Sure, Cam Newton only completed one drive. Yes, it was only 10 plays for 75 yards. But, if the first drive of the Aug 24 preseason game taught us anything, it is that the Panthers’ offense will be exciting to watch in 2017.
Newton made his preseason debut after weeks of keeping his fans on the edge of their seats, awaiting his first pass of the year. Generally, the starting QB gets minimal reps during the four-game tryouts but still participates enough to give fans a taste of the regular season.
Offense is the Name of 2017’s Game
Panthers new-look offense in 2017
Carolina has always had a sub par offense, sprinkled in with glimmers of stardom here and there. Who can forget names like Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad, Stephen Davis, and DeAngelo Williams, who were all vital pieces to the puzzle during the mid-90s into the 2000s?
The 2017 draft class gives the Panthers offense something to look forward to this coming season. The new weapons will keep opposing defenses guessing and will take major pressure off their slimmer quarterback.
Let’s take a look at some bright spots on Carolina’s offense this year.
A Loaded Backfield
One sure thing about the Panthers franchise is their ability to run the ball. Their backfield has housed some of the best rushers in the league, including their quarterback. No Cam? No problem. The Panthers still own one of the most explosive running back corps in the NFL.
Christian McCaffrey is one of the Panthers to watch, and for obvious reasons. He has a burst of energy that the offence needs right now. You’ve heard of “Smash” and “Dash?” Now introducing, “Thunder” and “Lightning.”
With Stewart as Thunder in the backfield, and McCaffrey as Lightning, we could be looking at the most dynamic duo to ever play in Carolina.
Offensive line Starring the Kalil Brothers
In order for that run game to be effective, the Panthers secured key players brothers Matt Kalil and Ryan Kalil; who will bring stability to the offensive line. Remember last season, after Michael Oher had to be replaced by Mike Remmers, the line struggled. With the two brothers up front, the Panthers might see some much-needed chemistry and protection.
A successful o-line means more running from that dynamic backfield and also, less pressure on the quarterback. And finally, a good o-line helps give the defence a break. The longer the defence is off the field, the better.
Increase in Touchdown Production
In 2016, Carolina had 21 reception touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns (five of which were Newton’s). 37 TD’s is not terrible considering what they had to work with. When examining the 2015 team, it is apparent to see what the 2017 unit is capable of.
Offense Wins Games
Everyone knows the old saying, “offense sells tickets, defense wins games.” and that may be true in some cases (Super Bowl 50). However, it is still vital that a team works to produce the best possible offense they can. The Panthers have tried to address some of their issues during the offseason and hopefully, these changes will give a jolt to their offense, and maybe their entire season.
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