Carolina Panthers

NFC South

2013 Schedule

  • Week 1

    SEA (12) @ CAR (7)

    09/08/13

  • Week 2

    CAR (23) @ BUF (24)

    09/15/13

  • Week 3

    NYG (0) @ CAR (38)

    09/22/13

  • Week 4

    bye

  • Week 5

    CAR (6) @ ARI (22)

    10/06/13

  • Week 6

    CAR (35) @ MIN (10)

    10/13/13

  • Week 7

    STL (15) @ CAR (30)

    10/20/13

  • Week 8

    CAR (31) @ TB (13)

    10/24/13

  • Week 9

    ATL (10) @ CAR (34)

    11/03/13

  • Week 10

    CAR (10) @ SF (9)

    11/10/13

  • Week 11

    NE (20) @ CAR (24)

    11/18/13

  • Week 12

    CAR (20) @ MIA (16)

    11/24/13

  • Week 13

    TB (6) @ CAR (27)

    12/01/13

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Double Trouble

DeAngelo Williams was a record setting running back in college where he holds the NCAA record for most 100-yard rushing games with 34. DeAngelo would finish his career as the fourth all time leading rusher in the NCAA with 6,026 yards. He would measure out at 5’9” 215 pounds, leading many NFL teams to worry about his size and durability, but his 4.4 speed made him the 27th pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2006. In 2006 and 2007, Williams would play a back up role to DeShaun Foster being effective on the ground and through the air compiling 1,218 yards on 265 carries with five rushing touchdowns and adding 56 catches for 488 yards and two touchdowns. 2008 looked to be the season in which DeAngelo would get the lion’s share of the carries but the Panthers would select Jonathan Stewart 13th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Stewart was one of the most sought after high school recruits in the entire nation and choose the University of Oregon over USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and others. Stewart was one of the biggest recruits to ever attend the University of Oregon at the time and would start his college career with a bang leading the nation in kick return average during his freshman season. His junior season he was selected as a first team All Pac-10 performer and would enter the NFL draft. Stewart would become a hot commodity at the NFL draft combine where he posted an impressive size (5’10” 235 pounds) and speed (4.46 forty time) combination. Stewart would be selected by the Panthers with the 13th overall pick in 2008 and join DeAngelo Williams in one of the most dynamic backfields ever.

While this may have been a luxury pick for the Panthers the tandem was extremely effective until DeAngelo was bit by the injury bug in 2010 and defenses could stack the box against the Stewart and the failed experiment that was Jimmy Clausen. The Panthers would finish 2010 with a 2-14 record and be rewarded with the number one pick in the 2011 NFL draft which the Panthers would use to select Cam Newton which would forever change this groups value at the running back position. To make matters worse both running backs were signed to big long term deals that continue to haunt the Panthers to this day. In 2011, Williams signed a five-year contract worth $43 million. Stewart signed a five year 30.65 million dollar contract in August of 2012. To make matters worse the Panthers also added Mike Tolbert on a 4 year deal in 2012 making for one of the most crowded backfields in the league and recurring nightmares for fantasy owners. The Panthers backfield has gone from a highly efficient group to a nightmare in recent season as Cam Newton has also played a giant role in the run game.


 


 


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Julius Peppers was a Beast

Julius Peppers is one of the more interesting stories in the NFL as he came up playing only basketball until high school when the Head Coach of the football team would end up asking him to play, even though he had never played before. As a freshman, Peppers was already a man among boys standing at 6’5” 225 pounds and would star in football, basketball, and track during his high school years. Julius would later be named the Male Athlete of the Year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for his standout play in all three sports which included being an All American on the football field, an All Conference performer on the basketball court, and a state champion sprinter and triple jumper.

Peppers would choose to attend the University of North Carolina as he was given the ability to walk onto the Basketball team to go along with his football scholarship. Peppers would redshirt in 1998, before exploding in his sophomore season to lead the nation with 15 sacks and earn first team ACC honors as well as second team All American honors. Peppers would walk on with the Tar Heel Basketball team for two seasons and play power forward, where he would average 5.7 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game in his 56 games with the team, before deciding to focus solely on football for his junior season. In 1999-2000 Peppers would be a reserve on a Tar Heels team that went to the final four. Pepper’s junior season was the icing on the cake though as he would prove to be one of the most dominant forces in the college game being named a unanimous All-American, the Chuck Bednarik Award winner, the Lombardi Award winner, and the Bill Willis Trophy winner.

Peppers would enter the NFL draft after his junior season and would attend the NFL Scouting combine in February of 2002. He would measure out at 6’7” and 283 pounds and would run a 4.68 forty yard dash exciting every NFL team. Peppers would be selected second overall by the Carolina Panthers and help turn their last place defense around immediately as he accounted for 12 sacks and five forced fumbles in just 12 games during his rookie season and be named the NFL Rookie of the Year for his work. In his second season Peppers would help the Panthers make it to the Playoffs for the second time in franchise history and eventually reach the Superbowl. Peppers would become one of two players in history to play in the NCAA Men’s basketball Final Four and the NFL Superbowl.

Peppers would be one of the most sought after commodities in IDP drafts as he was a consistent sack performer with a penchant for making big plays. Peppers would play eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers and holds numerous team records including having the most sacks in team history. In his 122 games played with the Panthers Peppers picked up 81 sacks, 6 interceptions, 2 interceptions for touchdowns, 46 passes defended, 30 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown, and 387 tackles. Peppers would also be named to numerous pro bowls during his time in Carolina and would earn himself a 91 million dollar contract with the Chicago Bears for his efforts. As of the end of the 2013 season Peppers currently ranks 17th on the all time sack list with 119 career sacks.


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The 1996 Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers were an expansion team in 1995, and had a very successful entry season with a 7-9 record. That is a far cry from the pitiable play that plagued the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints franchises in their inaugural seasons’ and for many years beyond. The Panthers represented the dream of Pete Rozelle, where an expansion team can compete early in their existence. The Panthers, as well as their expansion mate Jacksonville Jaguars, would shock the NFL world with their performance in 1996.

Defensive minded coach Dom Capers led the Panthers, and they added a lot of NFL veterans to their roster through the expansion draft.  Capers then put all his eggs in the basket of the franchise’s first ever draft pick quarterback Kerry Collins. The weapons that the Penn State product had to work with in the offense were running back Anthony Johnson, wide receivers Mark Carrier and Willie Green, along with Pro Bowl tight end Wesley Walls. Collins was not counted on to win a lot of games for the Panthers, as the strength of the team lied with the defense.

The defense was led by linebackers Sam Mills, Kevin Greene, Lamar Lathan and cornerback Eric Davis all who made the Pro Bowl in 1996. Those three linebackers combined for 33.5 sacks on the season. It was the job of the defense to keep the games close, so the offense could do enough to win the game.

The season started off on the right foot with the Panthers going 3-0, while outscoring their opponents 74-33. The next six games would see the Panthers lose a bunch of close games, and they would go 2-4 during that stretch, but still outscored their opponents 116-98. The final game of that stretch, a 17-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, would be the last loss of the regular season for the Panthers and the second to last time they allowed over 20 points the rest of the regular season.

The Panthers would go on to reel off seven straight wins to finish the regular season at 12-4 and clinch the NFC West Division title. During that seven game win streak the defense was top notch allowing only 87 points. That win streak not only clinched them the division title, but they also clinched a first round bye in the playoffs. Their first opponent would be the Dallas Cowboys who were still led by Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith and Michael Irvin, and were coming off a 40-15 trouncing of the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys were the favorite in the match-up against the expansion Panthers, but Sam Mills and the defense had other ideas.

The Cowboys ran the ball for 255 yards against the Vikings with three touchdowns. The Panthers held the Cowboys to 96 yards rushing on the day with no scores. In fact the defense was so tough that day, they intercepted Troy Aikman three times. Dallas scored first in the game with a field goal, but the Panthers answered with touchdown passes to Wesley Walls and Willie Green and never relinquished the lead. The defense continued to stand tall against Aikman down the stretch to earn the Panthers their first ever playoff victory 26-17. That win also placed the Panthers in the NFC championship game, in only their second season, where they would face off against Brett Favre, Reggie White and the Green Bay Packers.

The Panthers started the NFC Championship game in fine fashion scoring first in Lambeau on a pass from Kerry Collins to Howard Griffith, but that was the end of the offensive power for the Panthers this day. The Packers would hold the Panthers to two more field goals the rest of the game in route to a 30-13 victory. Carolina was unable to run the ball with only 45 yards, while Kerry Collins was intercepted twice. The Packers would go on to defeat New England in the Super Bowl.

The Panthers still had one of the most magical seasons ever by an expansion team in their second season. They also proved that just because you are an expansion team, does not mean that you are relegated to being a losing team for your first 10 years. Pete Rozelle, who passed on Dec 6th of 1996, would have been so proud to see the Panthers and Jaguars both reach their conference title games in their second seasons.


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Stewart restructures is contract

The Panthers restructured the contracts of three veterans – center Ryan Kalil, running back Jonathan Stewart and linebacker Thomas Davis – in moves that created about $7.25 million in cap space.

Gettleman asked seven players to rework their deals last offseason after he was hired, including those of Kalil and Stewart.

Stewart, who has missed more than half of the past two seasons with injuries, had his base salary reduced from $1.5 million to $785,000, according to the NFLPA salary figures.

Pyro's take: J-Stew has restructured his contract once again, and once again the Panthers backfield will be a hot mess in 2014. Now that he has restructured his contract it will once again be a three headed monster in Carolina.

For years this has been the case with Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, and they will continue with their long term time share. The days of thinking J-Stew was worth anything are over.

02/25/14, 07:01 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.charlotteobserver.com

Newton could have new faces to throw to in 2014

Newton took his game to a new level in 2013, establishing career bests with 24 touchdown passes, a 61.7-percent completion rate and a quarterback rating of 88.8. He also became the only player in NFL history to have 50 of more touchdown passes (64) and 25 or more rushing touchdowns (28) in any three-year span. It just happened to be his first three years.

For all the numbers, the most impressive one was Carolina's 12-4 record. Newton and the Panthers won six games his rookie year and seven his second year before becoming a playoff team in 2013. During the breakout season, Newton led four game-winning drives – twice as many as he directed his first two seasons.

As for the receiver spot, it should be an interesting offseason (as so often it is). Three of the team's top four wide receivers in terms of catches – Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon – are all potential unrestricted free agents, and difficult decisions regarding trio will shape what the Panthers do next. In addition, Smith isn't getting any younger, though I'm not sure based on his level of play that he's getting any older.

Carolina has drafted 16 wide receivers over the 19 drafts in team history but has picked one in the first round just once. Outside of the three drafts in which the Panthers didn't have a first-round pick, their No. 28 overall spot this year is the latest first-round choice they've entered the draft with and is a spot that could lend itself to considering a rare first-round wide receiver.

Pyro's take: Newton had a fantastic season, leading the Panthers to a 12-4 record, although he did not have as many huge fantasy games in 2013. Part of the problem is that he does not have great weapons in the passing game.

Steve Smith is a great receiver and has been one of my favorites...for a long time. He just is not the dynamic player he was early in his career. The other receivers on the team have been inconsistent, which has hurt Cam's ability to post big passing games. The fact that Greg Olsen was the leading receiver on the Panthers last season should tell you all you need to know. If the Panthers get some real help for Cam at the receiver position, there is no doubt he will have a stronger campaign in 2014.

02/16/14, 04:42 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.panthers.com

Newton looking to prove Panthers offense is dynamic

"There's not a game that goes by, a practice that goes by, a meeting that goes by that we all don't think about how we have to do something for us to make the playoffs, quarterback Cam Newton said. "The reason why we play this game is to give ourselves a chance to make the playoffs.

"But each and every game, you have to be ready to put your best foot forward. We don't have the luxury of saying, ‘Well, we're going to beat the Jets,' and just look forward to New Orleans (next Sunday). This Jets team is a very good team. We have all our energy on this game."

Rivera believes the Panthers might have even a little extra energy given their last game, a 31-13 loss at New Orleans that snapped an eight-game winning streak.

"A lot of guys took it personal. They were really disappointed," Rivera said. "Guys kept saying, ‘Boy, I wish it was Sunday.' You want to get that taste out of your mouth, get back on the field and play your best."

Pyro's take: You can bet your bottom dollar that Cam Newton is one of the players that took the loss to the Saints personally and will take that out on the Jets.

Newton is a must start this week, as he should lead a Panther domination of the Jets. Cam knows he needs to bounce back and gear up the offense this week, so that his team is better prepared for the rematch with the Saints in week 16. Cam is going to make a lot of plays with his arm and legs in this game.

12/14/13, 06:47 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.panthers.com

Newton looks to be a true leader for the Panthers

I asked Newton how it felt to finally go into December as a quarterback playing games that matter, like the one Sunday night at New Orleans that will be for the NFC South lead. He good-naturedly batted the question aside.

"Your question is great,' Newton said, "but your question is trying to make it a 'me' thing. We all wanted this. As a writer for The Charlotte Observer, writing about a 2-14 team is not going to get a lot of views. You know that and I know that. ... Yeah, it's great to be around this type of atmosphere. But to hell with it if we don't continue to keep going and keep challenging ourselves."

Newton has learned to trust his teammates during this 9-3 season. And while he hasn't stopped the "Superman" touchdown celebration or the first-down point, he is far quicker to credit teammates than he used to be. He doesn't necessarily believe that, but it's true.

"I hear it all the time," Newton acknowledged. "Maybe I just have the blinders on like one of those horses downtown that goes around carrying the couples. I'm just trying to stay focused. Even though we're having a great season, it could be better.

Pyro's take: This season has been about the maturity of Cam Newton, and that has translated into wins. Cam has also been helped by a very strong defense that has kept it close when Newton has not been at his best. Although, Newton is turning the corner as quarterback.

Cam has been very good in fantasy this season, although there are not many other Panthers that have been factors. That is in part due to the fact that Newton is spreading the ball all over the offense.

This week should be a good challenge for Newton as he faces the Saints on an "island" game for the lead in the division. The Saints are coming off a tough loss to the Seahawks, and will be looking to rebound at home. Cam will have to weather the Saints storm and be the major reason why the Panthers win or lose this game. Get him in your lineup this week.

12/07/13, 06:00 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.charlotteobserver.com

Newton celebrates win at the Waffle House

Newton admitted Wednesday that he celebrated the Panthers’ victory over the Patriots on Monday night by going out, but it was merely to Waffle House, one of the few local establishments open late.

Newton said he “popped orange juices” but was careful not to eat anything that could alter his preparation for his next game, according to ESPN.

“I order scrambled eggs, hash browns and cheese grits in one bowl with a light waffle … extremely light waffle,” Newton said. “Ah, man, to die for.” Newton said he is “on a first-name basis” with the local Waffle House employees.


Pyro's take: The more I hear about Cam, the more I like this guy. I am not from the South, but when I am I love to get my Waffle House on. Waffle House needs to get an endorsement deal done. I want to see Newton's face on every Waffle House.

Superman needs to be sure he does not have a letdown game, after two big back-to-back wins over the 49ers and Patriots. Cam will be facing the Dolphins, who are currently 7th best against quarterbacks one the season, surrendering just 18.3 points a game.

11/21/13, 05:37 PM CST by Houdini
Source: nesn.com

Newton's growth is the talk of the town

"It's been a growth period," Rivera said of his suddenly surging signal-caller. "He's learned so much – like I have – and he's grown a lot."

Over Newton's last 16 games (the equivalent of one regular season), he has thrown 26 touchdown passes while tossing just nine interceptions. In the 16 games before that, dating back to the middle of his rookie year, Newton threw 18 touchdown passes against 15 interceptions.

But the more notable number - one that Rivera shares in and one that has observers pronouncing that Newton has truly arrived - is the win-loss record. The Panthers are 10-6 over their last 16 games, a playoff-caliber kind of record.



Pyro's take: We have been seeing the growth of Newton in fantasy as well, but we have not seen the best, yet. Newton has a tough schedule coming up, and his accuracy is going to get put to the test.

Although, this is time where Cam is going to use his speed to set up his accuracy. I expect Superman to be in Candlestick this week, and he will be running, and throwing on the run with his new found accuracy. Cam needs to prove himself this week, which I like in fantasy.

11/07/13, 05:41 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.panthers.com

Olsen will start on Sunday

Rivera said a few days of rest for tight end Greg Olsen is just what he needed. The tight end injured his foot during the Arizona game and missed practice earlier in the week but took all his necessary reps on Friday and is probable for Sunday.

Pyro's take: It was a little worrisome earlier in the week when Olsen was sporting the walking boot, but he looks like he will be just fine for the game this week versus the Vikings, and he is a good start this week.

10/12/13, 06:51 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blogs.charlotte.com

Greg Olsen in walking boot, but expects to play Sunday

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen's injury looks worse than it actually is.

Olsen has been walking around this week with a protective boot on his left foot -- even wearing it to Wednesday's practice, which he did not participate in.

But Olsen expects to increase his activity level at Thursday's practice, and plans to play in Sunday's game at Minnesota. Olsen said he injured his left foot during the Week 5 loss at Arizona, but did not indicate how it happened or the extent of it.

"It's all right. I'll be fine. It's more precautionary. I should be able to do some more stuff tomorrow," Olsen said Wednesday. "I don't expect to miss any time."

Pyro's take: Olsen has been productive this season with 21 catches for 273 yards and touchdown in 4 games. Olsen had 5 catches for 79 yards in the first half last week before sustaining the injury, which are the statistics he finished the game with. Olsen says he will be ready for this weeks game against the Vikings, and that would be good as he could be in store for a lot of yards, as the Vikings have struggled to cover the tight end this season.

10/09/13, 05:46 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blogs.charlotte.com

Jonathan Stewart on track for week 7 return

veteran running back Jonathan Stewart is on track to come off the physically unable to perform list when he's eligible in Week 7, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said recently. Stewart continues to rehab his surgically repaired right ankle.

Without a trusted backup, DeAngelo Williams has averaged 20 carries a game and is the league's third-leading rusher with 291 yards through three games.

Pyro's take: Stewart will definitely eat into DeAngelo's carries when he returns, which means this is a great time to put Williams on the trading block and see what you can get in return for him. The problem for these Carolina running backs is while they may get some decent yards the touchdowns are few and far between and split between the 3 backs and Cam Newton. Sell high on DeAngelo if you own him.

09/24/13, 06:25 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blogs.charlotte.com

Cam Newton focused on week 2, not history

For the first time in the Cam Newton era, the Carolina Panthers will face consecutive teams with quarterbacks of African-American descent after hosting Russell Wilson’s Seahawks and traveling to E.J. Manuel’s Bills on Sunday.

There were an NFL-high nine black or biracial quarterbacks who started in Week 1. One media outlet has dubbed it, “ The Golden Age of the Black Quarterbacks.”

Newton isn’t throwing a party.

“You don’t have a bar mitzvah just because you’re a starting African-American quarterback in this league,” Newton said Wednesday. “Even though I’m a fan of everybody, I can’t say I just root for Michael Vick, (Robert Griffin III), Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick. I still feel like I learn just as much from Michael Vick as I do from Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or even RG3.”

Pyro's take: I love the bar mitzvah shout out, but it is good to see that Cam is more focused on having a good game this week. Cam only threw for 125 yards and 1 touchdown in week 1 adding 38 yards on the ground, but that was against a stout Seahawks defense. This week Newton draws the Bills and and he should find a lot more open passing and running lanes, and should have a solid fantasy performance.

09/12/13, 09:38 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.charlotteobserver.com

Jonathan Stewart may go on the PUP list

Stewart played in just nine games last season, and there's no telling when he'll be recovered enough to play football in 2013. Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted Tuesday that Stewart might start the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which would knock the running back out of the first six games of the season. Stewart is recovering from ankle surgeries.

"At this point, anything is an option," Rivera said, via The Associated Press. "What you're hoping is you can get him on the football field, and we'll see once the doctor gets a chance to look at him."

That's a big change in tone from last week, when Rivera believed Stewart was on track to play in Week 1.

Pyro's take: This is tough news for Stewart, but good news for DeAngelo Williams and those of us who have been hoping to see one guy lead the way for the Panthers.

Stewart is a player that has never really jumped to the level that many expected to him to reach earlier in his career. Stewart also does not have many great plays that come to mind, unlike Williams who I can recall breaking long runs more than once.

Williams will get a boost in his rankings and if Stewart does hit the PUP list he will not be worth drafting unless you are in a really deep league.

08/22/13, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nfl.com

How will Panthers new OC Mike Shula affect Cam Newton in 2013?

When 2011-12 Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski signed on to be the Cleveland Browns head coach back in January, Carolina decided to stay in-house, promoting QB coach, Mike Shula, to be their new offensive coordinator. Since then, Shula showed throughout OTAs that his plan is to move away from the zone-read/option calls and get Newton to make more plays from the pocket.

Pyro's take: That's all fine and dandy, but we're not totally buying it. Shula may indeed try to infuse a more "normal" rushing attack using his RBs instead of Cam, but with Jonathan Stewart coming off of offseason surgery to both ankles, DeAngelo Williams just turning 30 (in April) and Mike Tolbert more of a short-yardage option, we expect Newton to continue his ways as one of the most dominant running quarterbacks in NFL history. Besides, Shula's recent history would agree with us. In his last six years as a QB coach in the NFL (Jaguars, 2007-10; Dolphins, 2011-12), his quarterback ranked amongst the Top-4 in rushing attempts during each of those six seasons (David Garrard, Cam Newton). Basically, Cam should continue to be graded as a mid- to top-end fantasy QB1 in 2013.

06/24/13, 11:00 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.charlotteobserver.com

Shockey practicing, but in limited fashion

Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey (knee) has been practicing with the team all week, but has been doing so on a limited basis.

Pyro's take: It definitely looks like Shock will be playing this Sunday, but likely won't be close to 100% if he does. Our guess is that he ends up playing up that limp of his the moment he drops that first pass.

02/05/10, 02:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: blogs.nfl.com

Mike Martz hired as Bears offensive coordinator

The Chicago Bears announced today that they have signed Mike Martz to be their offensive coordinator for the 2010 season. Terms of the contract have yet to be disclosed.

Pyro's take: Finally the Bears have "their guy". After going through a lengthy search composed mainly of candidates who pulled out of the running before an offer was even made, Chicago ended up settling for someone who had no problem ripping Jay Cutler to shreds early on in 2009. In order to mend possible broken bridges between the two, Martz immediately flew down to Tennessee to speak with Cutler after his interview.
Animosity aside, Cutler stands to gain the most fantasy-wise from the hiring, while TE Greg Olsen stands to lose the most. Martz has never been one to integrate the tight end into his offensive schemes, but wide receivers Devin Hester, Devin Aromashodu, Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett could be in for a nice uptick in value, as should RB Matt Forte.

02/01/10, 03:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Shockey still not practicing, but vows to play

Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey (knee) hasn't practiced with the team the last three days and is being listed on the injury report as questionable for the Super Bowl.

Pyro's take: Even though the Saints are practicing as if Shockey won't be available come Super Sunday, the eccentric tight end vows he will play in the big game.
"There's no holding the reins back," Shockey said. "I'll do everything I can, even it that requires hurting myself, to win the game because you got a lot of time to rehab and things of that nature to get right in the offseason."

01/30/10, 02:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Shockey active for today's playoff game

Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey (knee) is active for the playoff game against the Vikings today.

Pyro's take: Pretty much everybody is active and ready to go for the high-powered Saints, but don't expect too much from the controversial tight end. He'll likely be used as a decoy for much of the game as he gimps around on his bum knee.

01/24/10, 04:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
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Shockey questionable for Championship Game

Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey (knee) didn't practice all week and is being listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

Pyro's take: Shockey will be a game-time decision come Sunday. He seemed to re-injure himself last week during his touchdown catch and was a complete non-factor from then on out. Even if he plays, we don't expect too much from him because of the injury.

01/23/10, 09:45 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.neworleanssaints.com

DeAngelo Williams inactive today

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has been declared inactive for the game against the Saints today.

Pyro's take: Williams just barely got over 200 carries this year after going for 273 the year before. When he was in there, he was a RB1 for your fantasy team, but he didn't come near the production of the 2008 season. He'll be a first-round pick again next year, especially with Carolina likely to have an easier schedule.

01/03/10, 11:30 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Stewart gets another start for Panthers

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has been declared inactive for todays game against the Giants.

Pyro's take: Jonathan Stewart becomes a great RB2 play for your fantasy team with this news, so make sure you get him in your lineup.

12/27/09, 11:45 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

DeAngelo Williams inactive on Sunday

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has been declared inactive for todays game against the Giants.

Pyro's take: Jonathan Stewart becomes a great RB2 play for your fantasy team with this news, so make sure you get him in your lineup.

12/27/09, 11:45 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

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