Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers: The List

If you are one of the great CatCrave.com faithful who have been around the block, then I am sure you know of the lists I post after every game the Panthers play. If you are one of the new devotees to the site, new for this season at least, then let me explain since this is the resurrection of one of the best series on the interwebs.

After every Panther game I, Tony Cardwell, post five positives or negatives about the game depending on the outcome. Obviously a loss would mean a negative list while a win would mean a positive list. Now for the pre-season, I’m leaving the list as a place to put just my observations, good or bad, since the games do not go on any final record and have no playoff implications. Along with that, I am adding a Random Notes section at the bottom to lighten the mood and provide some pretty humorous stories.

My Observations:

David Gettis – Holy Schnikes. There has been a whirlwind of awful news around Gettis during this year’s camp. Before the pre-season games actually started, every other day twitter reports would come from camp mentioning Gettis’s lack of speed, bad hands, poor route running skills, and honestly just piss poor performances from the rookie standout of the 2010 season. That obviously has not been the case in the past two pre-season games. He has set himself apart by leading the team in yards AND receptions in BOTH games. Gettis was showing great speed as well as great hands, a turn-around grab on a bad throw from Derek Anderson being my personal favorite. With his performance so far I would not be surprised if he comes in as the Panthers fifth, fourth, or even the third receiver on the roster, and I really hope he does, I am definitely in the Gettis camp.

Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver David Gettis (12) runs after a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won the game 14-9. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Norman – Again, Holy Schnikes. We knew he has been working hard in the offseason, but this immediate improvement was extremely unexpected. Three INT’s this pre-season as well as some really solid, physical plays on receivers, before and after the ball is caught. He is my pick for a starter alongside Drayton Florence, with Munnerlyn and Moore getting heavy reps. I see no need to continue praising Norman, his level of play speaks for itself.

Graham Gano – Not going to spend too much time on him either. His accuracy has been on point and his leg strength is unrivaled. The kicking spot is all his.

Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, and Kenjon Barner – I am surprised by these three guys. I expected a lot more from them. Barner has loads of speed, but his butterfingers might seemingly put him in the dog house, similar to Joe Adams last year. Two fumbles and a muffed punt in two pre-season games are not exactly great stats to have. Along with underwhelming players, Star and Kawann have not been as productive as I thought they would have been. The D-Line has been putting a ton of pressure on opposing QB’s but I expected more. Don’t get me wrong, the line is playing well; I just expected more is all, a sack or two from the starters and maybe a fumble in the backfield. They are winning the war in the trenches, so in all honesty they are getting their job done.

Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) looks at Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Play calling – Compared to Eagles offensive plays the Panthers own plays were atrocious. DeAngelo was stuffed multiple times at the line and, the Eagles secondary consistently read the receiving routes in time to apply great coverage as well as break up multiple passes. Ted Ginn’s wide open reception was the only exception. I was impressed with Cam however. On multiple occasions he “threaded the needle” to Olsen and Smith while the Corners and Linebackers were draped over their backs. Shula needs to show some real chops soon to convert me into a believer. However, Shula’s preparation with Newton has been astounding. Cam’s presence in the pocket was increasingly better than vet Mike Vick’s in comparison. And the plays weren’t all bad. The running game got started early on and though there were some afore mentioned stuffs at the line, the running game was extremely successful. So I’m trying to say things were a mixed bag, but that was to be expected with a first year OC.

Random Notes: Every time I see Brenton Bersin I am reminded of Remember the Titans, for Bersin looks exactly like Sunshine. More importantly I am reminded of the team singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in the locker room.

The team has shown a lot in these past few weeks, and the positives outweigh the negatives. I look forward to the future with this team, as I do believe they have the prowess to turn some heads with a run in the playoffs.

Topics: Carolina Panthers, David Gettis, Philadelphia Eagles

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  • ahrcshaw

    I would like to say I agree with what you said, but I can’t. Gettis and Norman played well, but beyond that the Panthers look lousy. Cam who is suppose to be a Franchise QB and Anderson had trouble hitting the side of a barn. Cam had 8 for 23 in two games averaging 34% completion ratio and that is not going to cut it. I know this is preseason, but I also know “Practice makes for perfection” and Cam at this point should be averaging about 55%. In my opinion this Panther team is on the same pace as it was last year at this time witch is mediocre. I do not care if they win preseason game, that is not the purpose, but I get concerned when their play is less then what it should be. I can’t ignore Shula’s place in this fiasco, but I would think a decent drive was in order. Go Panthers.

    • Tony Cardwell

      I can’t disagree that Cam is playing awful so far, and the lack of a scoring drive is extremely discounting. But pinning the team under the lousy category just because of the play from Cam seems unnecessary. The Linebackers played well and the front four really pushed the O-Line, with Fua starting. The secondary wasn’t the best, Mike Mitchell wasn’t the best and Munnerlyn was not very productive.

      But because it is the pre-season I give the team the benefit of the doubt. Being an optimist I am not worried about Cam’s awful level of play. You also have to keep in mind the lack of play makers. DeAngelo is no spring chicken and Stewart and Tolbert were out. Our O-Line is extremely lacking and we all know the receivers fall off a cliff after Olsen and Smith.

      I have faith though, LaFell and Gettis are improving and I think Brandon Williams has some big playmaking ability with a little more time to improve. The jury is definitely still out on the team and things don’t look good from the second preseason game but the level of play as a team wasn’t lousy, it wasn’t good but it wasn’t lousy.

      Now Cam I have to agree with you, the words that come to mind are atrocious, awful, brutal, and appalling. Don’t lose faith though ahrcshaw!! Please don’t!!!

      • Alex McDougald

        Though I’ll agree that Cam hasn’t looked sharp this preseason. As I think back, I don’t remember him looking that sharp in any preseason games in the past either. With the exception of some great runs. But I’m feeling good about this season. Especially with the reemergence of David Gettis, and the potential of the new young tight end. I feel the offense is even stronger than last year. With Smith as #1, Lafell as 2, Gettis as 3, and Hixon or Edwards as 4.

        • ahrcshaw

          I whole heartedly agree, I think Cam is a slow starter and needs as much playing time as possible. I would like to see Gettis playing with Cam and Smitty in the up and coming game agaist the birds. This team can be very exciting but they have got to step up starting with the original kick off. Go Panthers.

      • ahrcshaw

        I did not mean the team is bad, I was disappointed in the fact that they got pushed around on both sides of the ball. I think Cam is a slow starter, meaning he has to get some games under his belt b/4 he really gets into a game. I think working Cam 2 qts or more was helpful, and think that he will get even more reps agains the birds. Gettis is comeing along well and I hope he gets his chance to play with Cam and Smitty in this next game. Go Panthers.

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