Carolina Panthers Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Graham Gano converted his lone field-goal attempt Sunday - a 33-yarder - as the Carolina Panthers defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-24. Gano tacked on four PATs.
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News: Devin Funchess had one reception for 19 yards Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Impact: Cam Newton had a big game against Green Bay, but Funchess wasn't really part of the offense. The Panthers host the Bucs next week, and Funchess also had a unproductive game in the first matchup with Tampa in Week 8, catching two balls for 11 yards.
News: Damiere Byrd had three receptions for 25 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers.
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News: Greg Olsen had nine receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Impact: Olsen had a sensational performance in what has been a rough season. Sidelined for 10 weeks with a broken right foot, Olsen came into Week 15 with just four catches for 38 yards. If this is a sign of things to come, however, he could be poised for another big game in most fantasy leagues championship round.
News: Christian McCaffrey ran for 63 yards on 12 carries Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers. He added six receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown.
Impact: McCaffrey finally put together an offensive performance fantasy owners had been hoping for. Carolina has the Bucs next week, and McCaffrey had three rushing yards on four carries and 49 receiving yards at Tampa in Week 8.
News: Fozzy Whittaker ran for three yards on one carry Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers.
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News: Jonathan Stewart ran for 27 yards on 11 carries Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers. He added one reception for nine yards.
Impact: Coming off a three-TD performance against the Vikings, Stewart had quite the letdown, averaging just 2.5 yards a carry. The Panthers host the Bucs next Sunday, and Stewart had 34 rushing yards on 11 attempts with a TD in Tampa in Week 8.
News: Cam Newton was 20 of 31 for 242 yards and threw four touchdown passes Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers. He did not throw an interception, didn't fumble and was sacked one time. Newton added 58 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Impact: Newton threw for his most yards since Week 10, when he also had four TD passes. The Panthers are home against next Sunday against the Bucs, and in Tampa in week 8, Newton threw for 154 yards with a TD and interception.
News: Bradberry made seven tackles (four solo), an interception and forced a fumble in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Impact: Bradberry's presence was felt in a big way during the second half, as he not only intercepted Aaron Rodgers during the third quarter, but also forced a fumble on Green Bay's final offensive drive. The second-year pro helped Carolina clinch a second straight victory and has picked off a pass in back-to-back games to boot.
News: Worley totaled seven tackles (six solo) and made an interception in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Impact: Worley not only finished second on the Panthers in tackles, but he also hauled in his second interception in as many weeks. Although his 52 tackles don't stack up to last year's 88, Worley's two picks on the campaign at least top his rookie output.
News: Coleman finished with 10 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Impact: Coleman led the Panthers in stops while also defending a pass in Sunday's victory. His performance marked the second time Coleman has reached double-figure tackles this season, bringing his tally to 66 through 11 appearances.
News: Gano made a 33-yard field goal as well as all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Impact: Gano has notched seven points in back-to-back outings, while maintaining his record of just one missed field goal this season. That makes him a reliable kicking option in advance of next Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
News: Byrd caught three of four targets for 25 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Impact: Byrd's first reception of the season didn't come until two weeks ago, but the second-year pro has since developed into Carolina's fourth option in the passing game. Although he was just barely inbounds, Byrd's nine-yard touchdown during the third quarter marked the first of his career. He then followed that with a 13-yard score to open the fourth and give the Panthers their largest lead of the game. Despite having Devin Funchess, Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen above him in the pecking order, Byrd has carved out some improbable late-season value thanks to his recent performances.
News: Olsen caught nine of 12 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Impact: Olsen finally enjoyed his breakthrough performance since returning from injury, as he led Carolina across the board in receiving. The veteran's day was highlighted by a 30-yard touchdown to start the third quarter, marking Olsen's first trip to pay dirt this season. Considering he entered Sunday with just 38 receiving yards on the campaign, Olsen's display -- which came while top wideout Devin Funchess made just one catch for 19 yards -- gives fantasy owners a resurgent commodity to consider ahead of his upcoming matchup with the Buccaneers.
News: McCaffrey rushed 12 times for 63 yards and caught six of seven targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Impact: McCaffrey was a consistent thorn in the side of the Packers, as he not only approached his career-high rushing total, but also went for the second-most receiving yards of his rookie campaign. In doing so, McCaffrey hauled in a seven-yard touchdown on Carolina's opening drive, giving him five scores over his last six outings. While that has upped his fantasy impact, McCaffrey has also averaged an even five yards per carry during that stretch, making him more of a threat on the ground. Combined, those developments give fantasy owners a lot to like about McCaffrey heading into next Sunday's visit from the Buccaneers.
News: Stewart rushed 11 times for 27 yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Impact: Stewart didn't do much to follow up last Sunday's 103-yard, three-touchdown outing, but considering he entered Week 15 with nine games of under 50 rushing yards, fantasy owners shouldn't be that surprised by his performance. If anything, Stewart's three-week touchdown streak should've been what fueled expectations of him, but the veteran couldn't extend that stretch either. A reliable commodity from a usage standpoint -- Stewart has logged double-digit carries in all but one game this season -- the 30-year-old will now prepare for next Sunday's visit from the Buccaneers.
News: Newton completed 20 of 31 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers. He also rushed 14 times for 58 yards.
Impact: Newton was in command from the start, leading the Panthers on a 15-play, 85-yard touchdown drive on their first series. The quarterback then threw touchdowns on three of Carolina first four second-half drives, including a 30-yard connection with tight end Greg Olsen to begin the third quarter. Overall, Sunday marked the third time that Newton has totaled four touchdowns in a game this season, and his passing output ended a three-week streak with under 200 yards. Furthermore, thanks for a season-high 14 carries, Newton continued to make an impact on the ground, rushing for at least 50 yards for the seventh time in the last nine games. In stellar form at a critical period in the campaign, Newton has a home matchup versus the Buccaneers in Week 16.
News: Shepard is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Packers due to a shoulder injury, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Outside from an illegal block in the back and inducing a pass interference, both in the third quarter, Shepard was kept silent in the box score. No matter, his production has been sporadic this season, so the Panthers are unlikely to experience any speed bumps if he's unable to reenter the contest.