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WR Charles Johnson - Carolina Panthers

6-2, 215Born: 2-27-1989College: Grand Valley StateDrafted: Round 7

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Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Great matchup. Following offseason shoulder surgery, Cam Newton isn't quite himself right now. His numbers are generally in line with the rest of his career, but he's simply not throwing the ball well despite an overhaul of supporting talent. Newton has never been a particularly accurate passer, but he's missed on numerous key throws thus far, including badly missing would-be touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. The bad news grew far worse on Monday, when Greg Olsen was diagnosed with a broken foot that will sideline him for at least six to eight weeks. Considering the shaky state of the Panthers' offensive line - he was sacked six times in Week 2 - we're seeing a bit of a perfect storm working against his fantasy value. Expect to see further reliance upon Benjamin for contested catches, as well as expanded usage for rookie back Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. There's plenty of dynamism there to be had, especially against the Saints' barely-there defense, but Newton simply doesn't look healthy and confident enough to snatch it right now. At least he has history on his side. Over his 4 meetings with the Saints under defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Newton has averaged 290.0 yards and 2.5 touchdowns through the air, with 29.8 standard fantasy points. Cam Newton is struggling, but there's little better medicine in the NFL than a date with the Saints "defense." The unit is predictably shallow and weak down the field, ceding deep balls and wide-open intermediate completions everywhere. Through 2 games, they've surrendered the most yards (388.5 per game) and net yards (10.5 per attempt) in the league, as well as the second-most touchdowns (6). Simply put, there's nothing about this matchup not to like. Their poor deep-ball defense projects especially poorly against Newton's powerful downfield arm - thus far, opponents have completed an eye-popping 13 of 15 deep balls against them. Newton is no guarantee to scorch them, especially in his current state. But there's no better time for him to get on track.

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Panthers | Week 3 injury report for Carolina (Fri Sep 22, 03:03 PM) - Carolina Panthers LB Jeremy Cash (calf) and C Ryan Kalil (neck) did not practice Friday, Sept. 22, and have been ruled out for Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. QB Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) took part in a limited practice for a third straight day and is listed as questionable. WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), DT Vernon Butler (shoulder), LB Thomas Davis (rest), DE Charles Johnson (rest), DE Julius Peppers (rest), RB Jonathan Stewart (rest) and CB Daryl Worley (knee) all participated fully in practice and have been removed from the injury report.

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Panthers | Carolina injury report for Week 2 (Fri Sep 15, 05:50 PM) - Carolina Panthers DT Vernon Butler (knee), LB Jeremy Cash (knee), LB Thomas Davis (knee), DE Charles Johnson (rest), C Ryan Kalil (rest), QB Cam Newton (shoulder), LB Jared Norris (groin) and DE Julius Peppers (rest) were all full participants at practice Friday, Sept. 15, and the team has no one listed on the injury report leading up to Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills.

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