2016 DRAFT GUIDE
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

Jun 19, 05:53 PM Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (ankle) should be ready for the start of training camp and will not be limited, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Jun 19, 01:43 PM Free-agent CB Charles Tillman (Panthers) only wants to play for the Carolina Panthers once he's fully recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Jun 18, 03:33 PM Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) should be ready to go for the start of training camp, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Kuechly had surgery in February for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Jun 17, 08:43 AM Carolina Panthers OT Michael Oher was signed to a three-year, $21.6 million extension with $8 million fully guaranteed Friday, June 17.
Jun 16, 03:53 PM Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera received a one-year contract extension Thursday, June 16, that will pay him more than $6 million a year, according to a league source. Rivera led Carolina to a 17-2 record and a berth in Super Bowl 50 in 2015 and is under contract through the 2018 season. He's now among the top 10 highest paid coaches in the NFL.
Jun 15, 09:43 AM Carolina Panthers WR Brenton Bersin (ankle) is out of practice Wednesday, June 15.
Jun 15, 09:43 AM Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (illness) returned to practice Wednesday, June 15.
Jun 14, 12:43 PM Carolina Panthers WR Brenton Bersin (ankle) rolled his ankle in practice Tuesday, June 14, but head coach Ron Rivera didn't know the extent of the injury. It wouldn't be a surprise if Bersin sat out the final two days of minicamp.
Jun 14, 10:33 AM Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) and LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) are working on the side Tuesday, June 14.
Jun 14, 10:33 AM Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) and LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) are working on the side Tuesday, June 14.
Jun 14, 09:23 AM Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (illness) is out of practice Tuesday, June 14, due to illness.
Jun 07, 11:43 AM Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess is light years ahead of where he was as a rookie and is one of the standouts at organized team activities, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Jun 06, 02:03 PM Carolina Panthers C Ryan Kalil signed a two-year contract extension Monday, June 6. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jun 01, 07:23 PM Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne has lost about 10 pounds since last season, while RB Brandon Wegher is playing faster. Both seem ready to take more playing time away from RB Jonathan Stewart.
Jun 01, 07:23 PM Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne has lost about 10 pounds since last season, while RB Brandon Wegher is playing faster. Both seem ready to take more playing time away from RB Jonathan Stewart.
Jun 01, 07:23 PM Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne has lost about 10 pounds since last season, while RB Brandon Wegher is playing faster. Both seem ready to take more playing time away from RB Jonathan Stewart.

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  31 Vernon ButlerDL
 # 2  31 James BradberryDB
 # 3  14 Daryl WorleyDB
 # 5  2 Zack SanchezDB
 # 7  31 Beau SandlandTE
 Undrafted Devon JohnsonRB

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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