Mike Tolbert RB CAR 3 months ago

The Panthers have signed Tolbert to a two-year deal.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tolbert, who has been a Pro Bowl selection in two of the past three seasons, had been headed for free agency, but the versatile fullback will stay with the Panthers on the heels of a 2015 campaign in which he carried the ball 62 times for 256 yards and a TD, while catching 18 passes for 154 yards and three receiving scores. Tolbert, who turns 31 in November, will thus reprise his role as the Panthers' starting fullback, a job that carries modest fantasy utility in general, though at times when injuries hit the team's backfield, the 5-foot-9, 250-pounder is called upon to see added touches in the Carolina offense.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 4 months ago

Tolbert gained 18 yards on five carries in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. He also fumbled twice, losing one.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The eight-year veteran had a difficult time holding onto the ball against an opportunistic and hard-hitting Denver front seven, getting stripped at the Broncos 40-yard line in the second quarter by Darian Stewart after a game-long 11-yard run. Tolbert was also separated from the ball in the first quarter, but was able to recover. The Coastal Carolina product was once again used sparingly on offense in his fourth Panthers season, carrying the ball 62 times and securing 18 receptions. However, he served as valuable veteran insurance in Jonathan Stewart's first season as a feature back, and heads into free agency with the likelihood of filling a similar role on either the Panthers or another club in 2016.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 4 months ago

Tolbert (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Panthers' rushing attack is powered by Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton, but Tolbert still got in on the act on a weekly basis, averaging five touches per game in the regular season. Among those looks were 17 carries and seven targets in the red zone, which is a weapon that may be utilized in the most important outing of the campaign.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 4 months ago

Tolbert (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Panthers, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tolbert spent the week immediately after the NFC championship game in the trainer's room rather than the practice field, but full practices dominated this week, paving the way for active status Sunday. Nonetheless, he'll likely be contained to short-yardage situations behind Jonathan Stewart.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 4 months ago

Tolbert (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tolbert took the week off following the NFC championship game to rest a knee injury, whose extent wasn't severe enough to impact his practice reps to start this week of prep. As long as he sustains his activity level, he'll be available as a short-yardage and goal-line option for the Panthers' varied rushing attack.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 4 months ago

Tolbert (knee) is listed as questionable heading into Super Bowl week, the Panthers' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tolbert joined Jonathan Stewart (ankle) in the trainer's room this week, as the duo's health is paramount to powering the ground game. Expect Tolbert to take the practice field at some point in advance of the Super Bowl, though he'll likely be relegated to short-yardage and goal-line looks behind the top dog that is Stewart.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 4 months ago

Tolbert (knee) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tolbert entered the postseason with marks of 4.1 yards per carry and 8.6 yards per catch, but in tough matchups with the Seahawks and Cardinals in the meantime, he recorded just 10 rushes for 21 yards and one reception (on two targets) for 14 yards. Because he earned 17 red-zone carries during the regular season, though, he could make a splash in the Super Bowl.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 5 months ago

Tolbert gained 59 yards on 10 carries and secured his sole target for five yards in Sunday's 38-10 victory over the Bucs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The eight-year veteran worked excellently in tandem with rookie Cameron Artis-Payne, tallying a season-high figure of 59 yards on the ground. Tolbert was once again productive when called upon in 2015, but figures to have his role reduced upon Jonathan Stewart's return for the Panthers' first playoff game. However, he will undoubtedly be called upon in the postseason for occasional short-yardage and passing game work, two tasks at which he has typically excelled throughout his career.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 5 months ago

Tolbert rushed twice for 12 yards and caught two passes (on three targets) for 17 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tolbert's 29 all-purpose yards from Sunday is slightly above his season average through 15 games, evidencing his small fantasy value. A touchdown vulture in previous campaigns, Tolbert's mere four scores this season make him tough to rely on. While fellow ball-carrier Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) went down Sunday, Tolbert remains behind rookie Cameron Artis-Payne in the pecking order, and starter Jonathan Stewart (foot) may return for the Panthers' season finale this weekend.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 5 months ago

Tolbert carried just five times for 10 yards in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The hefty fullback was expected to experience an uptick in usage with Jonathan Stewart sidelined, but he saw rookie Cameron Artis-Pane and Cam Newton handle most of the load in the ground game. Tolbert was uncharacteristically not targeted in the passing game either, placing a firm cap on his output for the day. It appears Tolbert's role will remain steady regardless of who starts at tailback, and he will be reliant on a handful of targets and the possibility of some goal-line carries for fantasy value versus the Falcons next week.