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.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/14/18 7:24am ET
The National Football League is currently investigating whether the Carolina Panthers properly followed concussion protocol with QB Cam Newton during the NFC Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Jan. 7. Newton was poked in the eye and also suffered a knee injury after taking a hit to the head from DT David Onyemata. A league source said the injured knee was a contributing factor to Newton staggering to the ground and having difficulty maintaining his balance. He was taken to the team's blue medical tent on the sidelines for evaluation but was not sent to the locker room, as the league's new rules require.
Huddle Up: Although an MRI exam on Newton's knee came back positive, the injury was not considered serious and he would have been able to play this weekend if the Panthers had advanced in the playoffs. He should be considered a low-end QB1 heading into the 2018 season.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 1/7/18 12:29pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (shoulder) is officially active for the Wild Card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Funchess should have a big role in the passing game but will be facing a solid Saints pass defense. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver for owners.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 1/7/18 5:14pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart ran 11 times for a game-high 51 yards in the NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday, Jan. 7, against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Stewart rolled for 680 yards and six touchdowns on 198 attempts, sharing the load with rookie Christian McCaffrey this season. The future is McCaffrey, a high-round pick, and Stewart's future in Charlotte is certainly murky at this point.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/7/18 5:13pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 24-of-40 passes for 349 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday, Jan. 7, against the New Orleans Saints. He also ran eight times for 37 yards.
Huddle Up: Newton did it all for the Panthers, giving his team a chance to win against a spirited defense in a hostile environment with Devin Funchess, the No. 1 receiver, playing with his left arm hanging by his side. Newton even left the game briefly after a hard hit shook him up, forcing Derek Anderson into the game briefly. He finished the regular season with 3,302 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and six more scores on the ground.
Kaelin Clay - WRPosted 1/7/18 5:17pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kaelin Clay went for three receptions and 32 yards on four targets in the NFC Wild Card Game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 7, including a huge 21-yard grab along the sidelines to give his team a chance late.
Huddle Up: The highlight of Clay's day was the toe-tapping reception on the sidelines to extend a drive, although his team eventually came up short. Clay looked like he can at least be a quality depth receiver and standout on special teams heading into 2018.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 1/7/18 5:16pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (ankle, shoulder) fought through multiple injuries in the NFC Wild Card Game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 7, finishing with four receptions for 79 yards. He rolled his ankle early in the game, and his pre-existing left shoulder injury caused him to play with his arm hanging limp at times during the game.
Huddle Up: Funchess showed a lot of toughness fighting through not one, but at least two injuries. He struggled down the stretch in December, but looks like he could be a legitimate target for Cam Newton, who is desperately in need of NFL caliber receivers going forward.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 1/7/18 5:16pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey hauled in six receptions for 101 yards and a 56-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card Game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey's long touchdown was the big play of the game for the Panthers, as they had a chance to win in the final moments. He has a bright future, especially as a receiver out of the backfield, and he'll be a favorite of PPR fantasy players for many years to come.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 1/7/18 5:14pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen posted eight receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets in the NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday, Jan. 7, against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Olsen missed the last game down in the Big Easy, as he was just getting over a foot injury and the team didn't want to risk him on the artificial surface. He was back, and had a strong game, showing he has plenty left in the tank. The tight end's three-year streak of 1,000 receiving yards came to an end because of his lengthy injury, but he remains a legit TE1 in fantasy heading into 2018.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/5/18 2:02pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 5, and is not on the injury report for the Wild Card playoff game.
Huddle Up: Newton has not posted great passing numbers over the past several months but has been able to successfully run the ball during those games. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues this week.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 1/5/18 2:19pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 5, and is not on the injury report for the Wild Card playoff game.
Huddle Up: Olsen has struggled with injuries and performance this season but has a chance to make a big impact in the team's passing game. He can still be a No. 1 fantasy tight end for owners.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 1/5/18 2:14pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 5, and is not on the injury report for the Wild Card playoff game.
Huddle Up: Stewart should receive most of the caries in the running back for the Panthers but should only be considered a flex option in standard leagues.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 1/4/18 8:38am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (back) is practicing Thursday, Jan. 4.
Huddle Up: J-Stew had 23 rushes for 102 yards and a score in two games against the New Orleans Saints this season. He wasn't used a lot down the stretch, and the Saints could keep the Panthers passing often. So Stewart is a meager flex option in playoff leagues.
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