4 reasons why it’s time to get excited about the Carolina Panthers

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The Carolina Panthers have a potent offense

Things look incredibly promising for the Carolina Panthers from an offensive standpoint. This has been more significant in the absence of star running back Christian McCaffrey, who hasn’t even been on the field during their two-game winning streak.

That tells us all we need to know about the standard of weapons that offensive coordinator Joe Brady has at his disposal. The play-caller took some time settling into his new role after leading LSU’s passing attack to a historic 2019 that ended with a dominant National Championship, but it now appears he has found the right sort of formula to get the most out of some outstanding playmakers.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater might not possess the physical attributes of Cam Newton, but few would deny he hasn’t made an exceptional start to life in Carolina. The free-agent signing has completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,147 yards and four touchdowns on his way to an eye-catching QBR of 71.8, which represents some positive production and something that is sure to stand the Panthers in good stead going forward.

The protection Bridgewater is receiving from his offensive line has been nothing short of phenomenal. This was an area of real concern going into the campaign, but the unit has somehow come together quickly to ensure they hit the ground running.

Robby Anderson looks like the No. 1 receiving option after a sensational opening to the season. D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel might not have hit their stride just yet, but both have made some nice plays through four weeks.

They do need to get more from their tight end duo of Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz, which would help significantly. But the high level of play from reserve running back Mike Davis has more than made up for their lack of involvement on short routes.