Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Panthers re-signed DE Wes Horton.

OT David Foucault was waived in the corresponding roster move. Horton, who was waived by the Panthers three days ago, will provide depth at defensive end behind Jared Allen, Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, and Ryan Delaire.
Oct 6 - 5:02 PM

Panthers OC Mike Shula is "OK" with the fact that Cam Newton is on pace for 172 rushes this season.

That would be a new career high by 45, and one of the highest rushing totals by a quarterback in NFL history. It exposes Newton to injury, but Shula knows it's one of his best bets at moving the ball for a team that barely has a receiver corps. It's excellent news for fantasy owners as long as Newton can stay on the field.
Oct 6 - 4:51 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) will meet with an independent neurologist again this week.

Kuechly met with a neurologist last week as well, but he did not gain clearance and remains in the concussion protocol. Kuechly's recovery has taken longer than expected, but it would be a surprise if he is not ready following the Panthers' Week 5 bye.
Oct 5 - 1:02 PM

Devin Funchess was held without a catch on two targets in Carolina's Week 4 win over the Bucs.

It wouldn't have been the easiest catch in the world, but one of Funchess' missed connections was a drop in the end zone. The second-round rookie now has just three grabs for 38 yards with 25 percent of the season in the books. His role should continue to grow, but he's miles from WR4/5 relevance.
Oct 4 - 5:16 PM

Corey Brown caught 1-of-3 targets for three yards in Carolina's Week 4 win over the Bucs.

Brown now has only one catch over his past two games after combining for five in Weeks 1 and 2. Even with the Panthers boasting the least receiver depth in the league, Brown isn't on the WR5 radar.
Oct 4 - 5:14 PM

Ted Ginn caught 2-of-3 targets for 18 yards and two touchdowns in Carolina's Week 4 win over the Bucs.

It was a dream day if you used Ginn in a DFS tournament. The veteran deep threat now has three scores on only 12 catches this season, but appears in sync with Cam Newton. Ginn was averaging 7.3 targets coming into Week 4. He'll be a fantasy no-go against the Legion of Boom in Week 6, but will remain a "pick your spots" WR4 going forward.
Oct 4 - 4:58 PM

Greg Olsen caught 2-of-6 targets for 28 yards in Carolina's Week 4 win over the Bucs.

Olsen could have had a bigger afternoon, but was overthrown on an early deep ball before failing to make a tough catch on another in the second half. Olsen has now bookended two monster games with duds, but is still locked in as a top-three TE1. At the season's quarter pole, Olsen is on pace for 68/972/8.
Oct 4 - 4:54 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 10 times for 50 yards in Carolina's Week 4 win over the Bucs.

Stewart wasn't targeted in the passing game. Today was the first time all season J-Stew has cleared five yards per carry, but his 50 yards were a 2015 low. Stewart has been a major disappointment thus far, failing to clear 62 yards on the ground while scoring zero total touchdowns. With 25 percent of the year in the books, he's on pace for only 880 yards rushing, and 20 catches. We can't say the former will pick up based on how Stewart has been running. He'll be a middling RB2 when the Panthers came off their bye in Week 6 against the Seahawks.
Oct 4 - 4:26 PM

Cam Newton completed 11-of-22 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Carolina's 37-23 Week 4 shellacking of the Bucs, adding 12 rushes for 51 yards.

Newton had an easy afternoon against Lovie Smith's non-competitive football team, finding Ted Ginn for both his scores. Newton could have had a few more completions, but was hurt by drops, including one by Devin Funchess in the end zone. Newton has gotten off to a blazing hot start on the back of a soft schedule, but things will stiffen considerably after Carolina's Week 5 bye, as the Panthers must travel to Seattle.
Oct 4 - 4:18 PM

Jonathan Stewart (leg) is active for Week 4 against the Bucs.

As is Mike Tolbert (groin). J-Stew has been a disappointment thus far, but is a strong RB2 against the Bucs' weak defense. Inactive for the Panthers are WR Jerricho Cotchery, S Dean Marlowe, RB Brandon Wegher, LB Luke Kuechly, OT Daryl Williams, OL Amini Silatolu and WR Kevin Norwood.
Oct 4 - 11:36 AM

The Charlotte Observer believes the Carolina defense will use "coverage disguises" in their secondary in an attempt to confuse QB Jameis Winston.

"When the Panthers face a young quarterback, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott’s scheme typically includes coverage disguises in the secondary (see Week 1 vs. Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles)," said Joseph Person of the Observer. Carolina held Bortles to 183 yards through the air and two interceptions in Week 1 and are hoping for more of the same from Winston on Sunday. A top-five fantasy defense so far, the Carolina D/ST will be a recommended start this week at Tampa Bay.
Oct 3 - 2:47 PM

Panthers waived DE Wes Horton.

Horton started 15 games in place of the suspended Greg Hardy last season, but he had played just 58 snaps for Carolina this season. OT David Foucault was added off the practice squad in a corresponding move.
Source: ESPN
Oct 3 - 10:11 AM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) is out for Week 4 against the Buccaneers.

Kuechly did some work with trainers this week but never made it to the practice field. For now, he's still in the league's concussion protocol. Consider him week to week.
Oct 2 - 1:28 PM

Mike Tolbert (groin) returned to full practice on Friday.

Like backfield mate Jonathan Stewart (shin), Tolbert was unavailable for Wednesday and Thursday's practice sessions. Both are listed as probable for Sunday's tilt with Tampa Bay. The fullback has 97 yards on 17 touches this year.
Oct 2 - 11:46 AM

Jonathan Stewart (shin) returned to a full practice on Friday and is listed as probable for Week 4 against Tampa Bay.

It was his first appearance this week. Stewart saw his lightest workload of the year last week against New Orleans, carrying the ball 14 times for just 52 yards. Stewart's lack of efficiency is concerning but he's still getting enough volume to warrant low-end RB2 consideration.
Oct 2 - 11:42 AM

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