiere Byrd are all set to be actively part of the roster again. Curtis Samuel also had a surgically-repaired ankle but based on early reports has been looking impressive in terms of body control, speed, and overall sharpness on the field. He could play a key role on special teams.

Christian McCaffrey will enter his sophomore season looking to improve upon his rookie campaign. Backing him up will be Cameron Artis-Payne, while Panthers fans know that Newton is always a threat on the ground for rushing as well.

As they went into the 2018 NFL Draft, two areas where Carolina needed some help were with their receiving corps and in the secondary. In the first two rounds, they selected D.J. Moore and Donte Jackson to address those needs which could help them in the upcoming season. The team traded away their second-year cornerback Daryl Worley to the Eagles in exchange for veteran Torrey Smith. In addition, they signed free agent Jarius Wright to help out in the slot.

Moore will be right there with Devin Funchess on the offense with Jarius Wright also getting some possible targets. The way that Moore will be used in the season's offense is up for debate as of training camp and the preseason. He's very likely to become a receiver who can fill different positions on the field, as needed, similar to the way the team used RB McCaffrey.

The team will probably go with Funchess, Moore, Smith, Samuel, Wright, and Byrd as their six receivers. Despite being a speedy threat on offense and special teams, Byrd will be competing for a role in this team's offense. Of the receivers, it appears that Olsen and Funchess are poised for the biggest seasons under Norv Turner. However, Wright may be utilized quite a bit when it comes to the offense based on his 74 percent catch rate on third down plays.

On defense, the secondary lost Ross Cockrell to a broken leg during a training camp practice. That meant that Kevon Seymour and Donte Jackson were in a fight for the roster spot opposite James Bradberry. Both Seymour and Jackson were putting on a show during practice. This season could see Jackson emerge as a dependable starter if he wins the starting spot. In addition, this could be a breakout season for former first-round pick Shaq Thompson. He's got great defensive instincts as well as coverage and tackling skills that could potentially land him a Pro Bowl nod this season.

Carolina's defense ranked third last season in terms of total sacks. Their 50 sacks trailed only Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. This season they have a chance to outdo that number. Their interior features a lethal combination of Kawann Short and Dontari Poe, while veteran Julius Peppers is still capable of double-digit sacks. Draft picks Daeshon Hall and Marquis Haynes as well as Mario Addison are also there for potential takedowns.

In terms of special teams, it appeared as of late July that kicker Graham Gano and punter Michael Palardy were givens. That's because there were no other players for their positions on the Panthers' roster. However, a question remained when it came to handling kickoff and punt returns. Carolina has a new special teams coordinator Chase Blackburn making those decisions.

Damiere Byrd is likely to get a role as kick returner, but the punt returner spot is unknown. Curtis Samuel and Kenjon Barner are both options for that job. Samuel had an impressive average yards per punt return in his rookie season. Barner was the man returning kickoffs and punt returns for the Eagles last season as they made their march to the Super Bowl.

In 2016, the Panthers were in the Super Bowl on the heels of Cam Newton's MVP season. They look poised for another successful run in the upcoming season based on their resilience last campaign and the addition of help where it was needed. However, the NFC will feature a plethora of other teams including the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers who will also be capable of challenging for the NFC crown.