Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:42am
Coach Ron Rivera didn’t just say he wanted three series out of Panthers QB Cam Newton and the first-team offense. He said he wanted three "good" series. Whether that means Rivera is willing to risk the NFL MVP and other starters past that remains to be seen.
The starters typically don’t see extensive playing time until the third preseason game. Rivera didn’t expand on what he meant by "good," but you can bet he’ll want to see more out of the running game.
The Panthers rushed for only 81 yards in their preseason opener at Baltimore, and 39 of that total came from third-string quarterback Joe Webb (22) and starting wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (17). Starting running back Jonathan Stewart didn’t play, so look for him to get a few carries. But most of the focus will be on second-year back Cameron Artis-Payne, who had only 10 yards on five carries against the Ravens.
The question now is how the Carolina offense will look with the 6-foot-5 Kelvin Benjamin back in the mix with emerging star Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn Jr. and the rest of a group that overachieved in 2015.
There's no doubt that Benjamin will provide an upgrade. General manager Dave Gettleman said it’s like having an extra first-round draft pick.
Cam Newton grew as a quarterback when he was forced to spread the ball among a receiving corps that had no star. This camp could be about resisting the temptation to lean on Benjamin, which Newton often did in 2014, when the first-round pick out of Florida State had 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.
Banjamin is back in our rankings as a lower-end WR2. We still project a nice season for him with a 74-1,008-8.2 line. Based on ADP, it looks like Benjamin is going before he should in drafts, likely because owners speculate a little less spreading around of the ball. However, that doesn't appear to be the goal of the offense this season.
Friday, January 15, 2016, 5:23pm
Sunday, January 3, 2016, 3:25pm
Stewart was ruled out on Friday with a sprained foot that sidelined him the past two games.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Panthers WR Ted Ginn (knee, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. The doubtful tag indicates Ginn will not play, so owners should make other plans. Corey Brown and Devin Funchess both get a bump, and even Jerricho Cotchery is worth a look in PPR formats.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Panthers WR Ted Ginn (quad, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. He’s a solid start — as solid as he can be, anyway — against the Falcons after catching two touchdowns in each of the last three games.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Panthers WR Ted Ginn (quad) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. It’s a good sign that Ginn was upgraded to a full practice. He’s a solid start against the Falcons after catching two touchdowns in each of the last three games.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Panthers WR Ted Ginn (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15. Ginn should be fine to face the Giants’ burnable secondary. Ginn has eight touchdowns on the season and two in each of the last two games. His the consummate boom/bust play.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Panthers WR Ted Ginn (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Ginn should be fine to face the Giants’ burnable secondary. Ginn has eight touchdowns on the season and two in each of the last two games. His the consummate boom/bust play.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
Panthers WR Ted Ginn (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Ginn should be fine to face the Giants’ burnable secondary. Ginn has eight touchdowns on the season and two in each of the last two games. His the consummate boom/bust play.
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
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