Garrett Gilbert

Panthers Place Taylor Heinicke On IR

The Panthers have a new quarterback. On Wednesday, Carolina placed Taylor Heinicke on injured reserve and signed Garrett Gilbert to replace him. 

Heinicke took over as the starting QB after Cam Newton was shut down due to a shoulder injury. Then, on Sunday against the Falcons, Heinicke fell hard on his elbow in the second quarter. He mustered up the courage to return to the game after a brief exit, but a Wednesday morning MRI revealed a serious injury for the fill-in and it will necessitate a stint on the IR.

With Gilbert in the fold, the Panthers now have two healthy QBs in Heinicke and Kyle Allen. Allen, in all likelihood, will get the start in the Panthers’ season finale.

Gilbert, meanwhile, offers some familiarity with the Panthers’ offense since he was with the team in the in 2017 and the 2018 offseason. For now, he’ll put his opportunity with Orlando Apollos of the AAF on hold for a chance to prove himself on the NFL’s gridiron.

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Latest On Panthers’ Quarterbacks

It sounds like Cam Newton will be able to avoid offseason shoulder surgery. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Panthers quarterback doesn’t have any structural damage to his throwing shoulder (Twitter link). This means Newton won’t have to undergo surgery (or deal with the accompanying rehab) during the offseason.

While Newton only recently acknowledged his shoulder injury, Rapoport says the quarterback had been dealing with pain through the second half of the season. This clearly had an impact on his production; over his past three games, Newton threw only two touchdowns vs. six interceptions (he had thrown seven interceptions in his team’s previous 11 games). The Panthers decided to shut down their franchise quarterback, allowing Taylor Heinicke to take over as the starter.

Unfortunately, the former undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion also suffered an injury during yesterday’s loss to the Falcons. Head coach Ron Rivera said Heinicke will undergo an MRI on his elbow today (via ESPN’s David Newton on Twitter). The quarterback was briefly knocked out of yesterday’s game after suffering an elbow injury, but he returned and managed to finish the game. He ended up completing 33 of his 53 pass attempts for 274 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. He also added 33 rushing yards.

If Heinicke is unable to go during the team’s season finale against the Saints, Kyle Allen would likely earn the starting nod. The rookie quarterback had a brief cameo during yesterday’s contest, completing all four of his passes for 38 yards. Newton notes that activating Newton “doesn’t sound like an option.” Joe Person of The Athletic tweets that the team could also consider adding signal-caller Garrett Gilbert, who was cut by the team prior to the regular season.

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NFL Workout Updates: 12/18/18

Here is the latest from the workout circuit, all links going to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio’s Twitter account (unless otherwise noted).

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NFL Workout Updates: 10/2/18

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

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Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

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Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

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  • T Andrew Nelson (link)

New Orleans Saints

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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NFL Workout Updates: 9/5/18

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter unless otherwise noted:

Carolina Panthers

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

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Philadelphia Eagles

Panthers Reduce Roster To 53

The Panthers have finalized their team, trimming their roster to 53 players. The team’s moves are below:

Waived:

Waived/reserve:

Waived/injured:

Terminated vested veteran:

The Panthers also acquired offensive lineman Corey Robinson from the Lions earlier today. The 26-year-old had spent his entire three-year career in Detroit, starting eighth of his 23 games. Carolina sent Detroit a conditional 2020 seventh-rounder in the deal.

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/16/17

Today’s minor moves:

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Cincinnati Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers

New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders

Sunday NFL Transactions: NFC South

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four NFC South teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Falcons, Panthers, Saints, and Buccaneers are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s NFC South transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Panthers Cut QBs Joe Webb, Garrett Gilbert

Cam Newton is back to full health and the Panthers are back to two quarterbacks. The team has released Joe Webb and waived Garrett Gilbert, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter).

Webb, 30, has always been an intriguing talent because of his ability to play both quarterback and wide receiver. Webb vacillated between the two positions during his time with the Vikings and although he intended to make the full-time switch to wide receiver/special teams, he wound up being listed as the Panthers’ third-string QB upon joining them in 2014. He re-upped with Carolina on a two-year deal last spring, but he is being let out of the commitment early.

Gilbert, a former sixth-round pick, has spent time with the Rams, Patriots, Lions, Raiders, and Panthers, but has yet to take a real NFL snap. On the plus side, he has a Super Bowl ring thanks to his time on the Patriots’ practice squad in 2014-15.

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Panthers Sign QB Garrett Gilbert

With Cam Newton set to have surgery, the Panthers have added another quarterback. ESPN.com’s Field Yates reports (via Twitter) that the team has signed Garrett Gilbert.

Garrett Gilbert (vertical)We learned earlier this week that Newton was set to undergo surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder. The former MVP is expected to miss offseason workouts, but he should be recovered for the start of training camp. Besides Newton (and Gilbert), the Panthers are currently rostering quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Joe Webb.

Gilbert, a former sixth-round pick, entered the league in 2014. The Southern Methodist product has spent time with the Rams, Patriots, Lions, Raiders, and Panthers. The 25-year-old has yet to make an appearance in a regular season contest. He was on New England’s practice squad during the 2014-15 season, so he is the owner of a Super Bowl ring.

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