|Ht / Wt:||6'6" / 255 lb.|
|Born:||April 10, 1992|
|Drafted:||2014 / UDFA|
Manhertz is re-signing with the Panthers on a two-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old caught two passes on 344 offensive snaps in 2018, highlighted by a 50-yard touchdown reception on a fourth-down pass from running back Christian McCaffrey in Week 15 against New Orleans. With fellow tight ends Greg Olsen (foot) and Ian Thomas both under contract for 2019, it appears Manhertz is headed for another season working as a blocking specialist.
Manhertz recorded 52 yards and a touchdown on two catches while appearing in 16 games in 2018.
Analysis: Manhertz played 343 offensive snaps this season but was a blocker first and a receiving option second. Save for a 50-yard touchdown reception, he didn't have much of any fantasy impact this season. He's a free agent this offseason and will likely see a similar role with a team in 2019, though he could see slightly greater usage as a receiving target.
Manhertz scored a 50-yard touchdown on his lone reception from two targets in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Manhertz entered Monday's tilt with merely one reception and three targets this season, making him the perfect candidate to sneak open on a fourth-down trick play that saw Christian McCaffrey find him deep. That play gave Manhertz his first-career touchdown, which should be hugely satisfying for the rarely used tight end.
Manhertz (foot) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Manhertz was sporting a walking boot to start the week and didn't practice Wednesday, but was able to progress to full practice participation Friday. The 26-yea-old should take up his usual spot as the Panthers' No. 3 tight end behind Greg Olsen and Ian Thomas for Week 13.
Manhertz (foot) will not take part in practice Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.comreports.
Analysis: Manhertz was spotted in a walking boot Monday, so his absence from practice Wednesday shouldn't be a major shock to the system. The third-string tight end's status shouldn't have many fantasy implications consider he has hauled in just one pass during the 2018 season. However, the Panthers could be down some depth at the position Sunday if Manhertz doesn't progress to play against the Bucs.
Manhertz was seen with a walking boot on his left foot Monday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Manhertz had surgery on his left foot during the summer and it's unclear if he re-aggravated the injury Sunday or suffered a different injury. The team has released no official word on the issue, but Manhertz's status for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay could be in question.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Manhertz, Ian Thomas and fullback Alex Armah to share all the reps at tight end Sunday against the Falcons, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With Greg Olsen (foot) expected to sit out at least the next few games, the Panthers will have a major void to fill at tight end beginning in Week 2. Rather than signing another player to add depth at the position, Carolina seems content deploying Armah when needed, but Thomas and Manhertz seem likely to handle the overwhelming share of the duties. Thanks to his superior speed and athleticism, Thomas is the most likely of the trio to see involvement as a pass catcher and offer fantasy utility, while Manhertz and Armah project mainly as blockers. Over 24 career NFL games, Manhertz has hauled in just three passes for 27 yards.
Manhertz (foot) is active for Sunday's season-opening tilt against the Cowboys.
Analysis: Both Manhertz and Greg Olsen (back) are active Sunday after shaking off questionable designations, giving Cam Newton his full complement of tight ends against the Cowboys.
Manhertz (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Cowboys, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Manhertz was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list and was a limited participant in practice this week to earn the questionable tag. The 26-year-old sustained the injury during minicamp in mid-June and is likely to serve as the Panthers' No. 3 tight end, if able to suit up Sunday.
Manhertz (foot) passed his physical Friday and was removed form the PUP list, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official website reports.
Analysis: Manhertz has been sidelined since injuring his foot during an offseason minicamp. He is expected to provide depth at tight end behind Greg Olsen and Ian Thomas, while also aiding special teams. The 26-year-old should not be targeted in the fantasy realm unless injuries occur ahead of him.
Manhertz (foot) is closing in on full health, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Manhertz injured his foot during minicamp in June and started training camp on the PUP list. Once he's activated, however, Manhertz will round out the tight end corps with Greg Olsen and Ian Thomas. Manhertz shouldn't be considered in the fantasy realm, though, as he made just three catches for 27 yards in the last two seasons.
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