The Panthers will shift to a primarily 3-4 front on defense in 2019, ESPN's David Newton reports. The change follows Carolina's lowest sack total since HC Ron Rivera's 1st season in 2012. It also returns Rivera's scheme to the version he ran with the 2010 Chargers. The change means Kawann Short will move primarily from 4-3 DT to 3-4 DE. It also means that edge players Mario Addison, Bruce Irvin, Brian Burns and Marquis Haynes could find themselves classified as OLBs rather than DEs. The position designations for 2019 might depend on which commissioner site your league uses. Keep an eye out for potential changes as we get into IDP draft season.

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Panthers CB Donte Jackson (groin) is inactive for today's game against the Buccaneers. S Eric Reid (ankle) and LB Shaq Thompson (ankle) are active after entering the day questionable. They should be OK to use in IDP lineups.

The Panthers have deemed LB Shaq Thompson (ankle), S Eric Reid (ankle) and CB Donte Jackson (groin) questionable for Sunday morning's game in London. Thompson and Reid both put in limited practices the past 2 days after beginning the week on the sideline. Jackson practiced the first 2 days but then was limited Friday. He missed the past 2 games with the groin injury and shouldn't be in IDP lineups. We'll check on the other 2 Sunday morning, when inactives for that game arrive at 8 a.m. ET.

Panthers Edge Brian Burns (wrist), DT Gerald McCoy (knee) and S Eric Reid (ankle) are active for today's game against the Jaguars. Burns carries the most IDP intrigue among the 3.

Panthers Edge Brian Burns (wrist), DT Gerald McCoy (knee) and S Eric Reid (ankle) are all expected to play against the Jaguars today, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. McCoy isn't much of an IDP option even when healthy. Reid managed just 1 limited practice this week and looks like a high-risk, low-reward fantasy play. Burns carries the most upside against a Jags offense allowing the league's 11th highest sack rate. Two of Jacksonville's past 3 opponents have notched 4+ sacks.

The Panthers will go without CB Donte Jackson for the 2nd straight week this Sunday. He's out with a groin injury. DL Gerald McCoy, Edge Brian Burns and S Eric Reid are questionable. Reid (ankle) put in only a limited Friday practice and looks like a poor IDP bet even if he's active for the game. McCoy (knee) did not practice Thursday or Friday after practicing in full on Wednesday. Burns (wrist) didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday but then put in a full workout Friday. He'll be the guy to watch Sunday morning, with an upside sack matchup against the Jaguars.

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