Player News - Panthers

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team "has to put more on D.J. Moore's plate."

Moore has played just 17 snaps each of the first two games of the season, but he flashed with a 51-yard touchdown against Atlanta in which he made a few defenders miss on his way into the end zone. Cam Newton seems to like Jarius Wright, but Moore simply gives the offense more upside. He needs to be used more moving forward.
Sep 17 - 10:47 AM

Ian Thomas caught 2-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Panthers' Week 2 loss to the Falcons.

Thomas and Chris Manhertz split tight end duties without Greg Olsen (foot) in the lineup. Thomas' lone misconnection was a brutal drop of a would-be 17-yard touchdown. He rebounded to catch a ball on third down on the same series to set up Torrey Smith's three-yard score. Thomas is not a fantasy starter.
Sep 16 - 5:22 PM

Jarius Wright caught 5-of-7 targets for 62 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' Week 2 loss to the Falcons.

Wright went 3-23 on five targets in Week 1 and seems to have carved out the slot job for the Panthers. Cam Newton really had an affinity for him on third down, especially with no Greg Olsen (foot) in the lineup. Wright's touchdown came on third down from five yards out. There are worse players to roster in deep PPR leagues. The Panthers get the Bengals in Week 3.
Sep 16 - 5:12 PM

Devin Funchess caught 7-of-9 targets for 77 yards in the Panthers' Week 2 loss to the Falcons.

Funchess had a terrible third-down drop in the first half and went into the break with a measly three grabs for 16 yards on five targets. He played better in the second half, making a nifty sideline grab on the final drive to give Carolina a chance. Funchess saw four more targets than he did in Week 1 and figures to continue to see increased usage as a fantasy WR3 without Greg Olsen (foot).
Sep 16 - 4:55 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed three times for 31 yards in the Panthers' Week 2 loss to the Falcons.

His biggest play, however, was a terrible drop in the fourth quarter that ended up popping into the air for an easy Falcons interception. Anderson has 10 carries for 64 yards through two weeks and obviously is not a fantasy option. He'll only be one if Christian McCaffrey ever gets injured.
Sep 16 - 4:50 PM

Cam Newton completed 32-of-45 passes for 335 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Panthers' 31-24, Week 2 loss to the Falcons.

Newton added 42 yards on five carries to lead the Panthers in rushing. At the end of one of those runs, early in the first half, Newton was illegally helmet-to-helmet-ed by Falcons S Damontae Kazee. Kazee was ejected, and Cam looked to truly be concussed, and dazed at the very least. He supposedly quickly passed a concussion test and didn't miss a play. Newton still didn't miss a beat; his receivers merely let him down multiple times with drops. The scores went to Jarius Wright (five yards), Torrey Smith (three), and rookie D.J. Moore (51). A final heave from 26 yards out to Moore on the final play fell incomplete. Newton will get the Bengals next week.
Sep 16 - 4:35 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed eight times for 37 yards and caught 14-of-15 targets for 102 yards in the Panthers' 31-24, Week 2 loss to the Falcons.

McCaffrey clearly did very little as a rusher and was unable to convert his one inside-the-10-yard-line carry, picking up one yard from the six before Jarius Wright then caught a five-yard score. However, McCaffrey was easily Cam Newton's lone reliable target, setting a new career-high with his 14 grabs. He was targeted on 33% of Newton's passes. Still, a touchdown would have been nice, but McCaffrey did well for his PPR owners in a predictable spot against the Deion Jones-less Falcons. McCaffrey will be an RB1 next week in Cincinnati.
Sep 16 - 4:16 PM

Panthers declared WR Curtis Samuel, TE Greg Olsen, RG Trai Turner, WR Damier Byrd, DE Bryan Cox, DE Efe Obada, and LB Andre Smith inactive Week 2 against the Falcons.

Samuel remains without a timetable for return after a heart procedure. Olsen is still out with a broken foot, and Turner is sidelined with a concussion.
Sep 16 - 11:37 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Greg Olsen (broken foot) is hoping to return in 4-5 weeks.

Olsen avoided IR, so this confirms the Panthers think he can be back before eight weeks. Olsen plans to play through his Jones fracture, something he did late in 2017. Returning in a month would be a best case scenario, but Olsen has a chance at a midseason return. Ian Thomas will hold down Olsen's pass game role for however long he's out.
Sep 16 - 9:53 AM

Panthers RG Trai Turner (concussion) is out for Week 2 against the Falcons.

The Panthers' offensive line is a total mess after it lost LT Matt Kalil (knee) in the preseason and RT Daryl Williams (knee) again in Week 1. Beat writer Joe Person expects the line to be LT Chris Clark (who was signed on Wednesday), LG Greg Van Roten, C Ryan Kalil, RG Amini Silatolu, and RT Taylor Moton.
Sep 14 - 12:29 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there's no timetable for Curtis Samuel's return.

Samuel has not played or practiced since being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat prior to Week 1. Rivera said, "So far, so good" when asked about Samuel's recovery, though it doesn't sound like the second-year wideout is close to returning. With Samuel and Greg Olsen (foot) both sidelined, expect Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey to continue racking up targets.
Sep 13 - 3:02 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera would still like Christian McCaffrey to rush 15-20 times per game while catching "6-10 passes."

McCaffrey touched the ball "just" 16 times in Week 1. Speaking Thursday, OC Norv Turner characterized it was a "week-to-week deal." McCaffrey himself said his day would have been bigger had Cam Newton not kept it on so many read options. That, of course, is going to be a common occurrence. Even if he's getting the ball "just" 16-18 times per game, McCaffrey is going to be in the RB1 mix.
Sep 13 - 2:59 PM

Panthers RG Trai Turner (concussion) did not practice Thursday.

It is his second missed practice in a row. With both starting tackles already out, Carolina's offensive line is in bad shape.
Sep 13 - 11:29 AM

Panthers RG Trai Turner (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

The Panthers' offensive linemen are dropping like flies. They've already lost both starting LT Matt Kalil and RT Daryl Williams to injured reserve because of knee problems. Turner is easily the team's best lineman and a former All-Pro.
Sep 12 - 2:42 PM

Panthers signed OT Chris Clark, formerly of the Texans.

Soon-to-be 33-year-old Clark has made 53 career starts across eight years with the Broncos and Texans. With RT Daryl Williams (knee) headed to I.R. for the Panthers, Clark may be forced into duty rather quickly.
Sep 12 - 11:39 AM


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