Which players could emerge as sneaky threats for the Carolina Panthers to worry about when they take on the New York Jets in Week 1?
The Carolina Panthers are in the final stages of planning before their eagerly-anticipated Week 1 clash against the New York Jets. This contest has so many storylines to keep a close eye on, with the likes of Sam Darnold, Robby Anderson, and Frankie Luvu all looking to get one over on their former team at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.
After an eventful offseason period, the Panthers appear more than capable of making some improvements in 2021. This is providing Darnold makes the most out of his latest opportunity and the offensive line in front of the quarterback provides him enough time in the pocket.
The Jets are also coming off a preparation period of significant changes. There is a new head coach at the helm in Robert Saleh and a promising young quarterback manning the plate in Zach Wilson after those in power at MetLife Stadium selected the BYU product at No. 2 overall.
Without further ado, here are five sneaky threats for the Panthers to monitor when they take on the Jets this weekend.
Sneaky threats for the Carolina Panthers to watch in Week 1.
Sneaky Threat No. 1
Shaq Lawson – DE
Losing Carl Lawson was a major blow for the Jets. The defensive end made a significant impression during training camp and looked primed for a breakout 2021 campaign before the injury bug cruelly bit the player during camp.
This meant the Jets were short of options, leading to the trade for Shaq Lawson from the Houston Texans. The edge rusher has been a solid if not spectacular performer throughout his career, but could still make his presence felt if the Carolina Panthers don’t give him the necessary respect.
Carolina’s offensive line remains a real concern heading into the season. So there appears little doubt Lawson will fancy his chances of success on debut.