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Monday, August 20, 2018, 7:08pm
The Panthers are beginning to feel like they have hit on something big with fourth-round draft pick Ian Thomas.
The rookie tight end has carried over an outstanding performance in training camp to the preseason, where he showed an impressive burst of speed on a 27-yard catch-and-run touchdown reception from Cam Newton, and delivered a powerful seal block that helped spring Christian McCaffrey for a 71-yard touchdown in Friday night’s preseason win over the Miami Dolphins.
Related players: Greg Olsen
After not getting a ton of receptions at Indiana, Carolina’s scouts became convinced Thomas has what it takes to be a playmaker and general manager Marty Hurney was sold on him as he studied more film. Olsen is still the guy in Carolina but after missing time last year the Panthers acquired a young player at the position who looks like he could eventually make an impact.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 5:31pm
Week 6 at Washington Redskins
Christian McCaffrey gained only 58 yards on 17 carries against the Giants last week, but he added 35 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. McCaffrey’s workload has definitely been increased over the past two weeks with 22 touches against the Giants following 30 touches against the Bengals in Week 4.
This week, expect the Panthers to continue to lean on McCaffrey against a Washington defense that just gave up a pair of touchdowns on the ground to Mark Ingram. Washington has some beef up front on the defensive side of the ball, so it won’t be easy to run the ball, but McCaffrey’s versatility and workload make him a must-start every week as a borderline RB1 option.
2018 Strength of Schedule - CAR
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2018 Game Stats
|Per game||14.20||69.80||0||0.20||4.92||6.80||47.60||0.20||8.00||7.00||12.54||19.34||63.20/66.40||95.26% |
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