Newton acknowledged that Tuesday’s commerce of former prime wideout Kelvin Benjamin “changes much” of the Panthers’ offense, which coach Ron Rivera mentioned intends to stretch the sector extra following Benjamin’s departure, NFL.com’s Marc Sessler experiences.
Newton is thought to be nice pals with Benjamin, but the quarterback acknowledged at his press convention Wednesday that neither he nor the staff can dwell within the wideout’s exit. Although Benjamin being gone leaves a large gap on Carolina’s depth chart, it is velocity that’s being prioritized in changing him, as rookie Curtis Samuel, Russell Shepard and Kaelin Clay have been talked about by Rivera as gamers who may badist the vertical pbading recreation. Curiously, Rivera spoke this offseason of the staff’s intention to commonly make the most of fast pbades to restrict Newton’s publicity to opposing cross rushers, however after struggles discovering large operating or throwing lanes in packed defensive fronts, administration seems to have flipped on that initiative. While it stays to be seen whether or not the Panthers have the personnel to threaten defenses excessive, extra long-range pbades would clearly badist Newton’s fantasy inventory if Carolina’s plan works. In distinction, dropping his favourite wideout to change scheme mid-season may damage his short-term inventory, notably with safety blanket Greg Olsen (foot) nonetheless sidelined.