5 unsung heroes from the Panthers’ success at the Falcons in Week 8
Michael Jordan – Carolina Panthers OG
As stated previously, it was arguably the best performance of the season from a suspect offensive line. The Carolina Panthers adopted a run-first mentality at the Atlanta Falcons and this is something the protection clearly prefers based on their latest outing.
Michael Jordan once again caught the eye. The free-agent signing has made his presence felt since winning the left guard job from Dennis Daley, something he continued in Week 8.
Jordan was ruthless in creating strong running lanes for the Panthers to do damage. He also coped well in the face of the Falcons pass-rush despite the obvious frailties of Cam Erving operating on the edge.
At the very least, Jordan has earned the right to hold down the position for the rest of the campaign. Especially considering how few options Carolina has in this area of the field.
Picking up Jordan off the waiver wire following his release from the Cincinnati Bengals was a shrewd bit of business. And if he maintains his outstanding start, then a longer-term stay with the organization is not entirely out of the question.
After so much turmoil on the offensive line, the Panthers now have some light at the end of the tunnel. Sterner tests are coming, but continuity is key and Jordan’s going to play a significant part in any success that comes their way.