Player News - Panthers

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Panthers acquired P Andy Lee and a seventh-round draft pick from the Browns in exchange for P Kasey Redfern and a fourth-round pick in 2018.

The Panthers needed a punter, and the rebuilding Browns have been stocking up on draft picks since Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta took over. Lee, 34, was acquired via trade by the old Ray Farmer regime for a 2017 seventh-round pick. The Brown-DePodesta regime gets a draft-pick upgrade and will move forward with a cheaper punter. Lee is owed a $2.83 million base salary this season.
Aug 29 - 4:35 PM

Greg Olsen (back) has resumed practicing at Panthers camp.

The Panthers have taken it easy on Olsen, holding him out of their regular season dress rehearsal. He also missed some practice time with back spasms. Olsen's back might limit his practice participation early in the season, but he's in no danger of missing games. He remains a top-three fantasy tight end.
Aug 28 - 3:48 PM

Brenton Bersin caught 1-of-2 targets for three yards Friday night against the Patriots.

Bersin did not see many targets, but he played plenty of snaps with the first-team offense on Friday night. He is unlikely to be worth a look in fantasy without a couple injuries, but Bersin could limit Devin Funchess' snaps if he keeps seeing first-team work.
Aug 26 - 11:07 PM

Devin Funchess hauled in 5-of-10 targets for 49 yards Friday night against the Patriots.

Funchess was heavily involved when on the field, but he continued to play behind both Kelvin Benjamin and Ted Ginn. He also lost some snaps to Brenton Bersin. Even so, Funchess made several nice grabs Friday night and continues to earn praise for his performance in practice. If he keeps playing well, Carolina will have to put him on the field.
Aug 26 - 11:03 PM

Ted Ginn caught 2-of-6 targets for 18 yards Friday night against the Patriots.

Ginn did not look great Friday night and dropped two passes in the two-minute drill, but he did make something out of nothing on a screen pass and was inches away from connecting on a long pass in the first half. He also continues to play in two-wide sets over Devin Funchess, and actually saw the most snaps with the first-team offense. Ginn will be even more boom-or-bust this season, but he should return value, especially in best-ball leagues.
Aug 26 - 11:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin hauled in 3-of-6 targets for 27 yards Friday night.

With Cam Newton struggling with his accuracy, Benjamin did well to catch half of his targets. Newton badly overthrew Benjamin twice, and he climbed the ladder to haul in two other off-target throws. Even with Funchess reportedly pushing him, Benjamin started and played ahead of the sophomore in two-wide sets. Even so, the depth-chart uncertainty makes him more of a WR3.
Aug 26 - 10:50 PM

Cameron Artis-Payne rushed nine times for 28 yards Friday night against the Patriots.

He added 12 yards through the air on a catch-and-run. Artis-Payne had a nice night, but, most importantly, he worked as the clear No. 2 after Jonathan Stewart left. With Stewart's health always in question, CAP could make starts this season.
Aug 26 - 10:46 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed three times for 23 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game Friday night.

All of Stewart's yards came through a giant hole on the right side in the first quarter. He was stuffed on his other two official carries, but he flashed a nice spin move to create something out of nothing on a run which was ultimately called back. Unlikely to play in the final preseason game, Stewart finishes the exhibition season with six carries for 33 yards and one catch for six yards. He is shaping up as a solid if not spectacular RB2.
Aug 26 - 9:12 PM

Cam Newton completed 13-of-29 passes for 100 yards and two interceptions Friday night against the Patriots.

Newton struggled all night, overthrowing Kelvin Benjamin badly twice and showing inconsistent accuracy despite little to no pressure. Both interceptions came on back-foot passes, the first of which was a terribly-thrown ball both short and too far infield. Newton was victimized by a few drops including a sure touchdown muffed by Ed Dickson, but Cam played his part in the first-team offense failing to find the end zone despite playing almost three full quarters. It was an ugly game, but ultimately not much of a concern for the reigning MVP. Newton is still safe to take as the overall QB1.
Aug 26 - 8:51 PM

Panthers P Mike Scifres exited Friday night's preseason game with a knee injury.

Scifres took a shot to the leg early in the game. He shanked the next punt before being ruled out. Kasey Redfern, who Scifres is competing with for the starting job, will close out the game.
Aug 26 - 8:00 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes Corey Brown (shoulder) could be on the roster bubble.

Brown will not play in the third preseason game because of a shoulder injury. Newton does not believe the injury will necessarily cost him a spot, but it could if Kevin Norwood or Stephen Hill show out Friday night. Newton adds Brown does not bring anything different to the table than Damiere Byrd, who the Panthers seemed to be enamored with.
Source: ESPN
Aug 26 - 7:21 PM

Greg Olsen (back) will not play in the Panthers' third preseason game Friday night.

Olsen missed several days of practice with back spasms, but he returned to the field Monday. The Panthers are just using caution by holding him out Friday night, and there is no indication he is dealing with a long-term injury. Olsen is safe to draft as a top-3 tight end.
Aug 26 - 6:52 PM

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


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