2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Carolina Panthers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Panthers have a great defense, so that will keep them in plenty of games - even if the offense has some struggles, which is possible. It will be hard for Carolina to match last season but should contend for a playoff spot and division title. The defense can shut down the opposition and Newton can carry an offense at times, which is a good combo. Just don't be surprised if the team loses a couple more game compared to last year.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Tight end Greg Olsen has been very good since joining the Panthers but he can take his game to another level this season. He is going to be the top passing target and should get a ton of targets with the Panthers thin at the receiver position. Olsen has the trust of Cam Newton and should lead the team in targets for the season. It wouldn't surprise if he even hits the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. He'll be a solid No. 1 fantasy tight end this season.
FANTASY DUD
We don't necessarily think Cam Newton will be awful this season but he likely won't live up to his draft spot. Newton lost a ton at receiver and didn't gain much during the offseason. He just has little to work with in the passing game and the running game is a concern with two backs that seem to be fading rather than getting better. It is going to be hard for Newton to produce big numbers in this offense. It is a shame to see him not being able to shine because of a lack of supporting talent.

Team Notes

May 25, 04:12 PM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said no one has the size, the speed, the arm strength or the intangibles that he has. 'I'm not saying that to say I'm a one-on-one type of person that this league will never see another? I'm just saying that so much of my talents have not been seen in one person.'
May 21, 05:02 PM Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) is nursing a strained hamstring he suffered last week, according to a source. Benjamin is not likely to participate in organized team activities next week.
May 19, 10:43 AM Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to win the No. 2 running back job behind starting RB Jonathan Stewart. Artis-Payne, a 2015 fifth-round draft choice, should play a significant role in the offense, in the opinion of ESPN.com's David Newton. Rookie RB Brandon Wegher and RB Fozzy Whittaker are likely to compete for the No. 3 job.
May 19, 09:32 AM Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery is expected to remain with the Panthers as their No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver in 2015, according to ESPN.com's David Newton.
Apr 25, 07:12 PM Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option was exercised Saturday, April 25. Kuechly will make $11.1 million in 2016.
Apr 09, 04:02 PM Free-agent CB Charles Tillman (Bears) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Thursday, April 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 09, 02:02 PM Free-agent CB Charles Tillman (Bears) met with the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, April 8.
Apr 09, 01:33 AM Free-agent CB Charles Tillman (Bears) will visit with the Carolina Panthers Thursday, April 9, according a source. The two have a relationship from head coach Ron Rivera's days on the staff in Chicago.
Mar 31, 04:13 PM Free-agent LB Jason Trusnik (Dolphins) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, March 31. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Mar 30, 01:42 PM Free-agent RB Jordan Todman (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Monday, March 30. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: He'll try to win a role as a No. 3 or 4 back for the Panthers.
Mar 28, 05:02 PM Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart will ideally be limited to 15 carries a game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. The team will look to draft a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft that will likely take eight to 10 carries per game.
Mar 27, 04:32 PM San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27.
Mar 27, 02:12 PM Free-agent WR Jarrett Boykin (Packers) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Boykin will try to win the No. 3 receiver job with the Panthers.
Mar 27, 11:42 AM Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill may be an option in 2015, and head coach Ron Rivera said he's excited to see Hill in camp. 'With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do - and I think he will,' Rivera said. 'He seems to be a very smart man - he might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us.'
Mar 26, 04:52 PM San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was waived Thursday, March 26.
Mar 25, 02:13 PM Free-agent LB Jason Trusnik (Dolphins) is attracting interest from the New York Jets.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Ed Dickson TE Jason Avant, WR; Jerricho Cotchery, WR; Thomas DeCoud, S. 

Losses:
Ted Ginn, WR; Steve Smith, WR; Captain Munnerlyn, CB; Brandon LaFell, WR; Mike Mitchell, S. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  28 Kelvin BenjaminWR
 # 2  28 Kony EalyDL
 # 3  28 Trai TurnerOL
 # 4  28 Tre BostonDB
 # 5  8 Bene BenwikereDB
 Undrafted Philly BrownWR
 Undrafted Darrin ReavesRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     Houston
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     New Orleans
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 18 4:05PM     at Seattle
7     Oct 25 8:30PM     Philadelphia
8     Nov 2 8:30PM     Indianapolis
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Green Bay
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     at Tennessee
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Washington
12     Nov 26 4:30PM     at Dallas
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at New Orleans
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     Atlanta
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at New York Giants
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at Atlanta
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
18     Jan 9 4:35PM     Arizona
19     Jan 16 8:15PM     at Seattle
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