Shark Bites

Panthers DE Mario Addison saw his playing time limited by a back injury in Sunday's win over the Eagles. He managed to play just 27% of the snaps, compared with a 68% share over the 1st 5 games. Addison eventually left for good in the 4th quarter. We'll keep an eye on his status heading into a Week 8 meeting with the Ravens.

11:10am EDT 10/14/18

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. He’s a risky fantasy play in his 1st game back since breaking his foot 5 weeks ago.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) will play against the Redskins today. Rapoport adds that Olsen will draw the start -- which, frankly, doesn't mean much. It's still possible that Olsen is limited in his 1st game back since breaking his foot for the 2nd time in 13 months. Consider him a risky, low-end TE1 option.

The Panthers list TE Greg Olsen (foot) as questionable for this weekend's game against the Redskins. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. HC Ron Rivera said Friday that he "likes [Olsen's] chances" of playing. We'll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, he'll be a risk/reward fantasy starter.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) put in a full practice on Thursday, putting him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Redskins. The dearth of quality options at the position puts Olsen in the TE1 mix, but he's at major risk of re-injury. He's broken the same foot twice over the past 13 months.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that "there is confidence" that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) will be back for next Sunday's game against the Redskins. That'd be just 5 weeks after he broke his right foot for the 2nd time. Olsen will be a big re-injury risk when he gets back out there. But the dearth of quality TE options will make him a strong option for plenty of fantasy teams.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen returned to the practice field on Thursday, less than 4 weeks after re-fracturing his foot. Here's video of him running a route at something close to full speed. We're not expecting Olsen to play against the Giants on Sunday, but a Week 6 return looks possible. He's worth grabbing and stashing now if he's available in your league.

11:09am EDT 9/27/18

The Panthers on Thursday signed former 49ers S Eric Reid. The move makes obvious sense for a team that moved on from Kurt Coleman in the offseason and then lost replacement Da'Norris Searcy to injury. We'd bet on Reid making his way to the starting lineup soon after Carolina's Week 4 bye and entering the weekly IDP radar. We'll see how quickly the Panthers want that to happen.

The Panthers on Friday placed S Da'Norris Searcy on IR after he suffered his 2nd concussion inside a 30-day span. The team's "unofficial" depth chart lists Colin Jones as Searcy's replacement. Rashaan Gaulden got the bulk of the replacement snaps after Searcy left in Week 2. We'll see how the replacement plan works out. For Week 3, Mike Adams is the only Panthers safety in play.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is putting off surgery and hoping to return in 4-5 weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's an aggressive timetable, especially after Olsen missed 8 weeks with the same injury last year. He figures to be at a high risk of re-injury if he does come back so soon. We'll continue to monitor his progress. Olsen is only worth stashing in leagues with deep benches or an IR spot.

The Panthers announced that TE Greg Olsen re-broke his right foot and is considered "month-to-month," although he surprisingly isn't having surgery. Olsen missed 9 total games with the same injury last year -- 8 to start and then 1 more after aggravating the issue. Expect him to be out at least that long this time around. Olsen is droppable in redraft leagues. His absence leaves 4th-round rookie Ian Thomas as Carolina's primary pass-catching TE. The Indiana product boasts a 91st percentile SPARQ score and posted a 3-37-1 line this preseason. He's worth an add in TE-premium leagues like the FFPC. WR Devin Funchess and RB Christian McCaffrey should also see more targets with Olsen sidelined.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen has been ruled out of Sunday's opener against the Cowboys with a foot injury. He, of course, missed 9 games with a fractured right foot last year. We'll see if this is related (our guess) or a new injury. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: The Athletic's Joe Person spotted Olsen on crutches and with a walking boot on his right foot.

3:09pm EDT 9/9/18

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He reportedly dealt with some back tightness early in the week, but it doesn’t sound like an issue now. Olsen is fine to get into fantasy lineups.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Panthers TE Greg Olsen is "good to go" for today's game against the Cowboys. "A little sore early in week but no issues," Schefter adds. That's confirmation of yesterday's report from The Athletic's Joe Person that Olsen would play. He's safe to keep in fantasy lineups.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is expected to play against the Cowboys, according to The Athletic's Joe Person. Olsen was added to the injury report on Saturday, so he carries a bit more risk in Week 1 fantasy lineups. But he still sits safely inside the top 10 in our Week 1 TE Rankings.

The Panthers on Saturday added TE Greg Olsen to the injury report Saturday, listing him as questionable against the Cowboys with a back injury. We'll certainly be tracking his status Sunday morning. An active Olsen should probably remain in fantasy lineups.

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.

For the 2nd straight preseason game, Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey saw feature-back usage on Friday night. He handled 10 of the 13 RB opportunities (carries + targets) with QB Cam Newton and the 1st-team offense. The other 3 went to C.J. Anderson. McCaffrey finished with 92 yards on 5 carries -- highlighted by this 71-yard TD -- and 28 more yards on 4 catches. He's now played 28 of 35 first-team snaps (80%) through 2 preseason games. This all follows both HC Ron Rivera and OC Norv Turner talking up McCaffrey's workload this year. While we're not expecting him to be a 300-carry guy, it looks like he's set for a big increase over last year's 117 attempts. We just moved McCaffrey up the RB rankings.

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person named TE Greg Olsen the offensive MVP of Panthers training camp. "Olsen ran fluidly throughout camp, got open and caught most everything thrown at him," Person wrote. "One of [Cam] Newton’s favorite targets appears to be back." Olsen's 2017 campaign was ruined by a broken foot. But he'd finished as a top 7 PPR TE in 5 straight seasons prior to last year. Healthy again, he looks like a value at his 6th-round ADP.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera told ESPN's David Newton that he "wouldn't be surprised" if RB Christian McCaffrey reached 200 carries this season. McCaffrey toted it just 117 times as a rookie last year but still ranked 9th among RBs in PPR points thanks to his 80 receptions. If McCaffrey gets anywhere close to 200 carries this season, he'll be a shoo-in for another top 10 finish. He put on about 5 pounds this offseason to get to 210 in preparation for a bigger workload. Remember that McCaffrey carried 590 times over his final 2 college seasons, so he's proven capable of handling big rushing volume.


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