Coming into the 2018 season, we honestly didn’t know what to expect from offensive coordinator Norv Turner in his first year calling the plays for the Panthers. Now that two games are in the books, we have a better idea of what he has in mind.
If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that running back Christian McCaffrey is indeed the foundation of the offense.
McCaffrey has 38 touches so far, which is more than twice as much as anybody else on the roster. Quarterback Cam Newton is second with 18, followed by running back C.J. Anderson and wide receiver Devin Funchess with 10 each.
The Panthers were talking about getting McCaffrey 25-30 touches each week all offseason. While it hasn’t been as extreme as that, it’s been a heavy load for McCaffrey, who looks like a legitimate three-down back.
Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday he wants to see rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore more involved. Moore has not seen the field much, having played 17 offensive snaps each game. The one pass he has caught was an eye-catching touchdown on a 51-yard catch and run.
Moore has only gotten two targets so far, so a larger share of both snaps and targets for him going forward isn’t a bad idea. The guy who has truly earned a bigger role though is veteran wide receiver Jarius Wright.
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