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DeAngelo Williams suggested that he should be a first-round fantasy football pick due to Carolina's weak receiver corps.

"I joked with people that my fantasy value went up after we got rid of our four receivers, but it’s the truth," Williams said. "I went from probably being drafted in the fifth and sixth round to being in the first round, me and Jonathan (Stewart) alike because we have no receivers." We found this more humorous than helpful, but it's a slow news day. Williams rushed 201 times for 843 yards (4.19 YPC) and three touchdowns last season. He turns 31 in two weeks.
Apr 13 - 12:44 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is convinced Byron Bell will benefit from moving to left tackle this season.

Bell was a liability in pass protection at right tackle last year, but Rivera believes he's a better fit on the left side because that's where he played in college. The Panthers offensive line is a major concern after losing Jordan Gross to retirement, with Nate Chandler currently penciled in opposite Bell. ESPN's David Newton "would be surprised" if Carolina didn't draft a tackle in the first round.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 7:19 PM

Panthers signed DE Alex Hall.

Hall has spent the last two seasons in the CFL, but appeared in 32 games with the Browns and Giants from 2008-2010. He racked up 16 sacks with the Saskatchewan Roughrigers last season. Hall will compete for a roster spot as a reserve defensive end.
Apr 11 - 8:59 PM

Panthers agreed to terms with S Thomas DeCoud, formerly of the Falcons, on a two-year contract.

The deal is worth up to $3.75 million, and includes a $500,000 signing bonus. DeCoud will start out as Carolina's No. 3 safety behind Roman Harper and Charles Godfrey, but will see plenty of snaps regardless of his depth-chart position. Godfrey is coming off a torn Achilles', and expected to spend time in the slot. Now 29, DeCoud graded out as one of the NFL's worst safeties in Pro Football Focus' 2013 ratings, and was similarly ineffective in 2012. The Panthers' front seven has a way of making defensive backs look better, however.
Apr 10 - 8:57 PM

Free agent DE Alex Hall visited the Titans on Wednesday.

Hall has made only two appearances since the end of the 2009 season, both of which came in 2010. He spent the past two seasons in the CFL. Hall would be an extreme long-shot to crack the Titans' 53-man roster.
Apr 10 - 3:10 PM

The Panthers are expected to employ more two-tight end sets in 2014.

Hence, their signing of Ed Dickson. Dickson will undoubtedly get a chance to catch passes, but he's never been particularly good at it. His presence will have little, if any, effect on Greg Olsen's fantasy value.
Apr 10 - 3:06 PM

Panthers agreed to terms with TE Ed Dickson on a one-year, $730,000 contract.

Although Dickson is coming off another disappointing season in Baltimore, he'll be in the driver's seat for No. 2 duties in Carolina. Given an opportunity to finally break out in the absence of Dennis Pitta last season, Dickson responded by catching only 25 passes in 16 games. He'll be called on to block, but has typically been a liability as a blocker. Despite the Panthers' dearth of pass catchers, Dickson should remain off the fantasy radar in 2014.
Apr 10 - 2:24 PM

DeAngelo Williams expressed concern over potentially facing stacked boxes this season.

Williams was brutally honest when asked about losing Steve Smith and the Panthers' wideout situation, saying, "I mean, I don't know where we go from there." He apparently fails to release Carolina's salary cap situation has been torpedoed by running back contracts. Williams didn't even mention our bigger concern, the state of the Panthers' offensive line. Worries about a lack of running room for both Williams and Jonathan Stewart are well-founded.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 10:47 AM

Free agent TE Ed Dickson is visiting the Panthers.

It's Dickson's first-known visit of free agency, though the Baltimore Sun reported last month that he had contract offers from the Jaguars and Ravens. It's a bit unbelievable that Dickson would have turned down any offer after back-to-back poor seasons. In Carolina, he'd compete for No. 2 duties behind Greg Olsen.
Apr 9 - 1:58 PM

Panthers re-signed DT Colin Cole to a one-year contract.

He returns as a reserve. Cole didn't play a single down in 2011-12, but turned in 316 competent snaps as a run stuffer last season. Cole turns 34 in June.
Apr 8 - 5:58 PM

Panthers signed WR Jason Avant, formerly of the Eagles, to a one-year deal.

Avant will pair with the newly acquired Jerricho Cotchery to form one of the most underwhelming starting wideout duos in the league. With every impact free agent wide receiver signed, the Panthers are simply looking for cheap veterans to complement the playmakers they will likely draft this May. Avant caught 38 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns with the Eagles last season.
Apr 7 - 6:38 PM

Free agent FS Thomas DeCoud is still negotiating with the Panthers, but a deal is not imminent.

DeCoud has found a soft market since getting dumped by the Falcons, so he may be using the Panthers' interest to press the issue with other safety-needy teams. Carolina is after bargain depth to shore up a safety corps led by the aging Roman Harper and Charles Godfrey, who is coming off an Achilles' tear.
Apr 7 - 6:30 PM

The Panthers will host free agent Jason Avant on Monday.

He'd give Carolina another underwhelming possession-slot receiver to pair with Jerricho Cotchery. The Panthers are simply looking for bodies at wideout. Avant, 31, has drawn interest from old head coach Andy Reid's Chiefs, and visited the Patriots in mid-March. He should be available for a minimum salary.
Apr 6 - 11:09 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher doesn't expect the Chiefs to consider signing free agent Jason Avant until after the draft.

Avant played under Andy Reid for seven seasons in Philadelphia and could provide depth for Kansas City's shallow receiver corps. Wherever Avant ends up, he shouldn't require more than the veteran minimum.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 9:48 PM

The Panthers are in contract talks with free agent DT Colin Cole.

Cole would return as Carolina's backup nose tackle behind Star Lotulelei. The Panthers have sophomore DT Kawann Short stationed behind Dwan Edwards.
Apr 5 - 7:44 PM


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