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24.09.2019 03:21
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Their only fullback had a quiet 2018 Christian McCaffrey Men Jersey , will they even carry one in 2019?" the Carolina Panthers. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 draft, but was waived during final roster cuts of that same year. The Panthers brought him back after putting Greg Olsen on injured reserve with his first broken foot and he has been with the team ever since.Most of Armah’s press has focused on the versatility in the inherent in his athleticism. He is the fullback who can move like a tight end. He also has a lot of confidence in his basketball game.The story of the Panthers’ backfield in 2018 was the emergence of Christian McCaffrey. What doesn’t get mentioned is that emergence came without the benefit of a fullback as a lead blocker. Alex Armah was only on the field for about 11% of the Panthers’ snaps on offense. Compare that to McCaffrey’s 91%. Within his snaps, Armah was given 10 total touches: nine carries for 15 yards and two touchdowns and one reception for five yards.There are two ways to look at those numbers. The first is to assume the Panthers didn’t value the fullback position under freshman offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Out of his 115 snaps, 74% came in games that the Panthers won. His lowest snap count in a victory was 3 against the Eagles. This suggests that Turner is only using formations involving a fullback when he is trying to run out the clock in a win.The second is to take them in the broader context of the Panthers backfield in 2018. Alex Armah’s 115 snaps was the second highest snap count of any back on the team. That seems obvious with McCaffrey getting 91% of the snaps and C.J. Anderson getting cut halfway through the season, but it is worth noting that Armah had more snaps than Anderson at the time that Anderson was cut.Armah, whose carries mostly came in short yardage situations Color Rush Christian McCaffrey Jersey , made the most of his opportunities. A 20% touchdown rate is nothing to sneeze at. It would be premature to dismiss him because he hasn’t earned many opportunities in his two years in the league. His rookie year saw him fighting McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart for carries. Last year, a premiere back like Anderson couldn’t even steal touches.The Panthers are going to look at building their 2019roster with two factors in mind that benefit Armah. First, they want to protect McCaffrey. That could mean anything from using their fullback more to (hopefully) using other players to split carries. Armah has proven himself capable of handling that role, at least at the goal line. Second, they are facing uncertainty at the tight end position thanks to Olsen’s injury. An athlete with Armah’s versatility will be valuable given the limited size of an NFL roster. 2019 is going to see enough change already, why force more?"Thomas Davis was the second best linebacker on the Carolina Panthers in 2018. He might have been the second best player on their defense and their is no heir who is apparently ready to step up in his place. The Panthers have drafted an abundance of linebackers in the past eight years and keep shuffling them off as they fail to beat out Davis for playing time.Former first round pick Shaq Thompson is the closest thing the franchise has to a succession plan for Davis and even he Christian McCaffrey Jersey Boys , now entering his fourth year, can’t match the 35-year old man on his nth knee. He lost snaps to Davis down the stretch of 2018 even after the Panthers have publicly spoken about their plans to favor Thompson in their game plans. Maybe Davis is actually the bionic man. Maybe his heart, either spiritual or physical, is actually superhuman. Whatever the reason, they haven’t been able to replace him despite an effort that looks shamefully desperate given their attention to other positions. If you don’t know what I mean, look at the Panthers draft history at defensive end and offensive tackle since drafting Luke Kuechly — an athlete they originally started at Davis’ weakside position after his third ACL tear in three years.Davis may be finally slowing down. He has had fewer tackles the last two seasons than in any other full season since his rookie year. Let’s ignore the fact that Davis didn’t play a full season in 2018. He served a four game suspension at the start of the season for a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. His recent statistics are imperfect evidence of his decline. The Panthers’ defense has been transforming with the NFL to a landscape where the old nickel (five defensive backs) sub-package is almost more common than a ‘base’ defensive formation featuring three or four linebackers. It comes as no surprise that Davis’ stats are depressed when there are fewer snaps to go around and the coaching staff has plans to share those unequally Cheap Christian McCaffrey Jersey , with Davis receiving the smaller portion. Speaking of a smaller portion, Thompson’s contract for 2019 pays him $3 million more than what Davis made in 2018. There is no grounded argument for letting Davis walk and keeping Thompson in an effort to save against a tight 2019 salary cap.For all their efforts, the Panthers have had no success in establishing a reason to move on from Davis. He has been the heart of their team for years and this team needs that after last season more than ever. They have no answer on the field for his loss. Forcing him out compounds the loss of Julius Peppers and Ryan Kalil in the locker room. I am struggling to find a positive effect to not re-signing him. Maybe general manager Marty Hurney has a bold new strategy wherein creating additional problems is the solution to the woes that plagued this team in 2018. If not then he should reconsider his position and re-sign Thomas Davis.

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