Observations: During a recent C3 podcast, Falcons writer Scott Karasik, lamented over DeCoud’s tackling inability. DeCoud made a couple of good tackles early, but fans should hope that DeCoud isn’t charged with this task too often.
Observations: Panthers run-stop should be improved with the continued development of Star and Short. Look for teams to try and work the flats.
Observations: Lack of secondary talent forces Carolina to run a lot of zone coverage, which is susceptible to these types of gains. C3 caught up with BBR’s Bill Voth at training camp where he described Carolina’s secondary, aside from Benwikere, as band-aids. Well Sammy Watkins peeled the band-aid here. Let’s hope Cason can answer the call before a more experienced quarterback-receiver tandem rips it off.
Observations: Buffalo responded well to this play, but Carolina responded better. Play demonstrates Carolina’s relentless pressure on the quarterback. Had Cason made this tackle, the play would have illustrated Carolina’s defensive capabilities. Instead a blown tackle, led to well….still a strong defensive play. If this is what Carolina can do when they miss tackles, offensive opponents are now getting antsy thinking of what Carolina can do when they do make those plays.
Observations: Melvin White continues to show up. Rivera has praised Cason throughout camp, but been a little more measured when discussing White. As an UDFA, this guy has done nothing but show up and impress. Last season, Carolina asked White to do the near impossible. Wet behind the ears, he was required to defend the biggest, fastest wide receivers. If White can be tasked with the #2 corner responsibilities, as he is on paper, this guy should outperform expectations. Hopefully Cason lives up to Rivera’s praise, allowing White to prove himself on a more reasonable stage.
Observations: The routes created a natural pick that exposed the secondary’s individual ability. Once the pick occurred, Hogan separated easily from the cornerbacks and boogied up the sideline. If anything this play, not only exposed Carolina’s ineffectiveness at man coverage, but it also highlights the forced necessity of playing zone coverage. There are ways to work the zone, and this will continue to hurt Carolina as opposing offenses dink and dunk their way down the field.
Observations: Run away from Luke, not towards him!
Observations: This play wasn’t easy to watch. Carolina gets tough as the field shortens, but we're worried this shows that the secondary’s struggles affect the defensive line and linebacker core because these units are required to do so much.
Observations: Carolina will be even stronger in the middle this year. With Star and Short entering their second season, in addition to Cole and Edwards, the Panthers are tough in the middle. If Carolina can stack the box, watch out! You better hope you can shed a tackle and head to the pylon.
Observations: As the field shortens, the Panthers can line up and punch you in the mouth. Simply put, the Panthers defense improves as teams enter the red zone and approach the goal line.