In this March 1, 2017, file photo, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The Panthers have fired general manager Dave Gettleman less than two weeks before the opening of training camp. Team owner Jerry Richardson said Monday, July 17, 2017, in a statement he made the decision after a long evaluation of the team's football operations. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Just over a week before training camp opens, the Carolina Panthers have no general manager. And no president.
The team that faded from a Super Bowl spot to a losing season in 2016 fired Dave Gettleman on Monday, eight days before the Panthers get down to preseason business. They already were without a team president after Danny Morrison resigned in February.
Owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement he made the decision after a long evaluation of the team's football operations.
''I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success over the past four seasons,'' Richardson said. ''While the timing of this decision is not ideal, a change is needed.''
The Panthers report to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on July 25 and have their first practice the following day.
Gettleman had been Carolina's general manager for four seasons, when the Panthers went 43-26-1. But Carolina was 6-10 last season a year after reaching Super Bowl 50, where it lost to Denver. The Panthers had won the NFC South his first three years at the helm.
The relationship between Richardson and Gettleman began to deteriorate shortly after Carolina's Super Bowl defeat.
Gettleman used the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman, but rescinded it a few weeks later and allowed him to become a free agent. Norman signed with Washington. The Panthers entered last season with two rookie starters and the secondary struggled early on, allowing two 500-yard passing games en route to their worst record since 2011.
While Richardson signed off on the move to let Norman walk, he was upset that Gettleman was unable to use the money originally earmarked for Norman to sign other potential free agents, including defensive linemen Kawann Short and Mario Addison and guard Tre Turner before last season. Eventually, Short and Addison re-signed earlier this year, but it cost Richardson more money than originally expected.
Gettleman made other decisions that were unpopular with fans after taking over for Marty Hurney in 2013. Among them: cutting star wideout Steve Smith before the 2014 season and running back DeAngelo Williams in 2015.
Williams, now a free agent after two seasons with Pittsburgh, tweeted he would consider returning to the Panthers ''due to the firing of that snake Dave Gettleman!''
Smith, arguably the franchise's most popular player, never took the move well.
After learning of the news of Gettleman's firing, Smith tweeted ''It's Okay! Dave I know how you feel...''
The final straw in their relationship apparently came when Gettleman, known for his gruff demeanor, wasn't open to extending the contracts of linebacker Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen - players Richardson feels have been ideal representatives of the Panthers on and off the field. Davis is in the final year of his contract and Olsen has two years left on his current deal.
The way Gettleman handled the situation created a divide between the front office and the players. That ultimately led to his being fired.
Richardson did not say who would be responsible for personnel in the interim.
Former assistant general manager Brandon Beane left in May to become Buffalo's general manager, reuniting him with Sean McDermott, who was Carolina's defensive coordinator for six seasons (2011-16).
Gettleman is the second NFL GM fired in less than a month. Kansas City fired John Dorsey on June 23.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, but his injury isn't believed to be serious. Parker caught four passes on nine targets for 85 yards in the season debut against the Chargers and has a great matchup on tap against the Jets in Week 2. Even though Jay Cutler favored Jarvis Landry over the middle in the first game, Parker is still very much in Miami's aerial plans and should be a solid play this weekend.
New York Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram entered the concussion protocol as a "precaution" after the Week 2 game and was limited in practice Wednesday. Engram looks to be fine, but he'll have to be cleared from the protocol in order to play against the Eagles in Week 3. The rookie tight end has acquitted himself well in the first two games, catching a total of eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. He's an upside TE2 that's a better stash in dynasty leagues, especially with New York's offense in shambles right now.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will be listed as questionable heading into their game Thursday against the LA Rams. He has a plethora of injuries, including a hip injury, which is what was listed on the injury report this week. Kittle has been a low-end option for the first two weeks of the season, but against the Rams who have struggled against running backs and tight ends to start the season, he could be a startable option in deeper leagues if he plays. Stay tuned to the inactive list on Thursday to see if he will play.
Indianapolis Colts' wide receivers Chester Rogers (hamstring) and Kamar Aiken (hip) were both listed on the team's Wednesday injury report, with Rogers not practicing and Aiken doing so in a limited fashion. That Rogers hasn't participated in team activities after having nearly all of last week off of practice is a major concern, though it's difficult to imagine him making much of a fantasy impact with Jacoby Brissett as the starting quarterback. Aiken's status for Sunday will need to be monitored, but he is still a tough start given the limited ceiling of the Colts' passing offense.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd was listed as inactive in the team's week 2 matchup with the Houston Texans. Though it was first thought that Boyd was inactive due to a hamstring issue, it was later revealed by head coach Marvin Lewis that Boyd was a "healthy scratch." With Boyd himself wondering why he was held out, many are speculating that it was due to the activation of wide receiver John Ross, who made his league debut during the game. Things are getting interesting in Cincinnati with former offensive coordinator Ken Zampese getting the axe this week, Boyd's role isn't as clear cut as he thought it was during the preseason. Though his job as the team's primary slot receiver may in fact still be safe, it also may not be with the new direction of new offensive head Bill Lazor. Fantasy owners will have to stay tuned to this situation as it progresses during the coming weeks.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins was listed with the starters on this Week's depth chart released by the team. Higgins is coming off a breakout game against the Baltimore Ravens which saw him catch seven passes for 95 yards. He heads into Week 3 in a great spot against a leaky Indianapolis Colts pass defense. Higgins should be added in all 12-team leagues and merits immediate flex consideration in PPR leagues in a game that could be a sneaky shootout considering the ineffectiveness of both defenses.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said wide receiver Paul Richardson is "going to be fine" after the receiver suffered a dislocated finger in Week 2. Richardson had just two catches for 19 yards in the win over San Fran, but he was able to find the end zone for the first time this year. With Seattle's entire offense stuck in the mud, mainly because of the inept offensive line, Richardson is currently an unappealing flex option.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is a solid tight end play like he usually is for the Week 3 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. He's seen plenty of targets in the first two games, and with the Cardinals secondary likely to shut down the Cowboys wide receivers, the passing game may run through short passes to the running back and tight end. Witten always has touchdown upside, and he has a safe floor because of how heavily he is used every week. Fire him up as a low-end TE1 on Monday night.
Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), DT Marcell Dareus (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), DE Shaq Lawson (foot), RB LeSean McCoy (rest) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. S Colt Anderson (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), LB Deon Lacey (hamstring) and LB Matt Milano (hamstring) were each limited participants in practice.
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, Sept. 20, with a sprained ankle.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (quadriceps) missed practice Wednesday. This is worrying for fantasy owners who have Brown, as his injury recovery process may hinder his success for the rest of the season as it did last year. Furthermore, with the rotation in the offensive line, it is hard to truly trust any piece of this offense following the injury to star running back David Johnson (wrist). With Brown looking unlikely to suit up again this week, J.J. Nelson -- one of the most popular waiver additions this week -- is a viable WR3/flex play against the Cowboys' banged-up secondary.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku scored the first touchdown of his NFL career in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. He has a good chance to score again in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have really struggled against enemy tight ends over the past few seasons, ranking 31st in DVOA against the position in 2016 and 30th this season. While Njoku splits reps with Seth DeValve and Randall Telfer, he has the most upside of the bunch. He settles in as an upside TE2 for Week 3 based on the favorable matchup alone.
Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed missed practice with a shoulder/chest injury. When asked about his absence, head coach Jay Gruden simply said "He's not healthy right now." This is a slightly more pessimistic tone than we'd heard on Monday when Reed's condition was describe as day-to-day. Owners holding out hope to play Reed against the Raiders Sunday night should consider adding Vernon Davis as an emergency option.
Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer is coming off a brutal, four-turnover performance against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2. Kizer struggled throughout the game against what is shaping up as a fierce Baltimore defense this season. The rookie quarterback should have an easier time in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have had one of the worst defenses in the league over the past few seasons and have allowed both Jared Goff and Carson Palmer to post solid fantasy games against them the past two weeks. Kizer has shown some rushing ability and the Browns have not been shy about using him on keepers near the goal line this season. For that reason, coupled with the favorable opponent, Kizer has streamer appeal and is a strong start in two-quarterback formats in Week 3.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) will not practice Wednesday. Graham will be questionable for Week 3 against the Titans, and he's been a huge disappointment for his owners through two weeks with just four catches for a measly nine yards. He did see an encouraging eight targets last Sunday, but Seattle's offensive line and passing attack is ugly right now, and Graham can't be trusted as a TE1. Making matters worse, Seattle plays a late game this weekend, so you should be looking for other options than Graham.
Jacksonville Jaguars FS Tashaun Gipson (ankle), LB Lerentee McCray (knee) and C Brandon Linder (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. WR Jaelen Strong (hamstring), CB Jalen Ramsey (ankle) and DE Malik Jackson (groin) were limited.
Philadelphia Eagles CB Ronald Darby (ankle), FS Corey Graham (hamstring), S Rodney McLeod (hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) and S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. LB Najee Goode (forearm), DE Brandon Graham (triceps) and CB Jalen Mills (thumb) participated fully.
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (ankle), CB Jaylen Hill (thigh), DT Brandon Williams (foot) and TE Maxx Williams (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. LB Anthony Levine (chest) was limited, while LB Za'Darius Smith (knee, ankle) participated fully.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday. Newton took some hard hits in the Week 2 loss but stayed in the game. He should be fine for Week 3 against a leaky New Orleans Saints secondary. If there were any week for Newton to shake off the rust and perform as a legitimate QB1, this would be it.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley is not a good option for Week 3 starting lineups regardless of scoring format. The slot receiver will be facing the Arizona Cardinals defense on the road. While the Cardinals can occasionally be exploited by slot men, Beasley has not been a top-40 fantasy wide receiver since nine games ago. He can be kept on the bench as a depth piece, but shouldn't be started outside of desperate situations.