Carolina Panthers news, rumors and injuries
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:02:16 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (toe) cited a toe injury for the reason his numbers were disappointing in his final season at the University of Michigan. "We never got to see the full Devin Funchess at Michigan because I did play one season at wide receiver, and I was battling through an injury," Funchess said Monday, June 29. Funchess said his toe injury was a torn ligament with some cracked bones and ruptured cartilage.
Fantasy Tip: Funchess is a player fantasy owners will not want to get too carried away with on draft day, saving him until the later rounds. He is a guy with a lot of upside. The Panthers aren't exactly deep at the receiver spot, so if he can live up to his potential and remain near the top of the depth chart he could see a big role in the offense.
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:28:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Funchess is a rookie to watch in training camp, especially since Kelvin Benjamin came into OTAs overweight and injured his hamstring. Funchess is a WR5 target with some upside.
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:42:14 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown has developed into more than just a deep threat, according to TE Greg Olsen. "Last year at this time, Corey was a guy where we said, 'Wow, he's fast.' This year he is a receiver," Olsen said. "The guy can play. He's not just a one-trick pony, a guy who is just going to run deep. He has a lot of natural instinct to him. He has a good feel."
Fantasy Tip: Brown has big-play speed, and while he may be developing into a more complete receiver, he is unlikely to steal many looks with big targets like Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess in town. He is final-round flier at best in seasonal leagues, but he could make a nice high-risk, high-reward gamble in DFS games if one of Carolina's top receivers happens to miss a game during the year.
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:43:32 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson said the move to full-time linebacker has been going well. Thompson has only played SAM and WILL linebacker so far, but he has had discussion with the coaching staff about playing a hybrid role in nickel packages because of his experience at safety.
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:50:32 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training camp next month. A team source said Benjamin, who played at 245 pounds as a rookie last year, showed up to workouts in April nine pounds overweight. "It really is much ado about nothing. Right now he's only five pounds off his playing weight. That's it," Gettleman said after the team wrapped up their three-day minicamp. Benjamin has had weight problems before, as he took a redshirt year in college after being 20 pounds overweight. He had 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, but he missed 10 of 14 practices during organized team activities and minicamp with injuries to both his hamstrings.
Fantasy Tip: Injuries to his legs already in offseason workouts and reports of weight gain aren't what you want to hear from an impressive rookie looking to improve in his second season. However, it's still early in the offseason, and Benjamin should be viewed as a strong WR2 in fantasy leagues heading into draft season.
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:05:42 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Brenton Bersin made several good plays during offseason workouts and has a chance to make the final roster. "Bersin has done a great job for us," head coach Ron Rivera said. "He's one of the guys that is very consistent. I like what he brings to the table, a very smart, heady football player who can play all three of our positions for us."
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:48:29 -0700
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton won't run less in 2015 because of the contract extension he received, general manager Dave Gettleman said. "He's got to be Cam," Gettleman said. "You don't hold back a thoroughbred, you don't."
Fantasy Tip: Newton is healthy heading in 2015, and with the Panthers surrounding him with big targets in the passing game, he should easily provide QB1 value.
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:14:36 -0700
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has better footwork and decision making in what head coach Ron Rivera called the best he has seen from Newton in practice this week. "I think it's all part of his growth," said Rivera. "Again, he's a young man. He came into this league after playing only one year of major-college football. I think it's been good for him. I think his development is really headed in the right direction and again the big plus is we've had him (healthy) for all the OTAs (organized team activities) and minicamp this year."
Fantasy Tip: Newton is a midrange QB1 that could approach the fringe of the elite tier with many of those starting to age. Even if he's burned you before, he's worth the shot as he enters this season healthy.
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:59:34 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) showed up 8 or 9 pounds overweight, and head coach Ron Rivera believes Benjamin's hamstring injury could be a result of that. "It could be as simple as weight," Rivera said in an attempt to explain why Benjamin suffered another hamstring injury just as he returned from one. "He did come in a little heavy and he had to work himself into shape. Or diet or something. We're going to take a look at it and make sure it's not a chronic issue with him. He's too good a football player to have on the sideline."
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin is a very good WR2, but showing up overweight and two hamstring injuries give us some pause. Monitor his progress in training camp.
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:43:56 -0700
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:24:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hill likely will compete for a roster spot during training camp but is off to a solid start with his offseason performance. Hill could be involved in the passing game if he makes the team but should not be an option in drafts this season.
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:10:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin does not need to push himself this offseason, so he probably will not be back on the field until training camp. Benjamin likely will be the top receiver for Carolina this season and could be a middle-round pick in most drafts.
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:53:33 -0700
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:14:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The Panthers added Devin Funchess in the draft and Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency to bolster the receiving corps. If either of those two can step up their game, it will be harder for teams to double team Benjamin therefore freeing him up for more production. Fantasy owners in standard leagues will want to start looking K.B.ís way in the middle of Round 3.
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:07:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The head coach is confident in CAPís ability, but the rookie is behind Jonathan Stewart and nothing is likely to change that outside of an injury. For now the former Auburn tailback is worth a speculative pick in the later rounds on draft day.
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