Josh Norman replacing Melvin White at CB for Panthers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/29/14) Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced Monday cornerback Josh Norman will start Week 5 against the Bears alongside Antonie Cason. Norman will be replacing Melvin White in the starting lineup at cornerback.
Charles Johnson plays through hip flexor injury Week 4
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/29/14) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said defensive end Charles Johnson was slowed by a hip flexor Sunday against the Ravens, but he was able to play through the injury. Johnson recorded no stats in a 38-10 loss.
Another clunker for Panthers DST
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/28/14) For the second straight game, the Panthers couldn't come through on the defensive side of the ball Week 4 at Baltimore, allowing 38 points on 454 yards. They allowed 37 points on 454 yards to the visiting Steelers last week.
But at least they had a sack then. They couldn't muster even one of those against the Ravens. They also went without a turnover for the second straight game.
The Panthers DST was one of the top units in Fantasy last season and started out that way this season, but it's clearly slumping right now. It has another tough test Week 5 against the Bears, so you may want to look into alternatives.
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/22/14) After opening the season with two strong performances, the Panthers DST got run over Week 3 by the Steelers. Carolina allowed a whopping 264 rushing yards and 454 total yards in the 37-19 loss. Pittsburgh averaged 7.8 yards per carry.
Carolina mustered one sack, by defensive end Mario Addison, and zero turnovers. The Panthers DST will try to bounce back Week 4 at Baltimore.
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One might expect the Panthers DST to carry the team this season as the offense is in flux. After the unit totaled a league-best 60 sacks last year while holding opponents to 15.1 points per game, that expectation seems reasonable. But just as the Carolina offense lost key players, so too did its defense. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Mike Mitchell are both gone. Roman Harper might fill a spot at safety but the cornerbacks on staff leave a lot to be desired. On another team that would be a huge problem but considering the Panthers front seven and incredible pass rush, that might not be a big issue. It's a unit anchored by a pair of amazing pass rushers in Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy along with beefy D-linemen Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis add more wrinkles to a defense that held opponents to 86.9 yards per game and 1,391 yards on the season. We're a little nervous about the pass defense getting lit up – the Panthers schedule includes their division rivals plus pass-wielding teams like the Bears, Lions, Packers, Eagles and Bengals. They're still a start-worthy unit but one not worth reaching for. They should be taken with a pick within the last three rounds of a draft.