4 positive Panthers storylines at the midseason point in 2020

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Joey Slye’s continued growth

Joey Slye‘s continued growth in his second season with the Carolina Panthers is another positive storyline they can take from the campaign to date. The kicker was given a huge vote of confidence from the organization by their decision to cut ties with Graham Gano prior to competitive action getting underway and he has taken this opportunity with both hands.

Slye has been tasked with plenty of kicks this season thanks to the offense failing to make the most out of their red-zone chances consistently. He has coped well under pressure, making 18-21 field goal attempts, which equates to an 85.7 percent completion percentage.

Among his misses was the NFL record 65-yard attempt at the New Orleans Saints in Week 7 that fell agonizingly short of the mark, so there is plenty to like about Slye’s prospects in Carolina for the foreseeable future.

Hopefully, for the player and the Panthers, Slye won’t be needed as much going forward. It’s vital that Carolina starts getting more touchdowns rather than relying on the kicker to put points on the board, which is something that could have turned some narrow defeats into victories during the season so far.

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For now, Slye’s dependability remains of significant importance to the organization and the player can look back on his efforts with a sense of pride.