The Carolina Panthers hosted the New England Patriots last night in a preseason extravaganza full on intrigue and field goals. Although the team win really doesn’t matter, there are other wins that happened on the field you can take note of. Of course, on the flip side not everyone ended the evening on a positive note. Here are my winners and losers for the evening.
The Carolina Panthers need to take a look at the left side of the offensive line and then leave it alone. Taylor Moton and Greg Van Roten should be week one starters together. The improvement over Matt Kalil at left tackle was drastic. Moton is a starting left tackle in this league, I am convinced. Van Roten has proven to be an adequate if not good left guard. Leave them in. Let them develop chemistry. That is the answer.
Cam Newton played a solid game and proved his accuracy is dependent on not running for his life. Who would have thought? We have seen the last of Newton until week one against the Dallas Cowboys, and thank goodness. His head dive into the turf had the entire Panthers community holding their breathe.
Curtis Samuel continues to make noise and may make the Carolina Panthers wonder if Torrey Smith is really needed. At this point I am starting to think Smith may only offer veteran leadership to the squad.
Matt Kalil did not play, but for the second week in a row his stock is falling. As mentioned above, Moton looked like a legitimate left tackle at a fraction of the price. This isn’t rocket science.
I am calling out the red zone offense as a whole as another under performing aspect of the game. Carolina Panthers fans have grown too accustomed to seeing their team in the red zone only to kick a field goal. Norv Turner must improve the team in this area.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.