Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 5/28/15 4:15pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) sat out organized team activities Thursday, May 28, as he continues to nurse a sore hamstring.
Huddle Up: It's still not even June, but it's something to keep a casual eye on in the coming weeks for fantasy's 16th-ranked WR in 2014.
Cameron Artis-Payne - RBPosted 5/19/15 4:15pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to win the No. 2 running back job behind starting RB Jonathan Stewart. Artis-Payne, a 2015 fifth-round draft choice, should play a significant role in the offense, in the opinion of ESPN.com's David Newton. Rookie RB Brandon Wegher and RB Fozzy Whittaker are likely to compete for the No. 3 job.
Huddle Up: Artis-Payne impressed by rushing for 1,608 yards and 13 TDs last season at Auburn and whomever wins the No. 2 gig could quickly find themselves as the Panthers' lead dog given Stewart's injury history.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 5/15/15 7:28pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess has played all three receiver positions during minicamp.
Huddle Up: Expect to see the 6-4, 230-pound second-round pick utilized all over the field -- including at tight end -- as the Panthers try to create as many favorable mismatches as they can.
Devin Funchess - WRPosted 5/8/15 7:21pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess was carted off the field during practice Friday, May 8, but is just dealing with leg cramps, according to the team.
Huddle Up: Just a scare and definitely a much better fate for the Panthers' second-round pick than the news from further south Friday concerning Jaguars No. 1 pick Dante Fowler.
Devin Funchess - TEPosted 5/1/15 9:08pm ET
Michigan TE Devin Funchess was selected 41st overall by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday, May 1. Funchess will be used exclusively at wide receiver, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.
Huddle Up: In a very curious move, the Panthers traded up 16 spots to pick TE/WR hybrid, giving them a pair of massive wideouts with the 6-4, 230-pound Funchess and the 6-5, 240-pound Kelvin Benjamin. Funchess, though, lacks speed and route-running expertise, meaning he has a steep NFL learning curve ahead.
Luke Kuechly - LBPosted 4/26/15 1:49pm ET
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option was exercised Saturday, April 25. Kuechly will make $11.1 million in 2016.
Huddle Up: Kuechly followed up his defensive rookie of the year campaign in 2012 and defensive player of the year season in 2013 with a career-high 171 tackles and his second straight first-team AP All-Pro selection this past season, so picking up the LB's fifth-year option was the easiest call the Panthers will have made in years.
Greg Jennings - WRPosted 3/31/15 7:37pm ET
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, March 31. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Jennings joins Jarrett Boykin as the second former-Packer to sign with Carolina in the last week, and while he hasn't been the same big-play WR since leaving Aaron Rodgers and G.B., he instantly upgrades a Panthers' WR corps and boosts Cam Newton's fantasy stock a tick or two as well.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 3/28/15 10:55pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart will ideally be limited to 15 carries a game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. The team will look to draft a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft that will likely take eight to 10 carries per game.
Huddle Up: So much for those dreams of Stewart finally being the Panthers' go-to back, with accompanying fantasy value. On the bright side, limiting his touches may keep the oft-injured Stewart on the field and off the injury report. Probably not, though.
Greg Hardy - DEPosted 3/17/15 2:30pm ET
Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) is engaged in ongoing negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys, but the two sides haven't reached an agreement, according to a source. Hardy will visit with Dallas on Tuesday, March 17.
Huddle Up: The 2013 Pro Bowler is one of the best remaining free agents and is free to sign a new deal as the NFL investigates Hardy's involvement in a domestic-violence incident last spring. Charges have since been dropped as Hardy has reached a financial settlement with his accuser, but NFL discipline is likely still forthcoming after he spent most of the 2014 season on the commissioner's exempt list. Still, Hardy's long-term potential -- he's still 26 -- remains attractive in a league continually in search of pass-rushers.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 3/13/15 7:12pm ET
Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) has signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Steelers have secured a veteran backup for Le'Veon Bell in the soon-to-be 32-year-old Williams, who spent his first nine NFL seasons in Carolina. Williams had a career-low 219 rushing yards in six games last season during an injury-plagued 2014.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 3/11/15 3:34pm ET
Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, March 13, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's an intriguing fit for Williams; as the handcuff to Le'Veon Bell Williams could be a nice early-season fantasy value while Bell sits out a two (or potentially four) game suspension.
Greg Hardy - DEPosted 3/5/15 3:41pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent DE Greg Hardy will be allowed to sign a new deal even though he's still on the commissioner's exempt list. NFL free agency starts Tuesday, March 10. However, his playing status remains in limbo, and he isn't allowed to play until he's removed from the exempt list, which might prevent teams from talking to him in free agency. The league has uncovered enough evidence in a domestic violence charge to warrant a suspension, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Bittersweet news at best for the Panthers' 2013 sack leader as most teams figure to take a wait-and-see approach before extending any kind of contact offer.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 3/5/15 10:11pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen on Thursday, March 5 signed a three-year contract extension worth $22.5 million, including a $12.5 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: A richly-deserved deal for Olsen who hit career highs this past season with 123 targets and 84 catches for 1,008 yards while snaring six scoring grabs. He finished fourth among TEs with 137 fantasy points and should remain a rock-solid TE1 even if the Panthers upgrade their WR corps as expected.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 2/23/15 3:55pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams is on his way out of Carolina. Williams told WBTV that the team told him last week he was being released. Williams, who turns 32 in two months, played in just six games last season while Jonathan Stewart found new life. Cutting Williams saves the Panthers $2 million in salary cap space.
Huddle Up: The door is wide open for Jonathan Stewart to be a fantasy factor; if he's able to stay healthy and play as he did late last season, he'll live up to that potential. As for Williams, he's relatively low mileage for a veteran back but his best bet to land another NFL gig is as part of a backfield committee.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 2/23/15 11:15pm ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams has not been released and is not expected to be released Monday, Feb. 23. It was previously reported that Williams had been released.
Huddle Up: Williams gaven an interview to WBTV in which he discussed a meeting with the Panthers last week, a meeting in which they told him they would be releasing him. However, a Panthers spokesman said he had not yet been released and no transaction was expected on Monday. It's all semantics, though; Williams is not in Carolina's plans, and he'll be released at whatever point the Panthers need the cap space or roster room.
Greg Hardy - DEPosted 2/22/15 5:33pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent DE Greg Hardy could receive interest from the Cincinnati Bengals during free agency.
Huddle Up: Hardy, who recorded 26 sacks during the 2012-13 seasons, is on plenty of FA radar screens, but the majority of teams will wait and see if any league disciplinary measures are forthcoming for the DE.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 2/22/15 5:42pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton's representatives were scheduled to meet with the team this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Talks for a new contract were on the agenda.
Huddle Up: The timing is good for Newton, who while his numbers were a little down last season, was viewed to have taken steps forward as a team leader and franchise QB.
Philly Brown - WRPosted 2/12/15 10:51pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Philly Brown became a part of three-receiver sets in Week 11, and he said he expects to make even more plays next season.
Huddle Up: The speedy rookie free agent emerged late in the season as a strong complement to fellow first-year player Kelvin Benjamin and expect him to challenge for the No. 2 WR job next season.
Greg Hardy - DEPosted 2/8/15 8:51pm ET
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent DE Greg Hardy is not expected to re-sign with the team this offseason, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Hardy's legal issues and the league's changed domestic-violence climate appears to have ended the Carolina -- and maybe league -- run for the time being of the Pro Bowl DE who had 15 sacks in 2013.
Ed Dickson - TEPosted 1/31/15 12:04pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson, who signed a one-year contract for the 2014 season, wants to return to the team and has discussed a multi-year deal.
Huddle Up: Dickson would be a complement to starter Greg Olsen, but wouldn't offer much in the way of fantasy value as the Panthers' second tight end unless Olsen missed time with an injury. So if your roster is big enough to handcuff tight ends, maybe Dickson returning to Carolina is a positive.
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.
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