- Per Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Falcons assistant GM Scott Pioli had discussed stepping down with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff last year, but decided to work one more year.
- Breer says Dimitroff likely won’t hire another assistant general manager and will move toward a more traditional front office structure.
- The Falcons moved toward that by promoting Shepley Heard to director of pro personnel.
- The Charlotte Observer’s Jourdan Rodrigue says the Panthers ideally would like to keep only two quarterbacks on the final roster and stash a third on the practice squad.
- However, if there are concerns about QB Cam Newton‘s shoulder, the Panthers could elect to keep one of Taylor Heinicke or Kyle Allen behind Newton and third-round rookie Will Grier.
- Rodrigue writes LB Shaq Thompson, who has had somewhat limited playing time since being drafted and will be a free agent after the season, can start making his case for an extension during OTA’s.
- Rodrigue also mentions CB James Bradberry as a potential extension candidate this offseason.
- Rodrigue adds that it’s a make-or-break year for DT Vernon Butler, who did not have his fifth-year option picked up and recorded only half a sack in 2018.
- Per Rodrigue, the Panthers will explore moving OT Daryl Williams to left guard because of OT Taylor Moton‘s strong performance at right tackle last season.
- Rodrigue also says to keep an eye on a late-summer signing at safety given the Panthers’ lack of depth there.
- The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin notes that the Panthers could free up $5 million in cap space by releasing or trading WR Torrey Smith.
- Volin mentions Smith as a veteran worth watching after Carolina signed WR Aldrick Robinson on Friday and added Chris Hogan last month.