Panthers Fantasy News

Bills hire Sean McDermott as head coach

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Bills ended their latest head-coaching search Wednesday, agreeing to hire Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to succeed the fired Rex Ryan, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano.

McDermott is expected to bring a 4-3 defensive scheme back to the Bills, who finished fourth in yards allowed in 2014 while using former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's 4-3 system.

Fantasy Impact:

The hire is a good sign for the Bills' defense, but more importantly, who will McDermott hire as offensive coordinator? And will the franchise keep Tyrod Taylor?

Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) won't need surgery

Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:35pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The silver lining to Cam Newton's turbulent 2016 campaign: His beaten-up body won't require surgery.

The Panthers passer confirmed Sunday that the throwing shoulder he injured against the Chargers in Week 14 will simply require a little TLC this offseason.

"Rest," Newton said, per The Charlotte Observer. "Rest. A lot of rest."

Fantasy Impact:

One year removed from a torrid MVP campaign, Cam finished 2016 with the NFL's lowest completion percentage among qualified passers (52.9) and a career-low passer rating (75.8).

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers QB Derek Anderson (illness, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Newton should play in the finale.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Stewart should play, but there’s nothing on the line.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers WR Devin Funchess (knee) was removed from the injury report Friday.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (elbow, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Olsen should play, but there is nothing on the line, so don’t be surprised if he has a quiet day.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Panthers K Graham Gano (left ankle) took full practice reps all week.

Panthers QB Cam Newton's mechanics under debate

Monday, December 26, 2016, 4:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The mechanics of quarterback Cam Newton were front and center on Monday as the Carolina Panthers entered their final week of their 2016 season.

Has the reigning NFL MVP gotten back into old habits of throwing off his back foot too much? Has the rest of his footwork gone askew?

In terms of mechanics, Coach Ron Rivera said there are “times you do see’’ a slippage.

“He is playing with the bad shoulder, trying to do the best he can with that,’’ he said. “Part of it, too, is having to get comfortable again with a [new] group of guys in front of him [because of injuries].

Fantasy Impact:

The story speculated it could be the pressure of losing in the Super Bowl and again in a Week 1 to the Broncos as well as a Week 3 setback to Minnesota that impacted his psyche. Protecting Cam Newton has been as big of an issue, but perhaps the shoulder is worse than the team is letting on.

Falcons WR Julio Jones sees limited snaps

Monday, December 26, 2016, 12:08pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Julio Jones didn't push his injured toe in Saturday's game versus the Panthers. The Atlanta Falcons didn't need him to, handling Carolina 33-16. The receiver was mindful of bigger games coming up on the schedule.

"I was good throughout the whole game, but I was just trying to be careful," Jones said, per ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "I was just in and out, not trying to let that flame up. I wasn't [on a limit]. It was just how I felt. I'm not going to put myself in a situation to hurt the team."

Fantasy Impact:

Jones played the fewest snaps in a game he's started this season, seeing 39 of 63 offensive plays. He still ended up leading the Falcons with 60 receiving yards on four catches, as Matt Ryan spread the ball around to 10 different targets for 277 yards and 2 TDs.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. Newton will be able to play through the shoulder injury as he did last week.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (not injury related) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week. Stewart will be fine for a good matchup against the Falcons.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (back) took full practice reps again Friday. Benjamin will play and has a solid matchup, but he’s been extremely unproductive over the last three weeks.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel (shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. Gabriel injured the shoulder last week but returned to the game. He should be fine to play against the Panthers. He is the #4 receiver in fantasy since Week 8, though he’s not a sure bet to be heavily involved with Julio Jones back in the fold.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Jones is on track to play against the Panthers. There is a line of thinking that Jones could have played the last two weeks but due to the nature of competition, the Falcons elected to hold him out. He could come back with a vengeance against Carolina.

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