3 Panthers players to watch for on Sunday against Saints

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Kyle Allen

This game is perhaps most important for rookie and Sunday starter Kyle Allen. With Taylor Heinicke on injured reserve, this has opened up the opportunity for Allen to be in the backup quarterback conversation coming into camp next year. This is his chance to prove that he should stay on a NFL roster and that he deserves to be a part of the Panthers future plans.

Allen completed all four passes he threw on Sunday, accumulating 38 yards in the process. He did some really good things and looked confident in throwing the football. He should be able to do that again on Sunday. Granted, on the road against to the New Orleans Saints is a tough test. However, if the Panthers were smart they would limit their playbook and let him take the reins throughout the course of the game. He is not the most polished player but he does have skill. If he can get a good game under his belt on Sunday, that is something he can take with him as he begins his first NFL off-season training as a professional.

It will be interesting to see how he handles a major game situation. This will be his first real test of his career and truthfully I hope he passes. This is a key game for him as the Panthers look to salvage their season and end on a high note with an upset win over the New Orleans Saints.