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Author: Jon Kuzma
Cam Newton is known for bringing it on game day whether that’s through the air with his arm or on the ground with his legs. However it was evident Carolina needed some pieces around Newton to improve Carolina’s offensive output. The Panthers front office drafted D.J Moore out of Maryland to cure those problems and Newton is excited about Moore’s potential. When you add a player that is very dynamic from a yards after catch perspective that’s going to equate to more big plays for this offense. The speed Moore brings to this team (4.42) will blend perfectly with Christian McCaffrey and Newton’s up tempo style of play. All of this talent leads you to believe that the Panthers are going to be slashers in 2018. Moore will be very lethal out of the slot and can help eliminate teams that want to blitz Newton frequently. It’s hard to bring that kind of pressure when you know the quick throw to Moore is going destroy you defensively. It’s funny because the Panthers have several players that might not be the best offensive player on other teams. In Carolina’s system though they work well around Newton and overall it’s resulted in a well rounded attack. This scouting department has definitely focused on getting the best player for their team and culture rather than the most talented individual available. Usually teams go the other route but this organization has had a lot of success with that approach. Moore is just the latest example and now the rookie is going to be asked to come in and provide something opposite of Devin Funchess. Keep in mind Curtis Samuel should be healthy this upcoming season as well so there’s going to be plenty of offensive weapons in Carolina that can make plays in the open field. The philosophy is all based on speed and the Panthers have a ton of it.
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