Carolina Panthers offense: Performance analysis through 12 games
Receviers: 84, B
B- vs. Cowboys, C- at Falcons, C vs. Bengals, B+ vs. Giants
B- at Redskins, C at Eagles, A vs. Ravens, A+ vs. Buccaneers
B at Steelers, C at Lions, A+ vs. Seahawks, C+ at Buccaneers
Since the midpoint in the season, Carolina has seen a rise in the production from some of their younger receivers. Both rookie D.J. Moore and second-year player Curtis Samuel have displayed capabilities to be impact players on the edge for the Panthers.
Devin Funchess has battled a few nagging injuries and during a contract year isn’t proving to be the true No. 1 receiver Carolina needs moving forward. While having a bigger target to combine with the speed guys could be beneficial, it doesn’t appear Funchess has done enough to be rewarded with a long-term deal.
At tight end the Panthers will again rely on rookie Ian Thomas as Olsen suffered another set back with his foot injury. After breaking it last season and missing a majority of the year, Olsen was hurt again earlier in the year and this third prolonged absence could push him into retirement.