Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 1/11/15 10:23pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin led the team with seven catches on 10 targets for 75 yards and two scores in a 31-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional-round playoff game Saturday, Jan. 10.
Huddle Up: Benjamin was one of the standouts in perhaps the best rookie class of WRs in league history, catching 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine TDs and adding 11 receptions for 108 yards and 2 TDs in the playoffs. He projects as a rock-solid WR2 in drafts next summer.
Philly Brown - WRPosted 1/10/15 12:08am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Philly Brown (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 9, and is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round playoff game.
Huddle Up: The speedy rookie has been targeted five or more times in three of the Panthers' last five games, including six in last weekend's wild-card win over the Cards. Check the pre-game inactives list if you plan on taking a flyer on him Saturday night.
Brenton Bersin - WRPosted 1/7/15 3:26pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Brenton Bersin may have an expanded role in the offense if WR Philly Brown (shoulder) can't play in the divisional round game against the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, Jan. 10. Bersin doesn't have Browns' speed, but he has good hands and knows the position. Bersin has only 13 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown on the year.
Huddle Up: It's not as if the Panthers throw much anyway, but with the Seahawks likely to shut down top targets Kelvin Benjamin and Jerricho Cotchery the tertiary targets will be forced to step up.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 1/6/15 2:04pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen and RB Jonathan Stewart are taking the day off from practice Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: No health worries -- just a wise move with the Panthers preparing for their physical test Saturday against the top-seeded Seahawks.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/6/15 2:04pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is 0-3 against the Seattle Seahawks in his career, with all three games coming in Carolina. He has completed 54 percent of his passes in those three games, and he's thrown just one touchdown and has one interception.
Huddle Up: Newton is a combined 40-of-74 in the three contests and has averaged only 145.7 passing yards per game. He's also rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries in the three outings in which the Panthers have managed all of 28 total points and scored one offensive TD. Bottom line: Definitely look elsewhere for your divisional-round QB this weekend.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 1/5/15 12:04am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin had four catches for 33 yards in the team's wild-card playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, Jan. 3.
Huddle Up: Benjamin still was targeted a team-high seven times in the contest so he certainly wasn't overlooked. Looking forward, though, a matchup against the Seahawks' secondary Saturday doesn't exactly bode well for his chances for a bounce-back game.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 1/2/15 12:28am ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) practiced fully Thursday, Jan. 1.
Huddle Up: Williams didn't play in the final four games of the regular season while Jonathan Stewart took over the lead role and turned back the clock, rushing for 399 yards during that span and helping lead the Panthers to four wins and a playoff berth. Williams should play in Saturday's wild-card opener after being a surprise inactive last week, but still expect Stewart to get at least two-thirds of the work in the game.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 1/2/15 3:42pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is expected to start and see most of the carries over RB DeAngelo Williams in the team's Wild Card game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Jan. 3. Stewart has the second most rushing yards (486) in the league in the last five games, and Williams was a liability in the passing game with an injured right hand. However, Williams is "ready to roll" this week, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: The opposing Cardinals ranked as one of fantasy run defenses this season but struggled down the stretch, allowing five of their six 100-yard games in the last six outings and surrendering 200-plus yards to the Seahawks and 49ers the final two weeks of the regular season. In other words, don't shy away from Stewart.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/30/14 2:13am ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) is expected to be able to play in the Wild Card playoff game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Williams would serve as a complement to Jonathan Stewart, who has emerged as the Panthers' feature back. And Cam Newton still looms to swipe goal line looks.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 12/30/14 4:17pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 30, as he was given the day off.
Huddle Up: Stewart, who rushed for 401 yards over the Panthers' last four regular-season games, on Saturday will test a Cardinals' run defense that sprung some late-season leaks.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/24/14 6:12pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: This is mainly significant to Jonathan Stewart owners as Williams could return after a three-game absence and throw a minor wrench into the late roll Stewart has been on.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 12/23/14 4:23pm ET
Carolina Panthers RBs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams still don't know who will start this week. Head coach Ron Rivera said he's reluctant to name a starter at this point and will cross that bridge when he gets to it.
Huddle Up: Doesn't it have to be Stewart, who's gained 363 total yards, including 350 rushing, and scored a pair of TDs over the last three games while Williams hasn't played? Bank on that unless you hear otherwise later in the week.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/20/14 4:27pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) will officially start Sunday, Dec. 21, against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Newton won't be able to run as much be he's still a QB1 option against the Browns defense.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/19/14 3:29pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Newton might not be as willing to run and expose himself to hits as he normally would, but otherwise expect the QB to start and play and the whole game Sunday against the Browns after sitting out Week 15.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/19/14 3:46pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) is questionable for Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns, but he's not likely to play in the game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Williams could be an emergency back this week.
Huddle Up: Williams figures to miss a third straight game, making Jonathan Stewart an even more attractive play Sunday against the suspect Browns' run defense.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/18/14 1:49pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) is working with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, Dec. 18. Head coach Ron Rivera has yet to name Newton the starter, though, but he showed no signs of pain for the second straight day. Newton has been showing good velocity on his throws and hasn't had restrictions with his movement.
Huddle Up: Best sign yet that Newton could start Sunday against the Browns after missing Week 15 with his auto-accident injuries. Stay tuned ...
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/17/14 4:20pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and he worked with the second-team offense in the portion of practice open to the media. QB Derek Anderson worked with the first-team. Newton's status for Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns is uncertain right now, but he looked to be moving and throwing well Wednesday. He also ran and make some juke moves without difficulty. Head coach Ron Rivera said he had hoped to make a decision on the starting QB early in the week.
Huddle Up: Rivera and the Panthers are likely going to have to see more of Newton practicing, throwing and running before making any kind of determinations about Sunday.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/16/14 10:43am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) worked out on an underwater treadmill Tuesday, Dec. 16, and did some rational exercises. The team plans to have him attempt throws as well.
Huddle Up: When Newton comes ashore and performs some irrational exercises, we'll let you know. But best have a Plan B for championship week as opposed to banking on Cam returning to the lineup.
Derek Anderson - QBPosted 12/16/14 11:46pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Derek Anderson had 15 passes of 10 or more yards in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and six went to TE Greg Olsen, who had 10 catches for 110 yards in the game. Anderson tends to lean more on Olsen as he holds the ball longer in the pocket and goes through his progressions. Olsen had eight catches for 83 yards in Week 1 when Anderson started.
Huddle Up: Cam Newton could return this week, sending Anderson back to the bench, but either way you're almost certainly rolling with Olsen in these reliable-TE-starved times.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/15/14 2:10pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) will only start in Week 16 if the team believes Newton can protect himself during the game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'I don't want to put a guy out there that can't protect himself,' Rivera said. 'By that it's being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That's all part of it. That's all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game.' The team has a rehab program for Newton, and his status will be determined based on if he can meet the rehab goals during the week.
Huddle Up: We'll know more about Newton's status later in the week. If he can't go, Derek Anderson will get the start against the Browns. Expect a heavy dose of Jonathan Stewart regardless of who is under center for Carolina.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/11/14 4:18pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) probably will not be able to play in Week 15, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Sounds as if Williams is headed for a second straight DNP Sunday, leaving the RB chores to Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert once again.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 12/11/14 4:18pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: The Panthers' leading pass-catcher has been limited for two straight practices, but we haven't heard anything to suggest he's in any real danger of sitting out Sunday. Stay tuned, though, to make certain.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/11/14 11:04pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) currently isn't concerned about whether he'll be able to return to action this season. 'As far as when I'm coming back, who cares,' Newton said. 'That's not something I'm worried about. I'm just thankful to have breath in my lungs so I can breathe again.' Head coach Ron Rivera said the best-case-scenario would be to have Newton back at practice next week, but there are no guarantees.
Huddle Up: Newton has the right perspective escaping the ugly-looking accident with limited injury, and any action in the last two games might have to be considered a bonus. In the meantime, Carolina pass-catchers Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin should be fine as Derek Anderson is an experienced backup.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/10/14 10:22am ET
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) remained hospitalized Wednesday, Dec. 10, and there are no updates on his health.
Huddle Up: Words is that Cam has a Tony Romo-like back injury with two fractured bones that would still allow him to play. But he'll have to get out of the hospital and rejoin his team before a determination can be made about his availability, so those banking on Newton for fantasy help this week should be implementing Plan B sooner rather than later.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/10/14 1:48pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, Dec. 10. Newton is sore, but in good spirits as he continues his recovery. Newton will not be at the team's facilities Wednesday, and it is unknown how long it will be until he's ready to return to action. 'That will be determined really on a day-to-day basis and we'll see how fast the soreness goes away,' team spokesman Charlie Dayton said. 'He'll start the recuperation process today.' QB Derek Anderson was taking first-team repetitions in practice Wednesday.
Huddle Up: Good news that he's out of the hospital, but he certainly remains a definite longshot to play Sunday against the Bucs.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/9/14 2:02pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was involved in a car accident Tuesday, Dec. 9, and he reportedly was injured in the wreck.
Huddle Up: Early word is that authorities indicated Newton suffered no serious injuries, though he was immobilized on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. More details as they become available.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/9/14 3:54pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered two transverse fractures in his lower back, but no other significant injures in the car crash he was involved in Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to preliminary tests. He is in fair condition and will remain in the hospital overnight for observation.
Huddle Up: Overall good news as it looks and sounds like it could've been much worse for the Carolina QB.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/9/14 7:57pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) is 'highly unlikely' to play this week, according to a doctor.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs who advanced in the playoffs thanks to Newton's four-TD performance will need to line up another option.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/9/14 7:57pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) will be in the mix in the backfield when he returns from a broken bone in his right hand, but head coach Ron Rivera would not say if he would start over RB Jonathan Stewart, who has been strong in Williams' absence. 'My preference. That's the only reason,' Rivera said. 'DeAngelo is a part of who we are. We'll see. We'll see how it is. It will be a day-by-day process with him. As the hand gets stronger and heals up, we'll go forward.' The offensive line was solid in the Week 14 win over the New Orleans Saints, and they helped Stewart run for 155 yards. QB Cam Newton also ran for 83 yards on the ground, while RB Mike Tolbert had 62 total yards and RB Fozzy Whittaker had 31 total yards and a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Just when fantasy owners were counting on Stewart along comes his old RBBC partner. You'd have to believe Stewart would remain the starter given his strong outing Sunday, but common sense hasn't always played out in the Carolina backfield.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/5/14 6:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) missed practice for the third straight day Friday, Dec. 5, and has been ruled out for Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: As expected, Williams will not play, leaving the RB chores to Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert against a shaky Saints defense.
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