SetfreexX added a topic in Carolina PanthersWhile I'm Happy, I'm Still Concerned*So through four games Ted Ginn has 12 receptions, 206 yards, and 3 TD’s , avg 17.2 ypc (trails Olsen by 5 receptions, and 37 yards). And is technically behind Cam the most productive offensive player on offense as none of our running backs have a TD in 4 games (a stat that surprised me) as Cam has the only two rushing touchdowns, but has thrown seven so far.
Meanwhile none of our runners is over 4 ypc, aside from Tolbert (4.7) but he’s no threat to consistently break any real big gains. As we begin to face better quality offenses and defenses respectively per match-up this in my fan and unaccredited opinion, this is not a trend we can continue and expect to win consistently this year.
As we prepare to face Seattle, Philadelphia, Indy, and Green Bay I see us splitting 2-2, I’m not sure where the wins and losses will kick in but it’s a little worrisome looking at our inability to run as well as we did to close out last season. I’d personally would like to see more CAP, and Wegher, as they seem to have a little more acceleration on the edge runs vs Stewart but they don’t tip our hand when on the field the way Fozzy may.
So am I being too worried, or has this team shown us enough to realistically expect a split over the next four games, the optimism in me says we can go 3-1 losing to Green Bay, but the realist in me expects one more loss over the next four games.
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SetfreexX added a topic in Carolina PanthersKevin Norwood The Black & Blue Hope*
Now many of us felt our hearts sink to the pits of our stomach as we all received the final word on Kelvin Benjamin’s season ending injury. For the first time in years we looked ‘’pretty damn good’’ at receiver, I mean seriously Benjamin, Olsen, Funchess, followed by role players in Cotchery, Ginn, and Brown. We finally had some quality depth.
Fast forward to the death of Corey “Oops My Bad” Drown, and Ted “Drop Da Touchdown” Ginn and we are left looking like one of the worst/if not worst receiving unit in the NFL with them as our starters. But in the works, behind the scenes aside from the development of the unknown Bunches of Funchess we have the ‘’Pisser of Excellence’’ Kevin “From Northwood” Norwood. Could he with the continued development of Funchess, Cothchery in doses with the occasional Ginn or Brown sighting be enough to raise us to a respectable status….? I think so here’s why….
Kevin Norwood – (courtesy of that thing called the internet & links)
Solid build. Good hands and concentration -- extends outside his frame and makes the difficult catch. Fine route savvy -- sells his routes with stems and nods. Understands how to get open. Good sideline awareness -- dots the "i." Established rapport with the quarterback is noticeable (is the first receiver sought on broken plays) and keeps working to come free. Very solid personal and football character. Trustworthy, accountable and dependable.
Has short arms. Does not pop out of his breaks or create separation with burst and acceleration. Struggles some defeating the jam. Can show more urgency as a blocker in the run game. Breaks few tackles after the catch.
Quicker-than-fast possession receiver with trusted hands a quarterback cherishes in critical situations. Could develop into a reliable, third-down option route runner. Is best with free releases in the slot.
I think what Norwood brings is somewhat of a combination of a Cotchery and Funchess love child, he’s got the high 4.4 speed of Funchess, but at the height of Cotchery 6’2. He possesses athleticism similar to Funchess with a 33 inch vertical, but seems to have the surer hands of Cotchery. When we begin to dig up the film on Norwood you begin to see the potential that was never realized given how deep Seattle believed themselves to be at receiver as he was behind Baldwin, Kearse, Lockett, and Matthews in a run dominant offense.
But courtesy of Dave ‘’Bup Bup Bup I Believe’’ Gettleman he may have added a player who can produce just enough to move Ginn and Brown into roles they can better succeed at as the third and fourth receivers where their match-ups would be more favorable. So let’s take a look at some of the plays we can hope to see Norwood make as it seems he’s primed for play this week, and hopefully beyond. http://blackandbluereview.com/panthers-kevin-norwood-closer-to-debut/
Now in this clip you’ll see the pocket break down, and the quarter back will roll out and begins to point down field, and as if it’s taken straight from his scouting report (Established rapport with the quarterback is noticeable (is the first receiver sought on broken plays) and keeps working to come free.) you can see Norwood is who the quarterback is looking to and just look at that end result. On display is the athleticism Funchess possesses, and the hands of Cotchery.
In this clip you see his ability to line up inside and run the seven route (corner/flag) from the slot 1 v 1 (as he’ll be learning all three positions here) and go up and win the battle at the highest point (extends outside his frame and makes the difficult catch.), again showing of his ability to high point catches, and maintain possession through contact. Something we need in the red zone which has been one of the weakest aspects of our offense for a couple years now.
These are just a few examples of what I hope and believe Norwood can bring to the table, and while I’m not looking for him to set the world on fire he seems to possess the ability to win some match-ups outside given his stature and ability to catch in traffic.
And if that allows he and Funchess to become the starters down the road, with Cotchery, Ginn and Brown playing more suitable roles from the 3rd & 4th spots along with a steady dose of Olsen (I’m looking at you Shula) and our talented backfield I think we have enough with Cam to be middle of the pack when it comes to the passing game.
So with that being said here’s to looking forward to the debut of our newest receiver and the re-birth of hope after a lack luster performance from our top two threats on the outside last week.
Oh, and we could use some of this with Cam’s ability to throw down field…
Remind anyone of this play from a year ago…
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