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2023 Receiving

Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Longest Reception
Regular Season 1 2 2.0 0 2

Top Giovanni Ricci News

  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Sticking with the Panthers

    Carolina signed Ricci to a new contract Monday, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.

    Ricci will now avoid becoming an exclusive-rights free agent heading into this coming offseason. The 26-year-old fullback served as a core special-teamer for the second season in a row in 2022, though he also added the first eight receptions of his career for 100 yards over 15 games. Ricci should will likely enter the 2023 regular season as the clear front-runner for the Panthers' starting fullback job.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Sheds injury designation

    Ricci (neck) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Ricci has been out of action since Week 10, but after he was able to complete a limited practice Wednesday, the 26-year-old upgraded to a full participant Thursday. He should return to his starting fullback role Sunday against the Seahawks.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Limited Wednesday

    Ricci (neck) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, David Newton of reports.

    Ricci hasn't played since Week 10 due to a neck issue. This isn't the first time he's logged limited participation since picking up the injury, so he'll likely have to submit at least one full practice before returning to game action.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Unavailable Sunday

    Ricci (neck) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

    The 25-year-old was doubtful to play due to neck injury and will sit out for a second straight game. Tight ends Ian Thomas, Tommy Tremble and Stephen Sullivan could see some work at fullback in Ricci's absence.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Doubtful against Denver

    Ricci (neck) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

    Ricci was unable to practice at all throughout the week. The fullback is likely to miss a second consecutive game after getting injured in Week 10 against the Falcons.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Out Sunday

    Ricci (neck) is inactive Sunday against the Ravens.

    Ricci was able to log a full practice Thursday, so his inability to suit up this weekend is a bit of a surprise. He'll work to return Week 12 against the Broncos.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Full go Thursday

    Ricci (neck) was listed as a full participant on the Panthers' injury report Thursday.

    Ricci was forced out with a neck injury during last Thursday's win over the Falcons, leaving him limited during Carolina's first practice leading up to Week 11. However, the fullback practiced without any limitations Thursday, so he should be ready to suit up Sunday against the Ravens. While Ricci has strictly been used as a blocker in the Panthers' running game so far this season, he's hauled in seven of eight targets for 68 yards over 10 games.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Limited in Wednesday's practice

    Ricci (neck) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

    Ricci was forced out of Thursday's win over the Falcons early due to a neck issue, and he hasn't yet managed a return to full health. The fullback will have two more chances to upgrade his practice activity ahead of Sunday's road matchup against Baltimore.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Questionable to return Thursday

    Ricci (neck) is questionable to return to Thursday's contest against the Falcons, Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Ricci was forced to exit early and he's currently being evaluated for a neck injury. While the severity of the injury is uncertain at this time, it's possible Raheem Blackshear and Laviska Shenault see more snaps while Ricci isn't on the field.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Serves as safety valve underneath

    Ricci hauled in all three of his targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 37-15 loss to the 49ers.

    The 6-foot-3, 240-pound fullback played 20 of the Panthers' 69 snaps in the win and set a new single-game career high in receptions, but Ricci is unlikely to see an expanded role in the Carolina passing attack as a result. The 25-year-old will continue to serve as a little more than a dump-off target underneath when the quarterback is facing pressure, or if the team's key pass catchers are well covered.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Makes one catch

    Ricci caught one of two targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 22-14 win over the Saints.

    Ricci has now hauled in a pass in consecutive games, but his 31 yards on the campaign evidence his tepid stock as a fullback/reserve tight end.

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  • Panthers' Giovanni Ricci: Sheds injury designation

    Ricci practiced at full capacity Friday and carries no injury designation ahead of Carolina's Week 1 matchup versus Cleveland, David Newton of reports.

    Ricci has been dealing with a hip injury he suffered during the Panthers' preseason finale, but he appears to have put that behind him. The NFL sophomore from Western Michigan will likely operate primarily on special teams, but he should see some snaps as a lead blocker for Christian McCaffrey or Chuba Hubbard as well.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Loveland, OH
Age: 26
School: W. Michigan
Experience: 3