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 31, 01:42 PM Carolina Panthers DE Frank Alexander said he will not appeal his four-game suspension, because he was guilty of violating the NFL's policy.
Jul 31, 10:42 AM Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is out of practice Thursday, July 31.
Jul 29, 05:03 PM Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) said his knee felt better Tuesday, July 29, and he could be back sooner than expected. Benjamin suffered a bruised left knee in practice Sunday, July 27.
Jul 29, 01:53 PM Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) said he woke up feeling great Tuesday, July 29. Benjamin said he will wait for the OK from trainers before returning.
Jul 29, 11:53 AM Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis has returned three times from torn anterior cruciate ligaments, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2013, and has used his experience to coax injured Panthers to stay focused, he told NFL Network's Steve Wyche.
Jul 29, 10:40 AM Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) doesn't have a timetable for his return after bruising his left knee, but he is expected to be back in days, not weeks. Head coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin should be back before the end of training camp Aug. 12. So far in camp, Benjamin has looked really good and hasn't dropped a pass during team drills while running with the first-team offense. WR Jason Avant moved up to the first-team offense Monday, July 28, with Benjamin out.

Fantasy Impact: He'll be the No. 1 receiver in this offense as long as he is healthy.
Jul 29, 10:03 AM Carolina Panthers CB Josh Thomas (undisclosed) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list and is practicing Tuesday, July 29.
Jul 29, 12:13 AM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) isn't running outside of the pocket during training camp, but he has been able to plant in the pocket to make throws without any complications.
Jul 28, 03:42 PM Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) has a bone bruise, according to head coach Ron Rivera. There is swelling in the knee but nothing is structurally damaged.

Fantasy Impact: Good news. He'll get better with a little rest.
Jul 28, 01:23 PM Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's (knee) left knee injury isn't expected to be serious, and head coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that Benjamin won't miss much time. Benjamin is heading for an MRI exam Monday, July 28. 'He's had a great camp,' Rivera said. 'He came in in tip-top shape and ready to roll. He's one of those guys who spent time with Cam (before camp) working out. It's one of those that we want to make sure and be smart about.' Benjamin's MRI results are expected later Monday.
Jul 28, 10:52 AM Carolina Panthers FS Thomas DeCoud (leg) is out of practice Monday, July 28, and has his right leg wrapped.
Jul 27, 04:52 PM The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent RB Fozzy Whittaker (Browns) to an undisclosed deal.
Jul 27, 04:02 PM Free-agent OL Travelle Wharton (Panthers) will officially announce his retirement from the NFL Tuesday, July 29.
Jul 26, 03:42 PM Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) will miss two to four weeks with a hamstring injury. It was originally reported that Stewart would only miss one to two weeks.
Jul 26, 03:32 PM Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) said he's not too concerned about his hamstring injury. Stewart said recovering from his hamstring injury will be easier than recovering from his previous ankle injuries.
Jul 25, 08:42 PM Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said his ankle is not 100 percent at this point, but it is getting better each day.

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 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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