- Bank of America Stadium
- Head Coach
- Ron Rivera
- Offensive Coordinator
- Norv Turner
- Defensive Coordinator
- Eric Washington
- Special Teams Coach
- Chase Blackburn
- Defensive Scheme
Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas (leg) was seen riding the stationary bike on the sidelines during offseason practices, and his left leg was wrapped in a sleeve. Head coach Ron Rivera said he is hopeful Thomas will be ready to go for training camp and the preseason. Thomas figured to have a large role heading into 2019, but veteran Greg Olsen is back. As long as Olsen (foot) can remain healthy, Thomas will likely see sporadic playing time. However, Olsen's health has been a major concern over the past two seasons, and Thomas could be just one play away from a big role. He is one to remember for waiver wire purposes during the season.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) has been using a new throwing motion so far during minicamp and offseason drills, as the team tries to cut down on the wear and tear on his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder. "Making him a little more compact in his upper body. A little more closed off, just so he's not as open throwing the ball. And just to make him as efficient as possible and putting the least amount of stress possible," quarterbacks coach Scott Cooper said. Newton can be a threat with his arm and his feet when he is healthy. If he can avoid shoulder issues again in 2019, he can still be a low-end QB1 in most fantasy leagues.
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dontari Poe is preparing for his second season with the team, and looking for improvement after a quiet 2018 season. Poe managed a career-low 17 tackles with one sack last season across 16 games. He believes he'll take a step forward in his second season with the organization, and he is excited to pair with fellow defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Kawann Short. The Panthers are transitioning this offseason to a hybrid look on defense that incorporates 3-4 concepts, and he should line up at nose tackle in 2019. The Panthers will be a decent low-end No. 1 DST in most fantasy leagues if key personnel can remain healthy.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey flirted with becoming just the third player in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, but he fell just short with 1,098 rushing yards and 867 receiving yards. He is pleased with the stats, but hopes it translates into more wins. "You have a lot of individual goals, I think everybody does. But you can have a great (statistical) day and, if you don't win, it doesn't matter," McCaffrey said. He enters 2019 as the undisputed No. 1 tailback, and he should be a first-round pick in most fantasy leagues, if not in the discussion for No. 1 overall pick in PPR formats.
Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry has been a good player, and the organization views him as an essential piece of the defense. Bradberry is aiming for more interceptions in 2019, and if he is able to do so it will help his case for a very lucrative new deal. "I know free agency's coming up for me after this year. Of course, you want to get your name out there. You want to be one of the top corners. I'm just playing my role. I'm just going to wait (for) my time and be patient," Bradberry said. The Panthers defense might be a decent low-end No. 1 fantasy unit in some formats, especially after adding DT Gerald McCoy this offseason.