Derek Anderson - QBPosted 9/2/15 1:51pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Derek Anderson signed a two-year extension Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Huddle Up: As far as backup QBs go, the Panthers are in strong shape with the veteran Anderson, who stepped in for the injured Cam Newton on two occasions last season and guided the Panthers to a pair of wins.
Jarrett Boykin - WRPosted 9/1/15 4:22pm ET
Carolina Panthers WRs Jarrett Boykin and De'Andre Presley were waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: Boykin, the former Green Bay wideout, was leading the Panthers in targets (19) and receiving yards (93) this preseason but the Panthers evidently have other plans for the roster spot, even with their WR needs. Boykin could be a candidate to re-join his former team, which also is dealing with a banged-up WR corps.
Kevin Norwood - WRPosted 8/31/15 10:17pm ET
Seattle Seahawks WR Kevin Norwood was traded to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a conditional draft pick Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: The 2014 fourth-round pick was buried on the depth chart in Seattle, but he'll have the chance to compete for immediate PT in Carolina, where No. 1 WR Kelvin Benjamin is out for the season and rookie first-rounder Devin Funchess is dealing with a pesky hamstring issue. Norwood has nine receptions for 102 yards in nine games last season with the Seahawks.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 8/28/15 7:39pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) is working out on the field before the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 28, but he will not be playing in the game.
Huddle Up: It's concerning that Funchess won't be able to play in Carolina's dress rehearsal with Kelvin Benjamin out for the year. Funchess has now been dealing with his hamstring injury for two weeks. Funchess has lost valuable reps but he clearly isn't healthy right now. His current ADP is Round 8.
Star Lotulelei - DTPosted 8/26/15 4:49pm ET
Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) shed his walking boot and was riding a stationary bike Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Lotulelei now has a little more than two weeks to get back in game shape, but coach Ron Rivera told Black and Blue Review that he has "no concern" about the stud DT being ready to play in the Sept. 13 opener against the Jaguars.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/23/15 11:13pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton went 4-for-10 for 42 yards and one interception in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: Perhaps Newton misses top WR Kelvin Benjamin more than we think. Second-round WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) didn't play, and three of Newton's four completions and 27 of 42 yards Saturday went to TE Greg Olsen, leaving him 1-for-7 for 15 yards targeting everyone else. Definitely a situation to keep an eye on ...
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 8/22/15 12:32am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess is the leading candidate to replace WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) as the X receiver, and head coach Ron Rivera said Funchess' high football IG will ease the transition.
Huddle Up: This isn't a big surprise. Funchess has a similar skill set to Benjamin and more upside than Philly Brown or Jericho Cotchery. Funchess is set to see a lot of targets now that Benjamin is out for the year.
Cameron Artis-Payne - RBPosted 8/21/15 6:15pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne has been having a strong training camp and could receive some carries this season. Artis-Payne has shown good power and agility during preseason games but averaged only 3.0 yards per carry in the first preseason game with four of his carries going for two yards or fewer.
Huddle Up: With no DeAngelo Williams to fall back on now in Carolina, the fifth-round pick out of Auburn could definitely emerge as an important figure with starter Jonathan Stewart having made it through only one full season in the last five years.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 8/20/15 12:07am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Greg Olsen is expected to be the No. 1 target for QB Cam Newton following the loss of WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) to a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Huddle Up: Olsen was already set to be one of Newton's top two targets even with Benjamin on the field. Now with him out it won't really be that close. Olsen is locked in as a Top 4 tight end this season.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 8/20/15 4:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) is expected to miss the Panthers' second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22 but may be able to return to practice Monday, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: The second-round pick is needed more than ever with No. 1 wideout Kelvin Benjamin lost for the season earlier this week, but count on the Panthers taking extra precaution in making sure that the rookie isn't rushed back into action.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/20/15 11:29pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has completed 59 percent of his passes when WR Kelvin Benjamin has been on the field, with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions, but only 55 percent when Benjamin has been sidelined with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Huddle Up: According to overall ADP this summer, Newton ranks fourth among QBs with a 58 ADP, but that probably should drop a notch or two with the loss of his clear No. 1 wideout. Let's see though, first, if the Panthers decide to make a move and add a proven veteran.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 8/19/15 1:22pm ET
Updating an earlier report, Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin was unofficially diagnosed with a sprained left knee after being carted off the practice field Wednesday, Aug. 19. He will have an MRI.
Huddle Up: Fantasy's 16th-best WR last season crumpled to the ground while trying to make a cut on a pass route Wednesday in joint workouts with the Dolphins, but the initial diagnosis at least gives his fantasy owners some hope pending the MRI. Of course stay tuned ...
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 8/19/15 1:26pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess suffered a hamstring injury during practice Wednesday, Aug. 19, and could miss a few days, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Wow, not exactly a good day for Carolina wideouts in joint workouts with the Dolphins, and with Kevlin Benjamin (knee) also hurt Wednesday, Cam Newton's top WRs may be Corey Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Ted Ginn Jr. for a spell.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 8/19/15 5:53pm ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) tore his anterior cruciate ligament Wednesday, Aug. 19. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: The MRI revealed the crushing news for Cam Newton's No. 1 WR and 2014's 16th-ranked fantasy wideout after it was initially diagnosed as knee sprain. Second-round pick Devin Funchess, second-year man Corey Brown and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Tedd Ginn Jr. will be asked to step up, but it's a void that's going to be tough to fill -- in fantasy and reality.
Jerricho Cotchery - WRPosted 8/19/15 8:27pm ET
Carolina Panthers WRs Corey Brown and Jerricho Cotchery are currently the top two wide receivers on Carolina's depth chart, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Huddle Up: With Kelvin Benjamin lost for the season, this a fluid situation. Devin Funchess will likely have the most fantasy value followed by Brown then Cotchery. Though just a rookie, Funchess is the most talented of the three and has a similar skill set to Benjamin. His ADP will skyrocket over the next couple of days.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/17/15 6:31pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has averaged 8.25 rushing touchdowns per season since 2011. That's more than the entire Jacksonville Jaguars team and as many as the St. Louis Rams over the same time frame.
Huddle Up: Newton's 33 rushing scores and 2,571 ground yards easily leads all QBs during that four-year span, but he may be slowing down somewhat as his rushing yards and TDs have decreased in each of the last two seasons.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/10/15 7:48pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was involved in an altercation with CB Josh Norman during practice Monday, Aug. 10, after Newton tried to tackle Norman when he intercepted a pass.
Huddle Up: At 6-6 and 260 pounds, Newton is definitely no lightweight and isn't afraid to mix it up. The Carolina staff, meanwhile, would rather prefer the starting QB didn't, especially after his injury issues of a season ago.
Stephen Hill - WRPosted 8/2/15 7:07pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill (knee) has torn the ACL in right knee and will miss the 2015 season. The wideout, who was carted off the field Saturday after attempting to make a catch across the middle during an afternoon practice, was waived by the team Sunday, Aug. 2.
Huddle Up: More misfortune and another missed opportunity for the 2012 second-round pick of the Jets, who had impressed during offseason OTAs and was battling for a backup WR spot. Hill caught 45 passes in two seasons in N.Y. before spending last season on the Panthers' practice squad.
Jerricho Cotchery - WRPosted 7/29/15 6:34pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery may have to compete for a roster spot during training camp because of the other players the team has at wide receiver.
Huddle Up: A year after reeling in 10 TD catches on 46 receptions for 602 yards with the Steelers, Cotchery put up roughly the same numbers (48-580) in Carolina but dropped down to a single scoring catch. A regression certainly was predictable, but the addition of draft pick Devin Funchess in the second round and free agent Ted Ginn could make Cotchery expendable.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 7/23/15 11:45pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) is expected to be 100 percent ready for training camp, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Benjamin's balky hammy, whick kept him out of OTAs, has ignited some early fears of a sophomore slump, but he'll be a solid WR2 if he can show he's past the injury early in camp and the preseason. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/19/15 11:39pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton's 33 rushing touchdowns over the last four years are the most by any quarterback during that span.
Huddle Up: Andrew Luck is a distant second on the list with 12 rushing scores since 2011 while Netwon also is a clear No. 1 among QBs with 467 rushing attempts and 2,571 yards. However, his 103 rushes for 539 yards and five TDs last season all were career lows -- albeit in 14 games -- and looks to be trending toward working through his passing progressions and looking to run less.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 7/17/15 11:59pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart led the team with 175 carries and 200 touches last year, but he missed three games and has missed a combined 20 games since 2012.
Huddle Up: Stewart is still only 28 and in the prime of his career and should be considered a decent bargain if 20 or so RBs already are off the board and still is there for the taking in your draft when you're weighing your RB3 and/or flex options.
Luke Kuechly - LBPosted 7/17/15 11:59pm ET
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly is a free agent after the 2015 season, and the team would like to sign him to an extension this year, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Locking up Kuechly has to top the Panthers' to-do list, as the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has averaged a whopping 167.3 tackles per year while not missing a start in his three seasons in Carolina.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 6/29/15 11:06pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess impressed during offseason workouts and could have a big role in 2015. He played all three receiver positions, and his 6-foot-4 frame could create mismatches. Funchess (toe) cited a toe injury for the reason his numbers were disappointing in his final season at the University of Michigan. 'We never got to see the full Devin Funchess at Michigan because I did play one season at wide receiver, and I was battling through an injury,' Funchess said Monday, June 29. Funchess said his toe injury was a torn ligament with some cracked bones and ruptured cartilage.
Huddle Up: Funchess is a similar target to the Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin, and that worked well last season. He was drafted for his upside, and if he's healthy he'll give Cam Newton another big target down the field.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 6/26/15 12:04am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training camp next month. A team source said Benjamin, who played at 245 pounds as a rookie last year, showed up to workouts in April nine pounds overweight. 'It really is much ado about nothing. Right now he's only five pounds off his playing weight. That's it,' Gettleman said after the team wrapped up their three-day minicamp. Benjamin has had weight problems before, as he took a redshirt year in college after being 20 pounds overweight. He had 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, but he missed 10 of 14 practices during organized team activities and minicamp with injuries to both his hamstrings.
Huddle Up: What's not overblown is the time already missed due to injury and the fears of a sophomore slump, making Benjamin a player to monitor during training camp.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 6/20/15 9:47am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton won't run less in 2015 because of the contract extension he received, general manager Dave Gettleman said. 'He's got to be Cam,' Gettleman said. 'You don't hold back a thoroughbred, you don't.'
Huddle Up: It's Cam's rushing, especially at the goal line, that bolsters his fantasy value. So it's good news that his club isn't looking to protect him by shying away from using him at the stripe.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 6/19/15 1:04pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has better footwork and decision making in what head coach Ron Rivera called the best he has seen from Newton in practice this week. 'I think it's all part of his growth,' said Rivera. 'Again, he's a young man. He came into this league after playing only one year of major-college football. I think it's been good for him. I think his development is really headed in the right direction and again the big plus is we've had him (healthy) for all the OTAs (organized team activities) and minicamp this year.'
Huddle Up: For the first time in his four pro seasons last year, Newton finished outside the top-five fantasy QBs. And it was a dramatic dip as he wound up 17th, thanks largely to a career-low 16 passing TDs and two games missed to injury. Some better health, better mechanics and more target options (second-round WR Devin Funchess) should lift Newton back up into QB1 territory.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 6/18/15 2:27pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) showed up 8 or 9 pounds overweight, and head coach Ron Rivera believes Benjamin's hamstring injury could be a result of that. 'It could be as simple as weight,' Rivera said in an attempt to explain why Benjamin suffered another hamstring injury just as he returned from one. 'He did come in a little heavy and he had to work himself into shape. Or diet or something. We're going to take a look at it and make sure it's not a chronic issue with him. He's too good a football player to have on the sideline.'
Huddle Up: There are growing sophomore concerns about Benjamin, who posted a 73-1,008-9 line last season to finish 16th among all fantasy WRs and third among the ultra-talented rookie wideout class. If he doesn't show up in better shape to training camp and/or is still dogged by the hammy issues, his fantasy stock will have no choice but to head south.
Stephen Hill - WRPosted 6/17/15 2:11pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill has been one of the standout performers during offseason workouts, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Hill might just play himself into the third receiver role on a run-first team, which doesn't exactly scream "fantasy opportunity".
Corey Brown - WRPosted 6/14/15 4:15pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown (formerly known as Philly Brown) has big-play speed and he has run more precise routes during offseason workouts. He has developed a nice rapport with QB Cam Newton and he could potentially be a deep threat, more so than WR Ted Ginn Jr.
Huddle Up: The smallish (6-0, 190) but speedy Brown came on late last season as a rookie and finished with 21 catches for 296 yards and a pair of TDs. He could be the perfect complement to the bigger wideouts the Panthers have in Kelvin Benjamin and second-round pick Devin Funchess.
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