Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Torrey Smith (knee) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel have been filling in during Smith's three-week absence, but Moore had one big game and Samuel another while being quiet in the others. They're still better playmakers than Smith.
Nov 14 - 6:58 PM

Panthers claimed RB Kenjon Barner off waivers from the Patriots.

It's a homecoming for Barner, who opened his career with the Panthers. Barner will push Travaris Cadet for the No. 3 role behind Christian McCaffrey and Cameron Artis-Payne.
Nov 14 - 5:34 PM

Patriots waived RB Kenjon Barner.

With Sony Michel back in good health and Cordarrelle Patterson having proven capable of handling some carries, Barner was no longer needed on the 53-man roster. He was with the Patriots for five weeks.
Nov 13 - 4:10 PM

Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Tuesday.

It is a disappointment coming off the mini-bye, but Smith still has time to practice ahead of Carolina's date with the Lions on Sunday. D.J. Moore will continue to serve as the No. 2 while Smith is sidelined.
Nov 13 - 12:11 PM

Panthers signed RB Travaris Cadet, formerly of the Bills.

He'll be Carolina's No. 3 running back behind Christian McCaffrey and Cameron Artis-Payne. Cadet is a passing-game-type back with special teams value.
Nov 12 - 5:25 PM

Curtis Samuel caught 4-of-4 targets for 18 yards in the Panthers' Week 10 loss, adding a one-yard rush.

Samuel also committed a costly special teams turnover, losing the ball deep in his own territory. Samuel has been heavily involved on offense during Torrey Smith's (knee) three-game absence but has not made enough big plays for it to translate to fantasy value. Smith's health for Week 11 is uncertain.
Nov 8 - 11:55 PM

D.J. Moore caught 4-of-5 targets for 20 yards in the Panthers' Week 10 loss to the Steelers, adding a five-yard rush.

For the second-straight week, Moore was splitting looks with Curtis Samuel behind Devin Funchess. Moore has followed up his Week 8 blowup with just 73 total yards across two games. The big-play potential will always give Moore upside, but he's probably not going to tap into it all that often. He will be a WR5 for Week 11 against the Lions.
Nov 8 - 11:50 PM

Devin Funchess caught 3-of-5 targets for 32 yards in the Panthers' Week 10 loss to the Steelers.

Funchess' targets were as many as D.J. Moore and just one more than Curtis Samuel. He has now been held below 50 yards in back-to-back games and is trending toward back-end WR3 status. The Panthers are traveling to Detroit for Week 11.
Nov 8 - 11:43 PM

Greg Olsen caught 4-of-6 targets for 40 yards in the Panthers' Week 10 loss to the Steelers.

Olsen had a quiet night as the Panthers got boat raced. He came into the evening with a score in three-straight games and having cleared 56 yards in back-to-back contests. Olsen continued to look spry in the open field, belying his tenuous foot health. He will be a mid-range TE1 for Week 11 against the Lions.
Nov 8 - 11:41 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed 14 times for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 10 loss to the Steelers, adding five receptions for 61 yards and two additional scores.

McCaffrey rolled up 60 yards on the Panthers' opening drive, capping it off with a silky smooth 20-yard touchdown reception. His 25-yarder from Cam Newton one quarter later was almost as pretty. McCaffrey's third score was a fantasy gift, as he punched in a goal line carry with the Panthers losing 52-14 late in the fourth quarter. The No. 8 overall pick of last year's draft now has seven touchdowns over his past three games. That's Todd Gurley/Kareem Hunt-level production. For Week 11, CMC gets a Lions run defense that's been soft.
Nov 8 - 11:22 PM

Cam Newton completed 23-of-29 passes for 193 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Panthers' 52-21, Week 10 loss to the Steelers.

Newton rushed just twice for 10 yards. The Panthers marched down the field on their opening drive for a 7-0 lead, but that would prove to be the highlight of the night for Newton and company. The Steelers immediately tied the game with a 75-yard JuJu Smith-Schuster score and Newton answered with one of the worst throws of his career. Trying to avoid a safety on a botched screen, Newton blindly heaved what turned into a pick six to ILB Vince Williams. Newton later never felt T.J. Watt's pressure on what was nearly a lost fumble. Newton was shaken up after the monster hit but stayed in the game. He has 10 days to get healthy for a Week 11 matchup with the Lions.
Nov 8 - 11:16 PM

Panthers declared WR Torrey Smith, OG G Brendan Mahon, CB Josh Hawkins, DE Marquis Haynes, OG Amini Silatolu, RB Cameron Artis-Payne and LB Andre Smith inactive for Week 10 against the Steelers.

Smith remains week to week. D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel will continue to see increased run in his absence.
Nov 8 - 6:55 PM

Torrey Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Week 10 against the Steelers.

Smith will miss his third straight game. He'll have a chance to return coming off Carolina's mini-bye in Week 11.
Nov 7 - 12:31 PM

Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Tuesday.

Smith also sat out Monday's session. On a short week, it is unlikely Smith is ready to face the Steelers on Thursday night. D.J. Moore will continue to fill in as the No. 2 receiver.
Nov 6 - 11:29 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said LT Matt Kalil (knee, injured reserve) will not return this week.

The Panthers play on Thursday night against the Steelers, so there was little chance of Kalil being activated. Perhaps he will return in Week 11 following the mini-bye.
Source: ESPN
Nov 5 - 12:24 PM


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