2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Carolina Panthers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Panthers have a dominating defense and an offense that is finally showing more signs of life. This team can make the playoffs but might not be a Super Bowl caliber team just yet. A lot will depend on the play of quarterback Cam Newton. If Newton can take his game up a notch, this team could improve on the last few seasons. The Panthers will be a tough opponent on a weekly basis.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Kelvin Benjamin had a big rookie season, hitting the 1,000-yard mark. He was a bit inconsistent at times, though, dropping some passes and struggling some with his route running. If he can improve in those areas, which seems likely, Benjamin can even top his season last year. Heā??ll get a ton of targets as the clear No. 1 for the Panthers. Benjamin can be a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams, improving his touchdown and yardage totals from his rookie year.
FANTASY DUD
He finally has less competition for carries but Jonathan Stewart isnā??t a sure thing for fantasy teams. He has battled injury issues much of his career and had just a couple good seasons as the No. 1 back for the Panthers. Stewart has potential in a starting role but isnā??t a sure thing by any means. He has injury concerns and inconsistency issues, making a candidate to be drafted higher than he should come draft day.

Team Notes

Aug 26, 09:43 AM Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson (illness) is out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, with a stomach illness.
Aug 26, 09:33 AM Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) shed his walking boot and is riding a stationary bike Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 25, 12:03 PM Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson (calf) could play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Aug 25, 12:03 PM Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) is expected to be ready for the season opener.
Aug 25, 11:42 AM Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) was limited in practice Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Aug 25, 11:42 AM Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson (calf) was limited in practice Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Aug 24, 06:42 PM Carolina Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton said he has full confidence in rookie WR Devin Funchess stepping into the starting wide receiver role for the Panthers with WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) out for the season. Funchess sat out the team's second preseason game with a tight hamstring, but he's expected to play against the New England Patriots Friday, Aug. 28. 'He's a competitor,' Newton said of the former Michigan star. 'He's a guy that wants to be great. We talk often. I'm pretty much a person that he can trust and that I know I can trust when the game comes on the line. We just need to get him to 100%.'
Aug 24, 06:42 PM Carolina Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton said he has full confidence in rookie WR Devin Funchess stepping into the starting wide receiver role for the Panthers with WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) out for the season. Funchess sat out the team's second preseason game with a tight hamstring, but he's expected to play against the New England Patriots Friday, Aug. 28. 'He's a competitor,' Newton said of the former Michigan star. 'He's a guy that wants to be great. We talk often. I'm pretty much a person that he can trust and that I know I can trust when the game comes on the line. We just need to get him to 100%.'
Aug 24, 05:42 PM Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess' (hamstring) football smarts will help alleviate his rookie learning curve, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera believes Funchess can fill in nicely for WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), who is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Funchess said he won't be fazed by Benjamin's injury and that he's ready for an increased role.
Aug 24, 04:42 PM Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers C Ryan Kalil (knee) has a sprained knee. Kalil will be evaluated next week.
Aug 24, 03:02 PM Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) practiced Monday, Aug. 24.
Aug 24, 02:42 PM Free-agent TE Dallas Walker (Cowboys) signed with the Carolina Panthers Monday, Aug. 24. DE Frank Alexander (Achilles') was waived/injured.
Aug 23, 09:42 AM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton went 4-for-10 for 42 yards and one interception in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22.
Aug 23, 09:42 AM Carolina Panthers DE Frank Alexander (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 22, and will miss the entire 2015 season.
Aug 23, 09:42 AM Carolina Panthers C Ryan Kalil (knee) suffered a knee injury during the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 22, but head coach Ron Rivera does not have any update on his status.
Aug 22, 09:32 PM Carolina Panthers TE Richie Brockel (shoulder) left the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins Saturday, Aug. 22, with a left shoulder sprain and will not return.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Jarrett Boykin, WR; Kurt Coleman, DB; Ted Ginn, WR; Jonathan Martin, T; Michael Oher, T; Charles Tillman, CB; Jason Trusnik, LB. 

Losses:
Byron Bell, T; James Dockery, DB; Greg Hardy, DE; DeAngelo Williams, RB. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  25 Shaq ThompsonLB
 # 2  9 Devin FunchessWR
 # 4  3 Daryl WilliamsOL
 # 5  33 David MayoLB
 # 5  38 Cameron Artis-PayneRB
 Undrafted Damiere ByrdWR
 Undrafted Brandon WegherRB

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     Houston
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     New Orleans
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 18 4:05PM     at Seattle
7     Oct 25 8:30PM     Philadelphia
8     Nov 2 8:30PM     Indianapolis
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Green Bay
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     at Tennessee
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Washington
12     Nov 26 4:30PM     at Dallas
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at New Orleans
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     Atlanta
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at New York Giants
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at Atlanta
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
18     Jan 9 4:35PM     Arizona
19     Jan 16 8:15PM     at Seattle
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