4 takeaways from the Carolina Panthers preseason
Cam Newton (finally!) has legitimate weapons
All that depth at the wideout position for the Carolina Panthers may indeed pay off. Throughout the course of the preseason, we have seen receivers of all talent levels step up. Coming into the offseason, Cam Newton needed more weapons. If everything goes according to plan, they could have one of the deepest wideout groups in the National Football League.
Curtis Samuel was player that really performed well in the preseason. In terms of preseason statistics, he was up at the top of the leaderboards. He tallied nine receptions for 108 yards, including four catches of 20 yards or more. Averaging 18.4 yards per catch, he notched 55.3 yards per contest. Rehabbing from an ankle injury throughout the course of the offseason, the Carolina Panthers were not sure what to expect from him. I think it would be fair to say that he did a fine job.
D.J. Moore was another name that showed promise. Although he only caught four passes for 75 yards, he showed off his speed and athleticism on multiple occasions. He has seen his stock drop a bit as he did not record a catch against the Patriots on Friday. Much like Gaulden and Jackson however, he gave a glimpse of the future.
Combining those two with veteran wideouts like Torrey Smith and Devin Funchess in addition to third-down specialist Jarius Wright, the Panthers now possess many playmakers. For the first time in a while, Newton finally has the weapons to be successful. Combined with a new offensive coordinator in Norv Turner, the Panthers could have one of the most prolific offenses in team history. They have multiple receivers who can fill multiple roles, giving the team many options.