That is possible Remmers set up his block too far back to pick up the trapped defenders. Olsen still maintains a shallow drop step. The funny thing is you can see Remmers looking straight at Stewart in the second still. Almost as if he is wondering why Stewart is cutting to the A gap.
I already demonstrated the initial set up and cut of the first play in a previous post. Plain as day where the lanes are based on the blocking set up and Stewart's first cut before he hesitated. As for the second play:
You can not execute a stretch block if you have a body in the way to stop the defenders momentum. The angle is lost and the only option is to cut the defender at this point. Folkerts failed to adjust to his teammates error and execute a cut block, but the defender did not blow up Folkerts. Norwell gave the defender leverage. Based on the defensive alignment pre-snap Oher is to double down on the DE and release to the LB. Norwell is suppose to double down on the NT and release down the line to pick up the first defender who is released to the inside which would have been Olsen's defender allowing him to release up the sideline and lead block. You can see Olsen wanting to release his defender inside, but he realizes no one is there to take him. Norwell simply did not know the play or the snap count. That is the breakdown that occurred, and the rest you see are the dominoes falling. Panthers have too many breakdowns at the snap of the ball on offense in preseason. As a whole they are not mentally ready before the play even begins.
Let's illustrate this play since some people do not see it from the design of the play. The B gap was never the main gap to run through as dictated by the T and TE blocks. The goal is to misdirect the defense to a smash by hoping they key on the lead blocking FB without noticing the OT and TE. It worked as designed since the Patriots LBs took the bait. Tolbert's job on that play was to draw in the linebackers as close to the B gap as possible to trap them inside. He executed perfectly.
The breakdowns occur with Stewart's inability to trust the play or poor read/timing and Trai Turner losing position on his block at the second level. Stewart ran right into the natural defensive lanes the blocking had created.
This play had nothing to do with Folkerts. Stewart messed up and ran into Folkerts and directly into the arms of the defense for an easy loss. The design of this play was to get the Patriots to bottleneck in the B gap and run it off tackle to the outside. Assuming this was a smash up the B gap, then both Remmers and Olsen did not know the play call and created the breakdown. I highly doubt both would mess up the same way with the same angle - especially Olsen.
Fozzy balled out? Stewart and Fozzy have looked horrible in preseason. Todman is a rag doll that gets tossed around and makes a lot of mental errors. CAP has yet to prove to me he can run through a defense and can utilize anything smaller than a 5 yard hole. He is not effective in the redzone and goal line. There is only one RB on the roster I believe can consistently get the ball in the endzone and keep the chains moving in the running game and passing game. That is Wegher.
Pointed out Norwell was the one who screwed that play up. Pause it after the snap. Norwell is still in his stance, ignores the first level block and releases to Oher's assignment. Remmers did well both times. Olsen and Remmers had the off tackle run set. Stewart's timing was off on his initial cut. Poor Folkerts getting all the blame for other peoples screw ups.
Neither are on Folkerts. First run is being blocked for off tackle outside (look at Remmers and Olsen set the edge). Stewart realizes he cut off tackle too late (his first cut) and follows the decoy block by cutting back inside through the B gap. Second run is on Norwell. Norwell fails to get off with the count and does a crappy job setting up the first level block. You can see him still in his stance as Cam is handing the ball off. Then he releases to the second level. The DT is already into Norwell's hip preventing Folkerts from getting any help or any angle. Looks like Norwell tries to back up and bump him with his butt to rectify his error which impedes Folkert's angle even more. First was Stewart. Second was Norwell. Neither was Folkerts.
Several wanted Jarvis Landry paired with Kelvin Benjamin. Better value given what the Panthers needed. Ealy still gets too wide and over pursues. Teams do not even consider wasting a double team on him. Sacks from being unblocked are not impressive. He still has a lot of work. He will be the primary target for any opposing team's running game. Also, comparing a DE who does not require double teams to a DE who required double and triple teams should be avoided.
Steve Smith had a preseason full of dropped passes early in his career? Sure can not find it, which is why coaches had to take notice after wanting to pigeon hole him as a returner. Fubar Brown failed as a returner and is now failing as a WR. How long to do you ride this downward spiral? The teams that keep moving forward would bury him on the depth chart or cut him. How do you think the Panthers got Boykin, because the Packers know how to keep growing and feeding their team with talent while not waiting on players to come around. A career is too short to waste time on at the pro level. Especially with the new CBA.
The Panthers could have the following receivers based on my targets relative to my big boards from years past assuming they kept draft picks instead of trading them away and traded down to gain one or two picks in mid to late rounds since the 2013 NFL draft. Keenan Allen, Charles Johnson, Kelvin Benjamin, Jarvis Landry, Martavis Bryant, Jeff Janis, Jaelen Strong (Devin Funchess if he fell), Chris Conley, Stefon Diggs, and Dezmin Lewis. You would have to give up Joe Adams, Kony Ealy, Kenjon Barner (none of whom I place value in at their given pick) and risk not getting Funchess to make this stable of 10 young receivers over the past 3 seasons happen.
The Panthers could grab the top 3 receiver from the arena league or the CFL and the Panthers would be better with their receiver depth. Take it up with Gettleman throwing away draft picks over the years that could have netted valuable receivers.
Good route running is low on the list. Hands, getting off the jam, game breaking ability and competing for the ball all come before route running. If you can catch the ball and out compete the defender for it while showing a knack for some yac, I am taking you over the unreliable mediocre receiver who runs great routes. I can work around your route running with play calls and match-ups, but I can not work around your head and hands when the moment arises to take control of a game. I would rather take a world class sprinter and send them deep every pass with hopes they can catch the ball instead of a polished route runner with crap hands.
He has been dropping balls all preseason. Boykin and Bersin > Fubar Brown That is not saying much because Boykin and Bersin would fail to make the first cuts on every other NFL team other than the Panthers. I would rather fill the Panthers roster with the receivers that do not make the final cut of every other NFL team. Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn, and the other 3 receivers would all be picked up from final cuts of other teams. Next man up.
They obviously had a plan before preseason to put him on the practice squad even if he is the most dynamic RB on the roster. I think they are dumb enough to believe they can limit his touches and people will forget him. Crazy thing is even with limiting his touches he still makes big plays and does not need any serious blocking to do it. He almost broke a big play with the knuckle ball from Webb during a broken play. I bet Shula and Rivera were praying he dropped that trash pass. He worked to set himself up for that opportunity. Wish we had more players like Wegher. The only other players that dynamic on offense I have seen in a Panthers uniform are Cam Newton and Steve Smith.
Corey 'Fubar' Brown! Any player with this kind of preseason performance who is not a key piece is either buried on the depth chart or cut. At least, any coach wanting to build a winning team. Rivera and Shula seem to value practice players more than they do game time players. Kind of like the producer and directors who stand behind their great rehearsal players regardless if they freeze when the curtain goes up. Oh wait. That does not happen. Well, like the sales reps who pass mock calls with flying colors, but lose their mind when they are meeting people in the field. Oh wait. That does not happen either. Hmmmm. Is there any other profession with a manager or CEO who will value employees in training over production when money and the company's future is on the line? This vexes me.