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TE Richie Brockel - Carolina Panthers

6-1, 251Born: 7-24-1986College: Boise StateDrafted: ---

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General News (Wed Oct 1): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 5: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Mike Shula talked about when it would be time to let Cam Newton move around outside the pocket/rush the football more: 'I wish I could say, 'Hey! We're going to cut him loose this week!'' Shula said. 'I don't want to lie to you... That's something we're going to talk about this week. It's something we have to monitor every week for sure. But he's getting healthier and ... we'll see.' Newton is currently the 25th-ranked fantasy quarterback in the league, with 60/94 for 728 yards passing, three TDs thrown vs. zero interceptions, with just 8/33/0 rushing so far this season. Until he starts adding in significant rushing yards to his totals, he's going to disappoint as a fantasy starter. Among the Carolina receivers, Kelvin Benjamin (36 targets for 21/329/3 receiving) and Greg Olsen (31 for 21/254/2) are the main targets when potential scoring is on the line. Jerricho Cotchery (15 for 13/158/0) and Jason Avant (17 for 10/90/1) are mainly chain-movers so far this season. The Bears' pass D is ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 250.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given out vs. six interceptions (tied for second in the NFL) and nine sacks (tied for ninth) generated to date. They do bring pressure to bear on opposing quarterbacks, but they haven't stemmed scoring much lately - Aaron Rodgers threw for four TDs on this group last week (22/28 for 302 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions, with one sack taken for zero yards), while even Geno Smith threw for 300 yards against Chicago two weeks ago (26/43 for 300 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -16 yards). This is a good matchup for Newton, Benjamin and Olsen - also, the rushing attack has been decimated by injuries and will have a crew of rookies and journeymen manning the running back position, so Newton will have to throw early and often in this one, most likely.

Recent Stats and Projections

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2 vs DET 0 0 0 0
3 vs PIT 0 0 0 0
4 at BAL 0 0 0 0
5 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * *
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Latest News

Panthers | Wednesday practice report (Wed Oct 1, 04:26 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Richie Brockel (ankle), DT Dwan Edwards (non-injury), DE Charles Johnson (hip) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. CB Melvin White (thigh) was limited, while LB Thomas Davis (hip) practiced in full.

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Panthers | Richie Brockel injures ankle (Sun Sep 28, 01:37 PM) - Carolina Panthers FB Richie Brockel (ankle) left the game early Week 4 because of an ankle injury and is considered questionable to return.

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