Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
NFC South | 5-11-0
Avg PTS
21.3
Rank: 20th
Avg Yds
372.1
Rank: 14th
Avg PYds
258.4
Rank: 11th
Avg RYds
113.7
Rank: 13th
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Posted 6/26/2020 1:48 am UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater is 'exactly what we want' and has 'a great arm,' according to head coach Matt Rhule. 'I think this offense, in general, when you look at in New Orleans, that iteration of it, where (new offensive coordinator Joe Brady) first learned it, is not necessarily a vertical, down-the-field passing game as much as it is a catch-and-run, underneath, matchup-type passing game. You obviously have to be able to throw the ball downfield. Teddy's got a great arm. I can remember he threw what I would call a launch route 48 yards down the right sideline to the 12-yard line against somebody. So he certainly has the arm strength to do it,' Rhule told Joe Person of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Arm strength has long been cited as a downfall for Bridgewater. While he showed was capable of running the Saints' offense during a five-start audition last season with Drew Brees sidelined, it is worth noting he averaged only 33 pass attempts in those contests as New Orleans relied heavily on the running game. A bigger concern for Bridgewater may be whether or not the Carolina offensive line can protect him as well. Despite an impressive supporting cast, Bridgewater should be viewed as a QB2 in fantasy.
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Posted 6/19/2020 1:29 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is expected to be used in space all around the field, according to offensive coordinator Joe Brady. 'Curtis is going to be critical to success,' Brady said. 'Curtis is the one that I can't wait to see him do what he does on the field. Curtis is a playmaker. He fits the mold of what we're looking for in this type of offense, a guy that you can utilize all around the field and get the ball in the hands and good things happen. I think you saw stuff last year that shows that he can be a big-play wide receiver, down the field. We're getting the ball in space and I'm excited for him to take the next leap.'
Huddle Up: Samuel will be a mid-to-late-round flyer as a WR4 that could blossom into a WR3 if everything clicks.
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Posted 6/18/2020 11:51 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will receive plenty of touches this upcoming season, but offensive coordinator Joe Brady said he is not sure if McCaffrey will match the 429 touches he received in 2019.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey is the main option on offense for the Panthers and should continue to be involved in the running and passing game. He is in the running for first overall pick in fantasy drafts and should be one of the most valuable players in fantasy football.
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Posted 6/14/2020 6:17 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey was on the field for 93.4 percent of the offensive snaps in 2019.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey has been a big part of the running and passing game since entering the NFL and should continue to be one of the top options in fantasy leagues even if the teams reduces his snaps. McCaffrey likely will be the first overall pick in many fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/30/2020 5:31 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater is entering a season as his team's unquestioned starter for the first time since 2015, and head coach Matt Ruhle said he jumped at the chance to give Bridgewater the opportunity. 'I believe so wholeheartedly in who he is as a quarterback,' Rhule said Friday, May 29, during an appearance on NFL Network. 'I believe in his abilities, I believe in his arm strength, I believe in his accuracy, I believe in his decision-making but, beyond that, I know he's going to make everyone else that much better.'
Huddle Up: Bridgewater went 5-0 as a fill-in starter last season for the injured Drew Brees, but he didn't exactly light up the fantasy scoreboard, averaging 19.9 fantasy points per start. He has some strong weapons to work with in Carolina, but his ceiling projects to be a mid-level QB2 at best.
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Posted 5/26/2020 2:08 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey amassed 1,009 yards after the catch in 2019 - 43 more than second-place Austin Ekeler (966) and 137 more than any other back since at least 2015, according to Sports Info Solutions.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey officially finished with 1,005 receiving yards, meaning all the yards he compiled (and then some) last season came after the catch. He became only the fourth back since the merger to top 1,000 yards and joined Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk as the only backs ever to post a 1,000/1,000 season. Owners would be a bit crazy to expect a similar effort from McCaffrey this season, but there's little question he is still worth taking No. 1 overall in the majority of fantasy drafts.
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Posted 5/07/2020 3:01 am UTC
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore forced 30 missed tackles on receptions over the last two seasons - the most by any receiver and the second-highest mark by a receiver or tight end over that stretch - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: While some may believe the arrival of Teddy Bridgewater is a bad thing for Moore, it's easy to forget the bulk of what Moore did last season (87 catches, 1,175 yards and four touchdowns) came with Kyle Allen as his quarterback. Bridgewater should be a minor upgrade at the very least, so fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to draft Moore as a strong WR2 option this summer.
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Posted 4/24/2020 4:09 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel continues to draw interest from teams pursing a trade. The Panthers haven't been interested so far, but they could if they receive an offer they can't refuse over the next few days.
Huddle Up: Samuel's third season was his most productive yet with 54 receptions, 757 yards from scrimmage and seven total TDs, but the addition of former Jets WR Robby Anderson has made the Carolina WR room that much more crowded. It will certainly be something to keep an eye on if a team misses out on a wideout in the draft and turns its sights to dealing for Samuel.
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Posted 4/17/2020 12:50 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey has gained 5,443 yards from scrimmage through his age-23 season to rank first all-time among players through that age. Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (5th) and Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley (7th) are the only other active players from the top 10.
Huddle Up: It's just yet another stat that should help cement McCaffrey as the RB1 in 2020 fantasy drafts. Barry Sanders, who ranked second to McCaffrey through their age-23 seasons, amassed 1,577 yards from scrimmage in his age-24 season.
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Posted 4/15/2020 1:10 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will still remain 'a featured piece' in the team's offense in 2020, but head coach Matt Rhule recently told The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue that 'effectively using McCaffrey as a weapon does not mean leaving him on the field the entire game.'
Huddle Up: McCaffrey played a career-high 1,039 snaps in 2019 (93 percent of his team's offensive snaps a season ago) after logging 966 (91 percent) in 2018, so anything Rhule can do to get that number under 900 moving forward should benefit McCaffrey long-term. With that said, Carolina has to feel good enough about another back on the roster in order to be more efficient with his snaps. Either way, McCaffrey should remain the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts this summer.
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Posted 4/13/2020 8:16 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with the Panthers Monday, April 13, worth $64 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey is one of the top players in the NFL and will continue to be involved in the running and passing game for the Panthers. He likely will the first overall pick in most fantasy drafts next season.
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Posted 4/12/2020 2:40 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey's 303 receptions in his first three seasons are the second most in league history.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey has logged at least 80 catches in all three seasons, and in 2019, he topped 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. His versatility gives him plenty of upside to go along with arguably the highest floor among any player at any position. He should be the No. 1 pick in fantasy leagues in 2020.
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Posted 4/06/2020 7:35 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey could be a candidate for a contract extension in the near future, according to general manager Marty Hurney.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey is one of the top players in the NFL and should receive a lucrative extension at some point. He likely will be the first overall pick in most fantasy leagues in 2020.
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Posted 4/03/2020 5:35 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR Robby Anderson said Friday, April 3, that the Panthers' signing of QB Teddy Bridgewater, a close friend, was the 'icing on the cake' that convinced him to sign with Carolina.
Huddle Up: Anderson joins a crowded offense in Carolina that already features heavily-used RB Christian McCaffrey and WRs D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. Value him as a low-end WR3.
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Posted 3/30/2020 8:07 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is not on the trade block and likely will not be moved this offseason, according to The Athletic's Joseph Person.
Huddle Up: The Panthers have added multiple receivers this offseason, but Samuel likely will be a slot receiver next season if he is still on the team. He posted 627 yards and six touchdowns this past season and can be a late round option in fantasy drafts.
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Posted 3/28/2020 5:23 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is a potential candidate to be traded, according to a list put out by Spotrac.com.
Huddle Up: Samuel's receptions, touch count and yards from scrimmage have gone up in each of his three seasons, resulting in a 73-touch, 757-yard-7-TD stat line last season, but now with the Panthers adding another speedy weapon in free-agent WR Robby Anderson, Samuel may indeed be expendable. He's a WR4 currently, but could bump up a level if traded to the right team.
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Posted 3/25/2020 11:50 pm UTC
Free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater (Saints) officially signed with the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, March 25. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater played well for the New Orleans Saints this past season and will have a good group of receivers to work with in Carolina. He probably should be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in most leagues.
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Posted 3/24/2020 7:36 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Robby Anderson (Jets) is signing a two-year deal worth $20 million with the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, March 24, according to a source. Anderson will earn $12 million in the first year of the deal.
Huddle Up: The signing comes in the aftermath of the Panthers releasing QB Cam Newton. Anderson, who caught 52 passes for 779 yards and five touchdowns with the Jets last season, will compete with D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel for targets in Carolina. QB Teddy Bridgewater isn't a great downfield passer and may struggle to take advantage of Anderson's skill set. The fifth-year receiver will be a WR4/5 option late in drafts.
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Posted 3/17/2020 10:49 pm UTC
Updating a previous story, New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater will sign a three-year deal worth $63 million with the Carolina Panthers when the new league year opens Wednesday, March 18, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater doesn't have much upside in terms of downfield passing ability. His signing boosts the PPR stock of RB Christian McCaffrey even higher. Target Bridgewater as a mid-tier QB2, though he could develop into a low-end QB1 if the Panthers are able to add some receiving help in the draft or free agency.
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Posted 3/17/2020 5:35 pm UTC
Free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater (Saints) is negotiating a three-year, $60 million contract with the Carolina Panthers, per a source. The deal is expected to be finalized when the league officially opens its new year Wednesday, March 18.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater is the replacement for Cam Newton before Superman is even out of the building. Purely a game manager, there's almost no fantasy football value for the well-traveled Louisville product. Carolina will continue to pound the ball and try to limit mistakes in the passing game. Bridgewater is a fringe backup option and best viewed as a spot-starter off of the waiver wire.
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Posted 3/13/2020 4:09 am UTC
New York Jets impending free-agent WR Robby Anderson could be a target for the Carolina Panthers, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.
Huddle Up: There's uncertainty surrounding the quarterback situation in Carolina, but no matter where Anderson ends up, his ceiling is probably that of a big play-dependent WR3.
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Posted 3/11/2020 6:55 pm UTC
New York Jets impending free-agent WR Robby Anderson is not expected to receive much interest from the Denver Broncos this offseason, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Anderson wants to return to the Jets but will receive interest from multiple teams if he hits the free-agent market. He probably will be able to find a starting job this offseason and could be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/10/2020 7:25 pm UTC
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson said Tuesday, March 10, he and the team have a mutual interest in striking a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Anderson has suffered during QB Sam Darnold's injury absences, but he has totaled at least 750 receiving yards each of the past three seasons with a total of 18 touchdown grabs. Anderson and Darnold having more time to work together could certainly help the fantasy appeal of both.
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Posted 3/05/2020 10:03 pm UTC
New York Jets impending free-agent WR Robby Anderson remains in the team's offseason plans, as the Jets are making efforts to re-sign him, according to a source Thursday, March 5.
Huddle Up: Anderson played in all 16 games last season with 15 starts, but he struggled during QB Sam Darnold's injury/illness absences. He finished the season with 52 receptions, 779 yards and five touchdowns, and can be a solid WR3 whenever Darnold is under center.
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Posted 2/21/2020 3:38 am UTC
New York Jets impending free-agent Robby Anderson's next contract is likely to come in north of $10 million, according to an AFC personnel evaluator. 'It's real simple,' the evaluator said. 'He's fast and has size. Any team that wants speed at receiver will pay him well.'
Huddle Up: Anderson has big-play speed to stretch the field, but his role as a deep threat lends itself to hit-and-miss fantasy production. He will likely be a WR3 candidate wherever he lands.
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Posted 2/16/2020 2:36 am UTC
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson is 'highly unlikely' to return to the team in 2020, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Even if Anderson lands in a high-powered passing attack, he is unlikely to be more than a deep threat for the offense and a boom-or-bust flex option for fantasy owners.
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Posted 2/13/2020 5:32 pm UTC
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson, a pending free agent this offseason, ranks fourth in the league with 112 targets of 20-plus yards since 2016, but the Jets' quarterbacks have been unable to take advantage of that with a 28.3 percent accuracy rate on such passes during that time span, ranking 31st in the league.
Huddle Up: Anderson's best season came in 2017 when he caught 63 of 114 targets for 941 yards and seven TDs -- all career highs. We'll see where Anderson lands this offseason, and chances are if it's not the Jets, he might be primed for a bounce-back season.
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Posted 2/06/2020 5:16 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers PK Joey Slye on Thursday, Feb. 6, signed a one-year contract extension with the team.
Huddle Up: Slye finished 15th among fantasy kickers in terms of total points, but fared even better in leagues that reward players for longer kicks as connected on 8-of-11 tries from 50-plus yards.
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Posted 2/06/2020 1:25 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas will have the first shot to replace departed TE Greg Olsen as the starting tight end.
Huddle Up: The fourth rounder from Indiana in 2018 had his best game in December with five grabs for 57 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. He's a great blocker with good athleticism. It's sounding more likely quarterback Cam Newton sticks around another year to throw to him, and Thomas will be a breakout TE2 candidate.
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