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In a video press conference Thursday, Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule talked about his new QB Teddy Bridgewater saying that he has mastered the system and he has underrated ability as a deep ball passer. (Source: Carolina Panthers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The knock on Bridgewater throughout his career has been his below average arm strength. When asked about his inability to throw the deep ball, Rhule said "I don't really listen, hear those things. Teddy, for us, is exactly what we want." Bridgewater will have a lot of weapons with whom to work with on offense this season in Carolina, from Christian McCaffrey to D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Robby Anderson. He’s currently the ECR’s QB25, but has an opportunity to prove he’s worth a whole lot more than that in what should be an offense that is playing catch-up in a lot of games this season.

Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady spoke highly of WR Curtis Samuel, saying, “Curtis is a playmaker. He fits the mold of what we’re looking for.” (Source: David Newton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Samuel has improved each season from his rookie year in 2017 through last season, when he caught 54 balls for 627 and six touchdowns. He’ll be operating with a new coaching staff and a new quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater in his fourth-year with the Panthers. Brady’s praise of Samuel is certainly something to take note of, however, the Panthers now have a relatively crowded wide receiver room with the addition of former Jets WR Robby Anderson. He’ll also be competing with Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore for targets from Bridgewater this season. Samuel enters into the final year of his contract looking to prove his worth as a former 2nd-round pick out of Ohio State. He’s currently ranked WR59 in the FantasyPros ECR, but could be a sleeper in fantasy leagues this season with a lower price tag than in years past.

Panthers kicker Graham Gano is doing “really, really well” in rehab from a leg injury he suffered in 2018 according to Special Teams coordinator Chase Blackburn. (Source: Myles Simmons on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gano missed the entirety of the 2019 season and was replaced by rookie kicker Joey Slye from Virginia Tech. Slye filled in for the 10-year veteran, going 25-32 on field goals and 31-35 on XPs Not great, but not terrible, yet enough for Blackburn to refer to the 2020 season as a kicking competition for both players. He stated, “We’ve got two very capable kickers with relaly talented legs.” Gano is a career 82.1% on field goal attempts and might bring more accuracy to the table, but Slye might have the power advantage over the 33-year old.

Category: Injury Updates

TE Seth DeValve was released by the Panthers on Wednesday, citing a non-football injury. (Source: David Newton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers signed DeValve earlier this off-season, but ultimately cut ties with the veteran tight end on Wednesday. He hauled in 12 receptions for 140 yards across 12 games for the Jaguars in 2019. DeValve will look to latch onto another team during the off-season.

Category: Transactions

DT Derrick Brown, the 7th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has agreed to a four-year, $23.621M fully guaranteed deal with the Carolina Panthers. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former Auburn Tiger becomes the first player selected in the first round of the Draft to officially agree to terms on a deal. Brown was touted as the most complete defensive lineman in this year’s draft class, and he’ll look to prove it with the Panthers starting in 2020. He finished his four-year college career with 166 tackles and 12 sacks.

Category: Transactions

Christian McCaffrey's four-year extension signed on Tuesday, includes $30.1 million guaranteed. (Source: Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: McCaffrey has become the highest-paid running back in football and is guaranteed $30 million. It was reported that McCaffrey would not play every down and could be rested occasionally. CMC had a monster season in 2019. He logged 287 carries for 1,387 rushing yards and recorded 116 receptions for 1,005 receiving yards with 19 touchdowns. The 23-year-old running back is the consensus number-one overall pick in upcoming 2020 fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions

Cam Newton was released by the Panthers on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Newton was officially released by the Panthers on Tuesday. It was reported that Newton passed a physical on Monday, and both his shoulder and foot checked out fine. The 31-year-old quarterback will try to prove he has something left in the tank. Newton threw for 29,041 yards with 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions across nine seasons as a Carolina Panther. The former NFL MVP will become an unrestricted free agent and look to latch onto another team this offseason.

Category: Transactions

The Panthers have traded quarterback Kyle Allen to the Redskins in an exchange for a fifth round draft pick. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers recently signed Teddy Bridgewater and PJ Walker this offseason, making Allen expendable. The 24-year-old threw for 3,332 yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions across 13 games for the Panthers last season. Allen will compete with Dwayne Haskins for the Redskins’ starting quarterback job. Whichever player emerges as the starter is merely an option in two-quarterback or super-flex league formats.

Category: Transactions

S Eric Reid is being released by the Panthers. He will explore his options in free agency before making an immediate decision. (Source: Jeff Darlington on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reid had a career year in Carolina in 2019 with 129 tackles. He only played two years for the Panthers, and although coaches and management saw him as a great leader and a good locker room guy, Carolina has decided to go a different direction at the Safety position.

Category: Transactions

Defensive lineman Gerald McCoy has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, according to Todd Archer of ESPN. (Source: Todd Archer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys saw a number of big names on the defensive side of the ball agree to terms with other teams over the last two days, and McCoy appears to be their first big step in replacing some of that production. McCoy just turned 32 years old and recorded five sacks while playing in all 16 games for the Carolina Panthers last season.

Category: Transactions

Former Carolina DT Vernon Butler agrees to a two-year, $16M deal with the Bills. Butler can make up to $18M, and he’ll receive $9.3M guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Butler had an impressive 2019 season with the Panthers, recording 32 tackles and six sacks. The former first-round pick out of Louisiana Tech played four seasons for Carolina, but will now take his talents to Buffalo. The Bills hope that Butler can build off his very good 2019 campaign for them at least through 2021.

Category: Transactions

Adam Schefter on Twitter is reporting per Rosenhaus Sports, Tre Boston has agreed to terms with the Panthers on three-year deal worth $18M with $9.5M guaranteed for year one. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers are bringing back Boston who was their fourth leading scorer with 68 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. The safety might be a nice sleeper in deep IDP leagues next season.

Category: Transactions

Mario Addison has agreed to a three-year deal with the Bills. (Source: Marcel Louis-Jacques on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Addison is getting up there in age, but he remained productive in his time in Carolina. He had 9.5 sacks last year, his fourth straight season with at least nine, and played at least 14 games for the seventh straight season. He'll make a fine fill-in for the departed Shaq Lawson.

Category: Transactions

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports James Bradberry has come to terms with the New York Giants on a three-year contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport adds the total value of the deal is $45 million, which includes $32 million guaranteed. Bradberry, the former Carolina Panther, is a nice get for the Giants’ secondary. The Panthers were always expected to move on from the Star corner as they’re entering a rebuild.

Category: Transactions

David Newton of ESPN reports Ian Thomas is "first up" to replace Greg Olsen as Carolina's tight end next season. (Source: EPSN)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas, a fourth-round pick in 2018, has shown flashes of potential when Olsen has missed games the past two years. In nine games without Olsen, Thomas has caught 35 passes for 348 yards and three touchdowns. He could wind up being a popular sleeper over the summer.

Greg Olsen and the Carolina Panthers have mutually agreed to part ways, his agent has confirmed. Olsen will now become an unrestricted free agent, allowing him to sign with any team. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Olsen has expressed that he is still interested in playing. It will likely be a while before Olsen can gauge his demand in free agency. Nevertheless you can fully expect the Panthers to feature Ian Thomas as the starting tight end. Thomas should be picked up in dynasty leagues. If already picked up, dynasty managers should try to acquire Thomas while he is still cheap.

Category: Transactions

Luke Kuechly has announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday. (Source: Carolina Panthers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kuechly, who was under contract for two more years with Carolina, has announced his retirement. This comes as a shock as Kuechly was playing at a high-level, and just recorded his eighth consecutive 100-plus tackle season. The All-Pro linebacker played all eight seasons in Carolina, totaling 1.092 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 18 interceptions and seven forced fumbles across 118 career games.

Category: Transactions

The Carolina Panthers will reportedly hire former Baylor and Temple coach Matt Rhule, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rhule spent his most recent three seasons with Baylor, leading the team to an 11-3 record, a No. 7 ranking, and a Sugar Bowl appearance. He’ll have a lot of work to do with Carolina, particularly as the quarterback situation is in flux heading into 2020.

Category: Transactions

Panthers K Joey Slye was successful on his lone field goal attempt and on his lone extra-point attempt in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Slye opened the year as one of fantasy's best kickers but faltered in the second half. There is no guarantee that Slye returns for 2020.

Category: Game Recaps

Panthers WR Brandon Zylstra caught 6-of-8 targets for 96 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Zylstra led the Panthers in receiving in Week 17. A standout formerly of the CFL, he will look to carve out a role on the Panthers for 2020 if he begins to turn the corner this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps