NFC Notes: Eagles, Panthers, Vikings



Panthers owner David Tepper was asked on QB Cam Newton’s future with the team again on Tuesday. 

“I’ve said again and again, it’s a question of how healthy he is. That’s the No. 1 overwhelming thing. Everything comes from that,” Tepper said, per Max Henson.

  • According to the Athletic’s Joseph Person, team sources are less certain Panthers QB Cam Newton will be back in 2020 than Newton, who said he “absolutely” expects to be back.
  • The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue says the Panthers will show how confident they are in TE Ian Thomas by who they bring in at the position this offseason, as bringing in someone like Colts TE Eric Ebron would show they’re less confident in Thomas becoming a starting tight end. 
  • Rodrigue says Panthers LB Shaq Thompson is capable of calling plays for the defense in 2020, lessening the need for Carolina to bring in a traditional middle linebacker. 
  • However, the Panthers still need one to two starters following the retirement of Luke Kuechly, with Browns LB Joe Schobert, Cowboys LB Sean Lee, Rams LB Cory Littleton and Packers LB Blake Martinez some of the best free agents set to be available. 


  • Per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said he wanted to bring in Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant to give the defense a fresh look: “Dom has been doing this for a long time and I know he’s always had really good ideas. … I just wanted a really good idea guy.”
  • Zimmer’s top offseason priority on offense was maintaining continuity, which he did by hiring Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator: “Yes. By far. It was really the perfect fit for entire offense.” (Courtney Cronin)

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