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

Aug 28, 12:53 AM Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite fracturing his ribs last week. 'There's no doubt in my mind,' Newton said.
Aug 27, 06:23 PM Carolina Panthers TE D.C. Jefferson (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Aug 27, 05:13 PM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) will not be running a limited offense due to his rib injury. The team will still run the zone read.
Aug 27, 02:13 PM Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy (shoulder) will be dressed for the final preseason game, but it is not known if he will receive any playing time during the game.
Aug 27, 12:43 PM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (rib) said he fully expects to be ready to play Week 1.
Aug 27, 02:03 AM Carolina Panthers QB Joe Webb appears to be in good shape for the No. 3 quarterback job behind QBs Cam Newton and Derek Anderson.
Aug 26, 07:23 PM Carolina Panthers QB Matt Blanchard (concussion) and C Kevin Matthews (undisclosed) were placed on Reserve/Injured and WR De'Andre Presley (stress fracture) was placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 12:33 PM Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy (shoulder) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 25, 04:03 PM Carolina Panthers OG Trai Turner (groin) did not practice Monday, Aug. 25.
Aug 25, 03:53 PM Carolina Panthers DEs Greg Hardy (shoulder) and Charles Johnson (hamstring) will not play in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera added that they should be ready for the regular season opener.
Aug 25, 01:43 PM Carolina Panthers QB Matt Blanchard (concussion), who suffered a concussion in the team's preseason game last week, is going through the league's concussion protocol and isn't expected to play in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.
Aug 25, 01:33 PM Carolina Panthers OG Trai Turner (groin) and DEs Greg Hardy (shoulder) and Charles Johnson (hamstring) sat out of practice Sunday, Aug. 24. SS Roman Harper (toe), who missed the first three preseason games, practiced for the first time. LB Chase Blackburn (back) also returned to practice.
Aug 24, 11:42 PM Carolina Panthers LB Chase Blackburn (back) and SS Roman Harper (toe) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 24.
Aug 24, 05:02 PM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (rib) has a hairline fracture in one of his ribs and will not play in the final preseason game next week. Head coach Ron Rivera said he thinks Newton will be ready for Week 1.

Fantasy Impact: This is a concern, especially since it is an injury that could linger.
Aug 24, 02:52 PM The Carolina Panthers have released P Jordan Gay, DL Linden Gaydosh, DL Alex Hall, OL Oscar Johnson, LB Anthony Morales, WR Marvin McNutt, WR Kealoha Pilares and DL Craig Roh.
Aug 24, 02:12 PM The Carolina Panthers have released WR Toney Clemons.

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 Corey 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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