Carolina Panthers Reason No. 3: Dropped passes
The Carolina Panthers had some problems with dropped passes in 2019. They were the NFL’s fifth-highest in this statistic with 33 drops. And anything similar next time around will not be welcome for their new quarterback.
One might suggest that this was down to a relative lack of consistency at the signal-caller position. But it is easy to blame the likes of Cam Newton, Kyle Allen, and Will Grier for their failings rather than take responsibility themselves.
There were plenty of occasions when wide receivers and tight ends failed to make a play. The three quarterbacks did miss some wide-open options on countless occasions during the campaign. And it is vital that both Bridgewater and his weapons make the most of every opportunity that comes their way in 2020.
Things are not going to be easy for the Panthers during what appears to be a tough-looking schedule. If the team wants to get anything close to a winning record, they will need to score significant points to allow their defensive front seven to make the plays needed to thrive.
If dropped passes continue to be a problem with a more consistent player under center, it is going to be a long season in Carolina. Bridgewater is more accurate and poised in the pocket than all three that occupied the position for the Panthers in 2019. So this is something that should come with a marked improvement.