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

Jul 19, 11:02 PM Carolina Panthers WR Jason Avant likely will serve as the No. 3 wide receiver this upcoming season.
Jul 19, 10:52 PM Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery is expected to be one of the starting wide receivers this upcoming season.
Jul 19, 10:42 PM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was limited in his mobility when he worked out with some of his wide receivers last week.
Jul 19, 09:22 PM Carolina Panthers RB Kenjon Barner is the leading candidate for the kick return job entering training camp.
Jul 18, 10:42 AM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton held a three-day throwing session with WR Kelvin Benjamin, QBs Joe Webb and Matt Blanchard, one tight end and nine other receivers this week.
Jul 17, 12:22 PM Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy could avoid immediate punishment from the NFL after being found guilty on charges of communicating threats and assaulting a female because he filed for a second trial in Superior Court in front of a jury. The NFL could choose to suspend Hardy for as many as four games based on recent disciplinary actions. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the NFL would review Hardy's legal situation at the 'appropriate time.' The league usually doesn't punish first-time offenders until their legal cases have run their course. However, the Panthers could take action against Hardy before the NFL's decision.
Jul 17, 09:12 AM Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy could be cut by the team because, according to former DE Mike Rucker, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is sensitive to the topic of domestic violence. The guilty verdict could at least keep the team from looking to re-sign him to a long-term deal.
Jul 15, 11:13 PM Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday, July 15, of assaulting of assaulting a female and communicating threats. Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin sentenced Hardy to 18 months' probation. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended. Hardy's attorney Chris Fialko said he'll appeal and Hardy has asked for a jury trial in superior court.
Jul 15, 07:43 PM Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy has been put on the stand by the defense in his own trial. Hardy is accused of strangling and threatening his ex-girlfriend.
Jul 15, 07:13 PM Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy's trial is ongoing and it is unclear if he will testify. Hardy is accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her.
Jul 15, 03:33 PM Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy's ex-girlfriend testified in court Tuesday, July 15, that Hardy strangled her and threatened to kill her.
Jul 15, 02:33 PM Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy appeared in court Tuesday, July 15, on charges of communicating threats and assaulting an ex-girlfriend.
Jul 14, 06:23 PM Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy is unlikely to reach a long-term deal with the team before the deadline Tuesday, July 15, according to a source.
Jul 11, 01:32 PM Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery said the wide receivers on the team are not concerned with what the perception is of that group. They are all about working hard and competing.
Jul 11, 01:22 PM Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery said he will participate in a throwing session with QB Cam Newton next week to help get on the same page before the start of training camp.
Jul 11, 12:17 PM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton will work with his wide receivers before training camp gets underway to try to get on the same page after missing time due to an ankle issue. 'It's been more difficult because Cam's coming off an ankle injury and he had to get surgery, so we couldn't throw with him as much as we would like,' Panthers receiver Tiquan Underwood said. 'I know we're all going to get together next week in Charlotte. We're just going to try to speed up the process. We're all going to throw - Derek Anderson, Cam Newton, Joe Webb, Matt Blanchard and all the receivers - just to work on timing and get that down pat before camp.'

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
 # 6  28 Tyler GaffneyRB

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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