|Offense||26th||96.5 (18th)||174.5 (25th)|
|Defense||1st||60.0 (6th)||136.5 (2nd)|
|3||Anderson, Derek||QB||6-6||235||6/15/1983||13||Oregon State|
|Armah, Alex||RB||6-2||255||5/17/1994||R||West Georgia|
|13||Benjamin, Kelvin||WR||6-5||245||2/5/1991||4||Florida State|
|92||Butler, Vernon||DT||6-4||330||6/14/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|18||Byrd, Damiere||WR||5-9||180||1/27/1993||2||South Carolina|
|20||Coleman, Kurt||FS||5-11||208||4/1/1988||8||Ohio State|
|36||Cox, Demetrious||DB||6-0||200||4/20/1994||R||Michigan State|
|9||Gano, Graham||K||6-2||202||4/9/1987||8||Florida State|
|23||Gunter, LaDarius||CB||6-2||201||5/13/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|94||Hall, Daeshon||DE||6-5||265||6/14/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|96||Horton, Wes||DE||6-5||265||12/17/1989||5||Southern California|
|53||Jacobs, Ben||LB||6-4||240||4/17/1988||4||Fresno State|
|44||Jansen, J.J.||LS||6-2||235||1/20/1986||10||Notre Dame|
|8||Kaaya, Brad||QB||6-4||215||9/3/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|75||Kalil, Matt||T||6-7||315||7/6/1989||6||Southern California|
|67||Kalil, Ryan||C||6-2||300||3/29/1985||11||Southern California|
|59||Kuechly, Luke||MLB||6-3||238||4/20/1991||6||Boston College|
|93||Love, Kyle||DE||6-1||310||11/18/1986||6||Mississippi State|
|55||Mayo, David||LB||6-2||245||8/8/1993||3||Texas State|
|72||Moton, Taylor||T||6-5||325||3/18/1994||R||Western Michigan|
|41||Munnerlyn, Captain||DB||5-9||195||4/10/1988||9||South Carolina|
|68||Norwell, Andrew||G||6-6||325||10/25/1991||4||Ohio State|
|90||Peppers, Julius||DE||6-7||295||1/18/1980||16||North Carolina|
|10||Samuel, Curtis||WR||5-11||195||8/11/1996||R||Ohio State|
|27||Seymour, Kevon||CB||6-0||185||11/30/1993||2||Southern California|
|65||Silatolu, Amini||G||6-4||305||9/16/1988||5||Midwestern State|
|73||Van Roten, Greg||G||6-3||305||2/26/1990||3||Pennsylvania|
|26||Worley, Daryl||CB||6-1||205||2/22/1995||2||West Virginia|
|35||Elder, Corn (IR)||CB||5-10||185||10/9/1994||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|71||France, Dan (IR)||T||6-6||315||4/1/1991||1||Michigan State|
|91||Iddings, Drew (IR)||DT||6-5||290||3/16/1993||1||South Dakota|
|12||Johnson, Charles (IR)||WR||6-2||217||2/27/1989||4||Grand Valley State|
|32||Luke, Cole (IR)||CB||5-11||200||6/30/1995||R||Notre Dame|
|88||Olsen, Greg (IR)||TE||6-5||255||3/11/1985||11||Miami (Fla.)|
|2||Ross, Fred (IR)||WR||6-2||210||5/19/1995||R||Mississippi State|
|80||Simonson, Scott (IR)||TE||6-5||255||4/13/1992||3||Assumption|
|21||Williams, Teddy (IR)||DB||6-1||210||7/3/1988||6||Texas-San Antonio|
|61||Yankey, David (IR)||G||6-6||315||1/18/1992||3||Stanford|
|7||Butker, Harrison||K||6-4||205||7/14/1995||R||Georgia Tech|
|76||Clausell, Blaine||T||6-6||330||1/31/1992||1||Mississippi State|
|Duke, Austin||WR||5-9||170||8/3/1993||R||North Carolina-Charlotte|
|4||Gilbert, Garrett||QB||6-4||230||7/1/1991||1||Southern Methodist|
|Hodges, Bucky||TE||6-6||257||8/8/1995||R||Virginia Military Inst.|
|77||Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||275||9/5/1990||2||Concordia-St. Paul|
|71||Obada, Efe||DE||6-6||265||4/13/1992||1||No College|
|25||Parms, Damian||DB||6-2||210||10/28/1992||1||Florida Atlantic|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Funchess turned out to be Cam Newton's second-most targeted receiver of the afternoon, checking in behind only No. 1 wideout Kelvin Benjamin in both targets and receptions. The third-year pro has been a serviceable complementary option over his first pair of pro campaigns (54 receptions for 844 yards and nine touchdowns across 31 games), and given his new role as the Panthers' No. 2 pass catcher, he could be in line for career-best numbers across the board in 2017. He'll look to build on his solid Week 2 effort versus the Saints at home in Week 3.
Moore will be entering his fourth year in the NFL, but he's logged a total of just three tackles in his career, all of which came in 2014 with the Patriots. After relatively unsuccessful stints with the Cowboys and most recently, the 49ers, Moore will now head to the Panthers, where he'll have a shot to battle for a roster spot during training camp.
Jones has been with Carolina since 2012, and this deal ensures that he will stay there through the 2018 season, barring a release. The safety has become a valuable special teams player for the Panthers since arriving and provides depth in the defensive backfield. Jones has 102 tackles, one interception and one sack in 89 games played since becoming a Panther.
Johnson was waived Tuesday after undergoing surgery on his right knee, according to Max Henson of the team's official site. He'll need to either agree to an injury settlement or be one of the two players the Panthers activate off IR in order to have a chance at playing in 2017.
It makes sense that the Panthers want to cushion their depth chart with three quarterbacks seeing as Cam Newton has taken a beating the past few years as Carolina's starter. Don't expect Kaaya to make fantasy contributions in 2017, though.
Southward, who nursed a back injury throughout training camp, was unable to make it through to the 53-man roster. The 26-year-old will continue looking to make an impression in practice.
Benjamin's full involvement intimates that the Panthers' decision to hold him out of practice entirely a day earlier was mostly precautionary. While the wideout could still wind up with an injury designation heading into Sunday's matchup with the Saints, if Benjamin is able to practice Friday in any capacity, it's likely that he'll be a safe lineup option in Week 3. He'll draw a favorable matchup against a Saints defense that was picked apart by Tom Brady for 447 yards and three touchdowns through the air last Sunday.
Butker managed to crack the roster to open the season, but the Panthers ultimately decided against carrying multiple kickers. The 22-year-old remains on the Panthers practice squad for now, but he could get some looks from teams with starting kickers who struggle or get injured in the coming weeks.
For the second time in as many games to open the 2017 campaign, Stewart proved that rumors of the demise of his lead-back role within the Panthers offense were greatly exaggerated. The veteran back gutted out a tough effort against a feisty Bills front, averaging only 2.7 yards per attempt but still outperforming heralded rookie Christian McCaffrey (eight rushes, 10 yards) on the ground. While Stewart's totals over the first two games are nothing to write home about (33 carries for 105 yards and two receptions for 17 yards), they do serve to alleviate concerns about him possibly being phased out in favor of McCaffrey, at least for the foreseeable future. He'll look to up his production against the beatable Saints in Week 3.
While seemingly in no actual danger of missing the game, Newton may be a bit more hesitant to scramble on pass plays. The Panthers have already cut down on designed runs for their quarterback the past couple seasons, hoping to avoid nagging injuries like the ankle that limited Newton's practice participation all week. He's still in a nice spot against a New Orleans defense that barely put up a fight against Sam Bradford and Tom Brady the past two weeks.
Hall likely will function as a depth defensive end but could be used as a special teams asset.
Bradberry fractured his wrist in June, but he's participated in all three of Carolina's preseason tilts to date. Coming off a rookie campaign that included 59 tackles, 10 pass deflections and two interceptions, the second-year pro is slated to serve as the Panthers' top cornerback this season.
Olsen hasn't missed a game with the Panthers, which explains why Dickson has only 39 catches in 50 regular-season games since joining the team. He did catch 54 of 89 targets for 528 yards and five touchdowns for the Ravens in 2011, but his hands aren't particularly reliable and he doesn't have a knack for getting open. While unlikely to emerge as a major threat down the seam in Olsen's mold, Dickson has at least shown some ability to pick up yards after the catch on short passes. He'll begin his tenure as the No. 1 tight end with a friendly matchup against the Saints.
Ross, who's dealing with a high ankle sprain and a bone bruise, is unlikely to come off IR unless he agrees to an injury settlement.
Gano outlasted rookie Harrison Butker to claim Carolina's lone kicking position on the Week 2 roster, and the veteran's value was certainly apparent. With successful kicks from 34, 38 and 20 yards, Gano provided enough to clinch a victory, keeping his success rate perfect in the process.
Peppers' homecoming was nothing short of special, as the 37-year-old nearly led the team in tackles while getting to the quarterback twice. In doing so, Peppers posted his first two-sack game since Week 15 of 2015.
Munnerlyn missed about a week with the injury, which he apparently suffered while working out on his own during the offseason. There's still a little over a week before the Panthers' preseason opener, so Munnerlyn should be good to go for that contest if he endures no setbacks with the hamstring in practices the next few days.
Turner, a 2014 third-round selection out of LSU, has played over 3,000 snaps with the Panthers' offensive line unit throughout his young career. His performance dipped in 2016 as he was forced to occasionally switch to right tackle due to injuries, but Turner has shown flashes of excellence and will look to return to that level throughout the next four years in Carolina.
With Norris out, Ben Jacobs will fill in as Shaq Thompson's backup and likely take a good chunk of special teams snaps as well.
The 36-year-old veteran recorded just two passes defended last season -- his lowest total since his 2007 campaign with the Browns. However, Adams still cranked out 79 tackles -- the third-highest mark of his career -- and notched another pair of forced fumbles to boot. Since his skills in coverage might be at a lesser level than that of his in the run game at this stage of his career, it makes sense for Adams to plug in at strong safety with the Panthers, where he'll get to play closer to the line of scrimmage. In turn, Kurt Coleman will be able to move back to his natural free safety position.
With the nature of the injury known, Olsen will follow the typical 6-8 week recovery timetable, which conveniently lines up with the dates for a return to practice (six weeks) and activation from IR (eight). He'll thus be eligible to play again after the Panthers' Week 11 bye, or Sunday, Nov. 26 against the Jets on the road. In the meantime, Ed Dickson will receive the bulk of the tight end reps, but the team is also a candidate to add another body to the 53-man roster to bolster the ranks.
Byrd was promoted from Carolina's practice squad for just one game as a rookie, but he certainly made a strong impression to start his second preseason slate with the team. Not only did Byrd burn his man deep on play-action for a 50-yard touchdown catch during the second quarter, but he later wiggled free for an eight-yard score to begin the third. After teammate Brenton Bersin suffered an injury early on, Byrd took advantage of his added looks, which will help his case to make the Panthers roster this time around.
Frazier looked solid in extended action against Arizona, including a stretched out catch near the sideline. Frazier was one of Paxton Lynch's favorite targets while they were both playing at Memphis and Frazier could be a candidate for the practice squad so that he can try to develop in a similar way as former undrafted free agents Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor.
Luke did not play in the Panthers' season-opening victory over the 49ers on Sunday after not practicing last week. The 27-year-old will now spend the remainder of the season on IR unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team.
Short has unsurprisingly been featured sparingly during the preseason after signing a five-year, $80 million contract this offseason. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old should be geared up for the regular season, when he'll look to put together a third straight year with at least 55 tackles and six sacks.
Kuechly played all 54 of the Panthers' defensive snaps, but the ineptitude of Buffalo's offense limited his tackling opportunities. Nonetheless, Kuechly was able to jar the ball loose once, even though Carolina couldn't recover. Through two games, Kuechly now boasts 12 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.
Horton's deal with keep him in Carolina through the 2018 campaign. Undrafted out of USC, Horton has been released and re-signed by the Panthers three times since entering the league in 2013, but after starting 10 of his 11 games played last year, he'll now enjoy some job security heading into the upcoming season.
Elder's knee injury seems to be lingering longer than the 22-year-old can afford. Coach Ron Rivera declined to say whether Elder would play in any of the team's upcoming preseason games, which doesn't bode well for him from a job security standpoint. As it currently stands, Elder projects to function as a depth secondary player, but an extended absence from the field could move him down in the pecking order.
Johnson's back issues in camp were closely connected to the hamstring injuries that have caused him to miss 10 games over the past two seasons. As expected, the Panthers allowed the veteran to ease his way back into game shape in order to avoid aggravating the injury. The goal was for the 31-year-old to return Week 1, and judging by his absence from the team's injury report, his recovery went according to plan. Given the depth on the team's defensive line, do not expect Johnson to see a full workload right away.
The nature of Yankey's back injury isn't clear.
The electrifying rookie posted double-digit gains in the passing game (14 yards) and on special teams (11 yards), but he was completely bottled up on the ground by a tough Bills front seven. The speed of NFL defenses has helped largely neutralize McCaffrey over the first two regular-season games of his NFL career, as he's averaged just 2.7 yards per rush and a modest 8.0 yards per his nine receptions. Nevertheless, his upside is undeniable, and he'll look to break out against the beatable Saints defense in Week 3.
Hodges was waived/injured by the club during final roster cuts prior to Week 1, and he reverted to the IR. He now is free to find a new opportunity once he fully recovers from his head injury.
Williams sustained a shoulder stinger in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers. Barring an injury settlement, he's unlikely to come off IR until season's end.
Mayo practiced in full throughout the week, making it unsurprising that he's active for Week 15.
Lotulelei, who's bouncing back from offseason shoulder surgery, was limited throughout OTAs but appears to be fully recovered now that he was cleared for preseason action.
Anderson started while Cam Newton (shoulder) was sidelined for Carolina's first exhibition tilt, and the veteran proved why he's considered one of the more reliable backups league-wide. After putting the Panthers in field-goal range on his first drive, Anderson finished his night with a perfectly placed 23-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin on his second possession in charge. While Newton will obviously be the man once the regular season rolls around, the Panthers are in safe hands with Anderson when needed.
Simonson is dealing with a back injury of some kind. He's likely stuck on IR all season unless he agrees to an injury settlement.
Manhertz had been the Saints No. 3 tight end and he saw just 15 percent of the team's offensive snaps in the first five weeks. He was waived to clear room for wide receiver Jacob Lampman.
Thompson, Carolina's first-round pick in 2015, has yet to record 60 tackles in a season and boasts just one career sack and interception apiece, despite Luke Kuechly having been sidelined for significant stretches last season. His role still isn't consistent enough to warrant IDP value, and the presence of three-down stars like Kuechly and Thomas Davis figures to continue capping Thompson's fantasy ceiling.
It appears Cash suffered a calf injury in practice Wednesday, as he was a listed as a limited participant then but as a non-participant in practice Thursday and Friday. However, as a reserve linebacker, his absence shouldn't have a significant impact on the outcome of Sunday's game.
Seymour was going to finish third in a battle with Shareece Wright and E.J. Gaines for the vacant starting cornerback spot in Buffalo, so the Bills unloaded him for a position of greater need. He's talented enough to perhaps work his way into the nickel corner spot for the Panthers.
Gunter, who was waived by Green Bay on Tuesday, is a smart corner who sees the field well, but he doesn't have the speed to make plays in the secondary. He'll work as a depth corner and special teams player in Carolina.
Worley suffered the injury at some point during the Panthers' victory over the Bills on Sunday but still managed to play every defensive snap. The 23-year-old should be ready to suit up against the Saints for Week 3 and will likely resume his starting spot at cornerback.
Coleman was one of four players to be in on all of Carolina's defensive snaps. In doing so, he trailed only standouts Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis in tackles, which, assuming everyone stays healthy, should be an indication of what's to come again this season.
Garrett signed a one-year deal with Carolina back in March before being waived this past weekend as part of the team's final roster cuts. The team elected to pick up rookie Brad Kaaya to serve as their No. 3 quarterback instead.
Kalil had been sidelined with a groin injury the past few days, but it doesn't seem to have been very serious. Look for him to slot back in immediately at left tackle.
Despite an impressive preseason, Artis-Payne was scratched in Week 1. He's off the fantasy radar as long as fellow running backs Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey remain healthy.
Shepard led the Panthers in receiving in Week 1, but his second appearance for the team was much less impactful. That being said, Shepard played half of Carolina's offensive snaps, a sizable uptick from 30 percent last Sunday. He also garnered a red-zone target. With Greg Olsen (foot) sidelined going forward, the Panthers suddenly have a huge void in their passing game, which could perhaps allow Shepard to become a more regular figure.
Though this marks Kalil's second absence in as many weeks, ESPN's David Newton relayed that head coach Ron Rivera doesn't believe the injury to be long-term -- and isn't related to the shoulder injury that cut short his 2016 campaign. However, Rivera went on to say there's no timetable for the lineman's return at present time. Look for Ted Larsen to start in his place until further notice.
Love had been nursing an ankle injury prior to Sunday, but having practiced this week without any setbacks it seemed likely he would suit up.
As expected, the addition of first-round rookie Christian McCaffrey effectively eliminated any role Whittaker would have had on offense behind starting running back Jonathan Stewart. Whittaker is still a valued member on special teams, where he played 13 snaps Sunday, and that should be enough to keep him active ahead of fellow depth back Cameron Artis-Payne most weeks.
Iddings was a long shot to land a spot on 53-man roster prior to going down with a shoulder injury during practice last week.
France sustained a concussion in the Panthers' third preseason tilt. Barring an injury settlement, he's likely stuck on IR all season.
Samuel wasn't targeted in 12 snaps during his NFL debut, and while he played exactly the same amount of offensive snaps Sunday, the second-rounder was able to haul in a couple passes. Although he didn't do much with the ball in his hands, Samuel's role figures to grow over the course of his rookie campaign. With tight end Greg Olsen (foot) facing an extended stint on the sideline, the Panthers will need someone to help move the sticks, making Samuel's slot presence something to keep an eye on.
Butler tweaked his shoulder against the Bills on Sunday and played only 13 of 54 defensive snaps. The 23-year-old looks ready to go for Week 3 and will likely return to his role on Carolina's defensive line behind Kawann Short.
With tight end Greg Olsen landing on injured reserve after breaking his right foot, the Panthers will use their open roster spot to promote Armah. Armah was drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by Carolina before ultimately ending up on the team's practice squad.