Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Panthers S Trenton Robinson suffered a torn pectoral in the second preseason game and is expected to miss the entire season.

Robinson is undergoing surgery on Wednesday. He was signed to provide depth and be a special teams force. Robinson will be a free agent next March.
Aug 24 - 10:45 AM

Greg Olsen (back) has resumed practicing.

Perhaps Olsen will miss this week's regular season dress rehearsal out of an abundance of caution, but his back won't be a concern for Week 1.
Aug 22 - 2:26 PM

Panthers WRs coach Ricky Proehl said Devin Funchess is "pushing" Kelvin Benjamin.

"[Benjamin is] realizing, ‘I’ve got to get back, I’ve got to push, because this guy is pretty dang good,'" Proehl continued. "That’s the beauty of it." Funchess still played behind Benjamin in the second preseason game, but he saw plenty of snaps while Cam Newton was still on the field. With Benjamin still laboring a bit as he attempted to come back from a torn ACL, Funchess has a great opportunity to secure a big role.
Aug 22 - 12:32 PM

Devin Funchess caught 2-of-4 targets for 19 yards Saturday against the Titans.

Funchess still worked behind Ted Ginn and Kelvin Benjamin, but he saw plenty of snaps with Cam Newton still on the field. Every report on Funchess' performance in camp has been glowing, but he still has some depth chart climbing to do before he can be a consistent fantasy option.
Aug 20 - 5:55 PM

Ted Ginn caught a 61-yard touchdown in the Panthers' second preseason game Saturday afternoon.

Ted Ginn giveth, Ted Ginn giveth away. Ginn giveth against the Titans, turning an intermediate target in traffic into a house call when he caught Cam Newton's bullet deep down the middle and outraced Tennessee's secondary to pay dirt. Ginn looks to be a staple in two-receiver sets across from Kelvin Benjamin. He's one of our favorite late-round targets in best-ball drafts.
Aug 20 - 5:25 PM

Greg Olsen (back spasms) will not play in the second preseason game on Saturday.

Olsen is dealing with a "big spasm" in his back, but coach Ron Rivera has said there are no long-term concerns. With Ed Dickson also out, Scott Simonson and Beau Sandland should see plenty of work.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 2:53 PM

Panthers DT Kyle Love is in the concussion protocol.

This is just for bookkeeping purposes. The rotational lineman is week to week, and should be cleared for Week 1.
Aug 18 - 5:15 PM

Greg Olsen is dealing with a minor back issue.

Olsen has a "big spasm," but an MRI came back negative. Olsen has missed three days of practice, and could miss a few more as the Panthers exercise caution with their No. 1 pass catcher. There's no reason to worry about Olsen's Week 1 status.
Aug 18 - 5:10 PM

Kelvin Benjamin will play without a brace on his surgically-repaired knee.

"If you put something on him and it prohibits him from being who he is, you don't gain anything," coach Ron Rivera said. "I would like to see him wear it but he says he feels good and the doctors say he's doing well. So we'll just keep our fingers crossed." It's actually good news, as Benjamin seems to have already gotten past the trust issues that sometimes plague players coming off major injury. Currently being drafted as a mid-range WR2, Benjamin is going a bit high for our liking, but will be heavily targeted.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 18 - 3:41 PM

The Charlotte Observer believes Panthers WR Devin Funchess is "ready to break through in a big way."

According to reporter Joseph Person, Funchess has "continually (gotten) behind the first-team secondary and hauled in bombs from Cam Newton." LB Thomas Davis has been singing Funchess' praises. "Man, Funch had an amazing camp," Davis said. "And it really started with OTAs and minicamp." The glowing reports come the same day ESPN's David Newton called Funchess one of the MVPs of Panthers camp. Funchess is well worth a WR4/5 flier.
Aug 16 - 4:33 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes rookies James Bradberry and Daryl Worley would be the starting corners if the season began today.

The duo opened training camp in the starting lineup, and they have yet to cede their spots. Veterans Bene Benwikere and Robert McClain will continue to push the rookies throughout camp, but the jobs are Bradberry's and Worley's to lose. Benwikere should have a role in the slot regardless of the starting designation.
Source: ESPN
Aug 16 - 10:58 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said Devin Funchess is one of the MVPs of training camp.

Funchess has reportedly turned it on over the last two weeks, and Newton speculates he will be "a force to reckon with in 2016." Newton also recently said Funchess could outproduce Kelvin Benjamin, who is reportedly struggling with conditioning issues. Funchess is a great double-digit round flier.
Source: ESPN
Aug 16 - 10:52 AM

Appearing on Mike Clay's Sirius XM Fantasy show, ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton suggested Devin Funchess could outproduce Kelvin Benjamin this season.

Newton called Benjamin's conditioning "still a concern," and Funchess a "sleeker, faster version of Benjamin." It was disappointing to see Benjamin dominate first-team snaps in Carolina's preseason opener as Funchess shuttled between the ones and twos, but Funchess' role could grow quickly if Benjamin takes any steps back. Funchess remains an intriguing double-digit-round fantasy pick.
Aug 15 - 4:11 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Sunday that Kelvin Benjamin has struggled with conditioning during camp.

Rivera said the goal is to get Benjamin to "where he can handle 30-35 snaps by the end of the preseason." Benjamin has reportedly been getting "winded" after running deep routes. Benjamin has struggled with conditioning and his weight in the past, making this a situation to monitor. The Panthers used a four-way receiver committee last year, something they could re-implement if Benjamin can't open the season capable of playing full complements of snaps.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 14 - 6:01 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports extension talks between the Panthers and contract-year DT Kawann Short are "effectively dead."

It's not a surprise, as Fletcher Cox and Muhammad Wilkerson have reset the market for defensive tackles, and the Panthers currently appear unwilling to go beyond $15 million per season. Short will bet on himself ahead of a possible franchise tag next spring.
Aug 11 - 6:52 PM


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