1) Inside Job
Christian McCaffrey can not run between the tackles.
That's what some people say.
The Panthers, on the other hand, were convinced that McCaffrey could still take their first round in the first round of 2017 before they could be used inside.
"In college, you're back in its two years, and no one ran between the two Tackles as he, "said head coach Ron Rivera after the premiere win over the Dolphins on Friday night. "We always thought he had that ability, and he has the speed, so we're very confident and very comfortable in what we think we're doing."
McCaffrey finishes it in the Panthers' second game Scrimmage certainly done well. Once he was sprayed through the line, the defense of Miami was toast.
"O-Line, defender, tight end has blocked an incredible job, made my job easy," said McCaffrey about his 71
Yes, Greg Van Roten, Alex Armah and Ian Thomas were among the people who paved the way. But McCaffrey could have gone down the line. Or at least he could have been slowed down by Robert Quinn's defensive end. Instead, McCaffrey shook off the rigging and showed why it was crucial for him to build six pounds of muscle in this off-season.
"All the big runners in the league are great at breaking tackles, so I definitely want to try to miss as many people as possible," McCaffrey said.
He will certainly have many chances.
McCaffrey had nine touches of the first 16 snapshots of the Panthers against the dolphins. Last week he played six games in the starting attack in Buffalo. That's Rivera's stated goal of reaching McCaffrey 25-30, a game that looks more realistic from week to week.
"He's a dynamic player," said quarterback Cam Newton. "We always laugh and fret about it, but he's a primetime player who just has to find ways to get him to football, he's still not satisfied and that's what I love most about him.
"Besides, he's extremely physical and I do not think he gets that much credit for it."
Apparently, that's not the kind of credit McCaffrey is looking for anyway.
When asked if he starts, Quizzing questions about his ability to walk between the tackles, he joked:
"I'm just here to play ball, not answer anyone's questions."  2) Talking Thomas
How it looks Ian Thomas seems to have hit his 27-yard score in the second quarter?
"I saw green grass, so I ran fast," Thomas said like Forrest Gump.
During his first months in Carolina, Thomas is so quiet and a little bit shy. Since the fourth round after the game was the most popular topic of conversation in the Panther locker room, we let others talk about him.
Newton: "He does not even know how good He is capable of … … If you see that games like these happen, take over his natural abilities, he will be an important asset to us
McCaffrey: "He is a hero of a player, he has a lot of speed, a lot of ability to pass, he is also a great kid, he does everything he can learn and there's no better guy to learn from than Greg (Olsen), I know Greg was too excited to see that from his guy. "
Olsen: " He does a lot You could not ask him to do more than he did as a beginner, he did a really good job, he's a good kid, he's studying hard, working hard and it's nice to see him has this success in play. "
Cornerback James Bradberry: " He is very athletic l, athletic, can run. It's only a matter of finding a way to get him to the ball at this point. "
Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn: " He showed some speed on this touchdown run. I did not know he could run like that, but he ran away from some people and came to the end zone. I am glad that this guy is on my team, and I'm glad I do not have to tackle him in training.
Safety Mike Adams: "Even in practice, when I go against him, make sure he has some stuff for him. You have to bring your A-game when it comes to him, and I like it. He is still young, still wet behind his ears, so I have some tricks for him. But I can say he has a few things with him.
Rivera: "You see the potential. You see the growth. He's a bit unfamiliar because he only played college football for a year. … Part of what I think is his development that Chris Manhertz is out. That's why Ian got a lot of work. And you see that his progress has been accelerated.
3) Samuel seems
As far as a writer's story goes, this was a low-hanging fruit.
The last time Curtis Samuel played at Bank of America Stadium, it was against the Dolphins In November, his rookie season came to a sudden end when he broke his left ankle.
When Samuel caught some catches for 65 yards on Friday night, it felt like things were closing in. So I threw Later he asked the easy question and asked me if this game was more meaningful.
Samuel could have put off this idea, instead …
"Last week, after we finished the game, I thought: We play against Miami, "he admitted.
" When I entered the field, I looked at the spot where I was injured was like, "Man, this is crazy, last year I got injured at that very spot." My goal was to go out and have fun and enjoy the moment. "
And so did Samuel, especially the moment he whirled his defender in the air 39-yard pass by Taylor Heinicke
It's only two preseason Games, but Samuel looks potentially deadly and leads Panthers receiver with six receptions for a team – high 108 yards.
"It's pretty high, but that's how it should be," Samuel said of his current level of confidence. "I feel like a special player, so it's up to me to go out and show it off.
" I have goals. I think of them every time I go to the field – which I imagine. Not only individual goals, but also family goals, what I wish for my family.
When Samuel was asked to expand these family goals, he added:
"I am very close to my mother. I love my mother to death, and my goal is to make sure she does not have to worry about the rest of her life. For this to happen, I have to go out and perform. "
And right now Mum must be proud.
The most dangerous part of the offense's accomplishment was passport protection.
The Dolphins summed up on three sacks and eight QB hits With most of the pressure coming from the edges.
Right tackle Taylor Moton had some tough moments against five-fold Pro Bowl defender Cameron Wake, but that will happen Left tackle Matt Kalil had an even harder time against Robert Quinn, one double pro bowler, who almost arrived at Newton's first skiff game.
A series later, Wake and Quinn got credit for a sack shortly after the snap on Newton, with Quinn getting credit, but Newton blamed him for not being shot at an open Torrey Smith in the apartment.
"I did a terrible job doing a game knowing that it was a quick pass route and I was still trying the other side. "Newton said. "These are just bad habits that I have to eliminate from my repertoire."
A series later, however, Quinn blew past Kalil to turn another sack.
"I was beaten," said Kalil. "It happens."
It also happened with Kalil's support, and that's understandable.
Dorian Johnson is a guardian with enough talent to be a fourth round of Cardinals last year. Now the Panthers are trying to attack him, a spot he has never played before.
"The injury of Daryl (Williams) has put us in one of those situations where you need to find more depth," Rivera said.
"Dorian is blocking very well, very much blocked with his run, he has so much work to do like a pass pro guy, it's one of those things where the more options he gets, the better he can He is very athletic He has good feet He is just a bit out of position Hopefully it is one of those things where you do repetitions he could improve. "
5) Corner Cushion
At first Look, Donte Jackson also seemed to be a little out of position.
He made his second start of the preseason, the second round Cornerback continued to line up well. This allowed the dolphin quarterback Ryan Tannehill to pass several passes before Jackson. That was the point.
"(Coaches) just wanted to make sure I was playing the system," Jackson said. "They only made sure that I did not pray deeply, so I just played over the top and came down on everything."
"It was tough because I'm such an aggressive player, but they wanted to make sure I knew what I did.
It's unlikely to design a runabout like Jackson and not use it to push him at least occasionally, so now, get up, the Panthers probably have a plan.
"The more he feels and the more." Consolation and confidence in his abilities gets to grow against what the teams are trying to defend against us, I think we'll continue to see him grow, "Rivera said.
" These first two games were not much related on the planning of the game. In this next game a lot of planning for the preparation for New England is made.
6) Searcy suffers a concussion
Safety Da Norris Searcy went into concussion protocol after his helmet collided with Miami
Searcy was also named for breaching the new rule of the league's players forbidding them to lower their heads to contact, accused.
"They are trying to make it safer, but at the same time I do not know what else he could have done," said Mike Adams. "He ran the sideline high, the angle itself, I do not know how he avoids that. "
Repeats show that Searcy tried to shoulder his shoulder, but he came up a bit and the result of the collision is why the league tries to implement the rule as messy as possible.
"I think that's why we have to be able to be careful and we have to make sure that as a coach we teach these people the right technique ingen, "Rivera said. "The rule is obviously set up for the safety of the players, and we must continue to insist.
" If the referee raises the flag, we must be ready to understand and accept them and just keep working this type of contact outside the game. "