Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/27/14 2:19pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (rib) said he fully expects to be ready to play Week 1.
Huddle Up: The main fantasy concern is not Newton missing games, but cutting back on his rushing, which has been a key component of his three-straight top-5-ranked fantasy QB seasons.
Tiquan Underwood - WRPosted 8/24/14 1:28pm ET
The Carolina Panthers cut WR Tiquan Underwood Sunday, Aug. 24, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Even with the Panthers completely starting over at WR, the sixth-year journeyman needed to impress this preseason and didn't, and the Panthers are more intrigued with the upside of young wideouts Brenton Bersin and Tavarres King to round out the bottom of the depth chart.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/24/14 6:50pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has a hairline fracture in one of his ribs and will not play in the final preseason game later this week. Head coach Ron Rivera said he thinks Newton will be ready for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Far from a debilitating injury, but definitely not good news for the fourth-year QB who already is coming off ankle surgery. Add in this rib issue, and Newton is likely be more conservative with his running -- a major component of his fantasy game since entering the league.
Kenjon Barner - RBPosted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired RB Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, Aug. 19, for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. Barner was acquired by the team as a way to add depth in the backfield and in the return game, according to head coach Chip Kelly.
Huddle Up: No surprise that Kelly has added another of his former Oregon standouts, but the speedy Barner won't be an offensive fantasy factor buried on the Philly RB depth chart -- just as he was in Carolina
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 8/12/14 2:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen left practice early Tuesday, Aug. 12, after cramping up.
Huddle Up: This looks to be your typical training-camp dehydration issue, but it's a subtle reminder that this is a player the Panthers -- and Cam Newton's fantasy owners -- can't afford to lose with the club's WR corps getting completely overhauled.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 8/10/14 10:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart practiced for the first time Sunday, Aug. 10, since injuring his hamstring before training camp opened.
Huddle Up: A rare flash of positive news for Stewart, who's missed a combined 17 games over the past 2 seasons.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/10/14 11:31pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) has been cleared to play in the second preseason game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Coming off offseason ankle surgery, Newton still figures to be limited in terms of snaps and designed running plays, but you can check him out yourself in Sunday evening's nationally televised home contest against the Chiefs.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/8/14 4:20pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) is not expected to play in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Cam could use the PT to get used to his new surrounding cast, but on the other hand, the Panthers certainly aren't going to rush their prize offensive asset back into action and risk re-injuring his surgically-repaired ankle.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 8/8/14 8:11pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) was inactive for the preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: It feels like a lifetime ago since Stewart has been a fantasy factor. He still isn't practicing and remains week-to-week. Stewart currently has an ADP of Round 13 but there's no guarantee that he's going to play much this season considering he just began to run in a straight line this week.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/7/14 4:10pm ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) would only play around two series and the playing calling would be limited if he is able to play in team's first preseason game Friday , Aug. 8 vs. Buffalo, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera indicated Newton would do mostly handoffs if he plays in the game.
Huddle Up: As has been stated here, expect Newton's running and scrambling to be curtailed this preseason as the Panthers have their sights set on the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Bucs.
Greg Hardy - DEPosted 8/4/14 8:29pm ET
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy's jury trial to appeal a judge's guilty verdict has been set for November 17. Hardy's attorney, Chris Fialko, doesn't expect the trial to be heard until 2015. If the trial goes on as scheduled, it would take place on the Monday of the team's bye week. The Panthers do not plan on disciplining Hardy until the legal process is completed.
Huddle Up: With the legal system being notoriously slow while grinding its gears, Hardy's owners in IDP leagues can expect to have the DE's services for a full season.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/29/14 1:54pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) isn't running outside of the pocket during training camp, but he has been able to plant in the pocket to make throws without any complications.
Huddle Up: All indications are Cam is right on track and even ahead of schedule, and the Panthers certainly aren't going to have the QB scrambling all over and pushing things during the early stages of camp.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 7/29/14 11:47pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin said his knee felt better Tuesday, July 29, and he could be back sooner than expected. Benjamin suffered a bruised left knee in practice Sunday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on the first-round pick whom Cam Newton and the Panthers are counting on to lock down a starting role in a completely overhauled WR corps.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 7/28/14 2:48pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's (knee) left knee injury isn't expected to be serious, and head coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that Benjamin won't miss much time. Benjamin is heading for an MRI exam Monday, July 28. 'He's had a great camp,' Rivera said. 'He came in in tip-top shape and ready to roll. He's one of those guys who spent time with Cam (before camp) working out. It's one of those that we want to make sure and be smart about.' Benjamin's MRI results are expected later Monday.
Huddle Up: It looks like Benjamin escaped a scare. The rookie is entering a good situation in Carolina with a Panthers team short on quality receivers. At the very least, the 6-5 Benjamin should be a factor in the red zone while he adjusts to the NFL.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 7/28/14 5:07pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) has a bone bruise, according to head coach Ron Rivera. There is swelling in the knee but nothing is structurally damaged.
Huddle Up: Benjamin will miss some practice time but the injury isn't serious. Obviously missing time isn't ideal for a rookie receiver the Panthers are depending on to produce right away but considering the injury could have been much worse, this is good news for Benjamin. He currently has an ADP of Round 11.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/26/14 1:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said his ankle is not 100 percent at this point, but it is getting better each day.
Huddle Up: Because much of Newton's fantasy value is derived from his rushing, expect his ankle to be an ongoing story during training camp. A Newton that runs less is no longer a top-five fantasy quarterback, especially given his corps of receivers.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 7/24/14 4:54pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is expected to miss one-to-two weeks as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Stewart will not be placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Another season, more injury questions for Stewart, who has played in only a combined 15 games the past 2 seasons.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/24/14 4:54pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was cleared for practice, according to general manager David Gettleman.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Panthers, Newton and his fantasy owners as the QB looks to make it four top-five fantasy QB finishes in four NFL seasons this year.
Jerricho Cotchery - WRPosted 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 - QBPosted 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 - DEPosted 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 - DEPosted 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 - DEPosted 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 - WRPosted 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 - DEPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - WRPosted 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 - HCPosted 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 - DEPosted 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 - WRPosted 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.
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