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Silver Linings: Unheralded Player Shoutouts
Bear Hands posted a topic in Carolina PanthersIt has simply been a bonkers year with everything that's happened. Rhule assembles a hodgepodge staff of drifter coaches, finally canned, Baker Mayfield has a Clausen level performance, went through like 4 QBs to get back to Sam. And we didn't fall out of contention until a week to go in the year. I've got 4 shoutouts. Outside our core/big talents, I view these dudes as ones to stick around into the next regime. They're part of why we stayed in it this year: Frankie Luvu 107 tackles, 7 sacks, 17 TFL, 3 PDs, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 TD I can't begin to say how strong of a year Frankie had. He became a proven NFL starter this season, I'd argue a top-20 overall LB performance in the league. Made huge splash plays when we needed them. Just really stepped it up and I'm thankful to have finally found a diamond in the rough on D. It has been a while. Sam Franklin 20 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF He's someone that we may have scoffed at getting playing time because of Rhule, but hell, he was a vital part of our ST unit and has shown up when he played. It's a bit hard to prop up anyone in our secondary after what Evans just did, but he did have a great punchout early against Godwin and has been a bright spot in recent weeks. Xavier Woods is a leader and communicator, Chinn has been hit/miss as of late, but Franklin stepped up. The rest of the unit, yeah, been a bit shaky. Tommy Tremble 18 receptions, 172 yards, 3 TDs, 4 ST tackles/stops Not a huge line, but he does more than just catching the ball. People can bash our TE room, understandable, but I think Tremble showed a lot of great progress this season. He was already a great blocker, showed a lot of spark when he came in his rookie year, and then this season, he's worked his way McAdoo's playbook didn't have a ton of designed plays for our TE2, but he was effective and stepped up virtually every time the ball was thrown in his direction Props. If we get a stud TE, he's a perfect compliment that could turn into something. 3rd round investment going into his 3rd season. Next year could be a glow up. and last but not least: Marquis Haynes 27 tackles 5 sacks, 7 TFL, 4 PDs, 1 TD Here's a guy that deserves some big props in my opinion. He was a college sack artist who's honestly done exactly what we needed from him when called upon. Has also gotten better every year, a bit larger, a bit stronger. He's another guy like Tremble that's going into a year where he could bloom. Baseline would be settling into a long term strong rotational guy on a D-line. If he sticks, he'll have made it through Rivera and Rhule, and just feel the man deserves some more props. While we've been searching for a 3-down compliment on the line for Burns, he's filled into a specific role very well. I'm personally a big fan.