Carolina Panthers: Analyzing the offense before buying into the draft hype

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 31: NFL quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers speaks onstage during day 3 of SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIV on January 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 31: NFL quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers speaks onstage during day 3 of SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIV on January 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM ) /
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – DECEMBER 29: Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers after their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – DECEMBER 29: Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers after their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

Tight Ends

Ian Thomas, a former fourth-round pick, has one of the greatest opportunities of his life ahead of him. Him and Chris Manhertz have the opportunity to become the Panthers’ new safety blanket. That is, unless, another fourth-round pick comes in and steals the glory.

Consider how great of an impact Greg Olsen had on this team. Now consider the shoes that his protégés have to fill. He wasn’t just a tall guy who waited in tight spots to make the tough catches, he was a vocal leader who wasn’t afraid to call people out if need be. Having a new kid on the block to train up and correct his mistakes is something that people notice and it can help build credibility in the locker room.

When you have nine productive years with the same organization under your belt people know it and you develop that sense of seniority. Thomas and Manhertz are a little behind, but now they both have a fair chance of living up to the standard of accountability and productivity that Olsen left behind.

This group is somewhat at a disadvantage because Angelichio hasn’t worked with Rhule in the past, but that shouldn’t be much of an issue for someone who’s been working with tight ends for fourteen years. Rhule will appreciate having a tight end specialist after the loss of a special tight end.

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