After 3 weeks of camp, NFL Football returns to Charlotte and the Bank of America stadium when the NY Jets come to visit the Carolina Panthers. The battle at the quarterback position should get a bit more attention as the preseason continues. Matt Moore played briefly against the Ravens and finished 4 of 7 for 32 yards before rookie Jimmy Clausen came in. Moore and Clausen combined should play deep into the third quarter against the Jets.
The Panthers really hope to improve on their pass protection and penalties in the home opener. The offensive line, with four starters returning, made 7 of the 9 penalties against the Ravens. Chemistry is important on the OL, which the Panthers had last season and will need again this season. Progress should move faster when Jeff Otah returns to the starting right tackle position. Plan on seeing roster starters from both sides of the ball play for most of the first half tonight with that number extending into the third quarter next week.
Talk about building blocks, better pass protection will result in the quarterbacks actually getting the ball to the receivers. Coaching staff needs to evaluate the receivers as not one wideout caught more than one pass against the Ravens. Of course the Panthers receivers will not see Jets holdout Darrelle Revis, however, NY still has a strong secondary. As for the Panthers secondary, it was good against the Ravens and should be stronger with the return of Chris Gamble. Gamble had the hyperextended knee and missed the Ravens game and most of the practices in camp. Also, look for Marcus Hudson to possibly start in place of safety Sherrod Martin.
Lastly, along with the Jets this preseason comes the HBO Sports crew of Hardknocks. A bit of Hollywood in downtown Charlotte NC.
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Written by Chris Jones
Resident of Charlotte, NC and avid sports fan from little league to professional to extreme. Bachelors degree in broadcasting with a minor in physical education. Associated with sports most of professional career by freelancing in college then moving on to work for ESPN and ABC Sports for 17 years. When not attending, watching or playing sports, spare time spent as a basketball referee in North Carolina.