Panthers Thoughts: Trouble For Carolina In NFC South?
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My wife tells me I spend way too much time thinking about sports. Well much of that is specifically spent on thinking about the Carolina Panthers. Here are a few of my May thoughts as I try to make it the next two months before training camp.
1) The biggest concern is Offensive Tackle. Pro Football Focus ranked Byron Bell the 52nd best OT last season and they had Nate Chandler as the 61st ranked guard. Take these rankings with a grain of salt, but if these are our starting tackles this year, I will be worried about Cam’s well being like I am his mama.
2) Good news is Atlanta and TB still have questionable pass rushes. I admit NO will give us fits with their pass rush like last year when Bell gave up 4 sacks to Saints rushers in 2 games. But, our offensive line has a shot against the Falcons and Bucs. Atlanta was the worst team in the league last year in sack percentage and they don’t have many rushers on the outside for the new 3-4 scheme. And, TB was 21st last year in sack percentage. Sure they added Michael Johnson, but he has had more than 6 sacks only once in his career.
3) The Secondary will be fine. Remember all the stressing out we did over the Secondary last year? Turns out it was a waste of time. Munnerlyn and Mitchell looked so good, they got big deals elsewhere. But, those same players couldn’t get more than cheap one year deals last year. The Cats front 7 will make life easy for these guys again.
4) Underwood can be Ginn. All I think we need is for Tiquan Underwood to play the Ted Ginn role in this team’s offense and I think he can do it. In his last 2 years, Underwwod has caught 24 or more passes each year. Ted Ginn had 33 catches combined in his previous 3 seasons and he came here and caught 36. Lets not forget that Ted Ginn was seen as not much more than a return man this time last year.