4 key stats that could regress for the Carolina Panthers in 2022

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Carolina Panthers passing attempts per game

  • 35.2 in 2021 (14th in NFL)

Although it’s been an encouraging period of recruitment for the Carolina Panthers this offseason, one burning question remains above all else.

What are they going to do at the quarterback spot?

This is the third-straight summer where doubts surround the most important position on the field. Something that’s clearly held the Panthers back and unless things change quickly, then it’s hard to envisage a situation where the team is competitive in 2022.

Sam Darnold is still around and the Panthers drafted Matt Corral at No. 94 overall with the long-term in mind. Those in power have also refused to rule out Cam Newton coming back or another veteran trade for Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo if they feel it’s the right thing to do.

Head coach Matt Rhule has made no secret of the fact he wants Carolina to become a run-reliant football team. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will be tasked with implementing this into his own game plan, which will be helped enormously by the presence of Christian McCaffrey and free-agent signing D’Onta Foreman.

If the Panthers can control the clock by running the ball behind an upgraded offensive line, this will take the pressure off whoever is under center. It should also get Carolina’s passing attempts per game down from 35.2 providing the defense lives up to their end of the bargain.