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Chris Manhertz – Carolina Panthers TE

The Carolina Panthers have got nothing in terms of prominent production from their tight ends this season. Their decision to part ways with prolific veteran Greg Olsen is being felt in no uncertain terms and it remains to be seen whether this is a trend that will continue going forward.

Ian Thomas needs to shoulder most of the blame. The former fourth-round pick was looking to step-up and fill the void left by Olsen this season and his lack of involvement in the passing game represents a distinct lack of confidence in the player to produce the goods when it matters most.

There were fewer expectations for Chris Manhertz. The veteran hasn’t set the world alight regarding his potential to contribute in the passing game. But that doesn’t mean he cannot become a key factor for the Panthers in New Orleans.

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Manhertz has just four receptions from five targets in 2020. Carolina has used him primarily as another edge blocker, which is a role he has done well throughout his career, and if he can assist in this particular area against the Saints, it should give quarterback Teddy Bridgewater enough time to get the ball in the hands of the talented playmakers at his disposal.