4 huge threats the Panthers must contain at NY Giants in Week 2

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Carolina Panthers must contain Daniel Jones’ rushing ability

Daniel Jones is very athletic and can make big plays in the running game. The quarterback doesn’t get many opportunities, but when he does, the Duke product is more athletic than you might think.

If Jones is a part of the gameplan in the run game along with Saquon Barkley, that will be a very tough task with only one game of tape for Phil Snow and the defensive staff to go off. Nevertheless, this is a challenge that the Carolina Panthers must be wary of at all times.

Jones averaged 27.1 rushing yards per game in 2021. The signal-caller is not a full dual threat, but he can hurt you when he gets out of the pocket or if rushing lanes appear through a lack of gap discipline.

If the Panthers don’t contain Jones in the run game, the defense will be in trouble. They must account for an extra threat, putting more bodies in the box, which could leave holes in the secondary if Snow doesn’t come up with the right scheme.

Turnovers have plagued Jones ever since coming into the league as a first-round selection. Generating pressure will be key and if the Panthers manage to accomplish this more consistently, then chances for takeaways and fumbles will surely follow.

However, if Jones protects the football, it might be another long afternoon.