5 Panthers players that must perform better at NY Giants in Week 2

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D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers WR

It’s hard to find fault in one of the NFL’s best young wide receivers over the past few seasons. But if the Carolina Panthers want to make it anywhere in what should be a competitive NFC South race then D.J. Moore has to be more than just good.

He has to be elite.

In today’s league, your top wideout simply cannot be held to only 43receiving yards. Yes, Robbie Anderson had more than 100, but the vast majority of that was on one reception.

Baker Mayfield needs a reliable target – someone who can win regularly and make magic happen with the ball in their hands. Moore has to be that moving forward.

Terrace Marshall Jr. isn’t that guy. And it was a shock to see Rashard Higgins fail to register a single snap on offense against his old team after an outstanding preseason.

At times it seemed that Mayfield didn’t even look Moore’s way in Week 1. While that could be up to chemistry issues, it’s still not a good sign long-term for this team.

The number one receiver should naturally be the first place to look. This only serves to put more pressure on the other members of the team, which the majority of them are not prepared to carry.

Moore is the best offensive player on this team and he needs to play like that in Week 2 in the face of a suspect New York Giants secondary.