Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 8/21/17 3:07pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 21. Head coach Ron Rivera said he is not sure if Samuel will play in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 24, because Samuel has not done much during training camp and the team wants to avoid aggravating the injury.
Huddle Up: Samuel may be held out until the regular season opener so he can have more time to heal his injured hamstring. He is expected to be a slot receiver for the Panthers, and the team may look to get the ball in his hands in space. Samuel probably can be avoided in most standard leagues but could be a waiver wire option during the season.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/21/17 3:35pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) participated in every drill during practice Monday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Newton may not play in any preseason games but should be ready to play in Week 1. He is coming off a disappointing 2016 season but will have new weapons to work with in the passing game. He should be considered a No. 1 quarterback in all leagues even if he runs less this season.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 8/19/17 3:02pm ET
Carolina Panthers rookie RB Christian McCaffrey rushed three times for 33 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 39 more yards versus the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey took a counter run and beat everyone to the edge on a 17-yard score before adding a 38-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass the following possession. The rookie's explosion is as advertised, and about the only thing that may keep him from being a league-winning player this year is if Jonathan Stewart can play 16 games again. McCaffrey should be a high-end RB2 even in a committee with elite RB1 upside if/when Stewart needs to miss games.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/19/17 3:58pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will be ready to make his preseason debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Aug. 26, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Rivera told reporters Newton had 'a really good week this week,' so it appears all systems are go for Newton, who dropped 20 pounds this offseason. Owners should not expect Newton to run nearly as much as he has in years past, but he will almost certainly still call his own number near the goal line and his supporting cast is as good as it has ever been. Thus, he should be considered a midrange QB1 with elite upside.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/18/17 10:51am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will not play versus the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, Aug. 19. Head coach Ron Rivera made the decision after the second of two joint practices against the Titans on Thursday, Aug. 17, and Newton did not throw in team drills during either practice. 'You could tell he was rusty. A couple late (balls) on the decisions he made. When he was throwing the ball, he was throwing the ball well, so we're not concerned about that. Now it's just a matter of him working himself back into shape where he can go out and take normal reps instead of us having to make sure we monitor him,' Rivera said.
Huddle Up: The Panthers remain unconcerned - at least publicly - about Newton's availability for the season opener, but owners probably need to consider him a low-end QB1 at this point and back him up with another quarterback with a solid early-season schedule, such as Carson Palmer, to protect themselves against a predictable slow start from Newton.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/18/17 11:28am ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is 'throwing more each day and feels fine,' according to a source. He is reportedly on track to play in the team's next preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Aug. 24, however.
Huddle Up: If so, this would be a welcome development, even if he is rusty and only plays a couple of series. For what it is worth, Newton reportedly wants to play but the team is said to be exercising caution. If Newton plays next week, owners need to keep their expectations in check, as he will most likely be rusty.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 8/16/17 8:27pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen's agent has talked with interim general manager Marty Hurney about a possible contract extension for Olsen, but no deal is imminent at this point, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Olsen is looking for a new deal but will probably have to wait until next offseason for a deal. He has been one of the most consistent tight ends in the NFL and should be a No. 1 fantasy tight end in all fantasy leagues.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/13/17 9:06am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is being restricted from making deep throws, but he made some passes during a red zone portion of practice Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Newton has about another month to get ready for the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, so there is no cause for alarm yet. Expect Newton to progressively work on deeper throws toward the end of the month before the team allows him to cut it loose in the first week of September. There is no question he comes with some risk, but Newton has top-five upside at his position if he doesn't experience any setbacks.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/11/17 9:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) is unable to practice, but he said he has been running routes at half speed on the sidelines with QB Cam Newton (shoulder), who is also unable to practice.
Huddle Up: Samuel is a big-play waiting to happen, but his role in the offense isn't clear, and the injury is going to make the learning curve even steeper for the rookie. He is worth a late-round flier, but he could be a year away from making a consistent fantasy impact.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 8/9/17 8:23pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey ran the ball seven times for 33 yards in the team's preseason opener Wednesday, August 9, versus the Houston Texans. He was also targeted once in the passing game, but failed to haul in the reception.
Huddle Up: This was a solid showing from McCaffrey, who might be even more involved than this once the regular season kicks off, as the team has been peppering him with a lot screens and short passes throughout camp. Even with veteran Jonathan Stewart established as the starter in Carolina, McCaffrey should have enough of an active role to merit being drafted in most leagues. He might be viewed as a FLEX option, but considering his immense talents, the ceiling is much higher than that, especially if Stewart goes down at some point with an injury.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/8/17 7:15am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is unlikely to play in the preseason opener, but he is expected to play at some point this preseason, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Newton has a solid core around him for the first time in a long time, and he should be good to go for the season. He's a solid QB1, but history shows his MVP year as an aberration thus far.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/8/17 2:27pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) appears to be 'over the hump' in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Newton is feeling better and is expected to practice soon.
Huddle Up: Newton should be good to go for Week 1 of the regular season as long as he doesn't see any setbacks. The Panthers will assuredly take it easy with their star throughout the preseason. His inconsistencies and injury history make Newton a low-end QB1 to high-end QB2.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/6/17 4:30pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) did some light throwing with the trainers Sunday, Aug. 6. Head coach Ron Rivera said the trainers told him that Newton did not report any problems after the throwing session.
Huddle Up: Newton is working his way back from his offseason shoulder surgery and should have a good chance to be ready for the start of the regular season. The team has added a few new weapons for Newton to work with in the passing game, which should help his passing stats. Newton may not run as much as in the past but will still be a threat to run. Owners probably should consider Newton as a solid No. 1 fantasy quarterback as long as he is healthy.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 8/6/17 6:26pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey looked comfortable running a wildcat session during practice Sunday, Aug. 6, according to Max Henson of Panthers.com.
Huddle Up: After spending a top-10 pick on McCaffrey, it should be no surprise that Carolina is trying to find as many ways as possible to put the ball in his hands. He should see enough touches to be a solid flex play, and he could approach RB2 territory in PPR formats.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 8/6/17 7:30pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) did not practice Sunday, Aug. 6, and he has missed all but one practice with the injury since training camp began.
Huddle Up: Samuel can be electric with the ball in his hands, but it remains to be seen how he will be used in Carolina's offense. He is a late-round lottery ticket in redraft leagues but a worthwhile stash candidate in keeper formats.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 8/3/17 5:37pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: Samuel probably will be sidelined until his injured hamstring is completely healed. He is expected to be a slot receiver for the Panthers this season, and team will look to use his quickness in the open field. Owners could consider Samuel as a No. 5 receiver if he is healthy.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 8/3/17 6:42pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen is one of the players the team is 'looking at' an extension for, general manager Marty Hurney said Thursday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: Olsen has one of the highest floors of any tight end and should be one of the first players at his position selected in all formats.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/2/17 7:24am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will not throw again during team drills Wednesday, Aug. 2, as he rests his sore right shoulder.
Huddle Up: Newton's MVP season sticks out as a big aberration in his career numbers, but there's little question he possesses that kind of talent - especially now that he has more around him. He's a midrange QB1 with upside.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 8/1/17 9:29am ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin reported to training camp at 243 pounds - according to head coach Ron Rivera - after reportedly weighing 'about 270' in April, per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Huddle Up: His current weight puts him at about the same weight he was as a rookie and obviously leaves him in a much better position to rebound from last season's disappointing campaign. It remains to be seen how much of a change Carolina's new offensive philosophy will affect his fantasy impact, but his status as the team's top wide receiver is not in question. For now, consider him a low-end WR2 with upside.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/1/17 10:55am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) sat out practice Tuesday, August 1, after reporting soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder. ?He started warming up this morning and said he still felt a little bit sore. Why push it? Why have him throw with a sore arm and make it worse? It made no sense to have him throw with a sore shoulder,' head coach Ron Rivera said.
Huddle Up: Newton's absence sounds precautionary, but these type reports should be considered par for the course of the next month or so. Although he brings as much risk to the table as any QB1 given his offseason surgery and the uncertainty of how Carolina's new offensive philosophy will affect him, he also brings league-winning upside. Consider him a midrange QB1 for now.
Curtis Samuel - WRPosted 7/30/17 3:19pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, July 30, but head coach Ron Rivera said he hopes Samuel will be able to return Tuesday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Samuel probably will be able to return to practice in the next few days and should receive a solid amount of practice time during camp. The Panthers likely will try to get the ball into Samuel's quickly because of his ability to run after the catch. He should be a slot receiver as a rookie and can be a No. 5 receiver in some fantasy leagues.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/27/17 10:41am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton took his disappointing 2016 campaign personally and said the upcoming season isn't just another year.
Huddle Up: Newton has slimmed down this offseason and appears to have a newfound focus heading into the new season. It remains to be seen what actually comes of these new developments, but he's saying and doing the right things. Newton is a borderline QB1, just be prepared for him to miss a game or two.
Christian McCaffrey - RBPosted 7/27/17 5:46pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey was targeted on an excessive number of short passes and screens Thursday, July 27, which could indicate there are 'big plans for him.' He even drew a lot of 'oohs and ahs' from fans on the hill overlooking the practice field.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey figures to be one of the frontrunners for this year's Offensive Rookie of the Year award, as not only does he have the skill to make a big impact out of the gate, but it looks like he'll also have a very active role in the offense. The incumbent starting running back, Jonathan Stewart, has missed at least three games in each of the past five seasons, so McCaffrey should receive plenty of opportunities during his rookie campaign. He deserves consideration in all formats.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 7/25/17 1:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is where he needs to be regarding his weight, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Benjamin is one of the bigger receivers in the league and has more of a tight end's physique. That size helps him gain big yards and touchdowns, though. In the two seasons he's played, Benjamin averaged 974.5 yards and eight touchdowns. Give him a look as a WR2.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 7/25/17 7:54am ET
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen said he plans to play out his contract. He said he didn't want to add to the distractions for the team after general manager Dave Gettleman was fired.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old has three straight 1,000-yard seasons and averaged 80.3 catches per season. His value took a hit last year when his three touchdowns were half of what he scored in each of the previous three seasons. A healthy Cam Newton should bring that back up to the norm, and Olsen is a high-end TE1 just devoid of much upside.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 7/24/17 3:26pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen will report to training camp on time Tuesday, July 25, even though he considered holding out because he wants a new contract, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Olsen has been one of the best tight ends in the NFL over the last several years and will continue to be a big part of the team's passing game. He will be a solid No. 1 fantasy tight end for owners as long as he is healthy.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/21/17 11:33am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) may not be 100 percent healthy going into camp, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'I know he's been throwing it. ? He's talking to the trainers about (how much he should be throwing). I'm just pleased there is an opportunity for him to start off and start off on the right foot,' Rivera said.
Huddle Up: Owners should be cautiously optimistic here. The fact he has been allowed to throw without supervision is a positive sign in and of itself, but it sounds as if Newton could still very much use the extra month-plus to complete the healing process. It seems highly unlikely the Panthers will expose Newton to much, if any, action in the preseason. Assuming he remains on his current track, however, he should still be considered a midrange to low-end QB1 in fantasy.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/19/17 11:41am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is throwing to teammates during workouts in Baltimore, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Newton appears to be making good progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery and should be ready for the start of the regular season. The team is looking for Newton to run less, which will hurt his fantasy value a bit, but it could also keep him healthy during the season. Newton probably can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 7/18/17 3:38pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen can become just the fourth tight end ever to gain at least 1,000 yards in four seasons. Not only that, but achieving 1,000 yards this season would mark the fourth straight year in which Olsen has reached that mark.
Huddle Up: Aside from Rob Gronkowski, Olsen is arguably the best tight end in the NFL. He's certainly the most consistent at his position. View him as an early- to midround pick.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 7/15/17 8:04am ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen and his agent still have yet to make a decision regarding whether or not Wilson will show up for training camp. Olsen is due to make $6.5 million in each the next two seasons and ranks 12th in guaranteed money, making the three-time Pro Bowler one of the more underpaid tight ends in the league.
Huddle Up: Olsen is also 32 years old, so he is likely looking at his final opportunity to land a big contract. It would be a surprise if he holds out, just like it would be a minor shock if the team didn't try to appease him in some way. Assuming he reports to camp in time, Olsen needs to be considered among the top-five tight ends in fantasy yet again.
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