Carolina Panthers stars rank low on PFF Top 101 list
The Carolina Panthers ranked low on this year’s list.
There is no denying that last season was a rough one for the Carolina Panthers. However, a pair of Panthers still managed to get recognition from the national media. Pro Football Focus put out their list of the Top 101 players of 2019. Both running back Christian McCaffrey and linebacker Luke Kuechly made the list.
It’s hard to argue with those two choices. McCaffrey was a workhorse for the Carolina Panthers offense as he has been for the past couple seasons. The only thing I would argue is where McCaffrey was placed on the list. He was placed 24th, a spot that is definitely too low.
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He had a tremendous 2019 season. Rushing for 1,387 yards and recording 1,005 receiving yards, he was a dual-threat running back. He also caught 106 passes. That was an NFL record for the most catches in a single season. In total, he recorded 2,392 yards from scrimmage. That ranks the third -most in NFL history. The 24th spot was way too low for him on the list.
Kuechly who is now enjoying retirement, was ranked 40th on the list. He recorded 144 tackles, four tackles for a loss, and two interceptions. He was a workhorse all the way through the final snap of his career. He was a mainstay at the Carolina Panthers linebacker position, and he proved that he was as durable as ever.
I’m honestly shocked that DJ Moore did not make the list. Granted, I understand that Pro Football Focus measures by their own metrics. However, there is no denying that Moore is one of the most talented receivers in the National Football League this season. He definitely deserved to be on the list. To not have him on there is questionable to say the least.
Hopefully, there will be many more members of the Carolina Panthers on next year’s list. There is no denying that they have a talented roster. Now with a new coach, they have to go out and prove it. Hopefully, the Carolina Panthers will be able to prove to the rest of the league that they can be a playoff contender.
All the pieces are there for them to succeed. They have a nice mix of younger players and veterans. The trick is putting the proper system into place. I am confident that Matt Rhule and Joe Brady can make that happen. They are two of the most innovative minds in football. It will be fun to see what they can concoct.