CHARLOTTE — The Panthers announced their eight captains for the coming season, a nod to the players who have led the team for years or just through this offseason.
The list of captains announced Thursday includes: Linebacker Shaq Thompson, running back Christian McCaffrey, cornerback Donte Jackson, defensive end Brian Burns, quarterback Sam Darnold, center Matt Paradis, right tackle Taylor Moton, and long snapper JJ Jansen.
This is McCaffrey's third year as a captain, and Thompson's second. The rest are in their first season in the leadership position with the Panthers.
Jansen's the oldest and longest-serving Panther on the roster, with the 35-year-old entering his 14th season in the league and 13th here.
The 31-year-old Paradis joins him, as one of only three players on the roster over 30 (linebacker Julian Stanford is the other). Paradis was previously a team captain with the Broncos, before he arrived here in in 2019.
Darnold was a captain with the Jets the last two years as well.
View the best training camp photos of the 2021 captains: Christian McCaffrey, Shaq Thompson, Donte Jackson, Sam Darnold, Matt Paradis, Brian Burns, Taylor Moton and J.J. Jansen.