Opportunity arises Thursday
Freeman rushed five times for 17 yards and caught his only target for eight yards in Thursday night's 24-9 win over the Texans.
Freeman hardly saw the field on offense in his first two games with the Panthers, but after superstar tailback Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) exited in the second quarter Thursday, Carolina's recent signing suddenly was forced into the fray. Although Freeman saw fewer opportunities than rookie fourth-rounder Chuba Hubbard, who finished with 79 scrimmage yards on 14 touches, he still had chances to show his stuff, including on an unsuccessful one-yard touchdown leap in the fourth quarter. Should McCaffrey be sidelined or limited in Week 4's matchup versus the Cowboys, Freeman would again figure to help Hubbard fill the void, bringing his stock to life as he now embarks on an extended preparation period prior to that contest.
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Thomas caught one of two targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 34-28 overtime loss against the Vikings.
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Anderson had three receptions (11 targets) for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-28 overtime loss to the Vikings.
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