4 bitter disappointments from the Panthers loss at NY Giants in Week 2
By Preston Seyl
Carolina Panthers didn’t get creative with D.J. Moore
D.J. Moore had a favorable matchup at the under-strength New York Giants. Their secondary was depleted due to injuries, but offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo didn’t find the right solutions to get his primary wide receiver into the game consistently.
Moore only had three receptions for 43 receiving yards and one touchdown. This came from just six targets despite going up against inexperienced rookies whenever Adoree’ Jackson didn’t shadow the Maryland product.
This is a schematic complication and has nothing to do with Moore’s talent level. The player got open a lot, but the calls weren’t going his way as the first read in key moments.
Whatever way the coaches can get Moore the football, it has to be done.
McAdoo and Matt Rhule can’t keep the handcuffs on the offense with their incompetence. If the Carolina Panthers are going to hit their potential, Moore has to become a focal point by any means necessary.
Whether that’s out of the backfield, bubble screens, jailbreak screens, quick slants, or stick and flat combos. Moore’s best work comes after the catch and is something the Panthers have to make better use of moving forward.
Until Moore and the rest of the playmakers get their fair share of opportunities, the offense will continue to be in a stalemate.