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The Carolina Panthers will have Pro Bowl players Ryan Kalil and Greg Olsen back for Sunday’s key NFC game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium.

Kalil, a five-time Pro Bowl selection at center, said Thursday he will play even though coach Ron Rivera cautiously said, “We’ll see.”

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“I’ll be suiting up and snapping the ball on Sunday,” said Kalil, sidelined 10 of the past 11 games with a neck injury that flared up after the opener.

Kalil attempted to make a comeback in an Oct. 22 game at Chicago, but aggravated the injury in the first half and didn’t play in the second half. He has been inactive for four of the past five games, not playing in the one game he suited up.

Tyler Larsen has started for Kalil, but has not practiced the past two days because of a foot injury. He had a walking boot on earlier in the week.

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Kalil was listed as Cheap nfl Jerseys limited on Thursday, but he worked with the first-team offense during the media portion of practice.

“He’s had a good couple of days,” Rivera said. “Real encouraged by it. I know he’s encouraged by it. He looks good out there. We’ll continue with it.”

Olsen, a three-time Pro Bowl selection at tight end, was activated off injured reserve for a Nov. 26 game against the New York Jets. He developed soreness in the foot, surgically repaired after he broke it in a Week 2 win against Buffalo, and did not play in the second half against the Jets or in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans.

The staff took a Customized Jerseys cautious approach on Sunday, feeling the artificial turf at MetLife Stadium contributed to the soreness and there was no point in aggravating it further on the turf at New Orleans.

The next three games are on grass at home.

“From the beginning we knew this was going to be a little bit of a struggle, kind of a touch and go thing as we transitioned our way back,” Olsen said. “Yeah, I feel good. I feel we’re heading down a good path. I’m looking forward to getting out there and hopefully this time stay out there.”

The return of both players comes at a good time for the Panthers (8-4), a game behind New Orleans (9-3) in the NFC South and two games behind Minnesota (10-2) and Philadelphia (10-2) for the top two seeds in the NFC.

They also could Carolina Panthers Jerseys bring a spark to an offense that has been inconsistent the past two weeks.

“This is a huge stretch for us,” Olsen said. “One of the best teams we’ll play coming here on Sunday.”

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The tight end is to fantasy football what catcher is to fantasy baseball. It is the annoying position on the your roster where the production declines steeply after the first few options. It is the position in which someone will reach too soon for those top targets. It is the position where you can afford to punt and wait on later options, hoping to find a gem.

Everyone loves Rob Gronkowski, but you have to spend a pick in the first two rounds to get him, then you sweat out every leaping catch and hard tackle, wondering: Will this be the one that puts him on the shelf?

Everyone Carolina Panthers Jerseys loves Jordan Reed, when he plays. But he has been on the field for more than 12 games just once in his four-year career. And he already is dealing with a foot problem.

People are high on Travis Kelce, but he has yet to post more than five touchdowns in a single season, and his quarterback is Alex Smith.

There are warts on even the best tight ends. Considering the quality running back or wide receiver you will have to pass up to take one of these top TEs in the first 3-4 rounds, it is not worth the risk. You wait.

Maybe you wait for Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Delanie Walker or Kyle Rudolph — the last of whom you normally can get in the eighth round. But we like to wait longer.

When you get to rounds 7-10, even better values emerge with Tyler Eifert, Hunter Henry and Martellus Bennett. If we’ve done a good job stacking our roster so far, this is when we first start to give tight ends serious consideration.

But our Cheap Jerseys favorite still is hanging around, still available a few rounds later. Jack Doyle has a average draft position of 124.4 (Round 12), according to fantasydata. And we like him as much as anyone we can get after the overpriced top tier. Why? Because we trust offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to get the ball to his tight ends.

This even despite the uncertain status of QB Andrew Luck — since less experienced QBs tend to like a tight end safety valve. What concerns we do have regarding Luck are eclipsed by the Doyle/Chundzinski connection.

Among Chudzinski’s career highlights as a coach or coordinator are Kellen Winslow II’s career year (Cleveland, 2007), several prime years of Antonio Gates’ career in San Diego (2005-06, 2009-10), Jordan Cameron’s glory year (Cleveland, 2013), Coby Fleener’s best season (Colts, 2017).

But the one the Cheap nfl Jerseys stint that sticks out is Chudzinski’s 2011-12 run as coordinator for the Panthers. His first year — taking over the offense for a team that posted a combined 56 catches for 418 yards and two touchdowns by tight ends the previous season — new additions Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey had a combined 82 catches for 995 yards and nine TDs. The following season, Shockey was gone and Olsen saw a sharpe increase in production — 69 catches, 843 yards, five TDs. In 2012, Olsen absorbed posted about 84 percent of the combined 2011 total between he and Shockey.

Now, a similar situation arises in Indianapolis, where Dwayne Allen is gone, leaving Doyle to inherit a large share of that missing production. If you apply a similar bump to the Colts’ combined 94 catches, 990 yards and 11 TDs, that would give Doyle 79 catches, 838 yards and six TDs. those numbers would be good for a top-five fantasy finish among tight ends last season.

Doyle is our Customized Jerseys favorite TE pick, based on upside and draft value. But we like to hedge our bets if we pick him as our top option. We’ll be looking even later for backup options like Cameron Brate (don’t believe the O.J. Howard hype), C.J. Fiedorowicz or Austin Hooper. We even would settle for Jason Witten or the aforementioned Allen.

The primary goal, though, is patience. It is OK to wait until near the end to address tight end.

Carolina Panthers 2017 Team Preview and Prediction

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Luke Kuechly and the Panthers look to bounce back after their stunning first-to-worst plunge in the NFC South

Their climb was rapid. Their fall was even steeper.

Now, the Carolina Panthers find themselves at the base of the NFL mountain once again, trying to secure a foothold with a “Greatest Hits” mix of old and new players.

The “old” is not that old, but quarterback Cam Newton turned 28 in May and will be entering his seventh NFL season. Newton took a couple of Carolina Panthers Jerseys
steps backward in 2016, suffering a career low in completion percentage as the Panthers stumbled to a 6–10 record after making the Super Bowl with a 15–1 team the year before. Besides the inherent pressure of attempting to return to his Most Valuable Player form of 2015, Newton has the additional burden of coming back from March surgery on the partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.

On the other hand, he will have more weapons on an offense that too often looked stale and slow in 2016. Dynamic rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel will get on the field quickly as the Panthers try to insert more speed and elusiveness.

The Panthers do have a few advantages that could lead to a bounce-back season. Their schedule is slightly easier in 2017, and they have acquired a couple of veterans who played in Charlotte before and should fit right in again in defensive end Julius Peppers and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Left tackle Matt Kalil became the most expensive — and the riskiest — free-agent gamble in
Cheap Jerseys Carolina history when he joined brother Ryan on the Panthers in a five-year, $55.5 million contract. The Kalil deal ended up being one of the last made by Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, who was fired by owner Jerry Richardson on July 17. Now the focus will turn to head coach Ron Rivera, who needs to avoid two disappointing seasons in a row.

Score more points. This has become the Panthers’ offseason mantra after the offense was average at best in 2016 and failed time and again in the clutch. After a 2015 season in which Carolina finished No. 1 in the NFL in scoring (31.3 ppg), the Panthers dropped to 15th in 2016 (23.1 ppg). And given that Carolina lost six games by three points or fewer, the goal this year is to once again top the 30-points-per-game threshold.

The Panthers had what they called a “position catastrophe” on the offensive line last season, and in the season finale they had four players Cheap nfl Jerseys playing out of position. They are trying to avoid that in 2017 partly by throwing huge money at Matt Kalil — a contract that shocked many because of its sheer size — to protect Newton’s blind side. Michael Oher was limited to three games last season due to injuries and severe concussion-related symptoms. While Oher would be the Panthers’ first choice to be the right tackle, veteran Daryl Williams was decent last season in a battlefield promotion and can play both tackle spots. Second-round draft pick Taylor Moton has the size needed and also could be a factor. Center Ryan Kalil will call the shots for the line as usual and tease his younger brother as warranted. Guards Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell are solid run blockers.

At running back, bruiser Jonathan Stewart returns but is nearing the twilight of his career at age 30 and in his 10th year in the NFL. McCaffrey, the heir apparent, is a far different type of back who is more elusive and better in space but not as effective in between the tackles. Fullback Mike Tolbert was released as the Panthers plan to go more to three-wide sets and let their new slot receiver, rookie Curtis Samuel, run a lot of the deep routes that Ted Ginn Jr. used to before he bolted for New Orleans.

Wide receiver Customized Jerseys Kelvin Benjamin has not been able to achieve the separation he needs to from defensive backs, and his on-and-off battles with weight are part of the problem. He has a lot to prove this season. Tight end Greg Olsen is a consummate pro and has made the Pro Bowl three years in a row. His sticky hands have made him Newton’s favorite target. Devin Funchess has been a poor man’s version of Benjamin, which is not a compliment. Like Benjamin, Funchess badly needs to show improvement in 2017. Damiere Byrd is undersized but very fast and could surprise.

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Carolina Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey ran through a couple of play-action fakes with Cam Newton during warmup drills before Thursdays’ final minicamp practice.

That was the extent of the on-field interactions this spring between Newton and the player the Panthers drafted eighth overall to take some of the pressure off their franchise quarterback.

Because of an antiquated rule that prohibits rookies from schools on the quarter system from participating with their teams until after finals are done, Thursday was the first time McCaffrey had been on the Panthers’ practice field since rookie minicamp in early May.

It’s not like he missed out on a lot of reps alongside Newton, who has yet to throw a pass as he continues his recovery from shoulder surgery in March.

Backup quarterback Cheap Jerseys Derek Anderson said this week the defense was a little ahead of the offense. But the way Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees it, that doesn’t mean the offense is necessarily behind.

“At this point he’s right where he needs to be,” Rivera said.

Rivera predicted last week Newton would throw during the final week of minicamp, offering the caveat that the timeline ultimately would be determined by the doctors and trainers.

After reminding reporters that he generally takes an optimistic view when it comes to injury rehabs, Rivera said he expects Newton to begin throwing soon, perhaps as early as next week.

If that’s the case, McCaffrey could be on the receiving end of those passes.

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allowed to work out and train at team facilities next week, but have to do so on their own without any interaction with coaches.

After missing 12 of the 13 OTA and minicamp practices while exiled to Denver, McCaffrey is expected to hang around Charlotte another week to make up for lost time.

McCaffrey’s situation is not unlike what Newton experienced as a rookie in 2011, when the lockout meant there were no OTAs or minicamps. All Newton did was show up to Spartanburg in late July and proceed to throw for more yards than any rookie in NFL history.

So Newton and other veterans advised McCaffrey on what to do with his down time.

“They all said the same thing,” McCaffrey said. “‘Get in your playbook, but once you get out here, come out here and have fun.’ You miss some time, but that part’s over now. So I’m just focused on what I can do now.”

McCaffrey said Newton gave him a more general directive: “He just told me to show up and ball out.”

McCaffrey packed a lot into his lone minicamp practice.

He lined up all over the field and (shhhh!!) took a direct snap from center in the Wildcat formation at one point.

“I figure the more ways you can be dynamic the better – for the coaches, for me and for the team,” McCaffrey said. “Whatever they ask me to do I’ll do.”

During team Customized Jerseys drills near the end of practice, McCaffrey took a handoff, found a seam on the right side and broke through for a long gain (against a defense that wasn’t tackling).

Tight end Greg Olsen turned to reporters and said: “Lot of tweets going on right now, (saying), ‘Great run.’”

While McCaffrey was zipping around, Newton was calling the plays for the offense – an idea Rivera admitted he wished coaches would’ve come up with earlier.

Newton, who is coming off his worst season, usually takes his receivers to Baltimore for a few days during the summer to train at the Under Armour facilities. McCaffrey hadn’t heard whether he’d be a part of that group.

“I have no idea,” he said. “I’ve been here about three hours now. So we’ll find out about all that stuff.”

It would be a Carolina Panthers Jerseys good idea for Newton to include McCaffrey. The Panthers – Newton and McCaffrey in particular – will have to pull a lot of cram sessions if this evolution of the offense is going to take.

Olsen doesn’t seem too concerned where the Panthers QB is concerned.

“Cam Newton, he’ll be ready. We have a lot of other things to worry about to get our team ready than him,” Olsen said this week. “He’s done this before.

“He knows what he’s doing. We’ve got a lot of other things we need to piece together. He’ll be fine. He’s a big boy.”

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He couldn’t have picked a better time, though.

Davis’ 46-yard fumble return for a touchdown on the first series of the game got the Carolina Panthers off on the right foot and set the tone for their 30-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.

Davis was all smiles afterward, although he wasn’t sure that the touchdown was going to count until replays confirmed the fumble.

“It definitely feels good to get into the end zone Cheap nfl Jerseys and have it actually count this time,” Davis, a 12-year veteran linebacker said. “I’ve had about three or four called back, and I thought that one was going to get called back, too. Everyone was asking me why didn’t you celebrate? But they reviewed it, it counted, and it was a huge momentum shift for our football team to start the game.”

Davis had scored a touchdown previously, but it came in a preseason game against Miami two years ago.

The Cardinals took the opening kickoff and picked up one first down before facing a third-and-six from their 43. Quarterback Carson Palmer dropped back to pass but was hit by defensive tackle Star Lotuleiei. Palmer was trying to get rid of the ball in the form of a shuttle pass, but the ball came loose, hit the ground, and Davis was there to scoop it up at the 46.

Davis stiff-armed running back David Johnson, then Customized Jerseys raced untouched the rest of the way down the right sideline for the 7-0 lead with 11:48 left in the first quarter.

All touchdowns and change of possessions are automatically reviewed, and replay officials confirmed it was a fumble, not an incomplete pass, although Palmer complained that it was “an obvious pass.”

“For a second, I thought it was incomplete,” Davis said. “I did. But the way we practice here, we take everything to the end zone and then we let the refs make the decision on whether it’s incomplete or a fumble or not. But everything we do, we take it to the end zone.”

He smiled at the nifty stiff-arm that allowed him to escape Johnson.

“It just kinda worked out,” Davis said. “I saw him Carolina Panthers Jerseys and the first thing I thought about was not letting the first guy tackle me and then see what was going to happen after that. I was able to separate from him with the stiff arm, and then I ended up in the end zone.”

The Panthers tacked on touchdowns on their first two offensive possessions, both on runs by Jonathan Stewart, for a 21-0 lead after one quarter.

From there, the Panthers were able to pin their ears back defensively and tee off on Palmer the rest of the afternoon.The Panthers finished with five sacks and also had an interception, by defensive end Kony Ealy.

Davis said he considered the defensive effort a sign of things to come as the Panthers try to crawl out of a 2-5 hole to start the season. He was particularly impressed with Loltuleilei, who was credited with three sacks and five total tackles.

“This is the kind of football team we feel we’re capable of being,” Davis said. “It was about going out and showing it today, on the front end, on the back end. We did what we’ve been talking about all season long. We gave the d-line time to get there and I think the results speak for themselves.

“Those guys got after the quarterback today. I definitely think it was a statement game for them. They’ve taken criticism all year long and I feel like it was unjust, but at the end of the day you have to play together as a group. You have to play well on the back end to give them time to get there, and vice versa.”

Davis stopped short of saying that the Panthers turned their season around on Sunday, though.

“It’s just one win,” he said. “Our goal right now is to win one game each week for the rest of the season. We’re focused on that as a group. We felt all season long that we’ve had what it takes to get the job done in this locker room, but the result hasn’t turned out that way. But it feels good to be back on the winning side of things. Hopefully we can build on this.”
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