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by on 14 February, 2019
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The story of the Panthers’ offensive line continues to be a sad one. According to Ian Rapaport of NFL Network Carolina Panthers T-Shirt , the Panthers are expected to put offensive tackle Daryl Williams on injured reserve. The designation would sideline the All Pro tackle for at least eight weeks. The caveat withat is he has to be on the final 53 man roster at the end of the preseason to be eligible to return, so this designation likely won’t become official until the first week of September. If his health allows it, Williams will be able to start practicing with the team again after six weeks and eligible to return to the active roster for the Panthers week 9 tilt against the Buccaneers. It’s unfortunate that the Panthers will be without a key piece on their offensive line for such a significant portion of the season, but it opens the door for Taylor Moton to get experience and show what he’s got. The presence of the second year pro marks the beginning of this new thing the Panthers are trying out called offensive line depth, and it’s coming in handy now. Look for Moton to get extra reps in the preseason to get him up to speed in time for the Panthers regular season opener in just over a month.Panthers 31 Bengals 21: 5 winners and 3 losers from Carolina’s win over the Bengals The Panthers beat an undefeated Bengals squad and showed us just how good they can be. Here’s the guys who shined (and a few that didn’t).WinnersCam Newton15/24, 150 yards and two passing touchdowns coupled with 10 carries for 36 yards and two rushing touchdowns. It is amazing that analysts and experts still doubt Cam Newton. He is the engine to this offense Carolina Panthers Hats , and Norv Turner has gone all in on letting Cam be Cam. You can’t really doubt a guy responsible for 24 of your 31 points in a win. Cam had a few off throws as we should expect at this point, but he made receivers prone to drops look really good today.Christian McCafferyAfter a heavy dose of CMC in the passing game over the first two weeks, the Panthers decided to give him the lion’s share of the rushing offense. The result? 28 carries for 184 yards and 6.6 yards per carry. Deuce Deuce showed just why he was a top 10 pick today, running the ball down the Bengals throats as the game plan dictated. A guy who can go over 100 yards rushing or receiving in any given game is dangerous, and will be a great pairing with Cam over the next few years. Also, major props to a banged up offensive line who paved the way for his performance.Efe ObadaA man once relegated to essentially a free spot on the practice squad Carolina Panthers Hoodie , Obada came out in his first NFL action with the Panthers and played the game of his life. He logged a sack, a pass deflection (which could have easily been ruled a strip sack), and a miraculous interception off a batted pass. The staff here at CSR scratched our heads as to why he was active over Marquise Haynes, and Obada kindly shoved that crow right down our throats.Donte JacksonThis kid is an animal. He picked off two passes, had a few nice breakups, and hit like he was 20 pounds heavier at times. Between chasing down sweeps and running step for step with John Ross Customized Carolina Panthers Jerseys , we see why he was a hyped second round pick. I really like his swagger, and he’s one of few corners who can actually crash down and make a play on an underneath route despite this 10 yard cushion the defense seems hell bent on playing.James BradberryBradberry was expected to once again cover an elite receiver today. And despite Green having to leave with a groin injury, while he was in Bradberry managed to limit his effectiveness. Green logged five catches for 58 yards, which is far better than any of us expected going against Bradberry. While he isn’t a shutdown corner by any means right now, but allowing the catch and minimizing the YAC on elite receivers is a major plus for a secondary that still needs work on the back end.
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