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Jerricho Cotchery - WR Posted 7/20/14 1:58am et
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery is expected to be one of the starting wide receivers this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: The Panthers don't have much else at the position, so this is hardly a big win for Cotchery. He's still expected to drop off dramatically from last season's unexpected touchdown success.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 7/20/14 1:58am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was limited in his mobility when he worked out with some of his wide receivers last week.
Huddle Up: Newton had offseason ankle surgery and isn't all the way back yet. Ideally, fantasy owners would like to see him a whole lot closer to 100 percent by the time fantasy drafts roll around, as Cam's mobility--especially given his dearth of receivers--is a key component of his fantasy value.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 7/17/14 4:37pm et
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy could be cut by the team because, according to former DE Mike Rucker, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is sensitive to the topic of domestic violence. The guilty verdict could at least keep the team from looking to re-sign him to a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: It's hard to envision the Panthers flat-out waiving the DE, who tied the franchise single-season sack record with 15 last year, but a team- or league-mandated suspension is pretty much a certainty if Hardy's guilty verdict stands after his appeal is heard.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 7/16/14 12:34am et
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday, July 15, of assaulting a female and communicating threats. Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin sentenced Hardy to 18 months' probation. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended. Hardy's attorney Chris Fialko said he'll appeal, and Hardy has asked for a jury trial in superior court.
Huddle Up: Any NFL penalties likely will wait until after the appeal is heard. And that appeal now is almost sure to cut into the season for the Pro Bowl DE -- not good news for the Panthers or Hardy's IDP owners.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 7/15/14 7:39pm et
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy appeared in court Tuesday, July 15, on charges of communicating threats and assaulting an ex-girlfriend. She testified Tuesday that Hardy strangled her and threatened to kill her.
Huddle Up: Hardy's career year (15 sacks, 65 total tackles) was a big reason why the Panthers' D made the jump to No. 2 in the league in both points and yards allowed in 2013, but Tuesday's lurid testimony is another reminder why the team franchise-tagged the DE instead of putting more effort into working out a long-term deal.

Jason Avant - WR Posted 6/24/14 4:14pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Jason Avant has earned praise form head coach Ron Rivera for the leadership he has shown to WR Kelvin Benjamin and the team's other receivers. 'Jason does things exactly the way you want them -- he's a pro,' Rivera said. 'In all honesty, the thought was that if you could have a couple of veteran guys who have been there and done that around a Kelvin Benjamin, that could be very good for him. And Jason has not just been good for Benjamin, he's been good for a whole lot of guys.'
Huddle Up: Avant's experience and leadership are shining through as he enters his 9th season, and he figures to hit career highs across the receiving board heading up the Panthers' totally revamped receiving corps.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 6/24/14 10:22pm et
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy is scheduled to go to trial for two misdemeanor charges on July 15, 2014. Hardy is scheduled to face charges he allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend.
Huddle Up: The Panthers and the league will be watching with interest, and so will IDP league GMs with the DE having finished third in the league in sacks (15) and tied for fifth in tackles for loss (17) a year ago.

Jonathan Stewart - RB Posted 6/22/14 11:49pm et
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart showed great burst every time he touched the ball during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Stewart hasn't played a full season since 2011 and has only 516 rushing yards and 1 TD since then while missing 17 games. Counting on any kind of reliable fantasy production out of the back is a reach and a half.

Kelvin Benjamin - WR Posted 6/22/14 11:49pm et
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin said he plans to stay in Charlotte during his off time so he can work with QB Cam Newton.
Huddle Up: Given the Panthers' offseason wideout position makeover and the No. 2 and 3-caliber free agents they signed, the 6-foot-5 first-round pick has a real chance to be one of Newton's top-2 targets this fall provided he develops the right kind of rapport with the QB this summer.

Ron Rivera - HC Posted 6/4/14 4:48pm et
Carolina Panthers head coach head coach Ron Rivera said he believes QB Cam Newton (ankle) is on or ahead of schedule in his four-month recovery schedule. "We feel pretty comfortable," Rivera said. "We feel he's headed in the right direction."
Huddle Up: Good news for Cam, but the proof will come if/when he's on the field for the start of training camp. Until then, he has a little asterisk next to his name on fantasy cheat sheets.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 5/13/14 11:24pm et
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy was arrested Tuesday, May 13, on suspicion of domestic violence involving his girlfriend.
Huddle Up: This is just a preliminary report and more details are forthcoming, but this isn't exactly the offseason headline the Panthers wanted to see from their franchise-tag DE, who recorded a career-high 15 sacks this past season. See what develops here.

Kelvin Benjamin - WR Posted 5/8/14 11:43pm et
The Carolina Panthers selected Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Benjamin was the 5th wideout off the board in the first round but it wasn't hard to see the Panthers going this direction after losing their top four WR pass catchers from 2013 during the offseason. The 6-5, 240-pound Benjamin will team with FA signees Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant in Carolina's rebuilt WR corps, and he's clearly the odds-on favorite to assume the Panthers' No. 1 wideout role.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 4/29/14 11:23pm et
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said it is more important to protect QB Cam Newton than to get another offensive weapon. 'I think protecting him (is more important),'Rivera said. 'You have so many opportunities to get play makers on the field. Other than the quarterback there are five other guys who can make plays for you. I think right now what we've done is bring in guys who have the ability to make plays for us. I feel very comfortable with that.'
Huddle Up: Newton was sacked a career-high 43 times last season -- and that was before the retirement of LT Jordan Gross -- so don't be surprised in the least if the Panthers target a tackle in the first round next week.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 4/24/14 7:32pm et
The Carolina Panthers have officially submitted the paperwork to pick up the fifth-year option on QB Cam Newton's contract Thursday, April 24.
Huddle Up: No surprise here with the 2011 No. 1 overall pick coming off his most efficient season (88.8 rating) as a passer while leading the Panthers to the NFC South title.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 4/22/14 11:48pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said he won't change his approach to the game after his ankle surgery. He added that he doesn't recall when he injured it, but it wasn't 100 percent for a long time. He also said he consulted former RB Bo Jackson about dealing with injuries and rehab.
Huddle Up: Newton has had at least 111 rushing attempts and 585 yards in each of his three seasons, and it sounds like his fantasy owners don't need to worry about Newton suddenly becoming a pocket passer.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 4/19/14 10:37pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) remains in a walking boot about a month after ankle surgery. The team is hopeful Newton will be ready to go for training camp.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners will be on "Cam Watch" all summer long. Ideally, he'll get out of the boot and get some work in during OTAs, but it sounds more like training camp before he'll be anywhere near full go.

Ed Dickson - TE Posted 4/10/14 4:01pm et
The Carolina Panthers signed TE Ed Dickson (Ravens) on Thursday, April 10.
Huddle Up: Aside from his second season (2011) with the Ravens when he had 54 catches for 528 yards and 5 TDs, Dickson didn't top 25 receptions, 273 yards or a TD in his other 3 campaigns, and now he'll be playing behind Greg Olsen, the Panthers' clear No. 1 passing-game target now that WR Steve Smith has left for Baltimore. In short, a change of scenery should do nothing to alter your minimal fantasy expectations for Dickson.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 4/2/14 5:45pm et
Bus Cook, agent for Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle), said Newton is doing well in his rehab from offseason ankle surgery. Newton is expected to miss all of the offseason workouts but should be ready for training camp. Cook also said he was not surprised when the team said they plan to pick up the fifth year option in Newton's contract. The team sides can continue to work on a contract extension.
Huddle Up: Maybe by the time Newton is ready to hit the field in August, the Panthers will have his contract situation ironed out... and have found some wide receivers for him to throw to.

Tiquan Underwood - WR Posted 3/21/14 5:21pm et
Updating a previous report, the Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with WR Tiquan Underwood (Buccaneers) on a two-year contract Friday, March 21. Underwood is likely to compete for the third wide receiver position and on special teams as a kick returner.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are wafer-thin at wide receiver, so Underwood is actually in the mix for significant playing time. That's not necessarily a good thing.

Joe Webb - WR Posted 3/21/14 8:32pm et
The Carolina Panthers are signing free-agent WR Joe Webb (Vikings) to an undisclosed deal as a quarterback, according to a source.
Huddle Up: At the moment Webb might actually be the best wide receiver on the Panthers' roster... so of course they're moving him back to quarterback, where he'll hold a clipboard behind Cam Newton.

Jerricho Cotchery - WR Posted 3/20/14 1:54pm et
The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with WR Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers) Thursday, March 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Cotchery hauled in 46 passes for 602 yards and a career-high 10 TDs as the No. 3 wideout for the Steelers but now figures to be a starter for the Panthers, who have lost WRs Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn this offseason.

Cam Newton - QB Posted 3/18/14 6:27pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton will have minor ankle surgery Wednesday, March 19. Ligaments in Newton's ankle had stretched out, and the procedure will tighten them.
Huddle Up: This procedure doesn't sound like it'll hamper Newton any -- if at all -- this coming season, but the team's depleted WR situation certainly might as Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn have all departed since the end of the 2013 campaign. Some moves are most definitely in order, or Newton's fantasy stock will undergo a downgrade.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 3/14/14 10:51pm et
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith's three-year deal is worth $10.5 million and will include a $3.5 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Smith will give Joe Flacco an alternative to Torrey Holt. He's not quite as big as Anquan Boldin, but Smith is every bit as tough and should flourish as a WR2 rather than being the only passing game option as he was in Carolina.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 3/13/14 10:35pm et
There is mutual interest between the Baltimore Ravens and free-agent WR Steve Smith (Ravens), but a source said that nothing is imminent Thursday, March 13.
Huddle Up: The Ravens will have some heady competition for the veteran wideout with the Seahawks, Patriots and Chargers among the other teams reportedly interested in Smith.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 3/4/14 3:49pm et
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy signed his franchise tender that will pay him $13.116 million.
Huddle Up: With step No. 1 done, the Panthers now are looking to lock up Hardy for seasons to come with a long-term deal for the DE, whose sack totals have increased in each of his 4 seasons in Carolina.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 2/28/14 6:17pm et
The Carolina Panthers will use their franchise tag on DE Greg Hardy.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, as Hardy is a valuable component of the Carolina defense.

Brandon LaFell - WR Posted 2/27/14 10:44pm et
The Carolina Panthers likely will allow impending free-agent WR Brandon LaFell and CB Captain Munnerlyn to test the free-agent this offseason. The team could look to re-sign both to shorter, team-friendly deals at some point.
Huddle Up: LaFell, a 3rd-round pick in 2010, hit career highs with 49 catches (for 627 yards) and 5 TDs, but it sounds like the Panthers would rather bring back Ted Ginn Jr. and add another wideout rather than look for more improvement out of LaFell.

Steve Smith - WR Posted 2/20/14 10:11pm et
Carolina Panthers general manager David Gettleman did not rule out the possibility of parting ways with WR Steve Smith this offseason. 'Steve's had a great career, and the bottom line is, it's part of the evaluation process.' Smith is scheduled to receive $4 million guaranteed next season with a $3 million bonus.
Huddle Up: Smith, who will turn 35 in May, saw his reception and yardage total drop for the 3rd straight season and failed to pace Carolina in receiving for the first time since 2004. Still, Smith has been the Panthers' heart and soul for more than a decade, and it would be a shock to see him wearing another uniform.

Greg Hardy - DE Posted 2/18/14 11:38pm et
There have been no new developments in the contract situation with the Carolina Panthers and DE Greg Hardy. The team has two weeks to decide whether to use the franchise tag, which would buy the team another year to negotiate with Hardy. However, if they do tag him, it would consume nearly all of the team's unused cap space, which is a hefty price considering the team is looking to lock up franchise cornerstones QB Cam Newton and LB Luke Kuechly with huge deals in the next two years.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are definitely in a tough spot with Hardy, who hit career highs with 15 sacks and 65 total tackles this past season and now tops most of the best-available-free-agent watch lists. With cap space at a premium, look for the Panthers to try and hammer out a longer-term deal with the DE before using the franchise tag as a last resort.

Captain Munnerlyn - CB Posted 2/16/14 2:45pm et
Carolina Panthers CB Captain Munnerlyn, soon to be a free agent, said he is shocked there hasn't been more contact with the team about a new deal.
Huddle Up: It is somewhat strange considering Munnerlyn is hitting his prime coming off a career season (77 total tackles, 12 passes defense and 2 interception returns for TDs), but he certainly won't lack for suitors if he reaches the open market.

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