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.
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.
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