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Jonathan Stewart rushed 24 times for 122 yards and caught two passes for seven yards with a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Browns.

Stewart was limited to three yards on his initial three carries before breaking an eight-yarder on his fourth. His sixth carry went for 17 on a zone-read run. Stewart was the focal point of Carolina's offense in this game, but did have a two-yard touchdown "vultured" by Cam Newton in the second quarter. Stewart came back to hit pay dirt on a nine-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Regardless of DeAngelo Williams' (hand) health, Stewart should remain a good bet for production in Carolina's NFC South title bout with Atlanta in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 4:20 PM

Jerricho Cotchery secured 5-of-5 targets for 46 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Browns.

Particularly early in the game, Cotchery was a first-down machine on a day where Carolina's passing attack largely sputtered. The Panthers will need Cotchery to continue to play efficient football when they play the Falcons for the NFC South title in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 4:17 PM

Greg Olsen secured just 1-of-3 targets for 21 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Browns.

With Jerricho Cotchery taking on a bigger role, Olsen wasn't targeted until midway through the second quarter. It's also worth noting that Cleveland has played stingy defense versus tight ends all year. Olsen will close out his career-best regular season in Week 17 at Atlanta.
Dec 21 - 4:16 PM

Kelvin Benjamin secured 5-of-12 targets for 47 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Browns.

Not having to deal with Joe Haden (shoulder), Benjamin made a spectacular leaping catch for 18 yards in the second quarter. Otherwise, his receptions consisted of chain-moving gains on a day where Cam Newton managed 201 yards passing. One element missing from Benjamin's game is run-after-catch ability. The Panthers will face the Falcons in Atlanta for the NFC South title next week.
Dec 21 - 4:14 PM

Cam Newton completed 18-of-31 passes for 201 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Panthers' Week 16 win over Cleveland, adding 12 carries for 63 yards and an additional score.

The Panthers' passing game struggled, but Newton plunged in for a two-yard touchdown on a second-quarter bootleg to give Carolina a 10-3 lead. OC Mike Shula was surprisingly aggressive utilizing Cam as a runner under two weeks removed from his scary car accident. Cam dominated on bootleg runs in this game, finishing with his third highest rushing total of the season. Newton threw his lone TD pass to Jonathan Stewart from nine yards out in the fourth quarter, which proved the game winner. At 6-8-1, the Panthers will face the Falcons in Week 17 for the NFC South title.
Dec 21 - 4:10 PM

Panthers declared RB DeAngelo Williams, OL Carter Byndom, S Robert Lester, LB A.J. Klein, OL DeMarcus Love, OL David Foucault, and OG Amini Silatolu inactive for Week 16 against the Browns.

Jonathan Stewart will remain Carolina's feature back against Cleveland.
Dec 21 - 11:39 AM

Cam Newton is active for Week 16 against the Browns.

He's officially starting and gets a matchup boost with Joe Haden (shoulder) on the Browns' inactive list.
Dec 21 - 11:28 AM

Cam Newton (probable, back) will start Week 16 against the Browns.

He was officially cleared by the Panthers on Saturday. Newton's role in the run game will be limited, but he has QB1 upside despite a tough matchup.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 20 - 2:58 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he is "very confident" Cam Newton (back, probable) will start Week 16 against the Browns.

In coach speak that is a veritable guarantee. Newton practiced all week and is a lock to start against Cleveland. Newton played his best game of the season Week 14 before injuring his back, and has QB1 upside even in a tough matchup.
Dec 20 - 10:28 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated Friday that DeAngelo Williams (questionable, hand) will not play Sunday at Cleveland.

Rivera left open the possibility of Williams being active on game day as an "emergency back," but he's not going to be a factor unless other running backs get injured during the game. Jonathan Stewart is an RB2 against the Browns' weak run defense. Mike Tolbert will be second in line for backfield work.
Dec 19 - 1:08 PM

Coach Ron Rivera announced Jonathan Stewart will start Week 16 against the Browns.

DeAngelo Williams (hand) will only be used in an "emergency," leaving Stewart to handle another 20-plus carries against a suspect Cleveland run defense. With Cam Newton back under center, it should open up more running lanes than Stewart saw with Derek Anderson in Week 15. Stewart is in the RB2 discussion.
Dec 19 - 12:51 PM

Cam Newton (back) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Browns.

He'll make the start and be a high-end QB2 with unlimited upside. Derek Anderson heads back to holding the clipboard with a 2-0 record across two spot starts.
Dec 19 - 12:45 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton (back) is on target to start Week 16 against the Browns.

Rivera will formally announce a decision this morning. Newton took the majority of the first-team reps in Thursday's practice as a full participant. He'll be a high-end QB2 with obvious upside against the Browns' stout pass defense.
Dec 19 - 9:07 AM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Barring a setback, D-Will should return after a two-game absence, though the Panthers aren't sure how he'll fare in the passing game. In theory, he'll cut into Jonathan Stewart's workload, but we wouldn't be surprised if Williams is nothing more than a breather option for J-Stew, who has run well in Williams' absence. D-Will is not on the fantasy radar for Week 16.
Dec 18 - 2:39 PM

Cam Newton (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, and is "on target" to start Sunday's game against the Browns.

Barring a setback, coach Ron Rivera expects Newton to "probably" start over Derek Anderson. It's a huge boost for the Panthers as they try to stay alive in the NFC South. Newton had his best game of the season in Week 14 before his car accident, but will be a borderline QB1 if he suits up for the fantasy finals. His health is obviously a question mark, and the Browns sport a stouter defense than New Orleans.
Dec 18 - 2:32 PM


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