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2019 Schedule
5-11, 4th in NFC South
Rhule: Bridgewater is the right fit for the Panthers (1:05)
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Rhule on Cam release: Teddy a better fit at QB

While expressing great appreciation for what Cam Newton did for the Panthers, coach Matt Rhule said it was best the team moved forward with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule says he's been on more walks during the COVID-19 crisis "than I've been in my life.'' He's trying to take a positive approach to the shutdown and hopes this makes the Panthers stronger. ''Being a first-year head coach, this is obviously not ideal and I try not to complain. I miss it. I want to be around the guys. But at the end of the way I want them to do what's right for not just them, but them and their families.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

What I learned from Matt Rhule's video conference: 1. The Panthers felt Teddy Bridgewater was a better fit than Cam Newton; 2. Christian McCaffrey, if an extension can be reached, will do great things in Joe Brady's offense; 3. Rhule is comfortable with Tahir Whitehead or Shaq Thompson at middle linebacker because the Panthers will play a lot of nickel in the pass-happy NFC South; 4. Rhule has plenty to keep him busy in addition to the draft managing three kids with online classes.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule hasn't ruled out taking a quarterback at No. 7 or with a lower round pick. He reminds he won't overlook a great player that may fall to the Panthers regardless of if there isn't a great need. He is preparing for the next 12 years, not the next 12 months.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule says linebacker Tahir Rhule can play middle linebacker, particular in the nickel defense Carolina will be in a lot in the NFC South.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule says depth on the defensive side is the biggest need entering the draft. Depth at corner and defensive line specifically.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule says potential contract extension aside Christian. McCaffrey is ‘'going to be a special player for us.'' GM Marty Hurney said earlier in the week there have been internal discussions on McCaffrey.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule fully expects Cam Newton to play this year. He and his staff felt it just was the right time to move on from the 2015 NFL MVP. ‘'Cam Newton is a great quarterback. Teddy [Bridgewater] was just a good fit for this offense.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Matt Rule on a video conference says this his family is managing three online schools with the kids while he prepares for the draft.

Cam feels he's 'a fish out of water' after Panthers release (0:43)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers, as GM Marty Hurney noted, spent a lot of currency on offensive players in free agency between a new quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, depth at WR and on the OL. So what does that mean for the draft? “When you look at the defensive side that is were we probably haven't added as much as we have on offense. If you were to say what area you look at the most you could say it would be defense rather than offense.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

To correct what new Panthers WR Robby Anderson said last week about Carolina beginning offseason workouts today with virtual video conferences, that isn't happening. The league sent a memo to teams saying options still are being considered. Panthers GM Marty Hurney confirmed Monday "we're still waiting for the league to tell us when that starts.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers haven't made any official comments on potential plans to sign running back Christian McCaffrey to a long-term deal as he enters the last year of his rookie deal until today, when GM Marty Hurney said: “Obviously, we've had internal discussions. Everybody knows what we think of Christian as a player. Other than that I can't really say any more.'' Doesn't say a lot about what might happen.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers are preparing for all scenarios for the NFL Draft with no clear-cut plan from the league yet. “The most difficult one is everyone being in their homes,'' GM Marty Hurney said. "We've got plans for video conferencing, scouts available, coaches available. We're still waiting for all the details from the league. We're prepared for any scenario that comes up.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

On the decision to sign QB Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers GM Marty Hurney says: “He's a very talented quarterback. I've always liked him. He's got great feet in the pocket. He's got good vision. He's got a quick release. Everybody you talk to talks about his leadership skills. And he's got some familiarity with [Joe] Brady's system in New Orleans.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers GM Marty Hurney didn't want to get into details on what led to the release of QB Cam Newton, saying only that it was one of the most difficult decisions he's had to make. “You guys know how much we respect Cam. I appreciate everything he's given. It was extremely difficult.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney says the team hasn't gotten a date on when on-the-field offseason programs can begin. He's communicating via teleconferencing, something he never thought he'd say. "I think we're going to be fine. We an organization . . . we communicate very well.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Carolina players already have been sent iPad-like devices so they virtually can begin offseason workouts with group sessions on Monday as the COVID-19 crisis continues. The Panthers are one of five NFL teams with new coaches that will begin offseason programs virtually. This is the alternative with most of the country bound to shelter-in-place orders.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

It didn't take much for former New York Jets WR Robby Anderson to come to Carolina for a reunion with his college coach, Matt Rhule. “I know winning is in his blood,'' Anderson said. "I know that's what he's here to do. There wasn't much he had to sell me on. When I saw Teddy [Bridgewater] sign there it really was the icing on the cake. It really attracted me to want to be a Panther.''

Team Stats

Passing Yards228.120th
Rushing Yards113.714th
Points For21.320th
Points Against29.42nd