The Carolina Panthers lost their 10th consecutive game on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These are indeed the darkest of days for Panthers fans. However, there are some player performances that deserve recognition. There are also that deserve to be called out for the lackluster lollygagging that they are. Here are the Carolina Panthers risers and fallers for week 2.
Wide receiver Robby Anderson continues to remind us all what a legitimate NFL wideout looks like. For far too long Carolina Panthers fans have been forced to watch their wideouts struggle to gain separation and catch the football. Robby does both and is a breath of fresh air.
The other Panthers wideout, DJ Moore, redeemed himself over last week’s poor performance. Moore finished the game with 120 yards on 8 receptions. This was the first time two Panthers wideouts had 100 yard games since 2004 (Muhsin Muhammad and Keary Colbert).
Brian Burns again lined up at outside linebacker for much of the game and began to really get comfortable there. Burns’ rare athletic ability began to show as he made key tackles. Don’t give up on Brian Burns, his best is still to come and more sooner than later.
Teddy Bridgewater threw for 367 yards which is promising, but his costly turnovers were the difference in the game. You cannot cough the ball up three times and expect to win on the road in the NFL. If Teddy had better protected the ball the Carolina Panthers would have likely won the game.
Tre Boston finds his way to the fallers list for the second time in two weeks. We may need to just carve out a spot for him here permanently. Boston is a liability at this point and lacks the ability and effort to compete. This is nothing new, of course, which makes his contract extension so much more perplexing.
Another large Carolina Panthers contract extension went to Shaq Thompson. Coincidentally, he also find himself on the fallers list. Thompson is supposed to be a leader on this defense, both in name and in statistics. Yet he recorded just three tackles on Sunday and was a liability throughout. Thompson needs to greatly improve immediately if GM Marty Hurney hopes to justify the money thrown his way.