Until Chris Manhertz finds meaningful playing time with the Panthers this fall, Fantasy owners shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Manhertz (foot) was placed on the Panthers' Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. Manhertz injured his foot during minicamp and it's uncertain when he'll be ready to hit the practice field. Once healthy, Manhertz will need to fend off fourth-round rookie Ian Thomas for the No. 2 job behind starting tight end Greg Olsen.
Manhertz (foot) is unlikely to be ready to return to the field when training camp opens, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports. Manhertz suffered a foot injury in minicamp and is working toward a full recovery. While the injury isn't overly severe, his absence from the start of training camp is an unfortunate development. He's expected to compete for the backup tight end role behind Greg Olsen. With Manhertz expected to miss time, look for Ian Thomas to get a chance to make the most of some extra reps early on in camp as he battles for the same slot.
Manhertz injured his foot during Wednesday's minicamp practice and will get an X-ray, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Manhertz is competing with rookie fourth-round pick Ian Thomas to replace Ed Dickson (Seahawks) as Carolina's No. 2 tight end. The Panthers should have a better idea on the extent of Manhertz's injury once he gets evaluated.
The Panthers have tendered a one-year to contract to Manhertz, an exclusive-rights free agent, Max Henson of the team's official site reports. Manhertz appeared in every game during the 2017 season but most of his playing time came on special teams. Sitting third on the tight end depth chart behind Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson, he ultimately finished the campaign with two receptions for 17 yards on four targets. However, its possible his role in the passing game could expand this upcoming season with Dickson set to become an unrestricted free agent March 14.
Manhertz has a high-ankle sprain and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Manhertz played all 16 games for the Panthers this season, posting two receptions on four targets for 17 yards and zero touchdowns. He was used more for his run-blocking abilities, especially since No. 1 TE Greg Olsen is a stud in the pass-catching realm. Olsen and Ed Dickson are the two remaining healthy tight ends for Carolina for Sunday's game against the Saints.
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|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||5||5.22|
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