Carolina Panthers must unlock TE potential
Allowing Greg Olsen to depart for the Seattle Seahawks in 2020 free agency was a mistake in hindsight. The Carolina Panthers have struggled to get any sort of production from the tight end position ever since and standing pat with their options only heightens the doubts about whether this can improve next season.
As stated previously, Ben McAdoo’s presence was a telling factor regarding Ian Thomas’ new deal. Many thought the former fourth-round pick would move on once his contract expired, but the Panthers are willing to give him one final opportunity in a scheme that demands more from tight ends based on history.
McAdoo could unlock the potential of Thomas and second-year-pro Tommy Tremble. But the duo must earn their offensive coordinator’s trust in training camp, preseason games, and over the early portion of the campaign.
Any progress McAdoo can generate from Carolina’s tight ends will be a bonus. It will also make things easier for other primary pass-catchers for good measure.
Thomas and Tremble have the athletic attributes to make some real noise at long last. Something that looks increasingly possible given how much McAdoo’s relied on his tight ends over an eventful career so far.