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2019 Schedule
4-2, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers signed rookie returner/wide receiver Greg Dortch off the New York Jets' practice squad a day after releasing returner Ray-Ray McCloud. Dortch is small at 5-7 and 175 pounds. The former Wake Forest star signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent. He has a great story, overcoming a life-threatening injury. On Oct. 28, 2017, he punctured his small intestine in a game against Louisville.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Allen said his relationship with Cam Newton hasn't changed just because he's gone 4-0 in 2019 replacing the Panthers' franchise quarterback. He doesn't expect that to change when Newton is ready to return. "Cam's a very good person,'' Allen said. "I have a lot of respect for him. It's just a relationship. It has nothing to do with who's playing, who's practicing, who's rehabbing. Those are all headlines for TV.''

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end a Greg Olsen wasn't about to get pulled into what the team should do when franchise quarterback Cam Newton is ready to return. He said trying to predict the future with Newton's replacement, Kyle Allen, 4-0 this season and 5-0 overall is just speculation.

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The Right Time: Bo on LeBron's China comments, Allen/Newton, Baker

Bomani dishes on LeBron's comments regarding China and Daryl Morey (0:36), why the Panthers need to figure out if Cam Newton still has it before they turn the page (20:38) as well as why Baker Mayfield's "act" doesn't work when he is on the losing end (29:04). Plus, an IYHH with fish that can breathe on land (35:23) and a music AMA (43:22).

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton no longer wearing a boot in the locker room as he was last Wednesday when the team left for London. While the team was away the Panthers quarterback also became a father again.

Spears calls McCaffrey the MVP: Panthers can't thrive without him (1:14)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

It just didn't feel like Ron Rivera is leaning toward replacing Kyle Allen with Cam Newton when the team returns from its bye to play undefeated San Francisco. Getting timing back also is a factor beyond the Lisfranc sprain. “That's a big part of it, too,'' Rivera said. "What he's really done is just the foot rehab. Being the injury it is, we have to make sure. He played on a Thursday night with only four days rest and apparently he did more to it. We've just got to be smart.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

It felt today like Panthers coach Ron Rivera was talking to Cam Newton and his representatives not to pressure the quarterback to return before he's ready. "Until I get word from our people, our doctors specifically and trainers, the thing we need to do is stay focused on the here and now. I'm not putting that kind of pressure on him. I'm not sure why people want to put pressure on a guy and get him out there before he's ready to play.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers have said bye-bye to kick returner Ray-Ray McCloud, releasing him two days after his fumbled punt led to a Tampa Bay score in London. McCloud has shown explosive capabilities. He also has made costly mistakes the team wasn't willing to accept.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

With all the talk about a quarterback controversy at Carolina, what about left tackle. Rookie Dennis Daley, according to Pro Football Focus, graded out higher (82.3) than any left tackle in the NFL this past weekend. Daley had replaced Greg Little (concussion), who had replaced Daryl Williams, moved to right guard when Pro Bowler Trai Turner suffered an ankle injury. Turner and Little could be ready to return after the bye, so what happens to Daley? If it ain't broke don't fix it?

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Panthers QB Cam Newton's foot injury has healed well and he is expected to be ready to practice after the team's bye this week, per league source. Panthers have said they will make a QB determination when Newton is healthy; that looks to be coming soon.

Rose: When healthy, Cam should still start (1:26)
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Has Newton lost the Panthers' starting QB job? (0:45)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Pantbers coach Ron RIvera likes what Kyle Allen continues to do at quarterback with Cam Newton out, saying Allen ‘'has been very consistent.'' RIvera said he won't address the return of Newton until he has to, allowing the 2015 NFL MVP to continue to rehab. No timetable.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Most PPR fantasy points through six team games of any season since 1950: 202.3 Marshall Faulk, 2000 198.2 Priest Holmes, 2002 194.0 Jim Brown, 1958 193.3 Jim Brown, 1963 184.9 Steve Young, 1998 181.3 Christian McCaffrey, 2019 177.1 Emmitt Smith, 1995 176.1 Todd Gurley II, 2018

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Curtis Samuel's 23.8 PPR fantasy points set a new personal best, not to mention improved his per-game average against the Buccaneers to 15.6. Four of Samuel's seven best single-game scores have come against this division rival.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ideally, the Panthers would like to run time off the clock with Christian McCaffrey. But the Bucs have held him to 36 yards on 17 carries after limiting him to 37 yards in a Week 2 win in Charlotte. McCaffrey has averaged 137.5 yards against the other four opponents.

Team Stats

Passing Yards223.522nd
Rushing Yards129.510th
Points For27.7
Points Against22.2