4 shocking Panthers stats that need to improve in Week 2 vs. Saints

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Joseph Charlton
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Carolina Panthers averaged 37.5 yards-per-punt

The Carolina Panthers struggled to accumulate the same yardage that made them so successful in the opening two quarters against the New York Jets. This brought the special teams group into the spotlight to provide the defense with the field position needed to continue their dominance.

There were some nice moments from Joseph Charlton. But the punter would have been disappointed to see his yards-per-punt average sitting at 37.5 from six attempts.

Considering Charlton’s average throughout his rookie campaign in 2020 stood at 46.3 percent, it’s clear his performance was well below par.

The average had a lot to do with a short punt when the Panthers opted to use Charlton rather than kicker Ryan Santoso attempting a long field goal.

It’s going to be a game of fine margins against the New Orleans Saints. That means it’s essential for Charlton to improve his numbers and for those special team players to produce the effort needed to enhance Carolina’s chances of an upset.

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Charlton knows more than anyone that he’ll need to raise his game. But last season’s efforts indicate this might just be a blip for the South Carolina product.