12 best performing Carolina Panthers according to PFF grades
By Dean Jones
No. 11: Corn Elder – Carolina Panthers CB
- PFF grade – 71.3
Corn Elder deserves a tremendous amount of credit for not only working his way onto the rotation during training camp but also regarding his ability to make a lasting impression in coverage from the slot.
The Carolina Panthers have gotten some nice production from their cornerback unit this season and Elder has played a substantial part in this. The former fifth-round pick out of Miami has given up just 20 receptions from 33 balls thrown his way in 2020 and there is every chance of the player sticking around when his contract expires next spring.
No. 10: Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers WR
- PFF grade – 73.2
Curtis Samuel may have started the season slowly, but the wide receiver has increased his level of production considerably in recent weeks. This is something that’s come with plenty of memorable highlights and the do-it-all offensive weapon is also Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target on third down.
The former Ohio State standout is another player that is looking for a multi-million-dollar extension this offseason. He has made a strong case to be paid in keeping with his outstanding skill set and it would be hard to argue that this shouldn’t be a top priority for the decision-makers at the campaign’s conclusion.
No. 9: D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers WR
- PFF grade – 75.0
D.J. Moore is now really hitting his stride after some early problems from a chemistry perspective with Bridgewater. The wide receiver has an elite skill set that already looks on course for his second consecutive 1,000-yard season in just his third year in the NFL.
There is little any opposing cornerback can do to stop Moore. He’s improved his route-running considerably and can now make a lasting impact all over the field.
Simply put, the sky is the limit for Moore and the Panthers have struck gold with their 2018 first-round selection.