D’Onta Foreman – Carolina Panthers RB
The NFL world saw the mid-season trade of franchise stalwart Christian McCaffrey as a death sentence for the Carolina Panthers running game, and rightfully so. D’Onta Foreman was having none of this.
Foreman, a career backup at the NFL level, performed admirably filling in for Derreck Henry last season, tallying two 100-yard rushing games for a Tennesee Titans team heavily geared to a power-running attack.
How exactly the Panthers were able to land a player with that much upside for the price they did is astonishing. No complaints here though.
The Panthers got one of the true steals of the offseason and it is finally paying dividends. The only reason they were even remotely close to beating the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 was because of Foreman’s 118-yard performance opening up the playbook.
Carolina is not going to be an air raid offense any time soon – not with this ragtag group of quarterbacks – so the only way to get the passing game going is hard play action with an effective rushing attack.
Draw in the defense and throw over the top. Especially against a team that is so weak against quick passes to the outside like the Falcons.