Which Carolina Panthers players could see more playing time when they take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 2?
Attention is now quickly turning to what promises to be an intriguing NFC South divisional matchup between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Both teams managed to gain success in Week 1 of the 2021 season, with Sean Payton’s men making a huge statement with a thumping victory over the Green Bay Packers despite having their preparations thrown into chaos due to Hurricane Ida.
The Panthers haven’t exactly thrived against the Saints in recent years. Although this is expected to be a little easier following the retirement of Drew Brees and injuries to key men such as Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Erik McCoy, and pass-rusher Marcus Davenport.
However, the Saints proved they still have enough in the way of quality on their roster to cause any team problems. Something the Panthers should be acutely aware of once the film study begins this week.
There could also be a chance for those who were less involved versus the New York Jets to get more playing time in this one. Here are five such candidates.
Player No. 1
Brady Christensen – Carolina Panthers OL
Although third-round pick Brady Christensen was active against the Jets, the offensive lineman didn’t log a single snap on offense despite the obvious struggles on the interior protection. Carolina is playing it safe with veterans rather than those with less experience initially, although this might change if the likes of Pat Elflein cannot raise their game accordingly.
The Panthers could have John Miller back after his spell on the reserve/COVID-19 list. But it remains to be seen just how much contracting the virus has taken out of him.
Depending on how the former BYU stud develops, it might not be much longer before we see him generate meaningful reps. This might even come on Sunday if things don’t pan out as expected.