My Take: Football family reunion in Charlotte

The phrase “football is family” is used often in the NFL. It may seem overused, but it is truly a way of life in this league. During pre-game warmups, players will gravitate toward each other on the field, share a hug, catch up, ask about family, hug again and go about their routine. The same goes for

Get to Know: New Orleans Saints

The Panthers didn’t play particularly well in their home opener Sunday. Fortunately, Carolina welcomes a team this week that hasn’t played particularly well, period. The New Orleans Saints are 1-11 in September over the past four years – the worst record in the NFL during that stretch – and currently

Nowhere to run, courtesy of Carolina

CHARLOTTE – Through two weeks, Carlos Hyde and LeSean McCoy rank among the top 13 backs in the NFL in rushing yards. Just imagine if they hadn’t faced the Panthers. Carolina held Hyde to 45 yards in a season-opening victory over the 49ers, but he bounced back to the tune of 124 yards Sunday against

How the Panthers could help fill their void at tight end

CHARLOTTE — There’s a phrase NFL teams use that works perfectly for the situation the Panthers find themselves in after losing their Pro Bowl tight end for at least the next month: No one is coming to save us. As Ed Dickson repeatedly said Sunday night, “There’s no replacing a guy like

6-Pack: Next men up

1. Now What? Which player not named Cam Newton can the Panthers least afford to lose? Over the past few years, that debatable question could be answered with names like Jonathan Stewart , Kelvin Benjamin , Ryan Kalil and Luke Kuechly . And Carolina has…

Panthers-Bills was the defensive battle everyone expected

CHARLOTTE – With Ron Rivera on one side and Sean McDermott on the other, this Week 2 clash between the Panthers and Bills always had the makings of a physical defensive slugfest. “I can tell you one thing, that’s totally what we expected,” linebacker Thomas Davis said after Carolina’s 9-3 victory

Inactives: Panthers vs. Bills

CHARLOTTE — Rookie defensive end Daeshon Hall is among the Panthers’ seven inactives for Sunday’s home opener against the Bills. Two players added via waiver this week – cornerback LaDarius Gunter and offensive tackle John Theus also are inactive. Linebacker Jeremy Cash , typically a factor

Five Things to Watch: Bills at Panthers

1) Familiar foes: Did you know the Bills’ new head coach used to coach in Carolina? And have you heard Buffalo has a few guys that played with the Panthers? Yes, Sean McDermott is more familiar with his former team than any other coach in the league and that may give the Bills an advantage. But the

Game Preview: Panthers vs. Bills

Game Preview: Panthers vs. Bills The “NFL Playbook” crew breaks down the game plan for the Week 2 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers.