Carolina Panthers Depth Chart 2018 Panthers Depth Chart

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Cam Newton and the Panthers were in need of a wide receiver threat, so they drafted D.J. Moore. He ended up finishing the season as a WR2 on the team, but the still were fluctuating guys like Curtis Samuel and Jarius Wright around. They also had Devin Funchess as an unproductive WR1. Next season we would like to see the Panthers clean this up a bit, given they still have Torrey Smith in the mix as well. Expect Moore to take a bigger jump moving forward, as he is the guy they need to step up the most for the passing game. Newton started most of the season before giving way due to an injury late in the year. Newton’s durability has been tested a lot, but he does manage to play through a lot of issues. Having a backup capable of leading the team should be a priority moving forward. The Panthers gave the workload to Christian McCaffrey in full beast mode this year, as Cameron Artis-Payne was a backup, yet we probably can’t recall hearing his name much. McCaffrey worked in both the run and pass to his full potential.

Offense Depth Chart

Left Wide Receiver LWR
SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Tight End TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
65
#121 OLB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
82
#160 OLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
65
#121 OLB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
82
#160 OLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB

Offense Depth Chart Stats

Quarterbacks Stats Passing Rushing
Player Rating Depth Games Sacks Depth Games Sacks Attempts Completions Completion% Passing Yards Yds/Attempt INTs Attempts Yards YPG TD
Cam Newton C. Newton
90
QB 1 14 29 471 320 67.9 3395 7.2 13 101 488 34.9 4
Taylor Heinicke T. Heinicke
57
QB 2 6 2 57 35 61.4 320 5.6 3 5 31 5.2 0
Garrett Gilbert G. Gilbert
66
QB 3 1 1 3 2 66.7 40 13.3 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Vander Laan J. V. Laan
66
QB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Allen K. Allen
66
QB 5 2 0 31 20 64.5 266 8.6 0 5 19 9.5 1
WRs
Player Rating
Devin Funchess D. Funchess
83
D.J. Moore D. Moore
66
Torrey Smith T. Smith
79
Jarius Wright J. Wright
75
Curtis Samuel C. Samuel
73
Damiere Byrd D. Byrd
61
Fred Ross F. Ross
65
Austin Duke A. Duke
68
Bug Howard B. Howard
69
Rasheed Bailey R. Bailey
69
Jamaal Jones J. Jones
66
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Devin Funchess D. Funchess
83
RWR 1 44.4 79 44 549 60 12.5 27 4 0 0 0 0 0
D.J. Moore D. Moore
66
LWR 2 45.8 82 55 788 70 14.3 82 2 13 172 0 13.2 10.8
Torrey Smith T. Smith
79
LWR 3 29.5 30 17 190 60 11.2 35 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jarius Wright J. Wright
75
RWR 4 33.1 59 43 447 70 10.4 33 1 2 39 0 19.5 2.4
Curtis Samuel C. Samuel
73
LWR 5 35.8 65 39 494 60 12.7 53 5 8 84 2 10.5 6.5
Damiere Byrd D. Byrd
61
RWR 6 5.5 2 1 8 50 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fred Ross F. Ross
65
WR 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Austin Duke A. Duke
68
WR 10
Bug Howard B. Howard
69
WR 11
Rasheed Bailey R. Bailey
69
WR 33
Jamaal Jones J. Jones
66
WR 43
TEs
Player Rating
Greg Olsen G. Olsen
90
Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz
61
Ian Thomas I. Thomas
67
Kent Taylor K. Taylor
68
Desean Smith D. Smith
67
Jason Reese J. Reese
69
Cam Serigne C. Serigne
67
Wyatt Houston W. Houston
65
Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Greg Olsen G. Olsen
90
TE 1 47.7 38 27 291 70 10.8 23 4
Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz
61
TE 2 21.4 5 2 52 40 26 50 1
Ian Thomas I. Thomas
67
TE 3 32.9 49 36 333 70 9.2 31 2
Kent Taylor K. Taylor
68
TE 4
Desean Smith D. Smith
67
TE 6
Jason Reese J. Reese
69
TE 7
Cam Serigne C. Serigne
67
TE 8
Wyatt Houston W. Houston
65
TE 40

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Carolina Panthers Panthers
94
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Carolina Panthers
94
23.9 353.2 240.4 112.8 35 10 13
Special Teams Rating
Carolina Panthers Panthers
93
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Carolina Panthers
93
0 0 0 0 0 0
Defensive Line Rating Depth Position Snaps/Game Tackles Tackles for Loss Fumbles INT TDs
Wes Horton W. Horton
74
LDE 1 29.4 24 3 1 0 0
Kawann Short K. Short
88
RDT 1 41.7 42 13.5 1 0 0
Mario Addison M. Addison
79
RDE 1 41.6 35 15 2 0 0
Dontari Poe D. Poe
84
LDT 1 32.2 17 3 0 0 0
Efe Obada E. Obada
65
RDE 2 18.9 8 2 0 1 0
Bryan Cox Jr B. C. Jr
69
LDE 2 18.2 10 1.5 0 0 0
Vernon Butler V. Butler
76
LDT 2 23.5 19 2 0 0 0
Kyle Love K. Love
72
RDT 2 29.2 19 3 2 0 0
Marquis Haynes M. Haynes
66
RDE 3 11.5 4 0 0 0 0
Tracy Sprinkle T. Sprinkle
68
DL 10
Kiante Anderson K. Anderson
66
DL 11
Frank Alexander F. Alexander
DL 12
Karter Schult K. Schult
67
DL 13
Ashaad Mabry A. Mabry
69
DL 14
Julius Peppers J. Peppers
84
DL 15 31.8 22 7.5 1 0 0
Kickers Rating Depth Position Points Field Goals Made Field Goal % Made Long Extra Points Made 0-19 FG Attempted/Made 20-29 FG Attempted/Made 30-39 FG Attempted/Made 40-49 FG Attempted/Made 50+ Attempted/Made
Graham Gano G. Gano
81
PK 1 72 14 87.5 63 30 0 3 4 4 3
Michael Palardy M. Palardy
77
P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chandler Catanzaro C. Catanzaro
76
PK 2 78 16 80 59 30 0 4 9 0 3
Punters Rating
Punters Rating Depth Position

Last Week's Panthers Starting Lineup

QB
Player Rating
Kyle Allen K. Allen
66
Garrett Gilbert G. Gilbert
66
Quarterbacks Stats Passing Rushing
Player Rating Depth Games Sacks Attempts Completions Completion% Passing Yards Yds/Attempt INTs TD Attempts Yards YPG TD
Kyle Allen K. Allen
66
QB 1 1 0 27 16 59.3 228 8.4 0 5 19 19 1
Garrett Gilbert G. Gilbert
66
QB 2 1 1 3 2 66.7 40 13.3 0 0 0 0 0
Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Position Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Ian Thomas I. Thomas
67
TE 1 56 7 5 61 70 12.2 31 1
Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz
61
TE 2 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2018 Panthers Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week 17: 12/30/18 at NO 33-14 W Kyle Allen (QB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Curtis Samuel (WR1), D.J. Moore (WR2), Ian Thomas (TE), Ryan Kalil (C), Tyler Larsen (G), Chris Clark (OT), Taylor Moton (OT)
Week 16: 12/23/18 vs ATL 10-24 L Taylor Heinicke (QB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Curtis Samuel (WR1), D.J. Moore (WR2), Taylor Moton (OT), Trai Turner (G), Ryan Kalil (C), Marshall Newhouse (OT)
Week 14: 12/9/18 at CLE 20-26 L Cam Newton (QB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Curtis Samuel (WR1), Devin Funchess (WR2), D.J. Moore (WR3), Ian Thomas (TE), Chris Clark (OT), Ryan Kalil (C), Trai Turner (G), Taylor Moton (OT)
Week 13: 12/2/18 at TB 17-24 L Cam Newton (QB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Curtis Samuel (WR1), Devin Funchess (WR2), D.J. Moore (WR3), Greg Olsen (TE), Ryan Kalil (C), Chris Clark (OT), Trai Turner (G), Taylor Moton (OT)

Preseason Analysis: Carolina Panthers 2018 Strengths & Challenges

Carolina took the first receiver off the board in the draft, landing D.J. Moore out of Maryland. There is potential for him to end up the WR1 in Carolina this season, given only Devin Funchess is the only one in his way. Funchess is a solid WR, but not a WR1. The Panthers also drafted Ian Thomas, looking towards the future after Greg Olsen. Cam Newton getting Moore should help him out this year, even though he remains one of the more inaccurate arms in football. Because Carolina was bottom ten in pass attempts last season, it might be hard for guys to become consistent on a week-to-week basis. If Olsen’s age catches up with him, we could see others with more opportunities. Christian McCaffrey was a reliable receiver in the passing game, and should find himself with more stable touches on a week-to-week basis. There is no Jonathan Stewart here anymore, but the signing of C.J. Anderson looks like this will be another back in the mix at the least. Carolina has plenty of talented skill position players, yet the fantasy value is never as high as you would think outside of Newton.

Coming off an 11-5 season and a wildcard berth, Carolina made a handful of changes during the offseason, both in player personnel and coaching staff. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner, a veteran of more than 30 years as an NFL coach (15 as head coach), should have the most immediate impact. Turner's primary task will be to develop consistency offensively, an ongoing issue in 2017. Over his career, Turner has shown an ability to adapt to his personnel; with talent such as Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen and a mixture of skill, youth and experience at WR, expect Carolina, at least early on, to light up the scoreboard. New additions D.J. Moore, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright at WR provide Newton with a deep threat the Panthers have lacked since the heyday of Steve Smith. Steady veteran C.J. Anderson brings an effective counterbalance to McCaffrey at RB, and the team is counting on WR Curtis Samuel to have a breakout season after an injury-shortened rookie campaign.

The Panthers also have a new defensive coordinator, Eric Washington, but there are far fewer concerns overall, as Carolina, under defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera, now in his eighth season at the helm, has consistently been among the NFL's stingiest. The strength is with the LB corps, led by Luke Kuechly, arguably the league's best. The DL is stout, despite the loss of run-stuffer Star Lotulelei. Pro Bowler Kawann Short is in his prime, while 38-year old Julius Peppers continues to produce (11 sacks in 2017.) The secondary was up-and-down in 2017, especially susceptible against the deep ball. Rookies Dontae Jackson and Rashaan Gaulden will get early chances to contribute at CB and SS, respectively. Jackson brings world-class speed, while Gaulden has a reputation as a solid tackler. How quickly they adapt to the big leagues is critical to the success of this unit. Kickers Gano and Palardy are solid, while the return game, a non-factor in 2017, would get a huge boost if either Samuel or rookie Jackson steps up. McCaffrey is also an option, but with his expected increased workload, returning punts only exposes him unnecessarily to injury.

The ongoing debate ever since Newton's arrival has been how to best utilize his multi-talents without wearing him down. Turner's greatest success has come with pocket passers (Aikman, Rivers), but expect him to mix up the offensive scheme to get Newton out in space more where he's lethal against defenses. The primary roster battle is in the secondary, specifically at one of the CB slots, where Jackson, Kevon Seymour, Ross Cockrell and Lorenzo Doss are competing. Going up twice against division rival QBs Brees, Ryan and Winston makes dependable CB play an absolute necessity and presents a challenge. Otherwise, the rest of the roster appears relatively settled. Dontae Jackson will likely be the most impactful rookie, at CB and/or KR, with DT Dontari Poe and WRs Smith and Wright pretty much in a tossup for the free agent having the biggest impact in 2018.