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  • DJ Chark Held Out Of OTAs Monday

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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Chark (ankle) was present for the first day of organized team activities on Monday, but he didn't take part in team drills while still recovering from offseason ankle surgery. He'll likely continue to be limited this spring, but he's expected to be ready for full participation later this summer for training camp at the end of July. The 26-year-old pass-catcher played in only 11 games (10 starts) for the Detroit Lions in 2022 due to his ankle injury, but he finished strong and had 30 receptions for 502 yards and three touchdowns. Health will be key for Chark in his new home in 2023, but he won't be guaranteed anything while competing for targets alongside Adam Thielen, Terrace Marshall Jr. and rookie second-rounder Jonathan Mingo.

    May 23 · Source via Carolina Panthers DJ Chark
  • Hayden Hurst Recovering From Sports-Hernia Surgery

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    Carolina Panthers tight end Hayden Hurst (hernia) is recovering from sports-hernia surgery this offseason and wasn't at the team's first few open offseason workouts. There isn't a specific timetable for Hurst's return, but it doesn't sound like something that will jeopardize his availability for the start of the 2023 regular season. The 29-year-old was inked to a three-year deal earlier this offseason and figures to be a prominent aerial weapon for rookie first-round quarterback Bryce Young this year. In 13 starts for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022, Hurst had 52 catches for 414 yards and two touchdowns. He's never had more than 56 catches, 571 yards or six TDs in a single season, though, so he'll remain more of a low-end TE2 in fantasy.

    May 22 · Source via Carolina Panthers Hayden Hurst
  • Preston Williams Cut By Panthers

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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Preston Williams has been released by the organization. The 26-year-old put together a fairly strong rookie campaign in 2019. Since then, Williams has struggled to make the same kind of impact in the league. He only played in one game with the Panthers last season. He has 56 receptions, 787 yards, and seven touchdowns in 25 games over the course of four seasons. Williams should be able to catch on elsewhere as a depth option.

    May 18 · Source via Carolina Panthers Preston Williams
  • Jacob Eason Released By Panthers

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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Jacob Eason has been released by the organization on Thursday. The former fourth round pick has seen very little NFL action since being drafted in 2020 by the Indianapolis Colts. The 25-year-old has completed 5-of-10 passing attempts for 84 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in two career appearances. Possibly, Eason will catch on as a second string or more than likely a third string with another organization. He's still young enough to turn around his career, but he needs to find the right fit for himself.

    May 18 · Source via Carolina Panthers Jacob Eason
  • Bryce Young Splitting First-Team Reps With Andy Dalton

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    Number one draft pick Bryce Young is splitting the Carolina Panthers' first-team repetitions with Andy Dalton. Panthers coach Frank Reich said that Dalton will start out as the No. 1 quarterback during full-team practices, but he said that Young would also be taking reps with the first team and that he might end up getting more first-team reps in the end. "When he's ready, when it's best for the team, that's when we'll look to make the transition. But when we come back out Monday, Andy will be taking reps with the ones. Bryce will be with the twos. But Bryce isgonna get a lot of reps. He'll likely even get a few more than Andy just as the new guy," Reich said in an interview with The Atlantic.

    May 16 · Source via Carolina Panthers Bryce Young Andy Dalton
  • Andy Dalton To Get First-Team Reps

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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Andy Dalton will get first-team reps at OTAs, according to head coach Frank Reich. The Panthers appear to be committed to letting Bryce Young develop behind a veteran quarterback. It's not often that the No. 1 overall pick doesn't start Week 1, but the Panthers don't want to rush anything. Panthers GM Scott Fitterer said there is no timetable for Young to start, so they plan to wait it out. Dalton signed a two-year, $11 million deal with Carolina over the offseason. The expectation is that Young is going to start before the 2023 season is over, but the Panthers aren't going to rush him.

    May 14 · Source via Carolina Panthers Andy Dalton
  • Bryce Young Impresses At Rookie Minicamp

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    Carolina Panthers head coach Frank Reich came away impressed with rookie quarterback Bryce Young's handling of the offense during his first practice with the team on Friday. The first overall pick of this year's NFL draft quickly transitioned from working inside the team's practice bubble to taking snaps under center. Young looked cool and collected and like he'd done it before. "Honestly I don't want to overdo it on the first day but he did every little thing right," Reich said. Young and wideout Jonathan Mingo are showing some early chemistry together. While Young is expected to open organized team activities behind Andy Dalton on the depth chart, the rookie is fully expected to be Carolina's Week 1 starter at QB.

    May 13 · Source via Carolina Panthers Bryce Young
  • Panthers Re-Sign Michael Jordan

    The Carolina Panthers re-signed offensive guard Michael Jordan to an undisclosed deal on Thursday. Jordan will now enter his third season for the Panthers after playing in 28 games (10 starts) for the team over the last two seasons. The 25-year-old offensive lineman played in all 17 games in 2022. He was originally a fourth-round selection by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019 out of Ohio State. Jordan spent the first two years of his NFL career with the Bengals before joining Carolina. In his four-year career, Jordan has played in 55 games (29 starts) and will continue to give the Panthers offensive-line depth in 2023.

    May 12 · Source via Carolina Panthers
  • Gary Jennings To Try Out For Panthers

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    Former West Virginia University wide receiver Gary Jennings has been invited for a tryout with the Carolina Panthers. Jennings is available on the open market after the Kansas City Chiefs waived him from Injured Reserve last August due to a concussion. He did not play at all in 2022 and has only one NFL reception, back in his rookie season in 2019 with the Miami Dolphins. The 26-year-old will hope to impress Carolina's coaching staff in order to sign a contract. Even if Jennings lands in Carolina, he's likely to be a long shot to make the active roster out of training camp this summer.

    May 11 · Source via Carolina Panthers Gary Jennings
  • Miles Sanders Could See More Work In Passing Game With Panthers

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    Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders could see an uptick in work in the passing game with his new team, according to reports. ESPN staff writer David Newton reports that the Panthers would like to get Sanders back to the 50-catch range that he finished in as a rookie back in 2019. Sanders caught just 16 passes in 2022, his final season with the Philadelphia Eagles. If the Panthers do emphasize Sanders in the passing attack, he could flirt with RB1 numbers in 2023.

    May 9 · Source via Carolina Panthers Miles Sanders
  • Panthers Committed To Extension With Brian Burns

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    According to Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer, there is no timetable on when a contract extension for linebacker Brian Burns (ankle) will be finalized. However, he added that Burns would remain in Carolina and vowed to continue to work with the Pro Bowler's agent on a new deal. The 25-year-old finished the 2022-23 campaign with career-highs in tackles (63) and sacks (12.5). He also underwent ankle surgery during the offseason. Fortunately, Burns is expected to be ready for training camp and should remain a productive IDP option in 2023-24, regardless of his contract situation

    May 5 · Source via Carolina Panthers Brian Burns
  • Andy Dalton Labeled Starter For "Right Now"

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    According to Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer, quarterback Andy Dalton is projected to be under center come Week 1. "We went out and signed Andy Dalton for a reason," stated Fitterer during an interview with Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. "If Andy's the guy to start the season, and he's the starter right now heading into the season, then he'll be the guy. We say it's an open competition, but Frank did say, 'hey, Andy's our guy right now. He'll walk into the season as the starter, and then as you know, the young guys compete underneath him." Dalton signed with the Panthers during the offseason after playing in New Orleans during the 2022-23 campaign. In 14 games with the Saints, he threw for 2,871 yards, 18 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also completed a career-high 66.7% of his attempts. Of course, the obvious plan is for 2023 No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young to learn and develop under the veteran signal-caller. But as long as Dalton maintains a grip on the starting job, he'll have value in deep, multi-quarterback setups.

    May 5 · Source via Carolina Panthers Andy Dalton
  • Derrick Brown's Fifth-Year Option Picked Up By Panthers

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    The Carolina Panthers picked up defensive tackle Derrick Brown's fifth-year option on May 1. Brown, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, has shown improvement in each of his first three seasons. Last season, he set career highs in solo tackles, assists, pass defenses, and QB hits, and made his first interception. His ability to get his hands on passes has been valuable to IDP fantasy managers. He made seven pass defenses last season and has made 15 in his three-year career. The 24-year-old will be on the Panthers for at least two more seasons, and he will be moving to defensive end, where he could get to the quarterback more often, in the team's new 3-4 scheme.

    May 1 · Source via Carolina Panthers Derrick Brown
  • Shi Smith Could Be On The Roster Bubble

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    The Carolina Panthers traded top wideout DJ Moore to the Chicago Bears in order to secure the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to take quarterback Bryce Young. Nobody can match Moore's individual production, but Carolina's receiver group in 2023 is collectively deeper than last year. Shi Smith, a third-year receiver who started six games last year, might not make the team out of training camp. Adam Thielen and DJ Chark will be the team's top-two receivers, with Terrace Marshall Jr. or rookie Jonathan Mingo serving as the No. 3. Smith will battle with Laviska Shenault Jr. and Damiere Byrd for a reserve role this summer. In his second NFL season in 2022, Smith had 22 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns in 17 games (six starts).

    May 1 · Source via Carolina Panthers Shi Smith
  • Matt Corral Not Happy?

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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Corral, last year's third-round pick, fired off a post on Instagram not long after the team took Bryce Young first overall in the first round last Thursday night with a quote that included not staying "in a place where no one sees your value." General manager Scott Fitterer said Corral showed up this spring at 220 pounds (15 more than his rookie year) and looked like a different player. The 24-year-old could stick around as the third-stringer behind Young and Andy Dalton, but this situation is worth watching this offseason. Corral is also recovering from a Lisfranc foot injury and may not be fully ready for organized team activities later this month.

    May 1 · Source via Carolina Panthers Matt Corral
  • Bryce Young Will Be Eased Into Starting Role

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    The Carolina Panthers took quarterback Bryce Young with the first overall pick in last week's NFL draft, but he'll be eased into the starting role this summer. When the team takes the field for their first full-squad organized team activities later this month, quarterback Andy Dalton will take the first-team repetitions. "He'll have to earn it. Obviously, that's the way it should be. We'll know when the right time is," head coach Frank Reich said. The Panthers don't want to overwhelm Young too soon while giving him a chance to learn the offense. Young is a quick study, though, so it shouldn't take him too long before he's running the first-team offense. It would be a big surprise if Young isn't the starter in Week 1 of his rookie season.

    May 1 · Source via Carolina Panthers Bryce Young
  • Austin Corbett Not Expected To Be Ready For Season

    Carolina Panthers head coach Frank Reich expects offensive guard Austin Corbett (knee) to miss time to start the 2023 regular season this fall. It's not a huge surprise after Corbett suffered a torn ACL in the regular season finale and had surgery to fix his knee in January. It's not idea for the Panthers' offensive line, but it would be good news if he can avoid landing on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would require him to miss the first six games of the season. The 27-year-old started all 17 games in 2022 before suffering his knee injury. The former second-rounder in 2018 should resume his starting duties on the O-line when he's fully recovered.

    Apr 30 · Source via Carolina Panthers
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