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7-9, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State defensive end/outside linebacker Brian Burns wasn't kidding when he said his older brother, Stanley McClover, a seventh-round pick by Carolina in 2006, might have been more excited than him when the Panthers chose him at No. 16. A Twitter video, captured by Evan Jankens, of McClover being interviewed by ESPN's Tom Rinaldi said it all. “Carolina blue!'' McClover said as he pounded his chest. “Ain't nobody told me nothing but God. Carolina blue. I put in that word. Now it's time y'all get my little brother. Love you Carolina! Love you! Thank you, God!'' When Rinaldi asked about the raw emotion, McClover said, “I went seven rounds, 237 picks. My brother went first round, 16. I ain't got to say nothing else.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

This is why Florida State OLB/DE Brian Burns made sense for the Panthers at No. 16. Carolina had the fourth-highest blitz percentage in the NFL last season (35% of pass plays) because they couldn't generate pressure from a four-man rush, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The Panthers pressured quarterbacks on 22.5 percent of pass plays without blitzing, the fourth-worst rate in the league and the team's worst percentage in the last five years. Burns had 65 pressures last season, the second most in the FBS.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers first-round pick Brian Burns plans to celebrate being selected with the 16th pick by watching "Avengers: Endgame'' with friends. He's a huge fan of "Spiderman,'' his alter ego. He wore "Spiderman'' socks tonight. Will be fun watching "Spiderman'' and "Superman'' (Cam Newton) get to know each other in practice.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera said Brian Burns is not a "flash in the pan,'' a player that only shows up from time to time on film. I asked if there was a particular game that caught his eye, and Rivera said "All of them.'' He noted that Burns has has the skill set to do what the Panthers want playing either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney didn't consider trading back when Florida State defensive end/OLB Brian Burns fell to him at No. 16. "There were times in this process we didn't think he would be here,'' he said. "We're thrilled to get him.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The draft couldn't have fallen better for the Panthers, who were looking for a premier edge rusher, a player who could play end and outside linebacker as the defense transitions to odd-man fronts. They got that in Florida State's Brian Burns, who has elite speed and play-making ability coming off the corner. He's a player the staff targeted early in the draft process invested a lot of research. He'll have veteran Bruce Irvin to groom him, so this seems like a perfect fit.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner David Tepper is asked at draft party at Bank of America Stadium why the draft is becoming so big here. He says, ‘'Football! Football is freaking fantastic!'' He also was asked what his role will be when Carolina is on the clock at 16. He says, ‘'To make sure we don't do anything incredibly stupid.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

It's Draft Day. While I picked Florida State defensive end/OLB Brian Burns at No. 16 in the ESPN NFL Nation draft, I easily could have gone with an offensive tackle for the Panthers had the board fallen differently. Here's how I see the Carolina draft going in the first three rounds, and I don't rule out GM Marty Hurney moving down to pick up an extra pick in the second or third round: First - Edge rusher or OT; Second - Edge rusher or OT depending on which direction the Panthers go in the first; Third (two picks) - QB and LB.

Burns' passion off the field lies with super hero movies (0:41)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Another NFL Nation Mock Draft in the books. With the top offensive tackles gone and a big need at edge rusher for the Panthers I selected Florida State defensive end/OLB Brian Burns with the 16th pick.

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Stewart signs 1-day deal to retire with Panthers

Veteran RB Jonathan Stewart, who was released by the Giants in February, will retire as a member of the Panthers after the franchise's leading career rusher signed a one-day contract with the team.

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Jonathan Stewart signs a one-day contract to retire as a Panther. He had 7,318 rushing yards and 51 rushing TD in 10 seasons with Carolina. He scored the team's lone touchdown in Super Bowl 50

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Jonathan Stewart on Tuesday signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Panthers. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was released after the 2017 season and spent last season with the New York Giants. Stewart is the team's all-time leading rusher with 7,318 career yards. No surprise he came back to retire.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The day after Panthers GM Marty Hurney said he had a plan to create more cap space, ESPN's Field Yates discovered that $9.05 million of linebacker Luke Kuechly's base salary has been converted into a bonus. This creates $7.24 million in cap space for a team that had only $1.34 million in space previously. This gives Hurney some flexibility heading into the draft.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Biggest surprise of Panthers' 2019 schedule is they weren't scheduled to play a prime-time game on Monday or Sunday night. They are playing on Thursday night against Tampa Bay and Sunday morning against the Bucs in London, but the lack of prime-time games is surely to be used as a respect issue for coach Ron Rivera.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

2019 PANTHERS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE: Sept. 8 : vs. RAMS; Sept. 12: vs. BUCS (TNF); Sept. 22: at CARDINALS; Sept. 29: at TEXANS; Oct. 6: vs. JAGUARS; Oct. 13: vs. BUCS in London (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, NFLN); Oct. 20: BYE; Oct. 27: at 49ERS; Nov. 3: vs. TITANS; Nov. 10: at PACKERS; Nov. 17: vs. FALCONS; Nov. 24: at SAINTS; Dec. 1: vs. REDSKINS; Dec. 8: at FALCONS; Dec. 15: vs. SEAHAWKS; Dec. 22: at COLTS; Dec. 29: vs. SAINTS.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards239.816th
Rushing Yards133.54th
Points For23.5Tied-14th
Points Against23.919th