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

Oct 30, 07:32 PM The Carolina Panthers re-signed RB Darrin Reaves to their practice squad Thursday, Oct. 30.
Oct 30, 07:12 PM The Carolina Panthers have declared OG Amini Silatolu, CB Bene Benwikere, OT Byron Bell, RB Fozzy Whittaker, WR Philly Brown, FS Thomas DeCoud, OG Trai Turner inactive for Week 9.
Oct 30, 01:52 PM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) will start the team's Week 9 game against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Oct. 30, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't exactly mean he'll get the most carries for the week. He is going to be a risk for fantasy teams in his first game back.
Oct 29, 03:13 PM Carolina Panthers OT Byron Bell (knee), CB Bene Benwikere (ankle), WR Philly Brown (concussion), OG Amini Silatolu (calf), OG Trai Turner (knee) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and have been ruled out. DT Kawann Short (ankle) and FS Thomas DeCoud (hamstring) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. OT Nate Chandler (thigh) and LB Jason Williams (hip) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.
Oct 29, 03:03 PM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and is listed as probable for Week 9.

Fantasy Impact: Williams is going to return to the starting lineup this week.
Oct 28, 06:43 PM Carolina Panthers OT Byron Bell (knee), CB Bene Benwikere (ankle), WR Philly Brown (concussion), S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), OG Amini Silatolu (calf), OG Trai Turner (knee) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 28. OT Nate Chandler (thigh), DT Kawann Short (ankle) and LB Jason Williams (hip) were limited.
Oct 28, 06:33 PM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Oct 28, 10:33 AM Carolina Panthers SS Robert Lester was activated to the 53-man roster Tuesday, Oct. 28. RB Darrin Reaves was waived and LB Chase Blackburn (knee) was placed on Reserve/Injured.
Oct 27, 06:23 PM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) was limited during the team's walkthrough Monday, Oct. 27.
Oct 27, 06:23 PM Carolina Panthers OT Byron Bell (knee), CB Bene Benwikere (ankle), LB Chase Blackburn (knee), WR Philly Brown (concussion), FS Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), OG Amini Silatolu (calf), OG Trai Turner (knee) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) did not participate in the team's walkthrough Monday, Oct. 27. OT Nate Chandler (thigh), DT Kawann Short (ankle) and LB Jason Williams (hip) were limited during the walkthrough.
Oct 27, 01:33 PM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is expected to play in Week 9, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Oct 26, 11:42 AM The Carolina Panthers have declared OG Amini Silatolu, CB Bene Benwikere, LB Chase Blackburn, RB DeAngelo Williams, RB Fozzy Whittaker, WR Philly Brown inactive for Week 8.
Oct 26, 11:32 AM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is expected to return in Week 9 Thursday, Oct. 30.
Oct 24, 02:22 PM Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (ankle), LB Chase Blackburn (knee), WR Philly Brown (concussion), OG Amini Silatolu (calf), OG Trai Turner (knee) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) all did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24. RB Chris Ogbonnaya (groin) did not practice and is questionable. LB Jason Williams (hip) was limited in practice and is questionable. OT Byron Bell (elbow) and OG Nate Chandler (thigh) were both limited in practice and are probable. LB Thomas Davis (non-injury) and S Roman Harper (non-injury) both fully practiced and are probable.
Oct 24, 01:42 PM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Oct 23, 04:33 PM Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (ankle), LB Chase Blackburn (knee), WR Philly Brown (concussion), OG Nate Chandler (thigh), OG Amini Silatolu (calf), OG Trai Turner (knee) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OT Byron Bell (elbow) and LB Jason Williams (hip) were limited, while LB Thomas Davis (non-injury) and S Roman Harper (non-injury) practiced in full.

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 7 4:25PM     at Tampa Bay
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     Detroit
3     Sep 21 8:30PM     Pittsburgh
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     at Baltimore
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     Chicago
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Green Bay
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     Seattle
9     Oct 30 8:25PM     New Orleans
10     Nov 10 8:30PM     at Philadelphia
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Atlanta
-- Week 12 Bye --
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Minnesota
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at New Orleans
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Cleveland
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Atlanta
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 11 1:05PM     San Francisco
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