5 Panthers players who might see more game time vs. Saints in Week 2

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Tommy Tremble – Carolina Panthers TE

Even though Tommy Tremble didn’t factor in the passing game that much, this area of his game was always going to be a work in progress. What was impressive from his 12 snaps in Week 1 was the Notre Dame product’s blocking prowess, which the Carolina Panthers will undoubtedly need against the New Orleans Saints.

Carolina’s problems on the offensive line were there for all to see – especially in the second half. The Panthers might need all the help they can get in pursuit of thwarting the Saints’ pass-rush, so Tremble’s ability to create lanes and identify oncoming defenders could lead to more time on the field.

Dan Arnold and Ian Thomas filled the top-two tight end spots on opening day. Not entirely unexpected considering both have far more experience in a true game-day setting.

However, if the Panthers want to keep Sam Darnold upright and create some running holes for Christian McCaffrey, then Tremble’s importance could enhance as a result.

The third-round pick is also a surprise most teams might not see coming in the passing attack. Something that shouldn’t be ignored as offensive coordinator Joe Brady looks to throw off his mentor Sean Payton within a similar system in Carolina.

Expect Tremble on the gridiron more. Whether he can assist consistently is another matter entirely.