Panthers Fantasy News
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:36am
The Panthers seem to be moving away from the zone read, wanting Newton to make more plays from the pocket, so this could be a telling sign that Olsen will be counted on. TE is a deep fantasy position, and if you don't feel you need to take one of the studs early, Olsen's ADP is surprisingly the 12th round, yet we have him ranked 8th on our TE list. At that point of the draft, you may even be able to nab him as your TE2.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:31am
GM Dave Gettleman would not speculate on whether Stewart would be ready for the start of training camp, saying: “We’ll see. Time will tell.”
DeAngelo Williams got plenty of reps this spring, as did fullback Mike Tolbert. We still rank Stewart 30th on our RB list and Williams 37th, so we still see a committee when both backs are healthy. If the Panthers move to less of a zone read attack, both backs could see a bump in value, but in a committee they will still be risky plays.
Panthers de-emphasizing zone read
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:25am
The Panthers did not run a lot of zone read during OTAs, and it appears the option package will be de-emphasized under first-year offensive coordinator Mike Shula.
Third-year quarterback Cam Newton looks comfortable running a more user-friendly offense.
This could all mean a bit of a drop in Newton's fantasy rushing production, as it seems the Panthers want him to run a little less. He has 1,447 yards rushing and 22 rushing TDs over his first two years. That also means a possible bump up in value for RBs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. We still rank Newton third among our QBs and have him available in the fourth round along with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Jonathan Stewart out until training camp, maybe longer
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10:31am
Carolina supposedly tried to feature Jonathan Stewart starting in Week 7, but he only averaged 3.4 YPC on 68 carries in his next six games before going down with what turned out to be a season-ending ankle injury. DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert are still in the mix making this one of the more muddled RB situations in the league.
Friday, May 31, 2013, 11:12am
Tom Coughlin may be irritated with the absence of his top two receivers from OTAs, but that also means he and the coaching staff can get a closer look at Rueben Randle.
Coughlin confirmed that Randle has a terrific opportunity this offseason to take a step forward.
"He’s moving in that direction," Coughlin said. "He’s certainly had many opportunities and if there’s a guy who really has a chance to step his game up and really show what he can do, it’s happening right now to Rueben."
Friday, May 31, 2013, 11:06am
Mike Shula’s offense is considered to be more traditional than what the Panthers experienced under Rob Chudzinski’s direction the past two seasons as offensive coordinator.
What it will look like on Week One is still up in the air, but one thing is for sure with coach Ron Rivera: They’ll be getting out of the huddle faster in 2013.
By simplifying the verbiage for play calls, Rivera expects the team to break the huddle faster and with less confusion.
“We want to be up-tempo, we want to practice up-tempo and get things going up-tempo,” Rivera said Thursday at organized team activities. “That’s what you see, you see more of that in the last couple weeks in these OTAs.”
Quicker playcalling should mean more plays and more production from Cam Newton and the rest of the Carolina offense, provided the team is as effective on a per-play basis.
Rivera: Steve Smith looks "like he's 25" in OTAs
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 11:18am
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Steve Smith has looked like he's 25 again during OTAs. Rivera said the veteran wideout has been diving for balls--something the coaching staff isn't wild about. And even though we're more than three months from Week One, he still shows his frustration when the ball doesn't come his way.
There is often value to be had with the aging (yet still productive) veteran as other owners are more interested in making sexier upside picks. Smith scares people off due to his age (34), but keep in mind that he has finished in the top 20 in seven of the last eight seasons, including the last two. There is a chance that Father Time comes calling, but Rivera's comments certainly quell some of that concern. We currently have him ranked as our #26 receiver in standard formats.
Friday, May 24, 2013, 10:10am
Coming off ankle surgery this offseason, RB Jonathan Stewart was "very limited," per HC Ron Rivera. He stretched, but then went to the other field and worked out on the bike.
Panthers redo deal with DeAngelo Williams
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 10:00am
Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has restructured his contract in a move that could keep the 2006 first-round pick out of Memphis with the team through the 2015 season, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Given the team's depth at the position and Williams' salary, his future with the Panthers had been in doubt. The Panthers could have designated Williams a "post-June 1" release at any time this offseason and doing so would have saved $5 million in cash and cap space on June 2. Instead, the Panthers have guaranteed Williams $4 million and increased his potential "dead" money from $9.6 million to $14.6 million, all but assuring him a spot on their roster in 2013. The deal increases the chances that Williams will remain in the fold through the 2015 season as his base salaries become reasonable and commensurate with a reduced role in the Panthers' offense moving forward.
This restructured deal ensures that Williams will be around to stunt Jonathan Stewart's fantasy value in the short term.
Chudzinski: Jordan Cameron "has the skill set that fits"
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 12:03pm
Turner’s in 28 NFL years include Jay Novacek (Dallas), Vernon Davis in his rookie year (San Francisco) and Gates (San Diego).
“This is an offense that has featured tight ends and tight ends have always been a big part of it,” Chudzinski said of Cameron. “He has the skill set that fits.”
It's only May, and the Jordan Cameron hype train ia already barreling down the tracks. Cameron is definitely a breakout candidate in Turner's offense and would be a fine TE2 (with upside) on draft day.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:06am
The diligent side of tight end Martellus Bennett — quarterback Jay Cutler’s new big weapon — has emerged during the Bears’ voluntary minicamp, erasing any concerns about how his eccentric, outgoing personality would blend into the Bears locker room.
‘‘He’s a student,” Bears tight end coach Andy Bischoff said Thursday after the third day of minicamp. ‘‘He’s writing everything down. He’s asking questions. He wants to be coached. Really, in every possible way, he’s been a joy.’’
After a hot start (5.0-62-1.0 in the first three games), Bennett only cracked the 50-yard mark once in the next eight games, and failed to find the endzone during that span. He finished the season with two TDs in his final five games. Ever since they traded Greg Olsen away, the Bears have struggled at TE. Bennett should immediately start in Chicago. We liked him more in New York, but he could surprise for the Bears if Jay Cutler sends enough passes his way. At this point, he looks like a mediocre TE2.
Jordan Cameron slated to start for Browns
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 10:13pm
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski and OC Norv Turner know tight ends, with Chud having played the position at the University of Miami and the two of them coaching Pro Bowlers Antonio Gates and Kellen Winslow. They've identified Jordan Cameron as their starter for 2013, with Kellen Davis and Gary Barnidge playing reserve roles. Expect Cameron to take a big step this year and have plenty of production in this tight-end friendly offense.
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:17pm
Giants QB Eli Manning, along with older brother Peyton, is working out at Duke University this week, according to ESPN. The Mannings are there with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, a college coach of both brothers, as well as three Giants and three Broncos teammates.
Manning brought Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and recently signed Louis Murphy, per ESPN. The Giants offseason program begins next Monday, and Manning hopes Cruz is working alongside him in East Rutherford as well.
Carroll: Russell Wilson is going to "bust out" in 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013, 1:18pm
“I think it’s going to be Russell Wilson,” Carroll said. “I think he’s going to really do well this year. He’s going to bust out and will benefit tremendously from his first year. It may be hard to imagine he’s going to get any better, but I think he’s going to get a lot better, being he was a first year starter, first time in the League.”
Overshadowed by Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, Wilson had arguably the best season of any rookie QB (ever) not named Cam Newton. He accounted for 30 total TDs (26 pass, four rush) and rushed for the third-most yardage among all QBs in 2012. Wilson averaged 20.2 fantasy points in his final eight games after averaging 11.3 FP in the first half of the season. Even if we remove W15 (where he rushed for three TDs after not rushing for a score all year), he averaged 18.0 FP in the second half of the season. With the addition of WR Percy Harvin, Wilson is looking like a solid starting fantasy QB in 2013. Like the other rookies and first-year starters, there's always the possibility that defenses will be able to scheme against them, and Wilson's average passing yardage (195 per game) won't help his fantasy value weather a regression in touchdowns.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:23pm