Player News - Panthers

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Pro Football Talk reports Cam Newton (ankle) "feels good" and is "ready to go."

Newton appeared to tweak his ankle in the Week 3 loss to the Vikings, but it does not look like it will be a concern moving forward. The real concern is the number of hits Newton has taken through three weeks behind a shaky offensive line, but the unit should have a much better day with the inept Falcons' pass rush next up on the schedule.
Sep 26 - 8:37 AM

Ted Ginn caught 3-of-7 targets for 62 yards in the Panthers' Week 3 loss to the Vikings.

Ginn was a leg tackle away from a long touchdown in the first quarter. Ginn remains ahead of Devin Funchess on the depth chart, but well behind Kelvin Benjamin. He's a moonshot WR5.
Sep 25 - 6:04 PM

Devin Funchess was held without a catch on two targets in Carolina's Week 3 loss to the Vikings.

Funchess could have had a grab, but didn't lay out for the ball. The summer puff-piecer has three catches for 28 yards through three games. It's time to move on in re-draft.
Sep 25 - 5:57 PM

Mike Tolbert touched the ball four times for 19 yards in the Panthers' Week 3 loss to the Vikings.

Even with Jonathan Stewart sidelined, Tolbert wasn't a factor. He was a distant No. 3 behind Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker. Tolbert will be off the Week 4 radar.
Sep 25 - 5:54 PM

Fozzy Whittaker rushed five times for 22 yards in Carolina's Week 3 loss to the Vikings, adding five receptions for an additional 34 yards.

Running as the clear No. 2 behind Cameron Artis-Payne, a decent chunk of Whittaker's yardage came in garbage time. Whittaker didn't do anything to change the dynamic of Carolina's Jonathan Stewart-less backfield. CAP will remain the go-to guy against the Falcons in Week 4. Whittaker isn't a viable RB3.
Sep 25 - 5:51 PM

Cameron Artis-Payne rushed 12 times for 47 yards in Carolina's Week 3 loss to the Vikings.

He added an 11-yard reception. Coach Ron Rivera lived up to his word, making Artis-Payne the chairman of Carolina's Jonathan Stewart-less committee. CAP out-touched Fozzy Whittaker 13-10 and Mike Tolbert 13-4. J-Stew is expected to remain sidelined for Week 4, but CAP will be a mere RB3, even in a projected high-scoring game with the Falcons.
Sep 25 - 5:47 PM

Greg Olsen caught 6-of-10 targets for 64 yards in Carolina's Week 3 loss to the Vikings.

With Kelvin Benjamin completely erased, Olsen was the Panthers' No. 1 receiver, but it wasn't a profitable position on a day where Cam Newton got pounded into the turf by the Vikings' elite defense. Olsen will be a top-three option against the Falcons in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 5:32 PM

Cam Newton completed 21-of-35 passes for 262 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in Carolina's 22-10, Week 3 loss to the Vikings, adding 7/26/1 as a rusher.

Newton got beaten to a pulp by Minnesota's swarming defense, taking eight sacks and tweaking his ankle. Time and again, the Vikings' pass rush was in Newton's face before he had time to so much as blink. On one of the only throws where Newton had time, he took a coverage sack in the end zone, resulting in a safety. His first quarter rushing score on a leisurely play fake was his only saving grace. Newton will have a much better day in Week 4 against the Falcons' shaky defense.
Sep 25 - 4:45 PM

Kelvin Benjamin was held without a catch on one target in Carolina's Week 3 loss to the Vikings.

Benjamin's one and only target came with 2:34 remaining. The Panthers' offense was out of sync all day — no running game, no pass protection — but it was still a baffling effort. Cam Newton attempted 35 passes, targeting Greg Olsen 10 times. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it his mission to eliminate Benjamin, and succeeded beyond his wildest imagination. The WR1 overall through the season's first two weeks, Benjamin should bounce back as a borderline WR1 against the Falcons in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 4:41 PM

Panthers DT Vernon Butler has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain.

The Panthers' first-rounder will be week to week. Butler has played only 64 snaps through three games.
Sep 25 - 4:25 PM

Panthers DT Vernon Butler suffered a right ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

The No. 30 overall pick of the draft, Butler is a rotational player. He went down after 10 snaps this afternoon.
Sep 25 - 4:12 PM

Panthers declared RB Jonathan Stewart, WR Brenton Bersin, WR Damiere Byrd, LB Jeremy Cash, CB Teddy Williams, OG Tyler Larsen, and DE Ryan Delaire inactive for Week 3 against the Vikings.

There are no surprises on this list. Stewart is expected to miss at least a couple games.
Sep 25 - 11:44 AM

Carolina will host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, who are last among NFL offenses in rushing yards through two weeks.

The Vikings have racked up just 95 total yards on the ground through two weeks and now will face Carolina without Adrian Peterson (knee). Carolina held San Francisco to 65 rushing yards in Week 2 and will be a tough test for Minnesota's committee of running backs. The Panthers D/ST is a solid fantasy option at home this week.
Sep 25 - 1:10 AM

Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is officially out for Week 3 against the Vikings.

Coach Ron Rivera said he expects Stewart to miss about 2-3 weeks. Cameron Artis-Payne will serve as the starter during his absence, though Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert are also expected to have roles. Artis-Payne will be little more than an RB3/4 against the Vikings' stout run defense.
Sep 23 - 1:13 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Friday that Cameron Artis-Payne will be the Panthers' starting running back in Week 3 versus Minnesota.

Rivera did say Artis-Payne will share the backfield equally with Fozzy Whittaker, who rushed 16 times for 100 yards in Week 2 and has earned a bigger role. Mike Tolbert and, of course, Cam Newton, will also be involved in the run game. Artis-Payne is best viewed as an RB3 against a tough Vikings run defense.
Sep 23 - 1:05 PM


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