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 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.
Oct 23, 04:33 PM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) didn't practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 22, 04:53 PM Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (ankle), LB Chase Blackburn (knee), WR Philly Brown (concussion), LB Thomas Davis (non-injury), S Roman Harper (non-injury), OG Amini Silatolu (calf), OG Trai Turner (knee), RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) and LB Jason Williams (hip) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. OT Byron Bell (elbow) was limited.
Oct 22, 12:53 PM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Fantasy Impact: Williams is expected to miss another week of action.
Oct 21, 06:13 PM The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent SS Robert Lester (Panthers) and OT Martin Wallace (Browns) to their practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Oct 21, 04:13 PM Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (ankle) will return as the starting nickel cornerback when he's back from his injury, according to head coach Ron Rivera. If Benwikere can't play in Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks, then CB James Dockery could get a look in that position.
Oct 21, 03:13 PM The Carolina Panthers released CB Charles Godfrey Tuesday, Oct 21.
Oct 20, 04:03 PM Carolina Panthers OG Trai Turner (knee) will miss Week 8, according to head coach Ron Rivera, and OT Byron Bell (elbow) will be reevaluated Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Oct 20, 02:53 PM Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) will reportedly return to practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 19, 03:52 PM Carolina Panthers WR Philly Brown (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 7 and will not return to the game.
Oct 19, 02:52 PM Carolina Panthers OG Trai Turner (knee) left the game early in Week 7 because of a knee injury and is considered questionable to return.
Oct 19, 12:52 PM Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman (concussion) is a healthy scratch for Week 7, and is not sitting because of an injury.
Oct 19, 12:05 PM Benjamin is active for the Week 7 game.
Oct 19, 11:52 AM The Carolina Panthers have declared OG Amini Silatolu, CB Bene Benwikere, LB Chase Blackburn, RB DeAngelo Williams, RB Fozzy Whittaker, QB Joe Webb, CB Josh Norman inactive for Week 7.

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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