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

Outlook

The Panthers had a magical season last year but came up short in the playoffs. The team remains extremely talented. Cam Newton carries the offense and the defense is capable of shutting down any opponent. It will be interesting to see if the Panthers miss cornerback Josh Norman, though. This could be a big loss for the defense. But even with that said, this team is elite and should challenge to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Devin Funchess had an uneven rookie season. He had a few big showing but disappeared in others, getting little playing time. He has a chance to grab a much bigger role from day one this year, though. He could emerge as the starter opposite Kelvin Benjamin with Corey Brown moving to the slot. Funchess has the ability to be a solid starter in this league because of his size and speed. He can be a matchup nightmare. We think his numbers could double from last year, making him a sold No. 3 or 4 fantasy receiver.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Ted Ginn was a big surprise last year, scoring 10 touchdowns and finishing with over 700-receiving yards. He was a top big-play threat in this offense. But with Benjamin back and Funchess pushing fore more playing time, Ginn could get fewer chances this year. We think it is a stretch to think Ginn can repeat his big season from last year. Expect a pretty big drop off.

Team Notes

May 24, 12:53 PM Carolina Panthers WR Brenton Bersin made plays down the seam often in the first day of practice Tuesday, May 24.
May 24, 10:13 AM Carolina Panthers DT Vernon Butler (knee) tweaked his left knee running downfield Tuesday, May 24, but he is trying to walk it off.
May 23, 01:13 PM Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson was involved in a head-on car crash Sunday, May 22, but was not injured. Thompson was cited for crossing the center line.
May 20, 07:03 PM Free-agent WR LaRon Byrd (Redskins) and WR Tobais Palmer (Steelers) signed with the Carolina Panthers Friday, May 20. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The team also waived TE Andrew Bonnet and Waived/Injured TE Jake McGee (undisclosed).
May 19, 09:53 PM Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen said he anticipates playing for several more years and plans on making it tough on any new tight end to take away his reps.
May 19, 06:43 PM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton still has an awful lot of room to grow, in the words of head coach Ron Rivera. 'As he continues to learn and understand more and more about offensive and defensive plays, his decision-making is going to be even better,' Rivera said. 'As long as he continues to stay healthy and keep getting better physically and work on his base fundamentals, I think the young man is going to get better.'
May 19, 10:33 AM Free-agent OG Amini Silatolu (Panthers) visited the Kansas City Chiefs recently, according to a source.
May 15, 10:53 AM Free-agent OG Edmund Kugbila (Panthers) attended the Chicago Bears' minicamp Friday, May 13. He has been medically cleared to resume playing and has lined up several workouts and visits with NFL teams.
May 13, 08:53 AM Carolina Panthers DT Vernon Butler signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 13. All first-round deals have a fifth-year option.
May 11, 12:23 PM Carolina Panthers CB Daryl Worley signed a four-year deal worth $3.237 million with a signing bonus of $782,896 million. He was the team's third-round selection in the 2016 NFL draft.
May 11, 12:23 PM Updating a previous report, the Carolina Panthers signed second-round pick CB James Bradberry to a four-year worth $3.96 million, with $1.332 million guaranteed. He also received a $1.08 million signing bonus.
May 08, 05:03 PM Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, according to LB Luke Kuechly.
May 03, 12:33 PM Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) will serve as TE Greg Olsen's caddie in a Pro-Am at the Wells Fargo Championship Wednesday, May 4. Head coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly has been fully cleared to do so.
May 02, 04:23 PM Washington Redskins WR LaRon Byrd was released Monday, May 2.
Apr 26, 10:53 AM Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei had his fifth-year option exercised Tuesday, April 26.
Apr 25, 04:53 PM Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne was arrested Sunday, April 24, for speeding and reckless driving. He was driving 102 miles per hour in a 65 miles-per-hour zone. Neither alcohol nor drugs were involved, however. Artis-Payne was arrested on an unsecured $5,000 bond and only spent about 30 minutes in jail.

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't sound like an offense that will get him suspended, so he should be fine for the coming season.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Brandon Boykin, DB; Gino Gradkowski, C; Trenton Robinson, SS; Paul Soliai, DT. 

Losses:
Josh Norman, CB; Brad Nortman, P. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  30 Vernon ButlerDL
 # 2  62 James BradberryDB
 # 3  77 Daryl WorleyDB
 # 5  141 Zack SanchezDB
 # 7  252 Beau SandlandTE

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 8 8:30PM     at Denver
2     Sep 18 1:00PM     San Francisco
3     Sep 25 1:00PM     Minnesota
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     at Atlanta
5     Oct 10 8:30PM     Tampa Bay
6     Oct 16 1:00PM     at New Orleans
-- Week 7 Bye --
8     Oct 30 4:25PM     Arizona
9     Nov 6 4:05PM     at Los Angeles
10     Nov 13 1:00PM     Kansas City
11     Nov 17 8:25PM     New Orleans
12     Nov 27 4:25PM     at Oakland
13     Dec 4 8:30PM     at Seattle
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     San Diego
15     Dec 19 8:30PM     at Washington
16     Dec 24 1:00PM     Atlanta
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 15 1:05PM     Seattle
20     Jan 22 6:40PM     Arizona
21     Feb 5 6:30PM     at Denver
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