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Eric Reid
Arbitrator denies Reid's claim against Cincy
Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 5:20 PM
Mike Garafolo on Twitter
The NFLPA is "disappointed" that arbitrator Shyam Das denied Eric Reid's legal claim against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Analysis: During Reid's visit with the Bengals this offseason, he was reportedly asked if he had plans to continue to kneel during the national anthem. After his response, Reid left without a contract, so Reid's legal team filed a grievance against the Bengals. That claim was denied yesterday by the arbitrator, but Reid is still continuing with his separate collusion case against the NFL alongside unsigned Colin Kaepernick.
Torrey Smith
No structural damage for Torrey Smith (knee)
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 10:22 AM
Max Henson on Twitter
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there is no structural damage to Torrey Smith's knee.
Analysis: Smith's knee swelled up after he hit the ground hard late in the Week 7 win, but it looks like he has avoided a serious injury. Smith caught four passes for 61 yards against the Eagles.
Greg Olsen
Greg Olsen quiet, but catches game-winning TD
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 5:18 PM
Greg Olsen caught 2-of-5 targets for five yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 7 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Olsen got lost in a brutal first half by Cam Newton, who went 4-of-9 passing for 24 yards in the first two quarters. Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith did the second-half heavy lifting until Olsen's goal-line score that proved the game winner. Week 8 opponent Baltimore has shown vulnerability in the middle of the field, so Olsen will have a better matchup next week than Carolina's wideouts.
D.J. Moore
DJ Moore has quiet game, commits penalthy
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 5:15 PM
D.J. Moore caught 3-of-5 targets for 29 yards in the Panthers' Week 7 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Carolina's first-round pick also committed a penalty and continues to struggle with mental errors, but Moore's explosiveness on the field is evident. Moore could end up with more Week 8 playing time if Torrey Smith can't go after requiring X-rays following Sunday's thrilling comeback win. Either way, Moore won't be a fantasy option against the Ravens. Moore is just a Dynasty and deep-league stash for now.
Devin Funchess
Funchess dominates targets & Ronald Darby
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 5:12 PM
Devin Funchess caught 6-of-11 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 7 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Funchess' touchdown came on a sluggo route to beat Eagles top CB Ronald Darby from 18 yards away. Funchess came out of Michigan younger than most prospects and needed a few years to develop as a rotational receiver, but he is a legit No. 1 at this point. And he has stayed productive despite Greg Olsen's (foot) return. Nevertheless, Funchess will be more WR3 than WR2 when the Panthers host a stingy Ravens defense next.
Curtis Samuel
Curtis Samuel scores end-around TD
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 3:29 PM
Curtis Samuel rushed twice for nine yards and a touchdown and caught a 16-yard pass in the Panthers' Week 7 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: He scored a 14-yard touchdown on an end-around, but lost five yards on his other rushing attempt and was only targeted once. A low-volume gadget player, Samuel's fantasy value is limited to deeper Dynasty leagues.
Torrey Smith
Torrey Smith gets X-rays after Panthers win
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 3:27 PM
Torrey Smith needed X-rays following Sunday's Week 7 win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: He was seen limping to the X-ray room after the game. Smith contributed a massive 35-yard catch on fourth down with only a few minutes remaining to keep alive what wound up being the game-winning drive. Smith finished with four catches for 61 yards on six targets. If he can't play in Week 8 against the Ravens, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel could get more playing time.
Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey: 13 touches, 80 yards, 0 TDs in win
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 3:13 PM
Christian McCaffrey rushed seven times for 29 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 51 yards in the Panthers' Week 7 win over the Eagles.
Cam Newton
Cam Newton engineers heroic comeback win
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 3:07 PM
Cam Newton completed 25-of-39 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns and rushed seven times for 49 yards in the Panthers' Week 7 upset win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: Newton shook off a dreadful first half to complete 21-of-30 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns in the final two quarters, finding Devin Funchess for an 18-yard score and Greg Olsen for the game winner at the goal line as Carolina overcame a 17-0 deficit for the 21-17 victory. Newton's second-half performance was truly heroic, particularly a fourth-down completion to Torrey Smith for 35 yards. Newton gets a tougher Week 8 matchup against Baltimore, but he has been a high-floor, high-ceiling fantasy quarterback all year regardless of opponents.
Cameron Artis-Payne
Panthers declare Week 7 inactives
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 10:35 AM
Panthers declared RB Cameron Artis-Payne, OG Brendan Mahon, OG Amini Silatolu, DE Marquis Haynes, DE Bryan Cox, LB Andre Smith, and CB Corn Elder inactive Week 7 against the Eagles.
Analysis: All are healthy aside from Smith, who has a hamstring issue.
Greg Olsen
Greg Olsen (foot) limited again Thursday
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 1:49 PM
Steve Reed on Twitter
Greg Olsen (foot) remained limited at Thursday's practice
Analysis: Panthers coach Ron Rivera recently said the team would manage Olsen's practice reps all season. The veteran played 98 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps in last week's loss to Washington. Olsen is RotoPat's No. 8 tight end for Week 7.
Matt Kalil
Panthers LT Matt Kalil not ready to practice
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 10:02 PM
Panthers LT Matt Kalil (knee, IR) hasn't been cleared to practice this week.
Analysis: Kalil is eligible to practice after spending the last six weeks on IR, but was limited to side work. He remains on track for a Week 9 return. Chris Clark has been starting at left tackle in Kalil's place.
Greg Olsen
Panthers plan to manage Olsen's practice reps
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 9:46 PM
Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers plan to manage Greg Olsen's (foot) practice reps all season.
Analysis: The Panthers limited Olsen in his first practice since his return last week. He made it through Sunday setback-free but Olsen remains a second half injury risk. Olsen should have a near every-down role for his Week 7 matchup with the Eagles.
D.J. Moore
Rivera didn't think about benching D.J. Moore
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 8:29 AM
Charlotte Observer
Panthers coach Ron Rivera did not consider benching D.J. Moore.
Analysis: The rookie lost two fumbles in the first half, but his coach stood by him. "We're trying to develop a football team," Rivera said. "I'm not too concerned about punishing players for making mistakes as much as we are about developing them and making sure they're learning and growing and being able to go forward with them." Moore continues to play fewer snaps than Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright, but his role is growing. He is a fine bench stash in deeper leagues.
Greg Olsen
Greg Olsen played 59-of-60 snaps Week 6
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 8:25 AM
Greg Olsen played 59-of-60 snaps (98 percent) Week 6 against the Redskins.
Analysis: It was Olsen's first game since reinjuring his foot in Week 1, but the Panthers did not take it easy on him. He also notched seven targets on the day. He will be at risk of an in-game setback all season, but he will be a solid TE1 when he is healthy.
Torrey Smith
Torrey Smith scores touchdown vs. Redskins
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 5:00 PM
Torrey Smith caught 5-of-5 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Redskins.
Analysis: Smith, whose touchdown came on a goal line look, also converted a two-point attempt. The score was Smith's second as a Panther. Smith just crossed the 100-yard threshold for the season this afternoon. He's miles from fantasy relevance.
D.J. Moore
D.J. Moore loses two fumbles, totals 77 yards
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 4:22 PM
D.J. Moore caught 4-of-5 targets for 59 yards in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Redskins, adding 18 yards rushing while losing a pair of fumbles.
Analysis: Moore is lucky he saw as many targets as he did, as his first half giveaways were the difference in the game. He muffed a punt that set the Redskins up at the Panthers' 22-yard line. The Redskins scored one play later. He then let the ball get "Peanut punched" out in the second quarter, setting up three more Redskins points. To coach Ron Rivera's credit, he did not bench his first-round pick and he was productive the rest of the game. Moore will be a boom/bust WR4/5 for Week 7 against the Eagles.
Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey bottled up for 66 yards
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 4:07 PM
Christian McCaffrey caught 7-of-8 targets for 46 yards in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Redskins, adding eight carries for 20 additional yards.
Analysis: McCaffrey was finding nice holes on the ground in the early going, but the Panthers quickly abandoned the run after a pair of D.J. Moore turnovers had them playing from behind. McCaffrey probably should have had a few more catches, but Cam Newton didn't see him on a few wide-open looks. McCaffrey will enter next week's game with the Eagles averaging 117 yards from scrimmage.
Devin Funchess
Devin Funchess goes 5/74/1 in loss to 'Skins
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 3:58 PM
Devin Funchess caught 5-of-8 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Redskins.
Analysis: It was arguably Funchess' best overall game of the year, which is encouraging since it came as Greg Olsen made his return to the lineup. Funchess made a few excellent catches, but the highlight was his 23-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter. Funhcess skied over Quinton Dunbar in the end zone before essentially taking the ball off Dunbar's chest. Producing as a solid WR3, Funchess has an appetizing Week 7 matchup in the Eagles' struggling secondary.
Greg Olsen
Olsen goes 4/48 in first game since Week 1
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 3:43 PM
Greg Olsen caught 4-of-7 targets for 48 yards in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Redskins.