Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
NFC South | 7-9-0
Rank: 14th
Avg Yds
Rank: 8th
Avg PYds
Rank: 16th
Avg RYds
Rank: 3rd
Posted 8/23/2019 8:08 am UTC
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) was diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, and the team is cautiously optimistic about his status for Week 1.
Huddle Up: While it's good news that it's not broken, a mid-foot sprain can still be a multiple-week injury. Newton is among a glut of mid-to-low QB1 options, and his early season prognosis doesn't look great. You should be careful if he's your QB1 option in drafts and assess other options within the tier.
Posted 8/19/2019 1:08 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton and RB Christian McCaffrey are scheduled to play with the rest of the team's starters in Thursday, Aug. 22's preseason game against the New England Patriots. 'They've been the gold standard for a long time,'' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'You want to go out and see just how good you are. It is a good measuring stick as to who we can be as a football team.''
Huddle Up: Newton and McCaffrey are solidified as a QB1 and RB1, respectively. It'll be interesting to see Newton working with free-agent addition WR Chris Hogan and training camp standout WR Curtis Samuel.
Posted 8/16/2019 8:08 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Jordan Scarlett led the team in carries and yards in a 27-14 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 16, finishing with eight carries for 35 yards. He also caught one pass for 14 yards.
Huddle Up: Scarlett was dealing with a back injury, but he was able to show why he is being billed as the likely backup for Christian McCaffrey. He is the best bet as a handcuff if you invest in McCaffrey in the first round.
Posted 8/16/2019 1:08 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton will not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 16, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will only play in the third preseason game because the team wants to keep him healthy for the regular season. Newton has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues this season.
Posted 8/15/2019 1:08 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel has been 'practically impossible to cover' in training camp, according to Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Observer. Head coach Ron Rivera said Samuel is 'light years ahead' of where he has been in past training camps.
Huddle Up: Samuel won't be everyone's favorite sleeper of 2019 fantasy drafts for much longer, as his draft stock has been climbing all summer. He's being drafted as a late WR3, but his upside remains much higher. Consider him a steal whenever available in the eighth round.
Posted 8/14/2019 1:08 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is expected to receive playing time during the preseason game Friday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will play one or two series during the game and should see more time during the third preseason game. He dealt with injuries during the last few seasons but appears to be healthy now and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Posted 8/12/2019 6:08 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel 'might be the player who's taking the biggest step forward' and may be 'primed for a breakout third year in the league,' according to MMQB's Albert Breer.
Huddle Up: This is the latest glowing sentiment for Samuel, who has reportedly made a big jump in terms of his development - especially in his route-running - from last year. The Ohio State product has always been a spectacular athlete whose biggest drawback has been durability. Samuel has been a healthy all offseason, so it should not come as a surprise if he actually ends outperforming teammate D.J. Moore in 2019. Owners should be thrilled to land him as a WR3.
Posted 8/06/2019 3:08 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) won't play in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, as a precaution.
Huddle Up: This tidbit shouldn't give you pause. However, Newton is amidst a big clump of midrange quarterbacks with questions. He could fall to the late stage of QB1 territory where the risk is minimal.
Posted 8/06/2019 2:08 am UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton may play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will only play a few snaps if he is on the field Thursday. He has not dealt with any injuries during training camp and has a chance to be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues if he stays healthy.
Posted 8/01/2019 4:08 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has been working on tweaking his throwing motion and making other changes to his routine to better his chances of remaining healthy. 'It's still a work in progress,' Newton said Thursday, Aug. 1. 'One thing I wanted to work on was just being honest with myself. Knowing when to sit out of practice and working on my body. I'm as hungry as ever. But guys that are on board on offense need me to be my best self.'
Huddle Up: After last season's shoulder issues and a fantasy finish outside the top 10 QBs, Newton is a strong bounce back candidate. Value him as a mid- to low-end QB1.
Posted 7/29/2019 6:07 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey came off the field for only 22 plays prior to Week 17 last season, and offensive coordinator Norv Turner seemed to suggest he wants to be 'smarter' about how much McCaffrey is used going forward.
Huddle Up: Turner seems to contradict himself in the interview, first suggesting he was "concerned" about how many times McCaffrey handled the ball last season (326) before pointing out he's had six backs go over 400. It sounds as if Turner would like to see his top back get more touches but not have him serve as a decoy in the passing game as often. Either way, McCaffrey is easily worth a top-five pick and is in the running to be the first choice overall in drafts.
Posted 7/26/2019 3:07 am UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) threw without any limitations during practice Thursday, July 25.
Huddle Up: Newton was expected to be ready to go for training camp, and barring any surprise setbacks, he should be on the field in Week 1. He carries some injury risk, but his running ability will keep him in the midrange QB1 mix with top-five upside.
Posted 7/24/2019 11:07 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said he will not be limited during training camp.
Huddle Up: Olsen has been limited to only 16 games over the last two seasons because of injuries and posted only 27 receptions and 291 yards in nine games in 2018. He should still have a solid role in the passing game and could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end.
Posted 7/24/2019 5:07 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will be on a pitch count in training camp, but he avoided the Physically Unable to Perform list. 'It's going to be structured around our installation. So based on the things that we have as far as going in with our install will dictate what he does,' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'All of his reps will be monitored, they'll be scripted out, and we'll just follow that pattern as we go through it.'
Huddle Up: Newton is a bit of a mystery in terms of fantasy. He's still a dual threat, but his health has suffered after his MVP season. He'll be a midrange QB1 with obvious risk.
Posted 7/15/2019 6:07 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey might see a little more help in the backfield, as head coach Ron Rivera searches for a secondary runner. '(McCaffrey) him touching the ball was no concern,' Rivera said. 'It was just the extra plays. So we have to look at that and find a way to take that load from him.' The team re-signed RBs Cameron Artis-Payne and Elijah Hood, they drafted RB Jordan Scarlett, signed Elijah Holyfield as an undrafted free agent and have RB Reggie Bonnafon in the mix as well.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey will remain a first-round fantasy selection who will be the bellcow in Charlotte, but a little more rest, particularly late in games with the outcome already decided would not be a bad thing for C-Mac's long-term health. Fantasy owners shouldn't be terribly concerned.
Posted 7/09/2019 2:07 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is slated to be a full participant when training camp opens July 24. Newton struggled with soreness and tightness in his right shoulder stemming from scar tissue and cartilage damage that built up after his surgery for a torn rotator cuff. He had the shoulder cleaned out in the offseason. The cartilage damage was much less severe than anticipated, and he has been throwing regulation footballs.
Huddle Up: Newton is a puzzling fantasy option because it's unlikely he'll return to his MVP form. He simply can't play that way anymore and stay on the field. He's a mid-to-low QB1 in fantasy.
Posted 6/28/2019 1:06 am UTC
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen set personal records in the weight room during the offseason strength program, and he made 'difficult catches look routine' during spring practices, according to Max Henson of
Huddle Up: Olsen comes with some serious injury questions after the last couple of years, but when he is on the field, he is Cam Newton's favorite security blanket. He's still worth a look after the top tight ends are off the board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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