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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:57:00 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is "struggling with conditioning", according to head coach Ron Rivera, who added his goal is to see Benjamin be able to handle 30 to 35 snaps by the end of the preseason.
Fantasy Tip: It shouldn't come as a surprise that Benjamin isn't quite ready yet coming off of last year's ACL tear, but this is the kind of report that should sound off an alarm for owners hoping he will pick right back up where he left off as a rookie. Benjamin benefited from a lot of negative game scripts in 2014 and the Panthers have already hinted they plan to spread it around in the passing game, so owners should treat him as a high-risk WR2.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:41:36 -0700
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera signed a new three-year contract worth $19.5 million, according to a source. He can earn $3 million more in incentives.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:49:10 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera received a one-year contract extension Thursday, June 16, that will pay him more than $6 million a year, according to a league source. Rivera led Carolina to a 17-2 record and a berth in Super Bowl 50 in 2015 and is under contract through the 2018 season. He's now among the top 10 highest paid coaches in the NFL.
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:10:15 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has been contacted by the team to begin working on a contract extension.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:36:42 -0800
Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen (foot) will start Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, according to head coach Ron Rivera, after sitting out the NFC Championship Game.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:32:41 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis (forearm) will start Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, according to head coach Ron Rivera, after suffering a broken forearm in the NFC Championship Game.
Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:00:43 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he will not rest his starters as long as their games have value and meaning. The Panthers could clinch home-field advantage in the playoffs if they win in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons, so the starters will play.
Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners shouldn't be worried about starting every-week Carolina players like Cam Newton and Greg Olsen. Even Ted Ginn is worth at least flex consideration in championship, and he could have good value on FantasyScore, too.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:48:57 -0800
Carolina Panthers DE Charles X. Johnson was pulled in the fourth quarter of a blowout 38-0 win Sunday, Dec. 13. Johnson took to social media to vent his frustrations, and head coach Ron Rivera said he would speak with Johnson regarding the situation. Rivera understands Johnson's mindset, as Johnson is only three weeks removed from coming off the Reserve/Injured list and is itching to play. Rivera said he wants to make sure his players are healthy at this point in the season. He's not worried about the statistics.
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 10:43:33 -0700
Carolina Panthers WRs Ted Ginn Jr. and Corey Brown are considered the starting wide receivers at this point, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fantasy Tip: Ginn ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) and Brown ($2,000) may start but Devin Funchess ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) should also see significant play time in Week 1. Funchess likely is the only Panthers receiver that has fantasy value for Week 1 and could be an option on FantasyScore.
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:29:36 -0700
Free-agent CB Charles Tillman (Bears) will visit with the Carolina Panthers Thursday, April 9, according a source. The two have a relationship from head coach Ron Rivera's days on the staff in Chicago.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 04:32:50 -0800
Free-agent OT Byron Bell (Panthers) has a vote of confidence from head coach Ron Rivera, but the team did not say either way whether Bell would be retained for next season and beyond.
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 04:43:56 -0800
Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Richard X. Rodgers was reassigned on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Head coach Ron Rivera moved Rodgers' assistant, Bruce DeHaven, into the coordinator role. Rodgers' new role was not disclosed, but a source indicated it may be on the defensive staff.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:38:09 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) is doubtful for the team's Week 15 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fantasy Tip: It is unlikely that Williams will be able to play in this week's game. He should be avoided in FantasyScore contests. Jonathan Stewart is an excellent option at $5,000 this week. He should be considered for your roster.
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:59:44 -0800
Carolina Panthers QB Derek Anderson will get the start in the team's Week 15 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fantasy Tip: Anderson will cost $3,700 in FantasyScore this week, and is a nice sleeper option for your roster. Anderson played well against the Buccaneers in the team's Week 1 game.
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:43:34 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) could see a hand specialist this week, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Williams fractured his hand in Week 13 but could still play in Week 14 if the swelling in his hand goes down.
Fantasy Tip: If Williams doesn't play, Jonathan Stewart would once again get the start. Whoever starts will have a nice matchup versus the New Orleans Saints, who allow 22.8 fantasy points per game to running backs. While Stewart hasn't done anything special this year, he is a cheaper FantasyScore option at $4,900.
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:14:27 -0800
The absence of DE Greg Hardy has impacted the Carolina Panthers' defense this season, according to coach Ron Rivera, because it has made the defense more inconsistent. "People have got to game plan for him and do certain things with protections. It would help to have him. We don't. So, unfortunately, we go on and do the best that we can without him," Rivera said.
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:52:05 -0800
Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (ankle) did not suffer a high-ankle sprain in the team's Week 10 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:44:58 -0800
Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (ankle) is expected to practice Wednesday, Nov. 11, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:02:35 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly will not be fined after being ejected in the team's Week 7 game for making contact with an official. The NFL informed head coach Ron Rivera that Kuechly should not have been ejected for the incident.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:35:41 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said RB Darrin Reaves, WR Stephen Hill or WR Marcus Lucas could be promoted form the practice squad to provide roster depth.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:03:18 -0700
The Carolina Panthers will not discipline DE Greg Hardy at this point after being found guilty of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend until after an appeal is heard. "We are in a process and we're letting the process play its way out," coach Ron Rivera said. "Because of that, we're following through with the situation, set of circumstances. We're not trying to do anything below board or way above board.
"We're trying to go through the process as we understand it. We're going to do the best we can. The players have handled it tremendously well. It's been really hard on them I know, as far as those things. But again, get on the football field and be able to handle those situations, circumstances, that's what the guys have done."
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 06:10:41 -0700
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) could be held out of the team's Week 1 game by head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera may hold him back to make sure he is healthy for the rest of the season.
Fantasy Tip: With a FantasyScore price of $6,800 (13.60% of cap), Newton is an extremely risky play. If he gets into the game, it may be tough for him to live up to expectations.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:13:26 -0700
Carolina Panthers SS Tre Boston (hernia) is moving around well and is expected to return to practice Sunday, Aug. 24, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) may practice Saturday, Aug. 2, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:47:14 -0700
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) tested his surgically repaired ankle Tuesday, June 17, and did more than head coach Ron Rivera was expecting. Newton did not participate in any team drills after taking three and five-step drops on passes to wide receivers. "I think I'm on schedule to make a speedy recovery," Newton said after practice. "We are in the last curve and I am just trying to be smart about it, do everything that the trainers ask of me and more and see where that gets me."
Fantasy Tip: Newton appears to be right on track in his recovery from ankle surgery. As long as there are no setbacks, he should be good to go for training camp.
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:04:40 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach head coach Ron Rivera said he believes QB Cam Newton (ankle) is on or ahead of schedule in his four-month recovery schedule. "We feel pretty comfortable," Rivera said. "We feel he's headed in the right direction."
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:15:29 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said it is more important to protect QB Cam Newton than to get another offensive weapon. "I think protecting him (is more important),"Rivera said. "You have so many opportunities to get play makers on the field. Other than the quarterback there are five other guys who can make plays for you. I think right now what we've done is bring in guys who have the ability to make plays for us. I feel very comfortable with that."
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:34:53 -0700
Contrary to previous reports, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said the team would be interested in free-agent WR DeSean Jackson (Eagles). "We'd be interested. He's an intriguing player and we'll take a look at him," Rivera said. "I just got word and this is surprising to hear. He's an explosive player who has great vertical speed and is strong going to the ball."
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:16:47 -0800
The Carolina Panthers are still in the process of trying to find what role WR Steve Smith will play in 2014, if any. "We've got a lot to go through. A lot of things have changed," head coach Ron Rivera said, referring to Jordan Gross' retirement. "We've got free agency that's coming up that we've got to look at as well. There's a lot of things that are really going to be there that are really going to make some things tough for us. How big a role he has for us is to be determined. We've got a lot of things to decide."
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:39:08 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was named the 2013 Coach of the Year by The Associated Press Saturday, Feb. 1. He edged out Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid for the honor.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:45:25 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will make between $4 million and $5 million per year as part of his new three-year extension, according to a source. The deal includes playoff incentives.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:21:20 -0800
The Carolina Panthers signed head coach Ron Rivera to a three-year contract extension Tuesday, Jan. 28. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:12:27 -0800
The Carolina Panthers will have reached out to head coach Ron Rivera to begin negotiations on a contract extension. The team could sign Rivera to a one-year extension, but a longer-term deal is more likely.
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:43:44 -0800
General manager David Gettleman said he has the ultimate faith in head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera enters the final year of his contract in 2014, but Gettleman would not discuss that situation.
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:34:48 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects all his assistant coaches to return in 2014.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:05:34 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) was "not that limited" in practice Wednesday, Jan. 8, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:48:04 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said QB Cam Newton's (ankle) ankle is fine.
Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:27:43 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) will be doubtful for the team's Week 17 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:35:16 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) has been ruled out for the team's Week 17 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Smith is dealing with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:49:00 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said WR Steve Smith (finger) is ready to go for the team's Week 16 game.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:18:05 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (finger) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 19. Head coach Ron Rivera is not concerned and is expecting him to play in Week 16.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:05:23 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) will be listed as doubtful for the team's Week 15 game, but is likely to be downgraded to out before the game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:42:51 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (quadriceps) is expected to practice Wednesday, Dec. 4, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:23:20 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (knee) is expected to play in the team's Week 13 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:22:34 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) to play in the teams Week 13 game.
Fantasy Tip: If Stewart is on the field in Week 13, he is worth getting into your lineup, even with a tough match up in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sat, 16 Nov 2013 07:32:23 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB A.J. Klein will start again in the team's Week 11 game and got the praise of head coach Ron Rivera. "He's got good vision, drops well into coverage and plays laterally very nicely, so that part of it's good," Rivera said. "The thing I do like is he's a downhill, physical player."
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:43:38 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said LB Chase Blackburn (foot) is sore, but there is nothing requiring surgery.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:52:42 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that OG Nate Chandler will get the start at left guard in Week 10.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:43:45 -0800
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera confirmed OL Sione Fua has moved to the offensive line. "He's powerful, smart and has great footwork," says Rivera.
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:56:02 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera acknowledges that he has become much more aggressive in going for it on fourth downs after the team's heartbreaking loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. Rivera was the second-most conservative coach in the league in his first 34 games in trying fourth-down conversions. "It's about trying to make a statement," Rivera said of his fourth-down risks. "And it's probably also honestly one of the things that I've learned. Sometimes you play by the book and you miss opportunities. It's been an enlightening situation for me. One of the things that I want to try to do is to make sure we are in the best position to win. And the other realization is kicking field goals is obviously not good enough." Rivera has had his team go for it on fourth-and-one four times in the last three games, and they have converted on three of those plays.
Fantasy Tip: This probably doesn't make a ton of difference in the long run, but the more confidence Rivera has in his offense to sustain drives, the more confidence Cam Newton and Co. will likely have in executing their plays.