Why the Carolina Panthers offense has the potential to be dangerous in 2019.
In a league were speed matters, The Carolina Panthers have plenty of it.
The Panthers bolster an offense that has at least four receivers that can run forty yards in 4.4 seconds or better. In addition the Carolina backfield consists of quarterback Cam Newton (4.5 Forty time) and a standout running back in Christian McCaffrey (4.4 Forty time).
In 2018 the Panthers amassed an average of 372.2 yards per game ranking 10th in the league.
What makes this year’s team even more dangerous is the potential of the offensive line.
With free-agent acquisition Center Matt Paradis, the resigning of a healthy Daryl Williams, and the surprise emergence of tackle Taylor Moton the Panthers offensive line can provide consisted time for Newton.
To put things into perspective of how important speed is in today’s NFL rookie wideout, DJ Moore led all receivers with 7.9 yards after catch in 2018. His ability to use his speed to get separation makes him a threat on every play.
Next, there’s Curtis Samuel and his versatility which will be paramount to the Panthers success this year.
All of Samuel’s receiving yards came on six different routes in 2018.
Thus, credit goes to offensive coordinator Norv Turner for matching his skill set with his scheme.
Samuel also had a step or more of separation on 75.0% of his targets this season, which is tied for the ninth-highest amongst receivers.
Just like the Greatest Show On Turf (1999 St.Louis Rams) the catalyst to the offense will be established by a running back.
Christian McCaffrey will look to continue building on his success coming off a breakout season. He has averaged 4.4 yards per carry running in between the tackles.
Since the start of his carer in 2012, he ranks 12th among running backs in yards.
This puts the notion that he’s too small to run inside the tackles to bed.
Keeping with the theme speed kills
This offseason has and will continue to be busy for the Panthers organization.
Judging by the moves that have already been made and in combination with some areas of success last year, the sky will definitely be the limit for the Carolina offense.
Don’t look now but it could be a track meet when this offense takes the field in 2019, dare I say this year’s version of the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs.