The 26-year-old caught two passes on 344 offensive snaps in 2018, highlighted by a 50-yard touchdown reception on a fourth-down pass from running back Christian McCaffrey in Week 15 against New Orleans. With fellow tight ends Greg Olsen (foot) and Ian Thomas both under contract for 2019, it appears Manhertz is headed for another season working as a blocking specialist.
Manhertz recorded 52 yards and a touchdown on two catches while appearing in 16 games in 2018.
Manhertz played 343 offensive snaps this season but was a blocker first and a receiving option second. Save for a 50-yard touchdown reception, he didn't have much of any fantasy impact this season. He's a free agent this offseason and will likely see a similar role with a team in 2019, though he could see slightly greater usage as a receiving target.
Manhertz scored a 50-yard touchdown on his lone reception from two targets in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints.
Manhertz entered Monday's tilt with merely one reception and three targets this season, making him the perfect candidate to sneak open on a fourth-down trick play that saw Christian McCaffrey find him deep. That play gave Manhertz his first-career touchdown, which should be hugely satisfying for the rarely used tight end.
Manhertz (foot) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's Week 13 game against the Buccaneers.
Manhertz was sporting a walking boot to start the week and didn't practice Wednesday, but he was able to progress to full practice participation Friday. The 26-year-old should take up his usual spot as the Panthers' No. 3 tight end behind Greg Olsen and Ian Thomas in Week 13.
Manhertz (foot) will not take part in practice Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.comreports.
Manhertz was spotted in a walking boot Monday, so his absence from practice Wednesday shouldn't be a major shock to the system. The third-string tight end's status shouldn't have many fantasy implications considerinb he has hauled in just one pass during the 2018 season. However, the Panthers could be down some depth at the position Sunday if Manhertz doesn't progress to play against the Bucs.
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