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 5/30/2020 5:47 pm UTC
Free agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) has been greeted by a cool late-spring market, and a source said he is expected to wait until teams resume on-field workouts to give them a chance to meet with him and evaluate his health in person. Sources also added that they remain uncertain on whether Newton would accept a backup role.
Huddle Up: Newton, when healthy and owning a starting gig, has been fantasy gold, and while his shoulder and foot checked out in March physical, legit NFL starting gigs seemingly are almost all spoken for as the calendar flips to June. He's worth a late-round flier in two-QB leagues only right now, but that, of course, could instantly change with news of a signing.
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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 5/21/2020 6:22 pm UTC
Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) posted a series of videos this week on Instagram that show his surgically repaired foot is healthy, and his injured shoulder also is up to par.
Huddle Up: Newton remains on the market and in need of a break to land a starting gig. Recent rumors have tied him to Jacksonville and New England and the Los Angeles Chargers, but he'd face competition in any of those situations. We'll wait to see where he lands before assigning fantasy football value for 2020.
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Posted 5/18/2020 7:11 pm UTC
Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) was considered by the Los Angeles Chargers, but head coach Anthony Lynn said the team is confident in QBs Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert.
Huddle Up: Newton likely is looking for a starting job and may have to wait until training camp before signing with a team. Fantasy players should monitor the situation over the next few months because Newton would be at least a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he starts for a team.
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Posted 5/09/2020 6:19 pm UTC
Free agent QB Cam Newton remains a signing possibility for the New England Patriots in the opinion of Mike Lombardi of The Athletic. 'If Newton's medical and price tag aligns with the Patriots' salary cap thinking, I would never rule them out as potential suitor,' Lombardi wrote. 'Newton could play well in New England. He would have to accept the structure and culture, but his love of football and his love of winning would allow him to adapt.'
Huddle Up: It would be quite the switch going from the immobile 42-year-old Brady to the 30-year-old Newton, but there would be ample faith that Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could make things work and breathe some life into what has become a stagnant Pats offense.
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Posted 5/07/2020 6:05 pm UTC
Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) wants to start in the NFL, but he is open to accepting a reserve role in the right situation, according to sources.
Huddle Up: This probably is the best path for Newton to eventually return to the field as a starter in 2020. Waiting until a top quarterback in the right situation gets hurt may never come. Despite all of this talent, learning an offense on the fly, building chemistry, etc., doesn't come easy at quarterback, especially for a contender, a scenario in which turning to a backup currently on the roster may actually provide a better chance to win.
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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 5/04/2020 1:44 am UTC
Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) has no plans to sign with any team to be a backup and will wait until a starter suffers an injury if need be, according to Joe Person of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: With the New England Patriots continuing to show little interest in Newton, any obvious landing spots seem to have disappeared at this point. He's been a top-five fantasy option at his position throughout his career when healthy, but coming off an injury and searching for a team, he's no more than a late-round lottery ticket.
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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 8:19 pm UTC
The New England Patriots don't have 'any immediate interest' in free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers), according to a source Tuesday, March 24.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are one of few obvious teams remaining with an obvious need at quarterback and were widely viewed as a possible landing spot for the former MVP. QBs Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler are all under contract, though none of them offer fantasy appeal. The Pats could land someone in the 2020 NFL Draft or revisit Newton later in the offseason.
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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 3/24/2020 7:25 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was released Tuesday, March 24, costing the team only $2 million in dead money agianst the 2020 salary cap.
Huddle Up: Newton will be able to test an extremely limited market at this point, which figures to put him into a competition wherever he lands. The New England Patriots make some sense, because Cam is the type of personality who can handle replacing someone as revered as QB Tom Brady. It also creates a crowded quarterback room, and Newton likely would need to sign at a discount. The Los Angeles Chargers are in the mix, as well. Provided he is indeed a starter for 16 games, Superman is a risk-reward QB1 -- a move that forces gamers to lock up a starting-caliber backup.
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Posted 3/23/2020 6:27 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton and free-agent QB Jameis Winston (Buccaneers) are not expected to receive interest from the Washington Redskins this offseason, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Dwayne Haskins is expected to be the starter for the Redskins this upcoming season, but he needs to improve his play after struggling at times in 2019. Haskins probably should be a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/18/2020 4:54 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers FS Eric Reid will be released Wednesday, March 18.
Huddle Up: This one comes as a surprise after Reid was second in fantasy points at the position last year. He had 130 total tackles, four sacks and six passes defended. He'll be an IDP to watch where he lands for fantasy purposes.
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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 3/17/2020 3:56 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has been given permission to seek a trade.
Huddle Up: Newton has had a steep fall from grace after his MVP season, and serious shoulder and foot injuries have contributed to his decline. Can he return to at least low-end QB1 fantasy status? Absolutely. However, he needs weapons around him. If Tampa Bay doesn't land Tom Brady, one would think that Newton would be their fallback option.
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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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