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Devin Funchess Key to Panthers Success

Devin Funchess

Minutes before the trade deadline arrived, Panthers fans were hit with shocking news that their team had traded number one receiver Kevin Benjamin to the Bills for a third round pick. It seemed like an ill-advised move at the time, but the Panthers have yet to lose a game since the trade. The biggest reason is the improved play of the Panthers new top dog Devin Funchess. Funchess has emerged as a bona fide #1 receiver, and he’s the Panthers most important player moving forward the rest of the season. Interim GM Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera have stated that they traded Benjamin away in order to get more speed on the field. This has turned out to be a smart decision, as the Panthers have seen less defenders in the box in order for opposing defenses to accommodate the Panthers newfound speed. This, in turn, has helped the rushing game come alive in recent weeks, including back-to-back 200 yard rushing games against the Dolphins and Falcons. But, one of the biggest components of the Panthers new receivingRead More



Panthers Mid-Season Grades

Panther

We’re a little over halfway through the 2017 NFL regular season, and the Carolina Panthers are standing strong with a 6-3 record and two straight divisional wins. It’s been a peculiar season thus far, as Cam Newton has flashed brilliance alongside mediocracy, while the defense has struggled to create turnovers and yet given up the least points in the league. Here’s how the Panthers have performed so far this year. Quarterbacks: B- Cam Newton has had a very inconsistent year. He’s still recovering from shoulder surgery, and that has affected his throwing accuracy. Newton had two absolute masterpieces of games earlier in the season against New England and Detroit, but outside of those two games has struggled throwing the ball. He needs to commit less turnovers and complete more big play throws if the Panthers are going to be serious contenders this year. Running Backs: C Jonathan Stewart: D- J-Stew, the Panthers all-time leading rusher, has been a hinderance on the Panthers offense this year. He lacks explosiveness and has coughed up three fumbles. Stewart needs to pick up hisRead More


Why the Panthers Traded Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin

The trade deadline was fast approaching, but most Panthers fans weren’t even paying attention. The thought of Carolina making any kind of move seemed far-fetched— besides the offensive line, the Panthers seemed pretty set at all positions, and last-minute deals aren’t necessarily the Panthers M.O. Then, the unthinkable happened. A last second trade sent #1 Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin packing to Buffalo, leaving the Panthers stripped of talent at wide receiver. It was the definition of a shocker, with the Panthers receiving 3rd and 7th round picks in the 2018 draft for their leading receiver. It’s a confusing move, to say the least, but the thinking behind it makes things a little more clear. Interim GM Marty Hurney and Head Coach Ron Rivera have both said that the deal was done to get more speed on the field for the Panthers offense. Benjamin and teammate Devin Funchess were formerly the Panthers top two options, and neither of them are exactly burners at the position. Stashed behind them are second round pick and speedy rookie Curtis Samuel and special teams ace andRead More



Panthers Defense Keeping Team Afloat

Luke Kuechly

Carolina took down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-3 on Sunday in another game with an ugly performance from the Carolina offense. The Panthers lacked explosive plays again, and it seems like Carolina just can’t stop sputtering offensively. The longest play of the game came on Cam Newton’s 25 yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin, and while that looks good on paper, the play really was just the result of some of the worst man-to-man pass coverage I’ve ever witnessed in the NFL (the Buccaneers defensive back literally ran behind Benjamin and allowed him to catch the ball virtually uncovered). Offensive coordinator Mike Shula did a better job of calling plays and the Panthers finally scored the first rushing touchdown of the year by a running back, but it wasn’t an inspiring performance from a group that has so much talent. The Panthers offense showed what they could do during an impressive two game stretch against New England and Detroit, but they’ve struggled to recapture the magic. So, another day, another disappointing performance from Cam and the offense. However, the same cannotRead More