The Carolina Panthers defeated the Miami Dolphins in the second preseason game of 2018. Some players had standout performances while others, not so much. Here is who won and lost the night based on individual play.
I have been writing about Christian McCaffrey’s evolution for a few weeks now. Last night it was on display in a major way. McCaffrey now relies on his tremendous speed more than his lateral dancing. The result last night was one of the most electric preseason plays in recent memory. CMC, you won the night.
Fullback Alex Armah also stood out for the Carolina Panthers. Armah is turning into something the Panthers have not had in many seasons. Namely, a brusing fullback able of taking on defensive ends. It was Armah’s block on Dolphins DE Cameron Wake that helped to spring McCaffrey.
Rookie tight end Ian Thomas is also a winner for me for this game. The Carolina Panthers have not had a solid tight end prospect not named Greg Olsen for almost a decade. Ian Thomas is reminding us all what a legitimate young NFL tight end looks like. Clearly, Thomas should now have the number two tight end position over the injured Chris Manhertz.
Amini Silotolu is injured, but his status on the team took a big hit. Greg Van Roten started the game and looked like a superior player throughout. Some say starters should not lose their starting position due to injury, but I don’t agree. Van Roten should be kept at left guard and allowed to develop further.
Matt Kalil’s performance was poor. My word how we took Jordan Gross for granted all those years. The Carolina Panthers will have to design their plays around a weakness at left tackle for the entire season. Such a shame with so many weapons on the offense for Norv Turner to play with.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.