Yes, the Carolina Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints. But let us now take a look at individual performances. Those whose stock is rising and those whose stock is falling. With the playoff picture looking grim for the Panthers, it is now time to start evaluating for the future.
Wide receiver DJ Moore has started looking like a top tier wide receiver of late. Moore finished with 126 receiving yards on six receptions with a career-high two touchdowns. It was Moore’s third 100-yard performance in the past four games. DJ is starting to look like the wide receiver we all hoped he would be.
Quarterback Kyle Allen threw three touchdowns and finished with a 112.7 QB rating against the Saints’ sixth ranked defense. The fact that Allen was able to bounce back from such a dismal performance the week prior speaks volumes about is resolve. I am not sure if Allen is the starting QB next year, but he definitely will have the opportunity to compete for the job.
I hesitate to put Christian McCaffrey on the risers list, as his ceiling is already as high as anyone in the league. However, McCaffrey deserves recognition for again being a key cog in the Carolina Panthers offensive machine.
While DJ Moore has been rising for weeks, Curtis Samuel has been falling. Samuel grabbed one reception on four targets for nine yards. One has to wonder if the Carolina Panthers have Samuel in mind when they continue to sign receivers to the roster. Samuel has great break away speed but lacks the ability to physically fight for the ball and still tends to catch with his body. His ceiling may be as a x-factor player on jet sweeps and end arounds. That is where he seems to have the most value at this point.
Kicker Joey Slye does not appear to be on a path of NFL longevity. Look for the Carolina Panthers to try out unsigned kickers this week. I don’t think Slye will make it until the end of the season.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.