The Panthers have used a variety of different colors for the “no contact” jerseys that their quarterbacks wear during team practices. As recently as a few weeks ago, they were using red; in 2020, they used green; and on Monday, as you can see above, they were going with black. I’m not 100% sure, but I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen black used for the “no contact” garb.
Going with black was the idea of veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, who signed with the Panthers back in March and felt that going with a team color would help the QBs feel more integrated with the rest of the team. “Nothing behind it, just staying with the color scheme,” he said. “But you do feel like you’re more of a part of it.”
Since the Panthers have three team colors — black, blue, and white — the idea is that the quarterbacks will always be able to dress in a color that contrasts with both the offense and the defense. At Monday’s OTA session, for example, Carolina’s offense wore blue and the defense wore white, so that’s why the signal-callers wore black.
Update: Reader/commenter Frank from BMore reports that the Ravens are also using black for their “no contact” jerseys: