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C.J. Anderson
C.J. Anderson totals 48 yards Friday night
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 10:04 PM
C.J. Anderson tallied 39 yards on eight carries while also snaring two catches for nine yards Friday in the Panthers' preseason game against the Dolphins.
Analysis: Christian McCaffrey dominated touches early as Anderson didn't see his first carry until midway through the second quarter. Anderson did break off one long run-that came on an 18-yard gallop early in the third quarter-but he averaged just three yards on his other seven carries. The 27-year-old will certainly have a role this year, but it's clear as day that McCaffrey is the back to own in Carolina.
Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey torches MIA for 120 yards
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 8:05 PM
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed five times for 92 yards and a touchdown while catching 4-of-5 targets for 28 yards in Friday's preseason game versus the Dolphins.
Analysis: After dominating all of the first-team reps a week ago, McCaffrey was once again the focal point of the Panthers offense. He had every backfield touch up until the final drive of the fist half, receiving nine of the Panthers' 16 offensive touches in the half. His best play came on a 71-yard touchdown run on his second carry. The Panthers gave him a big hole on the right side and he outraced the Miami defense to the end zone. True to their word this offseason, the Panthers have shown they are dedicated to giving McCaffrey a gigantic workload. Look for McCaffrey to move further up running back ranks and draft boards over the final two weeks of the preseason.
Da'Norris Searcy
Da'Norris Searcy suffers possible concussion
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 6:59 PM
Joe Person on Twitter
Panthers SS Da'Norris Searcy left Friday's preseason game with a possible concussion.
Analysis: Searcy was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit. He started for the second straight week opposite Mike Adams before going down. Searcy will likely miss the Panthers' third preseason game if he gets placed in the concussion protocol.
Brendan Mahon
Brendan Mahon can win left guard spot
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 10:24 AM
Charlotte Observer
The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue believes Brendan Mahon will win the Panthers' left guard job at some point this season.
Analysis: Mahon is an undrafted rookie out of Penn State. Greg Van Roten looks like the favorite for the job right now -- assuming Amini Silatolu (knee) is not ready for Week 1 -- but Mahon is squarely in the mix. Even if he does not win the job, Mahon looks locked into a roster spot.
Ian Thomas
TE Thomas 'biggest surprise' of Panthers camp
Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 1:41 PM
Charlotte Observer
The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person considers fourth-round TE Ian Thomas the "biggest surprise" of Panthers camp.
Analysis: Per Person, Thomas has been "consistently finding open lanes in the secondary and pulling down intermediate-length passes." With Chris Manhertz working his way back from a Jones fracture, Thomas could steal some targets behind 33-year-old starter Greg Olsen.
Greg Olsen
Greg Olsen 'fluid' in training camp
Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 1:36 PM
Charlotte Observer
The Charlotte Observe reports Greg Olsen has been running "fluidly" in training camp.
Analysis: Reporter Joseph Person believes Olsen "appears to be back" following his injury-ruined 2017. Fantasy owners hoping to get Olsen at a discount will be disappointed, as the 33-year-old is still being drafted as a top 4-5 tight end.
Donte Jackson
Jackson drawing rave reviews at Panthers camp
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 11:18 AM
Joe Person on Twitter
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said second-round CB Donte Jackson has given him a "comfort level" at cornerback he hasn't felt in 2-3 years.
Tyler Larsen
Tyler Larsen out with hyperextended elbow
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 11:16 AM
Joe Person on Twitter
Panthers C/T Tyler Larsen (elbow) didn't practice on Sunday.
James Bradberry
James Bradberry (thigh) back at practice
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 8:25 AM
Joe Person on Twitter
Panthers CB James Bradberry (thigh) returned to practice on Sunday.
Analysis: Bradberry had been out with a thigh injury. The 25-year-old is coming off a down season that saw him earn PFF's No. 109 grade out of 120 qualifiers at cornerback.
James Bradberry
James Bradberry sidelined at training camp
Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 2:32 PM
Max Henson on Twitter
Panthers LCB James Bradberry (thigh) has been sidelined at training camp.
Analysis: Bradberry was held out of Carolina's preseason opener. He's day to day but looks unlikely to get cleared for next week's game with Miami. Donte Jackson has been getting first-team reps with Bradberry out.
D.J. Moore
D.J. Moore impressive in debut with 4-75 line
Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 10:02 AM
D.J. Moore caught 4-of-6 targets for 75 yards in the Panthers' preseason opener Thursday.
Analysis: Moore was the star of the Panthers' exhibition versus Buffalo, posting a game-high 75 yards. His long catch went for 32 yards on an underthrown deep ball down the sideline where Moore had to stop and come back to it, but his most impressive play was a shallow cross on 3rd-and-9 where Moore broke several tackles to set up C.J. Anderson's fourth-quarter, four-yard TD run. Moore was targeted once by Cam Newton but played mostly with the second- and third-teamers. Moore will compete for targets behind Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith this season.
Daryl Williams
Panthers RT Daryl Williams likely to go on IR
Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 5:02 PM
Ian Rapoport
Panthers RT Daryl Williams (knee) is expected to open the season on injured reserve.
Analysis: Williams dislocated his kneecap and tore his MCL early in training camp. He was never going to be ready for Week 1, but the Panthers are hoping he can return for the second half of the year. Taylor Moton has replaced Williams opposite Matt Kalil. With LG Amini Silatolu also sidelined, Carolina's offensive line is looking like an early-season weak spot.
Tyler Larsen
Panthers sign C/G Larsen to $4.4M extension
Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 11:40 AM
Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter
Panthers signed C/G Tyler Larsen to a two-year, $4.4 million extension through 2020.
Analysis: Larsen started 10 games last season in place of an injured Ryan Kalil at center. He received average marks from Pro Football Focus across his 720 snaps, but Larsen is experienced depth on the interior line and could enter the mix at left guard to open the year after Amini Silatolu suffered a torn meniscus.
Amini Silatolu
Amini Silatolu recovering from torn meniscus
Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 5:34 PM
Steve Reed on Twitter
Panthers LG Amini Silatolu is week to week after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Analysis: Week to week is optimistic, but it's what the team is feeding the media for now. Silatolu had been penciled in as Andrew Norwell's replacement. Now the job is more wide open, with Jeremiah Sirles perhaps the top candidate to start if Silatolu isn't ready for Week 1. The situation is far from ideal for the Panthers' running game.
Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis wants to play in 2019
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 11:15 AM
Bill Voth on Twitter
Panthers LB Thomas Davis said he would like to play in 2019 "if the team will have me back."
Analysis: Davis originally planned to retire following this season, but a four-game suspension changed his mind -- he does not want to end his career "on a sour note." A first-round pick all the way back in 2005, Davis has spent his entire career in Carolina. It sounds like the Panthers are the only team he would play for in 2019.
Christian McCaffrey
Norv: Realistic CMC gets 25-30 weekly touches
Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 12:07 PM
David Newton on Twitter
Speaking Thursday, Panthers OC Norv Turner called it "realistic" to believe Christian McCaffrey could get 25-30 touches per game this season.
Analysis: It's not realistic, but that is sort of beside the point, which is that Turner and coach Ron Rivera are both on the record as wanting McCaffrey to handle monster workloads. It's looking like McCaffrey could seriously get himself in the 18-20 range after he averaged 12 as a rookie. That sort of jump would have McCaffrey in the RB1 mix even in non-PPR leagues.
Matt Kalil
Panthers expect Matt Kalil to 'be better'
Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 7:33 AM
Charlotte Observer
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he expects LT Matt Kalil to "be better" this season.
Analysis: Signed to a five-year, $55 million contract last March, Kalil was mostly bad his first season in Carolina, but the coach expects to see more this year. "He works against it every day and he's got a better feel for what we're doing," Rivera said. "He's a little more comfortable in the system." With Andrew Norwell gone and Daryl Williams injured, the Panthers have serious questions along the offensive line. Kalil taking a step forward would help alleviate those.
Ross Cockrell
Panthers CB Ross Cockrell goes on IR
Wed, Aug 1, 2018, 4:31 PM
Panthers placed CB Ross Cockrell (leg) on injured reserve.
Analysis: This was expected after Cockrell went down with a broken left tibia and fibula earlier this week. It's a potential season-ending injury for Cockrell, who signed a two-year $6.8 million deal back in March. The Panthers added OT Adam Bisnowaty off waivers to replace Cockrell's 90-man roster spot.
Curtis Samuel
Curtis Samuel taken off active/PUP list
Wed, Aug 1, 2018, 8:49 AM
Panthers activated WR Curtis Samuel from active/PUP.
Ross Cockrell
Ross Cockrell diagnosed with fractured leg
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 1:06 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Panthers CB Ross Cockrell has been diagnosed with a broken leg and is out indefinitely.
Analysis: Cockrell played 679 solid snaps for the Giants last season, both on the outside and in the slot. It's unclear how long he might be sidelined. Leg breaks can be anything from a six-week affair to a season-ender.