Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 7/8/18 6:17pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is going to be put in position to make more big plays this year, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and Turner envisions using McCaffrey in a similar fashion to retired RB LaDainian Tomlinson.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey isn't going to be an every-down workhorse like Tomlinson, but he should surpass the 80 catches and 1,086 total yards he delivered as a rookie if Turner moves him around more often. He's a high-end RB2 and likely a RB1 in PPR formats.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/8/18 6:14pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith could have the same impact on the offense that New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. had in his three years in Carolina, according to David Newton of ESPN.com, and Newton believes Smith could help bring out the best in QB Cam Newton.
Huddle Up: Newton is a QB1 because of his rushing ability, and any boost Smith provides to his passing numbers will be icing on the cake. For his part, Smith should deliver some big plays, but he probably won't provide enough consistency to be more than a WR4.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/7/18 8:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is the 'hardest player to defend in the league' when he is clicking, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Huddle Up: Accuracy continues to be an issue for Newton, and his MVP season is probably an outlier as far as his passing ability goes. However, his production as a runner allows him to produce QB1 numbers even when struggles throwing the ball. Newton has never rushed for fewer than five touchdowns in a season.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 7/1/18 7:20pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB C.J. Anderson could have a similar impact to retired RB Stephen Davis when he signed 15 years ago, according to multiple people with the organization.
Huddle Up: Expecting Anderson to be an MVP candidate like Davis was when he came to Carolina is a stretch, but he should immediately fill the role that Jonathan Stewart has occupied in recent years. Christian McCaffrey is going to handle most of the duties in the passing game, but Anderson should be a solid flex option.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 7/1/18 8:55pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel has been using a personal JUGS machine to try to improve his hands this offseason, and Bill Voth of Panthers.com believes Samuel could 'eventually emerge' as the No. 3 receiver.
Huddle Up: An ankle injury ended his rookie season prematurely, but Samuel is expected to be ready for training camp. He has the speed to turn any touch into a big play, but a lack of consistency limits his appeal to dynasty formats for the time being.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 6/18/18 12:46pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore signed his four-year rookie deal Monday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Moore has one of the easiest paths to success among rookie wide receivers this year. He will start opposite Devin Funchess, but he is, in fact, the No. 4 target for Cam Newton behind Funchess, Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey. Drafting Moore in WR3 to WR4 territory is ideal.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 6/18/18 11:40pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore has 'looked the part' thus far during organized team activities and minicamp, according to Albert Breer of SI.com.
Huddle Up: That's good news for those buying into Moore to make an impact in his rookie campaign after he was the first wide receiver selected in this year's draft. While he's decisively the fourth option in the passing game, Moore could still put up useful numbers for a WR4 with the ceiling of a WR3.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 6/14/18 8:56pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore is 'more than ready to contribute' for the offense, according to Max Henson of Panthers.com.
Huddle Up: The rookie has been receiving plenty of praise this offseason. He has more than enough upside to select in the later rounds of redraft leagues, and he is worth considering in the first round of rookie drafts.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 6/13/18 6:36pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (cramps) left practice early Wednesday, June 13, and was treated for leg cramps.
Huddle Up: Funchess may sit out the last practice of the minicamp but should be ready for the start of training camp. He had a breakout season in 2017 and should be the No. 1 receiver for the Panthers again this season. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 6/5/18 10:42am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will be the featured back this season following the release of Jonathan Stewart, according to ESPN's David Newton, who reports head coach Ron Rivera said Monday, June 4, that he sees no reason why McCaffrey cannot reach 200 carries in 2018 after finishing with 117 as a rookie.
Huddle Up: Norv Turner has given his lead back at least 200 carries in seven of his eight full seasons as an offensive coordinator, and there's no reason McCaffrey can't add to that number. Newton speculates McCaffrey's ability as a receiver should not affect his number of carries, although the Panthers' addition of D.J. Moore and the return of Greg Olsen will probably knock his team-high 80 receptions down a bit. Even with C.J. Anderson on board, McCaffrey is likely to become a fantasy RB1 in all formats if he sees 250 touches.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 5/29/18 9:09am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey estimates he has 'gained five pounds of good muscle' this offseason, according to Bill Voth of Panthers.com.
Huddle Up: It means he should be roughly 208 pounds at the moment if the 203 pounds he was listed at last season was correct. While McCaffrey broke 27 tackles on receptions - tied for fourth-most in the league - he broke only 20 tackles as a runner. Even with the admission of C.J. Anderson, McCaffrey should be poised for more carries in his second season, so anything he can do to increase his yards per carry (3.7 as a rookie) is a good thing. Consider him a low-end RB1 in PPR with huge upside.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 5/27/18 8:06pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess has the talent to reach 1,000 yards, according to Bill Voth of Panthers.com, but Voth doesn't believe offensive coordinator Norv Turner wants a 'true No. 1 wideout' for his offense.
Huddle Up: Funchess became Carolina's top receiver for much of last season, but with Greg Olsen returning and some offseason additions to the receiving corps, he won't be the only mouth to feed. Don't expect him to be more than a WR3.
Ian Thomas - TEPosted 4/28/18 9:11am ET
The Carolina Panthers selected Indiana TE Ian Thomas with the 101st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Thomas likely will serve as the No. 2 tight end for the Panthers and could take over the starting position when Greg Olsen retires. He probably will not have much value in standard leagues but should have value in keeper leagues.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 4/26/18 8:10am ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen will sign a two-year extension Thursday, April 26, worth $8.55 million per season with a maximum value of up to $10.05 million per year. He could become the highest-paid tight end in the league.
Huddle Up: Olsen is a good PPR tight end. However, he's 33, coming off an injury-riddled year and doesn't catch a high number of touchdowns. He'll be an upper-middle TE1 in fantasy.
D.J. Moore - WRPosted 4/26/18 7:47pm ET
The Carolina Panthers selected Maryland WR D.J. Moore with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Thursday, April 26.
Huddle Up: Moore should be at least the No. 3 receiver for the Panthers and could win a starting job as a rookie. He probably should be considered a late-round pick in deeper leagues but will have value in keeper leagues because he has a chance to become a No. 1 receiver.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 4/17/18 12:30pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said his injured foot is completely healed and that his focus this offseason is securing a contract extension before the regular season begins. If an extension is not achieved then Olsen said broadcasting for Monday Night Football would be a viable option.
Huddle Up: Olsen is one of the best tight ends in the NFL when he's 100%. Before missing seven games last year, he had averaged 1,061.6 yards and 5.3 touchdowns in the previous three years. Assuming he plays, he should be one of the first three to five tight ends drafted.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 3/27/18 9:04am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) is reportedly doing some straight-ahead running but will be slowly worked back into cutting and breaking on his surgically repaired ankle throughout the offseason, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Rivera said adding Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright earlier this month were done in part to give Samuel an opportunity to work back into the rotation at a pace 'not detrimental to his physical recovery,' so his status for Week 1 cannot be taken for granted. The second-year pro can probably be avoided in most fantasy drafts this summer.
Torrey Smith - WRPosted 3/14/18 2:57pm ET
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles WR Torrey Smith was officially acquired by the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, March 14, in exchange for CB Daryl Worley.
Huddle Up: Smith should serve as a deep threat for the Panthers this season and will have some fantasy value because of his big-play ability. He could be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver in 2018.
Ed Dickson - TEPosted 3/7/18 3:25pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent TE Ed Dickson and Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent TE Trey Burton are expected to receive interest from the Miami Dolphins during free agency.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins likely will be losing two tight ends this offseason, so Burton and Dickson could be starting options for them. Burton would have more fantasy value if he signs with the Dolphins and could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end, while Dickson likely would be a No. 2 tight end.
Graham Gano - PKPosted 3/6/18 11:09am ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent PK Graham Gano agreed to a three-year contract, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gano is one of the better kickers in the league when healthy and should kick his way to another PK1 season following this new deal.
Graham Gano - PKPosted 3/5/18 11:13am ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent PK Graham Gano is working on a long-term contract with the Panthers, but he likely will receive the franchise tag if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement by Tuesday, March 6, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Gano has been one of the better kickers in the NFL and will be a solid fantasy option for owners in 2018.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 3/4/18 6:27pm ET
The Carolina Panthers need to add a 'physical presence' at running back to pair with RB Christian McCaffrey, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: With Jonathan Stewart out of the mix, it makes sense for the Panthers to find a power back to pair with McCaffrey. McCaffrey is going to be a RB1 candidate in PPR formats in 2018, but if Carolina spends a quality pick on another back, McCaffrey could remain limited as a rusher.
Graham Gano - PKPosted 3/1/18 5:40pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent PK Graham Gano is expected to receive interest from the New York Giants if he hits the free-agent market, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Giants currently have Aldrick Rosas on the roster but may want a veteran kicker. Gano is one of the better kickers and will be a starting option in all fantasy leagues not matter where he plays.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 2/28/18 8:31am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart was released Wednesday, Feb. 28.
Huddle Up: J-Stew is extremely long in the tooth for a running back, but he could be a serviceable short-yardage back. He offers little upside in fantasy but could be an RB4 for depth.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 2/27/18 10:06am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess has 'just scratched the surface (of how good he can be),' according to general manager Marty Hurney, who believes the midseason move of Funchess to the 'X' receiver 'really fits his skill set the best.'
Huddle Up: Funchess broke out in a big way in 2017, taking advantage of Greg Olsen's extended injury-related absence and the midseason trade of Kelvin Benjamin, finishing with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. Whether or not the Panthers choose to overhaul the position this offseason, Funchess appears to be a good bet to be the team's go-to receiver again in 2018.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 2/27/18 10:14am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey's 'versatility is invaluable' and 'his quickness is elite,' according to general manager Marty Hurney. 'I think he can run between the tackles. We put him in the slot. ? I think he can play all over. He?s smart and his versatility gives an offensive coordinator a lot of options with what he can do. He?s a weapon. And we forget he was a rookie last year. He?s only going to get better,' Hurney said.
Huddle Up: While the Panthers did a fine job of using McCaffrey in the passing game as a rookie (80 catches), they rarely were able to spring him loose as a runner due to a combination of poor blocking and stacked boxes. With Jonathan Stewart's spot on the roster in question for 2018, McCaffrey could be asked to handle in upwards of 250 offensive touches. If that happens, last year's No. 8 overall pick could be worthy a first-round pick in PPR leagues this summer.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 2/23/18 6:14pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess, WR Curtis Samuel and WR Damiere Byrd are the only receivers who should feel safe entering the 2018 season, according to David Newton of ESPN.com, and Newton believes the receiving corps could undergo a complete overhaul.
Huddle Up: The Panthers could use a true No. 1 receiver, but unless they make a move in free agency, Funchess would be the go-to guy with WR2 potential in 2018.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 2/3/18 1:45pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) will not need any more surgery on his foot and is looking forward to working with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Huddle Up: Olsen was limited to seven regular season games because of his foot injury and posted only 191 yards and one touchdown during those games. He played better in the playoff game and should be ready for the 2018 season. He can be considered a No. 1 tight end in all fantasy leagues.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/24/18 6:10am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (head) wasn't concussed in the NFC Wild Card game, and a league discussion determined that the concussion protocol was followed. The team won't be disciplined.
Huddle Up: Newton had a solid season coming off a shoulder injury with 3,302 passing yards, 22 touchdowns to 16 picks, a career-high 754 rushing yards and six rushing scores. He'll be a midrange QB1 next season.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/24/18 7:51am ET
Updating an earlier report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (knee, head) suffered a knee injury earlier in the NFC Wild Card game that contributed to him going to the ground after a blow to the head. The knee injury will not require surgery.
Huddle Up: Newton had a solid season despite coming off of a shoulder injury. He'll remain a midrange QB1 option in fantasy next season.
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