Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
NFC South | 5-12-0
Rank: 30th
Avg Yds
Rank: 29th
Avg PYds
Rank: 30th
Avg RYds
Rank: 19th
Posted 8/06/2022 6:30 pm GMT
The Carolina Panthers don't plan to name their starting quarterback until after the Friday, Aug. 19 preseason game, but could wait longer if none of the candidates separate themselves, according to head coach Matt Rhule on Saturday, Aug. 6. The top two candidates for the job are QBs Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.
Huddle Up: While general manager Scott Fitterer has called the battle an open competition in the past, it would border on shocking if Mayfield doesn't beat out Darnold, who looked broken in 2021. Assuming he wins the job, Mayfield would be a low-end QB2 with upside. If Darnold wins, we wouldn't touch him with a 10-foot pole.
Posted 8/05/2022 5:34 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers RB Chuba Hubbard has shown a great deal of improvement in pass protection since last season, according to head coach Matt Rhule.
Huddle Up: This is significant from the standpoint that it might allow the Panthers to take some snaps off of Christian McCaffrey's plate. It also opens up the possibility that Hubbard would be the clear passing-down option and D'Onta Foreman would be the early-down back if McCaffrey struggles with injuries again.
Posted 8/03/2022 7:09 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 3, because he was given the day off. Head coach Matt Rhule said the team likely will not have McCaffrey participate in three straight padded practices.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey is one of the top players in the NFL but has struggled with injuries over the last few seasons. He will still be a first-round pick in all fantasy draft but does come with some risk because of his injury history.
Posted 8/01/2022 2:39 am GMT
Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield has pleased head coach Matt Rhule thus far. "He's through the fourth install," Rhule said. "I'll know more next week as we get into more situations. But I couldn't be more pleased with Baker -- how much he's learned of what we've done. But there's way more to put in to kind of get through that phase."
Huddle Up: It's going to take some time for Mayfield to get situated with his new team, but we fully expect the former No. 1 overall pick to beat out Sam Darnold for the starting job. Even if he does that, Mayfield is a very shaky QB2 at best and not an every-week option going into 2022.
Posted 7/29/2022 2:51 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield struggled in 7-on-7 drills Thursday, July 28, as two of his first three passes should have been intercepted.
Huddle Up: Mayfield should retain the upper hand in his battle with Sam Darnold, but he's nothing more than a QB2 in fantasy.
Posted 7/25/2022 2:21 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers third-round pick QB Matt Corral agreed to an undisclosed, four-year contract Monday, July 25.
Huddle Up: Corral is a QB2 in fantasy with increased value in dynasty leagues.
Posted 7/13/2022 3:02 am GMT
Carolina Panthers QBs Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold will take part in an open competition for the starting job, general manager Scott Fitterer said on Tuesday, July 12.
Huddle Up: While the Panthers also have QBs Matt Corral and P.J. Walker on the roster, this is really a competition between Darnold and Mayfield. Despite his joining the Panthers fairly late in the offseason, Mayfield should be considered the favorite over Darnold. If he wins the starting job, Mayfield would be a shaky QB2.
Posted 7/07/2022 12:43 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield's new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was the New York Giants head coach when Mayfield was in the 2018 NFL Draft, had some critiques of Mayfield at the time. "He's got an edge to him, I like that. He's gonna lead, they're gonna follow him," McAdoo said of Mayfield. "I didn't see a lot of pro-style football in his college tape. And if you're short you have to be able to make up for it some way, somehow, and personality doesn't do that. I didn't think he was a great athlete. This guy is kinda like a pocket quarterback that is short and with small hands, that's what I worry about."
Huddle Up: Mayfield will battle Sam Darnold for the starting job, but Mayfield should be under center come Week 1. He'll be a QB2 without a lot of upside in fantasy.
Posted 7/06/2022 9:43 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold is not expected to be traded at this time, and team plans to have Darnold compete with QB Baker Mayfield for the starting job.
Huddle Up: It seems like Darnold may be facing an uphill battle for the starting job since the team just acquired Mayfield. Fantasy players can monitor the situation, but neither quarterback is more than a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Posted 7/06/2022 7:07 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield was traded to the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, July 6, in exchange for a 2024 conditional fifth-round draft choice, according to a source. The draft pick could become a fourth-round pick depending on playing time.
Huddle Up: Mayfield was always expected to be moved after the team acquired Deshaun Watson. Jacoby Brissett will serve as the No. 2 quarterback for the Browns may have to start if Watson is suspended. Watson is a No. 1 fantasy quarterback when he is able to play, but Brissett will not have much fantasy value if he needs to start.
Posted 6/30/2022 8:57 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold threw a catchable ball on 87.8 percent of his passes in 2021, according to Sports Info Solutions. That was the second-best mark in the league for any quarterback with more than 200 drop-backs.
Huddle Up: Roughly 99 percent of fantasy content in the world about Darnold is negative, so this is definitely a change of pace. Darnold enjoyed a MVP-caliber September last season before falling off a cliff, so he does have the ability to be good at times. His biggest issue as a pro has been making terrible decisions at the worst times. If new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo can help change that, then perhaps he can hold onto his starting job all season long.
Posted 6/28/2022 9:08 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said he is ready to move on from the Browns and believes the team feels the same way.
Huddle Up: Mayfield has been linked with a few teams this offseason but is still on the Browns roster. Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if he is traded or released. He would be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he finds a new starting job.
Posted 6/26/2022 1:30 am GMT
Carolina Panthers WR Robbie Anderson should provide a "ton of production" this season, according to head coach Matt Rhule.
Huddle Up: Anderson delivered a 1,000-yard season in 2020, but he has mostly been a big play-dependent option throughout his career. Expect more of the same in 2022, especially with Carolina's question marks at the quarterback position. Anderson is best viewed as a WR4.
Posted 6/24/2022 6:33 pm GMT
The Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield have mutual interest in a trade, per sources.
Huddle Up: It was recently reported that the Seahawks are not only interested in trading for Mayfield, but would also consider extending him if acquired. Adding Mayfield would be a sizeable upgrade for all Seahawks pass-catchers, as they are currently set to catch passes from either Drew Lock or Geno Smith. Mayfield would be a midrange QB2 in Seattle.
Posted 6/22/2022 10:32 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield is still a trade option for the Seattle Seahawks, and the Seahawks would be open to signing him to an extension if they acquire him, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks have Geno Smith and Drew Lock on the roster, but Mayfield likely would be the starter if he joins Seattle. He would have two terrific receivers to work with in the passing game but would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Posted 6/14/2022 9:20 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers WR Robbie Anderson (hip) has missed some workouts this offseason because of hip soreness, according to head coach Matt Rhule.
Huddle Up: Anderson has questioned his football future this season but appears on track to play in 2022. He will look to post better numbers this upcoming season and could be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver.
Posted 6/14/2022 12:22 am GMT
Carolina Panthers WR Robbie Anderson reported for the start of the mandatory minicamp Monday, June 13. He mentioned possible retirement leading up to the minicamp.
Huddle Up: It seems like Anderson will be playing for the Panthers this upcoming season and should be one of the starting receivers for the team. He is coming off a disappointing 2021 season but could still be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in some fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/12/2022 4:57 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore called Ben McAdoo's offense "treacherous," suggesting it hasn't been the easiest scheme to learn. "It's long, it's treacherous, but it's built for the NFL. It showed that it worked when he was calling it in New York and all the other places that he been. So just gon' keep goin' with it. The playbook is long. Like, some of the verbiage is long. You just gotta be able to study and comprehend it."
Huddle Up: With several questions around the offense, starting at quarterback, there isn't much hype coming out of Charlotte. Moore should remain a focal point in the passing game considering he's gone over 1,100 yards in each of the last three seasons. However, his ceiling may be capped if the quarterback room struggles to catch on to McAdoo's offense during training camp and the preseason. With his volume and consistency, Moore is a high-end WR2 with a capped ceiling due to the offense he finds himself in.
Posted 6/11/2022 4:42 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers WR Robbie Anderson said he's "thinking about retiring" on Saturday, June 11.
Huddle Up: Anderson, 29, posted a career year in 2020 before a disappointing campaign in 2021. He's a shaky WR3 if he does decide to play.
Posted 6/09/2022 10:53 pm GMT
Updating an ongoing story, Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield may need to take a salary reduction into the range of $12 to $14 million if he wants to be traded, according to CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones. Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper refuses to pay Mayfield's full salary of $18 million in guaranteed money, but Jones posits there's a path to Mayfield being traded if Cleveland were to leave Carolina responsible for approximately $4 to $6 million in exchange for a Day 3 draft choice. Jones sees the deal happening as soon as the end of OTAs, provided Mayfield is indeed willing to take a cut in pay. Jones notes this is a similar path to what led Carolina to trade QB Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos in 2021.
Huddle Up: In Carolina, Mayfield would have to compete with Sam Darnold for the starting job, and such a scenario effectively would lead to rookie QB Matt Corral redshirting in 2022. The Panthers boast enough weaponry to put Mayfield into the low-end QB2 conversation, but that's about the height of his appeal.
Posted 6/08/2022 5:01 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas (ankle) is absent from practice due to an unspecified high-ankle injury, head coach Matt Rhule said on Wednesday, June 8.
Huddle Up: With Tommy Tremble in the mix, Thomas' fantasy value is on very shaky ground. He isn't a viable option until he secures the No. 1 role with the Panthers.
Posted 5/25/2022 4:36 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold believes he can be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. "I'm confident that I can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. So I'm just gonna continue to go out there and do that."
Huddle Up: Seeing is believing, and as of right now we haven't seen anything to suggest Darnold can be a competent quarterback, let alone one of the best in the NFL. The only semblance of fantasy relevance Darnold has going into 2022 is as a fringe starter in two quarterback leagues.
Posted 5/24/2022 5:26 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will not play at all during the preseason, according to comments made by head coach Matt Rhule on Tuesday, May 24. Rhule also noted the team is "looking into taking a different approach" with McCaffrey during practices moving forward.
Huddle Up: It is unclear what this "different approach" might be, but it likely involves McCaffrey having the option of practicing once a week during the season to keep him off his feet. It could also involve a yet-to-be-created plan that helps the team avoid the nightmare scenario from last year in which McCaffrey missed about three more weeks than expected after aggravating a hamstring injury during practice. Whenever McCaffrey is healthy, he is arguably the most valuable player in fantasy football.
Posted 5/23/2022 9:27 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield will not report for the start of voluntary workouts Tuesday, May 24.
Huddle Up: Mayfield is still with the Browns, but it is not expected that he will be with the team at the start of the season. It is not known if Mayfield will start for a team in 2022, but he would be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he starts.
Posted 5/14/2022 5:09 pm GMT
Carolina Panthers QB Matt Corral says his draft slide made the chip on his shoulder even bigger. ''I mean, I had a chip on my shoulder before. But it just got even bigger,'' Corral admitted. ''It was, for sure, a roller coaster. Bunch of mixed emotions. When I got that phone call, I have truly never been happy and sad at the same time. I've never felt that before.''
Huddle Up: It might not be long before Corral gets his shot at some point in 2022, as expected starter Sam Darnold is as vulnerable as they come. That could change, however, if the Panthers add another veteran to the mix. Corral is a middle- to late-round pick in dynasty rookie drafts and no more than a bench stash for the time being.
Posted 5/05/2022 6:50 pm GMT
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield could be staying put with the team until June at the earliest, in the opinion of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Wednesday, May 4. ''I don't get the sense that anything will happen with Baker Mayfield until June at the earliest,'' Rapoport said on the Pat McAfee Show.
Huddle Up: With Deshaun Watson now the starter, Mayfield's days are numbered in Cleveland. Mayfield is due $18.9 million fully guaranteed for the 2022 season after the Browns exercised his fifth-year option, so if a team trades for him, they would likely take on that salary-cap hit. But it appears we may be waiting a bit longer before that news breaks.
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