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Panthers | Cam Newton's confidence was shaken

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:26:43 -0700

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton's down year in 2016 was due in part to a loss of confidence in his offensive line, which was hit hard by injuries. A big part of Newton's game has always been his ability to hold the ball, buy time and strike downfield. The injuries to the line affected that.

Fantasy Tip: Newton completed just 52.9 percent of his passes and tossed 16 fewer touchdowns than in his MVP 2015 campaign. His rushing numbers were cut in half as well. As the line goes, he goes. He's coming off of shoulder surgery, but he's expected to be ready for camp. He'll be an upper-middle option as a QB1 in fantasy.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Panthers | Cam Newton changing his diet and approach

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:59:45 -0700

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton claims he is "hands down" the thinnest he's been at this point in an offseason and admits he has to realize his job "is not necessarily to always be the playmaker," according to writer Bill Voth.

Fantasy Tip: Newton seems to be onboard with the changes Carolina was hoping to bring about when it added Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel in the draft this April. Even though it might be hard for owners to adjust their thinking on Newton, the reality of the situation is 2017 will probably mark the official start of his transition into being more of a mobile - as opposed to a running - quarterback. A return to top-five fantasy quarterback status cannot and should not be ruled out.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Bill Voth

Panthers | Cam Newton begins throwing

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:42:08 -0700

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) began light throwing Monday, June 26, for the first time since offseason shoulder surgery. He threw 45 passes to athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. "Obviously, it's still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good. When I say it's not 100 percent, I'm noting the range of motion part," Newton said. "Like if you sleep with your legs hanging off your bed the whole night, you're going to wake up and be super stiff. Or like sitting on your hands, or sitting in an awkward position and finally getting up and moving - that's how I feel."

Fantasy Tip: Newton fell back to the pack a bit after his MVP 2015 season, but he remains a high-end option at the position after the elite tier is drafted.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Bill Voth

Panthers | Daryl Williams expects to start at RT

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:38:09 -0700

Carolina Panthers OT Daryl Williams said he expects to be the starting right tackle in Week 1.

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Panthers | Devin Funchess needs more target

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:03:17 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess didn't receive enough targets last year, according to head coach Ron Rivera, and general manager Dave Gettleman agreed that Funchess wasn't used properly.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Bill Voth

Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin's size an asset

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:42:59 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's weight was never an issue, according to general manager Dave Gettleman, and Gettleman said Benjamin doesn't need to be fast to be effective. "Kelvin's speed is vertical," Gettleman said. "He makes it up in a different way. (His) ability to make people miss is to run through them."

Fantasy Tip: Benjamin can be a matchup nightmare, especially in the red zone, but big games tend to be sporadic. He has WR2 upside if he can find some consistency, but it is safer to draft him as a WR3.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Bill Voth

Panthers | Mario Addison expects more work

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:38:30 -0700

Carolina Panthers DE Mario Addison said he expects to receive more snaps this season but does not care if he starts. "I feel they are going to give me more snaps," Addison said. "That's good. The more snaps the better. I'm glad that I gained their trust and they believe that I can get the job done. Whenever they throw me out there I am going to make it happen."

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Panthers | Greg Olsen could hold out

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:21:34 -0700

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen doesn't rule out holding out of training camp for a new contract.

Fantasy Tip: The 32-year-old has three straight 1,000-yard seasons, but last year's three touchdowns really hurt his stock. He's still an effective, high-end TE1 in fantasy. However, the ceiling might not be as high as others in that tier.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Panthers | Chris Manhertz adjusting

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:19:53 -0700

Carolina Panthers TE Chris Manhertz looked more comfortable blocking and receiving in minicamp.

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Panthers | Russell Shepard shines

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:16:37 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR Russell Shepard consistently got open from the slot this spring and caught everything thrown his way, according to beat writer Joseph Person.

Fantasy Tip: Monitor his progress in training camp as he could be worth a flyer as a WR5.

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Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin back in shape

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:11:56 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin appears to have worked himself back in shape, in the opinion of beat writer Joseph Person. Head coach Ron Rivera said that Benjamin didn't weigh the reported 280 pounds in April, but he might have been 270 pounds. On the final day of minicamp, Benjamin reached down to catch a pass a couple of inches off the ground and got both feet inbounds.

Fantasy Tip: Benjamin appears to have received the wake-up call, but this appears to be an issue that could be an ongoing thing. He has low-end WR2 prowess in fantasy, but he's safer as a WR3.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Panthers | Michael Oher may be cut

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:11:29 -0700

Carolina Panthers OT Michael Oher (concussion) may not be in the team's plans as he remains in the concussion protocol. The Panthers could save $4.5 million against the salary cap by cutting Oher, who would likely qualify for the maximum $1.1 million a year under the league's injury protection benefit.

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Panthers | Ron Turner hired

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 05:24:04 -0700

The Carolina Panthers hired Ron Turner to serve as a consultant to the coaching staff Friday, June 16. He had previously served as the head coach at Florida International University from 2013 to 2016 and last worked in the NFL as the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.

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Panthers | Cam Newton still on track in his rehab

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:29:06 -0700

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) did not throw during minicamp, but his recovery from shoulder surgery is still on track. Head coach Ron Rivera said last week he expected Newton to throw, but clarified that statement this week.

Fantasy Tip: Rivera initially said following the surgery that his quarterback would start throwing 12 weeks after the procedure, which is next week. Newton's fantasy star is dimming a bit as the Panthers want to reduce their reliance on his running ability, although he still figures to generate more fantasy value on the ground than most quarterbacks for at least another year or two. He should be considered a mid- to low-end QB in most fantasy leagues in 2017.

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Panthers | Star Lotulelei likely for camp

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:02:48 -0700

Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (shoulder) had cleanup surgery in his shoulder this offseason and is expected to be ready for training camp, according to a source.

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