The Panthers have fired HC Ron Rivera. He's been with Carolina since 2011, compiling a 76-63-1 record with 4 playoff appearances. But the Panthers went 7-9 last year and are currently sitting at 5-7. Secondary coach Perry Fewell will take over as interim head coach, OC Norv Turner will move into an assistant role and QB coach Scott Turner will serve as OC for the final 4 games of the season. We're not expecting any tangible fantasy impacts from the moves.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) isn’t listed on the final Week 10 injury report. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday. Samuel remains a boom/bust WR3 for Sunday’s game in Green Bay.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) put in a full practice on Thursday. So it looks like Wednesday was more of a rest day. Samuel remains a boom/bust WR3 for this weekend's game vs. the Packers.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel missed Wednesday's practice and is listed on the injury report with a hamstring. He only practiced on Thursday last week before playing his usual role against the Titans -- but this hamstring issue is new. We'll get another update on Samuel tomorrow.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Titans. We haven’t heard any concern about the shoulder, so Samuel seems safe to use as you normally would.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (shoulder) is expected to play against the Titans today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Samuel only practiced once this week, but HC Ron Rivera didn't seem concerned about his availability on Friday. The shoulder still adds a bit of risk to Samuel's Week 9 outlook.
The Panthers list WR Curtis Samuel (shoulder) as questionable for this weekend's game against the Titans. He sat out Wednesday and Friday's practices but was a full-go on Thursday. HC Ron Rivera said Friday that Samuel is "more probable than questionable." We'll get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday. The shoulder obviously adds some risk to Samuel's Week 9 outlook.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (shoulder) put in a full practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's workout. He should be fine for this weekend's game against the Titans. Samuel has been a boom-or-bust fantasy option with QB Kyle Allen, finishing 53rd, 5th and 51st among WRs in PPR points in his last 3 outings.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel missed Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury. He played his usual snap count in last weekend's loss to the 49ers, so we're tentatively expecting Samuel to play against the Titans on Sunday. But check back tomorrow for another update.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Curtis Samuel's jump from year 2 to 3 "has been amazing." Samuel struggled with injuries for the first year-and-a-half of his NFL career. But over the final 6 weeks of last season, he tallied 22 catches, 315 yards and 2 scores, adding another 41 yards on 4 carries. Samuel ranked 31st among WRs in PPR points during that span. The former 2nd-rounder is capable of finishing at least that high in 2019.
The Panthers are shutting down QB Cam Newton for the rest of the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a smart move by Carolina. Newton's shoulder has obviously become a bigger problem over the past few weeks, and the Panthers are all but eliminated from the playoff picture. We'll see if Newton needs another surgery on that shoulder or if some rest will get him back to 100%. His absence will leave Taylor Heinicke as Carolina's starter for the last 2 weeks. Undrafted out of Old Dominion back in 2015, Heinicke has attempted just 5 regular-season NFL passes. He's not a Week 16 fantasy option and is a downgrade for all of Carolina's skill-position guys. RB Christian McCaffrey is the only reliable fantasy play on the team.
Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bucs after getting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. HC Ron Rivera said Friday that he’s “optimistic” about Funchess’ status. If active, he’ll be no better than a risky WR3. But Funchess’ return would make WR Curtis Samuel impossible to trust in fantasy lineups. WR D.J. Moore remains a WR2 with upside.
After sitting out on Wednesday, Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) put in a full practice on Thursday. He'll play against the Bucs this weekend, but his fantasy viability hinges on whether WR Devin Funchess returns.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it, and it's possible this was more of a rest day. Check back tomorrow for an update on Samuel's status.
Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. That doesn't bode well for his chances of returning for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Frankly, we like Carolina's offense better with D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel as the top 2 WRs.
Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. The veteran has played 69% of the offensive snaps and averaged 4.5 targets per game. WRs D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel should pick up extra playing time this weekend, but neither is a strong fantasy option in a tough matchup.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is expected to miss Sunday's opener against the Cowboys after having a procedure to fix an irregular heartbeat, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We don't have a timetable for his return, although Rapoport makes it sound like he won't be out long. Samuel is fighting for a role in Carolina's passing game and isn't worth a roster spot in redraft leagues right now.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) is participating in this week's OTAs. (Here's video of him running a route.) A broken ankle and ligament damage ended Samuel's rookie season last November and required surgery. He had previously said that he was aiming to get back on the field for training camp, so he's seemingly ahead of schedule. The former 2nd-round pick remains an intriguing prospect but will be hard-up for targets this year alongside Devin Funchess, D.J. Moore, Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey.
The Panthers made Maryland’s D.J. Moore the 1st WR off the board, selecting him with the 24th overall pick. Moore checked in as the #1 WR in our pre-draft rankings. His college numbers don’t jump off the page, but consider that Maryland never ranked better than 102nd in passing yards or 92nd in passing TDs in Moore’s 3 seasons there. He finished top 2 on the team in catches, yards and TDs all 3 years. And in 2017, he accounted for a whopping 45.7% of the team’s catches, 52.3% of the yards and 53.3% of the TDs. Moore is silky smooth on tape with solid route running and after-the-catch ability. He tested as a 97th percentile athlete at the Combine. While he doesn’t have prototypical size at 6’0 and 210 pounds, Moore checks every other box. He joins a Panthers WR corps that includes Devin Funchess, Curtis Samuel, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright. Moore should immediately challenge for a starting spot and could even challenge Funchess for the #1 WR title this year.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera conceded on Tuesday that there's no timetable for WR Curtis Samuel's return to football activities. He's still rehabbing from a significant November ankle injury that required surgery. Samuel is running "a little bit," according to Rivera, but isn't doing any cutting. There's been nothing to suggest that he won't be ready for the start of the season, but any missed practice time is bad news for a guy who didn't do much as a rookie. Samuel isn't worth a look until the final few rounds of early best-ball drafts.
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