Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
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Posted 6/15/2019 1:06 am UTC
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel has been the 'MVP' of minicamp, according to Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Observer. 'His catch radius I think has improved,' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'I just think his overall game has improved.'
Huddle Up: Samuel has battled injuries in his first two years in the league, but he averaged 12.3 yards per touch on 47 touches last season and scored seven times. Primed for a bigger role in the offense, Samuel has WR3 upside if he can stay healthy.
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Posted 6/13/2019 1:06 am UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is using a new throwing motion in hopes of preserving his shoulder for the long haul. 'Making him a little more compact in his upper body. A little more closed off, just so he's not as open throwing the ball. And just to make him as efficient as possible and putting the least amount of stress possible,' quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said Wednesday, June 12.
Huddle Up: Newton had a good rehab process and he has been throwing in minicamp. Fantasy owners would love to get a full season of Cam. He is a risky play based on his recent shoulder issues over the past couple of seasons, but if he is 100 percent healthy he is a legit QB1 in most fantasy leagues not only for his arm but his running ability, too.
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Posted 6/11/2019 5:06 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) threw to stationary targets Tuesday, June 11, during the team's minicamp practice. It was the first time Newton has thrown passes publicly since undergoing shoulder surgery in January. 'If you go back and look at a lot of things that happened before he started having shoulder issues, you can see the improvement, you can see the footwork, you can see the whole development of him,'' coach Ron Rivera said. 'As the shoulder started to go, then you saw everything fall by the wayside. Now you get an opportunity to go back, rework those things, do the things he needs to do to improve. He's done a great job.'
Huddle Up: Despite missing two games and being obviously hampered by the shoulder in several others, Newton finished as the 12th-best QB in fantasy in 2018. He's ranked by most as a low-end QB1 this year, and could prove to be a bargain if his recovery progress continues at its current pace.
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Posted 6/08/2019 3:06 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will throw in all quarterback drills during the team's upcoming mandatory minicamp.
Huddle Up: Newton's recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery appears to be right on schedule. Assuming that he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he should be viewed as a midrange QB1 in all fantasy formats.
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Posted 5/31/2019 12:05 am UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) has started throwing a regulation-size football as part of his rehab, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Newton is recovering from offseason surgery and appears to be on track in his rehab. Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation over the next few months to see if he suffers any setbacks. Newton is a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when he is healthy.
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Posted 5/22/2019 4:05 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said he has been fully cleared Wednesday, May 22.
Huddle Up: Olsen is declining, but the position in fantasy is still in flux after the top couple of options. He'll be amongst a glut of midrange TE1 options.
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Posted 5/11/2019 12:05 am UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) said he is too old to change his playing style.
Huddle Up: Newton has dealt with injuries over the last several seasons but likely will continue to run despite the injuries. He is a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when he is healthy, but fantasy players should keep an eye on him during training camp.
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Posted 5/06/2019 3:05 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) said he feels at full strength and hopes to be throwing before training camp. Newton hasn't been given a timetable for when he'll be cleared, but he's confident there won't be another setback like last season. He began a vegan diet in hopes of getting his weight into the 237-pound range, which would be the lowest of his career.
Huddle Up: Newton could return to the midrange of the QB1 pack, and he could even elevate a little higher. A healthy showing in camp will go a long way in forecasting his 2019 draft stock. However, the form he showed in his MVP season is probably out of the question.
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Posted 4/28/2019 4:04 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore announced Sunday, April 28, he has switched agents and will now be represented by Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey.
Huddle Up: Moore came on strong during the second half of his rookie season in 2018, and has WR2 potential entering 2019 with Devin Funchess now gone in Carolina.
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Posted 4/17/2019 10:04 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is making good progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery, but head coach Ron Rivera said there is no timetable for when Newton will be throwing at full strength.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will not do much this offseason but should be ready for training camp. He is a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when he is healthy, but owners may want to pick up a strong No. 2 quarterback in case Newton suffers any setbacks.
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Posted 4/12/2019 1:04 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey said his offseason training regiment will allow him to handle another heavy workload in 2019. 'I played in every game last year, felt great,' McCaffrey said. 'I can do it again.'
Huddle Up: The coaching staff has hinted at cutting back on McCaffrey's workload a, but even if he scales back a bit from last year, he's still a safe bet for RB1 production because of his heavy involvement in the passing game.
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Posted 3/26/2019 6:03 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) has encouraged head coach Ron Rivera by the progress he has made in his recovery from shoulder surgery in January. 'I look forward to seeing him soon,' Rivera said, 'but just very happy that things are trending in the right direction.' The Panthers are confident that Newton will be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: It was an off year for Newton as he missed two games and finished outside of QB1 territory. Assuming he does make a full recovery from the shoulder issue then it would be a surprise not to see him back among No. 1 fantasy quarterbacks in 2019.
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Posted 3/08/2019 12:03 am UTC
Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith's option for 2019 has been exercised, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Smith was limited to only 11 games this past season and finished with only 17 receptions, 190 yards and two touchdowns. He should be more involved in the passing game next season and could be a late-round option in some deeper fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/01/2019 2:03 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey needs to have a lighter workload next season after playing more than 90 percent of the snaps in 2018, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey was an all-around weapon for Carolina in his second season, running for more than 1,000 yards on 5.0 yards per carry and catching 107 passes. He's a early first-round pick in any format.
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Posted 2/17/2019 4:02 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore graded out as the league's top rookie wide receiver in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Moore finished second on the Panthers to RB Christian McCaffrey with 82 targets, 55 receptions and 788 yards and had at least 67 yards in four of his final seven games. Now with fellow WR Devin Funchess not expected back and a healthier Cam Newton after shoulder surgery, look for Moore to challenge for WR2 status next season.
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Posted 2/15/2019 4:02 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton should be ready for training camp, head coach Ron Rivera said Friday, Feb. 15, on ESPN. Rivera also stressed the need to protect Newton better with the quarterback recently undergoing shoulder surgery, and the coach said the Panthers will use both free agency and the draft, if necessary, to shore up the team's offensive line.
Huddle Up: Cam finished as a top-12 fantasy QB, but tailed off dramatically late in the season once the shoulder flared up, and he wound up missing the final two games of the year. If all is looking good health-wise later this summer, Newton will still go off the board as a QB1 in fantasy drafts.
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Posted 2/09/2019 3:02 pm UTC
There is growing optimism that Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) may be able to participate in organized team activities in May, since his rehab from right shoulder surgery is going well, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Huddle Up: Newton had a great deal of scar tissue removed from his throwing shoulder two weeks ago and is expected to be fully recovered by the start of training camp even if he is unable to take part in OTAs. He should be viewed as a low-end QB1 in most fantasy formats heading into the 2019 season.
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Posted 2/07/2019 5:02 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) on Thursday, Feb. 7, unveiled a YouTube video channel containing a post about his late-January arthroscopic procedure on his throwing shoulder. In the post, Newton says he couldn't throw the ball 30 yards late in the season, but was determined to keep playing. 'I felt like defenses were exposing me because I couldn't throw the ball down field,' Newton said in the video post. 'Not being in a position physically to be able to make the throws that you know you're capable of making, that was the disheartening thing of the whole year.''
Huddle Up: Later in the video, doctors are seen telling Newton the damage in his shoulder actually wasn't as bad as they had feared so the QB already has a solid head start in his recovery. He's a QB1 that some fantasy GMs in your leagues are bound to bypass because of fears over lingering injury issues.
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Posted 2/05/2019 10:02 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) intends to keep playing despite dealing with a nagging foot issue that resulted in two surgeries last season. Olsen said he's rehabilitating his foot every day trying to get back to full health. The veteran tight end has two years remaining on his contract.
Huddle Up: The soon to be 34-year-old veteran has only played in 16 games over the last two years. We can't overlook his dedication and motivation, though. Given the shallow nature of the tight end position, Olsen will garner TE1 attention if he's full go heading into the new season.
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Posted 2/04/2019 1:02 am UTC
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore logged eight or more targets in five of his last seven games in 2018, and he saw 51 of his 82 targets during that stretch.
Huddle Up: After a slow start to his rookie campaign, Moore became more of a focal point of the passing attack down the stretch. He should be a little more consistent in his second year, and he could be a sneaky WR3.
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Posted 2/03/2019 7:02 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will be ready for the start of the 2019 season and could be on the field at the start of training camp, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will not do much this offseason but appears to be on track to participate in training camp. He is coming off a disappointing season but will have solid weapons to work with on offense in 2019. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues next season.
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Posted 1/31/2019 7:01 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) said he's greatly increased his range of motion in his throwing arm since undergoing surgery a week ago. He expressed his relief in his bothersome shoulder ailment being fixed. Newton is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp.
Huddle Up: Newton is trending upward following a frustrating 2018 campaign. Even with the nagging injury and despite missing two games, Newton achieved QB14 status. His 24 touchdowns were tied for the second most in a season of his eight-year career.
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Posted 1/30/2019 11:01 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) said his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling good.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will be limited during offseason workouts but should be ready for the start of training camp. Newton can still be considered a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues because of his running ability, but owners should keep an eye on his rehab during the offseason.
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Posted 1/27/2019 10:01 pm UTC
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Chris Hogan could be an option for the New York Giants in free agency, in the opinion of SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Huddle Up: The Giants have Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard as their top two receivers but likely will look to add a No. 3 receiver this offseason. Hogan has played well at times over the last few seasons and could a late-round fantasy option in 2019 depending on his role.
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Posted 1/25/2019 12:01 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is hopeful be back to throwing by organized team activities and ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Newton has regressed since his MVP season, and he has fallen into the mid-to-low QB1 area in fantasy.
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Posted 1/16/2019 12:01 am UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is not guaranteed to play at all in 2019 as the team considers all of its options regarding his injured shoulder. Per ESPN.com's David Newton, the organization has been in discussions with medical personnel on the best plan to strengthen the shoulder - whether that's with rest or another surgery. A surgery opens the possibility Newton could miss a season - just as Andrew Luck did in 2017 - after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder.
Huddle Up: It sounds as if missing all of 2019 is only a worst-case scenario, but the fact it is even on the table this early in the offseason is concerning. Kyle Allen played well in the regular-season finale and could conceivably be asked to fill in, but Carolina will probably try hard to secure a capable placeholder in free agency or spend a relatively early pick in the draft at quarterback to protect itself. At this point, it's probably best if fantasy owners assume the worst and hope for good news sometime this summer.
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Posted 1/13/2019 9:01 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan caught three passes for 13 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round playoff game.
Huddle Up: Hogan was not a big factor during the second half of the regular season but has been targeted 16 times over the last two games. He could be a possible flex option in some fantasy leagues next week.
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Posted 12/30/2018 10:12 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas posted five grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the New Orleans Saints on seven targets.
Huddle Up: Thomas emerged as a useful fantasy option in deeper leagues down the stretch, taking over for the injured Greg Olsen (foot). If the team moves on from Olsen, Thomas has TE1 potential heading into 2019 since tight end is a big part of Carolina's offense.
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