Carolina Panthers Depth Chart 2018 Panthers Depth Chart

6-7, 2nd NFC South

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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.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Tight End TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR

Defense Depth Chart

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

Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Fumbles Targets Receptions Yards YPC Long TD Attempts Yards Long TD YPC YPG
Christian McCaffrey C. McCaffrey
88
RB 1 62.7 1 RB 1 62.7 1 99 86 701 8.2 38 6 179 926 59 7 5.2 71.2
Cameron Artis-Payne C. Artis-Payne
69
RB 2 1 0 RB 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 5 0 3 1
Alex Armah A. Armah
62
RB 3 7 0 RB 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 14 4 2 1.8 1.1
Kenjon Barner K. Barner
78
RB 4 6 0 RB 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 71 11 0 3.7 10.1
Travaris Cadet T. Cadet
72
RB 5 0 0 RB 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
D.J. Moore D. Moore
66
LWR 1 40.8 64 47 676 70 14.4 82 2 12 150 0 12.5 11.5
Curtis Samuel C. Samuel
73
RWR 2 29.3 44 29 364 70 12.6 33 4 6 76 2 12.7 7.6
Devin Funchess D. Funchess
83
SWR 3 49.1 74 42 526 60 12.5 27 4 0 0 0 0 0
Jarius Wright J. Wright
75
LWR 4 31.8 43 31 337 70 10.9 33 1 2 39 0 19.5 3
Torrey Smith T. Smith
79
RWR 5 32.8 27 16 171 60 10.7 35 2 0 0 0 0 0
TEs
Player Rating
Ian Thomas I. Thomas
67
Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz
61
Greg Olsen G. Olsen
90
Desean Smith D. Smith
67
Wyatt Houston W. Houston
65
Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Ian Thomas I. Thomas
67
TE 1 26.2 33 25 210 80 8.4 27 0
Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz
61
TE 2 19.9 3 1 2 30 2 2 0
Greg Olsen G. Olsen
90
TE 3 47.7 38 27 291 70 10.8 23 4
Desean Smith D. Smith
67
TE 5
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
20.8 286.5 207.1 79.4 30 7 11
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
Kawann Short K. Short
88
RDT 1 41.3 38 13.5 1 0 0
Mario Addison M. Addison
79
RDE 1 41.4 29 13.5 2 0 0
Julius Peppers J. Peppers
84
LDE 1 31.5 16 4.5 1 0 0
Dontari Poe D. Poe
84
LDT 1 31.9 16 3 0 0 0
Vernon Butler V. Butler
76
LDT 2 22.7 16 1.5 0 0 0
Kyle Love K. Love
72
RDT 2 28.5 15 2 1 0 0
Wes Horton W. Horton
74
LDE 2 29.9 18 3 1 0 0
Efe Obada E. Obada
65
RDE 2 20 8 2 0 1 0
Marquis Haynes M. Haynes
66
RDE 3 13 2 0 0 0 0
Bryan Cox Jr B. Cox Jr
69
LDE 3 18.6 8 1.5 0 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
Chandler Catanzaro C. Catanzaro
76
K 1 64 13 76.5 59 25 0 3 9 0 1
Graham Gano G. Gano
81
K 2 72 14 87.5 63 30 0 3 4 4 3
Michael Palardy M. Palardy
77
K 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Punters Rating
Punters Rating Depth Position

Last Week's Panthers Starting Lineup

Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Position Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Ian Thomas I. Thomas
67
TE 1 61 11 9 77 80 8.6 16 0
Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz
61
TE 2 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2018 Panthers Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
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)
Week 12: 11/25/18 vs SEA 27-30 L Cam Newton (QB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Torrey Smith (WR1), Curtis Samuel (WR2), D.J. Moore (WR3), Greg Olsen (TE), Ryan Kalil (C), Taylor Moton (OT), Trai Turner (G), Chris Clark (OT)
Week 11: 11/18/18 at DET 19-20 L Cam Newton (QB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Jarius Wright (WR1), Devin Funchess (WR2), D.J. Moore (WR3), Greg Olsen (TE), Ryan Kalil (C), Taylor Moton (OT), Chris Clark (OT), Trai Turner (G)

Carolina Panthers 2018 Strengths & Challenges

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.