5'9'' / 190 lbs
Blackshear (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's matchup against the Saints, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Blackshear played exclusively on special teams during the season opener and won't suit up for Week 2. Miles Sanders and Chuba Hubbard are the only active running backs for Carolina on Monday, while Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Laviska Shenault will presumably have to split return duties.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
|Fantasy Points||Betting||Rushing Stats||Receiving Stats|
|5 SF||Outdoor 66°||0.0||35th||0.00||5.5||39.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|6 @LA||Outdoor 70°||0.0||32nd||0.00||9.5||41.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|7 TB||Outdoor 66°||-0.5||36th||-0.25||13.0||40.5||2||-5||-2.5||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||7%|
|8 @ATL||Dome 59°||0.1||30th||0.05||4.0||41.5||2||1||0.5||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||6%|
|9 @CIN||Outdoor 68°||15.3||3rd||1.70||7.0||43.5||5||13||2.6||1||8%||0||0||0||4||40||0||28%|
|10 ATL||Outdoor 61°||3.2||18th||0.53||2.5||43.5||6||32||5.3||0||50%||1||0||0||0||0||0||13%|
|11 @BAL||Outdoor 36°||3.4||23rd||1.70||12.5||41.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||2||14||0||0%|
|12 DEN||Outdoor 66°||0.1||32nd||0.10||1.5||35.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||1||11||0||0%|
|14 @SEA||Outdoor 45°||11.9||8th||2.38||3.5||43.5||4||32||8.0||1||66%||1||0||0||1||17||0||9%|
|15 PIT||Outdoor 47°||0.0||35th||0.00||-3.0||37.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|16 DET||Outdoor 20°||8.5||14th||2.13||2.5||44.5||3||3||1.0||1||0%||0||0||0||1||12||0||7%|
|17 @TB||Outdoor 75°||0.9||21st||0.90||3.5||39.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||1||-1||0||0%|
|18 @NO||Dome 62°||0.1||32nd||0.10||3.5||41.5||1||1||1.0||0||100%||0||0||0||0||0||0||2%|
Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Rushing Averages||Receiving Averages|
Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Rushing Stats||Receiving Stats|
Blackshear is a part of the Panthers' initial 53-man roster following roster cuts Tuesday, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.
Blackshear joins Miles Sanders (groin) and Chuba Hubbard as the running backs to make the team, while Carolina moved on from Spencer Brown (Tuesday) and Camerun Peoples (Saturday) in recent days. In three preseason appearances, Blackshear fared OK, turning 12 carries into 42 yards and one touchdown, hauling in all three targets for six yards and returning one kickoff for 29 yards. There's an expectation that Sanders will be healthy Week 1, so Blackshear may have to bide his time on special teams while waiting for an opportunity on offense behind Sanders and Hubbard.
Blackshear carried the ball eight times for 31 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason loss to the Giants.
The second-year running back led the Panthers in rushing yards and scored the team's only TD on the ground. Blackshear's fantasy appeal could be on the rise, as Miles Sanders (groin) once again wasn't in the lineup and Chuba Hubbard (ankle) didn't return after getting injured on the first play of the second quarter. However, it was Spencer Brown (10 carries for 26 yards, one catch for seven yards) who took over for Hubbard, while Blackshear didn't see his first touch on offense until late in the third quarter. Should the injuries to Sanders and Hubbard linger into the regular season, it's not yet clear whether Blackshear or Brown would assume lead duties.
Blackshear rushed once for two yards and caught both of his targets for four yards in Saturday's 27-0 preseason loss to the Jets. He also returned two kickoffs for 37 yards and one punt for 10 yards.
Blackshear is currently competing with Spencer Brown for Carolina's third-string running back job. Although Brown led the team with eight rushes for 34 yards compared to Blackshear's minimal offensive output, the latter's value on special teams could work to his advantage in making the 53-man roster.
Blackshear appears to be in line for an expanded offensive role under the Panthers' new coaching staff, reports Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer.
Blackshear was singled out as an "under-the-radar" standout in spring practices by coach Frank Reich, according to Kaye. Signed by Carolina in September of 2022 after he was cut by the Bills, Blackshear appeared in 13 games for Carolina last season, rushing 23 times for 77 yards and three touchdowns in mop-up duties behind D'Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard. He also caught 10 balls for 93 yards, which could be his path to playing time this year, serving as the pass-game complement to Miles Sanders.
Blackshear appeared in 13 games during the 2022 season, rushing 23 times for 77 yards and three touchdowns and catching 10 of 12 targets for 93 yards.
Blackshear also occasionally handled return duties, taking 19 kickoffs back for 513 yards and six punts for 55 yards. With his rookie campaign now complete, Blackshear will hope to make the Panthers' roster again next season and serve in a similar depth role.