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2018 Schedule
11-5, 1st in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson typically is in the war room for the draft. He also visits with many of the players brought in for a visit. This year may be different with Richardson selling the team and under investigation by the NFL for alleged sexual and racial workplace misconduct. GM Marty Hurney said he's not sure what Richardson's plans are for the draft on Thursday night.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers GM learned a lot watching the draft as a non-participant the last five years. One thing he assured, "I can tell you we're not going to be trading next year's first [round pick].'' Hurney did that a few times in the past and it didn't work out well.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said he's still talking to Derek Anderson, who has been Cam Newton's backup since 2011. Also said he believes in the philosophy of taking a quarterback in the draft to develop for the future. Just don't expect that to be with an early pick.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney hasn't ruled out trading up or down the draft. “In this draft at 24, we'll probably get calls either way,'' he said. “What we do will depend on how the draft has gone.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers on Tuesday exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Shaq Thompson. The team's 2015 first-round pick started a career-high 14 games and had a personal-best 75 tackles with six quarterback pressures and two sacks this past season. There never was a debate on whether the option should be used.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

This is a no-brainer but the Panthers plan to pick up the fifth-year option on linebacker Shaq Thompson, a league source confirmed. Thompson is the long-term replacement for Thomas Davis. The option was first reported by Ian Rapoport.

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Panthers reporter David Newton joined Doug Kezirian and Myron Medcalf to discuss who the Panthers will take in the first round.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers backup TE Kent Taylor has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will be eligible to return to the Panthers' active roster on Monday, October 8 following the team's October 7 game against the New York Giants. Second this year for the Panthers. Starting OLB Thomas Davis also suspended the first four games.

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Travel distances can have a slight effect on team fortunes. This season, Oakland, Seattle, and the Chargers each travel about 30,000 round trip miles. At the other end of the spectrum are Carolina, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and the Jets who each travel fewer than 10,000 miles.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the 2018 Carolina Panthers regular season schedule: WEEK 1 (Sept. 9) vs. Dallas, 4:25 p.m. ET; WEEK 2 (Sept.16) at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 3 (Sept. 23) Cincinnati Bengals,1 p.m. ET; WEEK 4 (Sept. 30) Bye; WEEK 5 (Oct. 7) vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 6 (Oct. 14) at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 7 (Oct. 21) at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 8 (Oct. 28) vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 9 (Nov. 4) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 10 (Nov. 8) at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. ET; WEEK 11 (Nov.18) at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 12 (Nov. 25) vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 13 (Dec. 2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 14 (Dec. 9) at Cleveland, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 15 (Dec. 17) vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m. ET; WEEK 16 (Dec. 23) vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 17 (Dec. 30) at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. ET

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what we know about the Panthers' 2018 schedule thus far. They will host the New Orleans Saints in an ESPN Monday night game in Week 15 and be at Tampa Bay in Week 13. Full schedule coming at 8 p.m. tonight.

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Panthers' Olsen wants extension, open to TV

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen wants a contract extension and believes he can play at a top level for another three to five seasons.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, 33, told me his first choice would be to get an extension and remain with the Panthers a few more years and finish his career with the organization. If that doesn't happen he has other options, including replacing Jon Gruden as a MNF analyst if ESPN were to choose him for the job. None of that has been decided.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen told the team website that he'd like to get an extension done before he begins the 2018 season, the final year of his current contract. If not, he said, "then next year I'll become a free agent.'' Olsen, 33, called this a "huge'' year and said he can play for "years more if I want to.'' He also said it takes "two to tango,'' meaning the Panthers have to step up to extend him. There's still plenty of time to do that, but Carolina is tight against the salary cap. Extending Olsen before the season and reducing his $9.75 million cap hit in 2018 makes long-term sense.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers claimed quarterback Taylor Heinicke off waivers from the Houston Texans. Heinicke spent the 2015-2016 seasons the Vikings, where he was under new Carolina offensive coordinator Norv Turner. The Panthers still are having conversations with Derek Anderson, who has been Cam Newton's backup since 2011.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards192.328th
Rushing Yards131.44th
Points For22.712th
Points Against20.411th