Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 5/26/16 3:01pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is back at practice in organized team activities Thursday, May 26, for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in training camp last year. Carolina is likely to ease him back into work, though, after he totaled 1,008 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.
Huddle Up: Definitely expect the Panthers to treat Benjamin with kid gloves as he's expected to return to his No. 1 WR status. In The Huddle's preliminary player rankings, Benjamin checks in at 18th among WRs.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 5/20/16 12:49pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton still has an awful lot of room to grow, in the words of head coach Ron Rivera. 'As he continues to learn and understand more and more about offensive and defensive plays, his decision-making is going to be even better,' Rivera said. 'As long as he continues to stay healthy and keep getting better physically and work on his base fundamentals, I think the young man is going to get better.'
Huddle Up: That's a scary thought for defenses and the keeper-league owners who don't own Cam after the QB easily led all fantasy QBs last season and has been a top-five fantasy signal-caller in four of his five seasons.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 5/20/16 1:02pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen said he anticipates playing for several more years and plans on making it tough on any new tight end to take away his reps.
Huddle Up: Olsen had a career-best 1,104 receiving yards on a career-most 124 targets last season. His numbers easily figure to remain TE1 worthy, but they might slip somewhat with Kelvin Benjamin's anticipated return actually giving the Panthers a steady and reliable WR option outside.
Corey Brown - WRPosted 5/8/16 9:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, according to LB Luke Kuechly.
Huddle Up: Brown stepped up his production to a 31-447-4 season in his second year, but continued increases are questionable with starting wideout Kelvin Benjamin due back from injury this coming season.
Josh Norman - CBPosted 4/22/16 4:17pm ET
Free-agent CB Josh Norman (Panthers) has received an initial offer from the Washington Redskins that is worth more than $13 million per season.
Huddle Up: D.C. was Norman's first stop Friday as the Skins sent a private plane to pick him up, and according to various reports, it sounds like it'll come down between Washington and San Fran with the Jags, Titans and Raiders on the outside.
Josh Norman - CBPosted 4/22/16 8:38pm ET
Free-agent CB Josh Norman (Panthers) will sign a five-year deal worth $75 million with the Washington Redskins on Friday, April 22, according to a source. The deal includes $50 million in guarantees.
Huddle Up: As expected, it didn't take long for Norman to find a new home, eclipsing the Jets' Darrelle Revis as the league's highest-paid cornerback. It also helps solidify the D.C. secondary in a big way after the Skins ranked in the bottom quadrant of the league last season with 258 passing yards allowed per game.
Josh Norman - CBPosted 4/21/16 4:28pm ET
Free-agent CB Josh Norman (Panthers) reportedly is attracting interest from at least seven teams: The Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: When an All-Pro cornerback in his prime suddenly hits the open market with a number of teams still rife with cap space, a mini bidding war is bound to erupt. Various reports are currently pointing to different teams as the favorite, so stay tuned ...
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 4/21/16 4:44pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) will participate in organized team activities, but he'll be limited.
Huddle Up: Benjamin is coming back from a torn ACL, but it happened in mid-August so he at least has that going for him. Taking it easy this spring and summer should at least allow him to be near full recovery by the time the preseason opener rolls around. We'll monitor his progress throughout.
Luke Kuechly - LBPosted 4/1/16 7:15pm ET
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) said he is on schedule in his rehabilitation process. Kuechly is six weeks removed from surgery to repair a shoulder injury. He is no longer in a sling and is gradually gaining strength and range of motion back in his shoulder. Kuechly also said he's been riding a bicycle a lot and doing lower body work, adding that it's going to be a gradual process to get back to full health by training camp.
Huddle Up: Kuechly is valuable as they come at the position -- witness his league-leading 620 total tackles since entering the league in 2012, but Youth is still on the side of the linebacker, who doesn't turn 25 until later this month.
Mike Tolbert - RBPosted 3/6/16 10:52pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent FB Mike Tolbert and the Panthers have discussed a potential extension that could be negotiated up until the deadline.
Huddle Up: With 410 total yards and four TDs last season, Tolbert remains a fantasy vulture more than anything and that figures to continue wherever he lands next season.
Josh Norman - CBPosted 2/26/16 12:41pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent CB Josh Norman has had contract talks with the team, but not much progress has been made. Talks are expected to continue, but he's a candidate for the franchise tag.
Huddle Up: The first-team All-Pro was vital in the Panthers' defensive success, holding together an otherwise suspect secondary, and there's no way he's leaving Carolina in his prime at age 28.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 2/18/16 9:18am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart carries a cap hit of $9.55 million to go with his base salary of $5 million in 2016. The Panthers would save $4 million in salary cap space if they released Stewart by June 1, but they are still expected to keep him.
Huddle Up: Stewart finally stayed (mostly) healthy and was a big part of the Panthers' offensive success this season. There isn't a solid Plan B on the roster, so Carolina may have to bite the bullet and take the cap hit to keep their ground game intact.
Luke Kuechly - LBPosted 2/16/16 9:22pm ET
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, according to sources. Kuechly's availability for organized team activities and minicamp is uncertain at this point, but he is expected to be fully recovered before training camp starts in July.
Huddle Up: It's no wonder Kuechly's shoulder is hurting after averaging a whopping 155 tackles over his first four regular seasons, but the soon-to-be-25-year-old figures to be good shape once training camp rolls around.
Jerricho Cotchery - WRPosted 2/12/16 10:50am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery and SS Roman Harper's contracts voided Thursday, Feb. 11, and it's unclear if either will continue playing. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman added three voidable years on the contracts for Harper and Cotchery when he signed them two years ago to spread out their bonus money and lessen the salary cap hit. As a result, the Panthers will carry a combined $2.25 million in dead money for Harper and Cotchery on the 2016 books.
Huddle Up: Cotchery was a bit player in the Panthers' receiver rotation this year, and with Kelvin Benjamin back from injury his role would have declined even further, so it's no surprise he's not returning to Carolina. And it's unlikely he'll find a fantasy-relevant gig with another team.
Mike Tolbert - RBPosted 2/9/16 7:25pm ET
Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert said there have been no contract talks with the Panthers yet. Tolbert already said he would like to return to Carolina next season. He may be asked to restructure his current deal, which stands at $3.4 million.
Huddle Up: The now 30-year-old Tolbert is aiming to play a fifth season, but his 80 total touches marked a full-season low since 2009, and some restructuring certainly looks to be on the table.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 2/9/16 7:29pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said he didn't dive after a second-half fumble in the Super Bowl because of the way his leg was positioned. 'I don't dive on one fumble because the way my leg was - it could have been (contorted) in a way,' Newton said. 'OK, you say my effort. I didn't dive down. I fumbled. That's fine. But we didn't lose that game because of that fumble. I can tell you that.'
Huddle Up: Yeah, that play certainly looked like it could've used a little more effort from Newton, but at the same time, everything he does -- or doesn't -- do these days seems to elicit some sort of national response.
Kony Ealy - DEPosted 2/8/16 9:05am ET
Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy tied a Super Bowl record with 3.0 sacks in a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 7. He also had an interception.
Huddle Up: Ealy was lights out for the Panthers, and had they managed to come back and win he was definitely the front runner for MVP honors.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 2/7/16 12:31pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was named the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Huddle Up: No surprise here after a history-making 35-TD-pass, 10-rushing-TD season, and now the challenge is to become the first NFL MVP to win the Super Bowl in the same season since the Rams' Kurt Warner in 1999.
Mike Tolbert - RBPosted 2/5/16 7:18pm ET
Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (knee) practiced in full all week and is probable to face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
Huddle Up: Tolbert is well-renowned as a fantasy vulture, but surprisingly that so much the case during the regular season as he scored only four -- one rushing and three receptions -- of the team's 59 total TDs.
Thomas Davis - LBPosted 2/5/16 7:18pm ET
Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis (forearm) is expected to start in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'Yes, yes I do (expect Davis to start) based on everything I'm seeing from him right now and what the doctors have talked about -- they talk about him every day and we go over everything he's done and what they're seeing. That's been a huge plus.' Rivera said. 'He actually took a shot in the arm yesterday and said 'I'm fine. That felt pretty good.''
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old linebacker already has garnered much admiration after breaking his right arm in the NFC Championship Game, and will be an instant inspiration to his teammates on Sunday. Now the only question is how effective he'll be as a tackler.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 2/4/16 6:17pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen has 22 receptions on passes thrown between 15 and 30 yards downfield in 2015 (including playoffs), the most since New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and former New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham each had 21 in 2011.
Huddle Up: Olsen finished with career highs in targets (124) and receiving yards (1,104) and is Cam Newton's go-to- target given the team's WR question marks. Look for Newton to look his way plenty again come Sunday as consistently covering tight ends has been one of the few trouble spots this season for the Denver D.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle), who missed practice all of last week, was back on the practice field Monday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Stewart wasn't about to miss the Super Bowl, and the extra week allows him to let his ankle injury heal heading into the season finale.
Jared Allen - DEPosted 2/2/16 5:52pm ET
Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen (foot) has practiced very well this week and head coach Ron Rivera likes his chances of being available to play in Super Bowl 50.
Huddle Up: Allen missed the NFC Championship Game with his foot injury, but only has had two sacks in 13 games overall since joining the Panthers in Week 4.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 2/2/16 10:15pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has a 105.6 passer rating and has posted a 39:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the red zone since 2014. He's thrown 26 red zone touchdowns this year without a pick. The Denver Broncos ranked 20th in red zone efficiency in 2015, with 22 touchdowns allowed in 37 red zone possessions.
Huddle Up: Newton's red-zone passing has worked so well in large part because of the rushing threat he presents. This season he had 30 red-zone carries for 73 yards and 10 TDs -- tied for second in the league behind former teammate DeAngelo Williams (11 scores).
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/28/16 4:33pm ET
The Carolina Panthers and QB Cam Newton ran the ball by design on 46 percent of their offensive plays this year, which was highest in the NFL. The Denver Broncos allowed just 3.28 yards per rush in 2015, which was the fewest in the NFL.
Huddle Up: It's a classic strength-vs.-strength matchup that should go a long ways in determining the winner of Super Bowl 50.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 1/28/16 4:33pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (rest), RB Mike Tolbert (knee) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) were out of practice again Thursday, Jan. 28.
Huddle Up: No worries as all are expected to practice in the coming days and be fully ready for kickoff Feb. 7.
Corey Brown - WRPosted 1/28/16 10:18pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown (ankle) participated fully in practice Thursday, Jan. 28.
Huddle Up: Thanks to his 86-yard catch-and-sprint scoring grab, Brown posted his first 100-yard receiving game in the NFC title tilt and could receive some favorable matchups in the Super Bowl if the Broncos key in on the likes of the Panthers' top receiving threats in TE Greg Olsen and WR Ted Ginn Jr.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 1/26/16 2:06pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was sacked four or more times twice in the 2015 season, and his numbers didn't suffer. He was 21-for-25 (84.0 percent) for 217 yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans, who sacked him four times in Week 10. He was 21-for-26 (80.8 percent) for 293 yards and two touchdowns while being sacked five times in Week 17 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He didn't throw an interception in either game. The Denver Broncos, Newton's Super Bowl opponent, led the NFL with 52 sacks this season.
Huddle Up: This will be THE matchup of Super Bowl 50, but unlike most of the QBs the Broncos have faced this season, Newton brings escapability and a dynamic running threat to the table.
Thomas Davis - LBPosted 1/26/16 10:17pm ET
Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis (forearm) is 'healing nicely,' according to head coach Ron Rivera. Davis guaranteed that he would play in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Playing 2 weeks after a broken arm or not, few are doubting the tough-as-nails 32-year-old LB, who's already come back from three ACL tears.
Thomas Davis - LBPosted 1/24/16 10:54pm ET
Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis (arm) left in the second quarter of Sunday's NFC Championship Game on Sunday and sat out the remainder of the contest.
Huddle Up: Davis, the Panthers' second-leading tackler, was injured trying to tackle leaping Cardinals' TE Darren Fells and later was seen in a baseball cap and a cast on his right arm on the sideline. Davis is as tough as they come, but his Super Bowl avaialbility obviously will be a huge question mark over the next 2 weeks.
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