we need to improve the run game to help Benjamin be successful. he might still have alot of catches and TDs and i hope he does regardless, but he will draw double teams if our run game cant be at least adequate.
i still think the run game will be fixed, at least with the first team. and even if it doesnt, i was impressed with the pass protection last night. giving Cam as much time as we gave all the QBs last night will result in completions or successful QB scrambles. i cant believe i am saying this but the Panthers have alot of receiving weapons. between the TEs and top 4 WRs, just give Cam 3 seconds to throw the ball and i have a feeling someone will be open. and the greatest part is that they seem to be catching passes efficiently in traffic.
what i am trying to say is that even without the run game, i think the Panther's offense will be surprisingly productive. but it will help immensely if we can fix the glaring problems we saw last night.
Believe it or not (and you can mark this down): I think the Panthers passing Cam will lead their run game (as it did the first 8 games of Cam's rookie season, till they were able to run first, more the second half).
It's gonna be too tempting (both in actuality, and the fact teams are going to be set up against the sucky run anyway) for the OC to resist.
I feel the threat of Benjamin (and what he'll do, and/or the double teams he'll draw, and who he leaves open) is going to make it easier for the Panthers to pass the ball, than run it. Unless the Pass protection just sucks, the Panthers appear to have better performers in the passing game (Cam, Benji, Olsen, Dickson, Cotchery), than any of the RB's, with probably the exception of Tolbert.
Expect 4000 + yards for Cam this season, again.