The Panthers’ offense was greatly dependent on the rushing and receiving threat of No. 1 functioning back Christian McCaffrey for the the greater part of the 2018 period. Carolina introduced C.J. Anderson into the fold through free agency to pair with McCaffrey in an attempt to recreate the smash and sprint fashion of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but right after 9 games of scarcely working with the veteran’s companies the Panthers launched him and continued to use McCaffrey as the lone back in their ground activity. There were a couple other guys in the mix all through the period, but for the most part the Panthers’ rushing assault was all Operate CMC.
McCaffrey rushed 219 moments for 1098 yards in 2018 with seven touchdowns. He also grabbed 107 receptions for one more 867 yards and six extra touchdowns. Merged, which is 326 touches for 1965 yards and 13 touchdowns. Each individual time McCaffrey touched the football, he averaged six yards (five yards for every carry and 8.1 yards for every reception). With figures like that it’s no shock the Panthers want to element him as a essential cog in the offense.
The only dilemma will be his prolonged-expression longevity, as he was on the industry for virtually each solitary enjoy from scrimmage very last year. To defend him in the future and to get as a lot of years of creation out of him as attainable, the Panthers really should contemplate pairing him with one more functioning back to assistance shoulder some of the stress.
Speaking of that…
Anderson was supposed to be that man. The Panthers introduced him in on a just one-year offer in free agency to spell McCaffrey and be the ‘bruiser back’ on the objective line. However for Anderson, it didn’t get the job done out that way and he was launched in 7 days 10 of the period right after developing a measly 104 yards on 24 carries.
The Panthers have been getting a very good glance at Cameron Artis-Payne for what seems like a 10 years now. In 2018 he observed some action later on in the period right after Anderson was launched, and he rushed 19 moments for 69 yards (awesome!) and just one landing. Artis-Payne will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and it’s unlikely the Panthers will bring him back when they can just pick up a functioning back on Working day 3 of the draft or pick up a much less expensive free agent alternative like Elijah Hood, who is an distinctive legal rights free agent.
It is been a weird ride for Artis-Payne in Carolina, and actually I’m kinda unfortunate that we didn’t get to see extra of him while he was below. I consider he potentially has a future in the league, but at 28 years outdated with constrained tape for other teams to see, his ship may perhaps have by now sailed.
Fozzy Whittaker, Kenjon Barner and Travaris Cadet
Fozzy Whittaker went on hurt reserve with a torn ACL in the course of OTAs so he hardly ever genuinely had the probability to do just about anything in 2018. He will also be a free agent in March, so it’s protected to think that his time in Carolina is over.
The Panthers also introduced in Kenjon Barner and Travaris Cadet in 2018 but neither just one contributed a lot. Barner was strictly applied on special teams and Cadet only carried the ball 11 moments for 17 yards. Both will be free brokers in a thirty day period and neither will most likely return to Carolina in 2019 when there will possibly be better solutions available for the Panthers.
The Panthers will only have just one functioning back on the roster when the league year begins so they are heading to have to do some buying. While Christian McCaffrey will deal with the bulk of the workload, they even now have to have some depth at the place. Reggie Bonnafon is presently on the follow squad, so they could see him as an alternative for the 53-man roster in 2019. Normally, it will be exciting to see how they handle their have to have for functioning back depth in the coming months.
The Panthers will possibly scour the lessen tier of the free agent marketplace to get another person to be the No. 2 functioning back, or they could potentially toss a fifth or sixth round pick at another person in the draft if they never locate any free brokers they like. No subject what occurs, 2019 really should be extra of the exact same for the Panthers—it’s Operate CMC’s entire world, and we’re all just dwelling in it.
Oh, and in advance of you check with, we didn’t neglect about Alex Armah. Keep tuned as we will address the Panthers’ fullback in extra detail later on now.