The Panthers closed out Round 2 of the NFL Draft by trading up to select S Jeremy Chinn. The 6'3, 221-pounder racked up big numbers across 4 seasons at Southern Illinois: 243 tackles, 13 INTs, 31 passes defensed and 6 forced fumbles. He faces an immediate opening at SS in Carolina, which let Eric Reid walk while retaining FS Tre Boston.
The Panthers selected EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos early in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. The DE racked up 34.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks over 2 seasons as a starter for Penn State. He ranked 7th in this EDGE class in tackles for loss per game. Gross-Matos could wind up a DE or LB for fantasy purposes, depending on what new Carolina DC Phil Snow decides to do with his base alignment. As a DE, Gross-Matos would present intriguing upside in IDP leagues. He follows 1st-round DT Derrick Brown to give much needed help to the Panthers' front.
The Panthers grabbed Auburn DT Derrick Brown with the 7th pick in the NFL Draft. Brown delivered 9.5+ tackles for loss each of the past 3 seasons, adding 7 pass deflections and 5 forced fumbles. Brown is good enough to prove relevant for DT-required IDP leagues. But as a bigger, slower lineman, he doesn’t look like a high-upside fantasy asset even in that format. He could help the production of DT Kawann Short. We'll see what Carolina's new coaching staff reveals about the defensive scheme and what else the Panthers add in the draft. They still have weaknesses at LB and in the secondary.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Giants have agreed to a 3-year, $45 million deal (including $32 million guaranteed) with CB James Bradberry. The former Panther has defensed 10+ passes in each of his 4 seasons but topped out at 3 INTs in 2019. Bradberry should remain a solid but unspectacular IDP option in a weak Giants offense.
Panthers LB Luke Kuechly has announced his retirement. Kuechly just finished his age-28 season and 8th NFL campaign. He hasn't missed a game since 2017 and has missed just 1 game over the past 3 seasons. Kuechly famously lost the ends of his 2015 and 2016 seasons to concussions, and those issues likely factored into this decision. Kuechly has reportedly played through other issues even while not missing games the past 2 years. His departure leaves Carolina likely looking for a replacement this offseason. Shaq Thompson just signed a 4-year extension in December and will continue to start. Jermaine Carter looks like the best bet for a replacement on the current roster. The 2nd-year, former 5th-round pick played full time in the final 2 regular-season games with Thompson out.
The Panthers have ruled LB Shaq Thompson (foot) out for Sunday's finale against the Saints. Jermaine Carter started and played every snap in place of Thompson last week but tallied just 2 tackles against the Colts. He's not a strong option for your Week 17 IDP lineup.
The Panthers have ruled LB Shaq Thompson out for Sunday's game against the Colts with an ankle injury. Jermaine Carter -- a 5th-round pick from 2018 -- will start in Thompson's place. We'd look elsewhere for a fantasy replacement, though.
Panthers S Eric Reid and DE Mario Addison (chest) are active for today's game against the Seahawks. He was a late addition to the injury report because of an illness but looks good to go for IDP lineups. Addison should start in most cases as well.
Panthers S Eric Reid is now questionable for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks because of an illness. We’ll obviously update his status Sunday morning. An active Reid will be worth playing in your IDP lineup, though, barring word that they’ll limit his playing time. Reid has on multiple occasions played through injuries that rendered him questionable and limited him to minimal or no practice. Reid has been one of the top-scoring DBs on the year and a consistent producer
Panthers EDGE Mario Addison (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned for to limited participation Friday. We'll check Addison's status Sunday morning.
Panthers EDGE Mario Addison missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a chest injury. We'll see about his Friday participation and game status. Brian Burns would likely see starter-level playing time if Addison can't play in the upside matchup with the Seahawks.
Panthers EDGE Mario Addison (groin) is active for today's game against the Falcons. Play him for a high-ceiling sack matchup in your IDP lineups.
Panthers DE Mario Addison popped up on the injury report Friday as a limited practice participant with a groin injury. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. We haven't seen anything else on the injury yet, so we'll look for more on Addison's outlook through the weekend.
Panthers S Eric Reid (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington. Reid went from no practice Wednesday to a limited Thursday workout and then sitting out Friday. We'll see about his status Sunday morning.
Panthers CB Donte Jackson (hip) is active for today's game against the Falcons. Jackson managed only a limited Friday practice this week, so he'll almost certainly be playing at less than full strength. This still looks like an upside matchup for Atlanta WR Calvin Ridley.
The Panthers will get top CB James Bradberry (groin) back for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He returned to full practices Thursday and Friday, and Carolina left him off the final injury report. Bradberry missed last week. Donte Jackson (hip) is questionable for the game. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before a limited Friday. Third corner Ross Cockrell is out with a quad injury.
Panthers CB James Bradberry is inactive for today's game against the Packers with a groin injury. That improves the matchup for Green Bay WR Davante Adams. DT Vernon Butler (back) is active after arriving questionable. Butler's not much of an IDP option, though.
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