Starters have been hard to come by in the early rounds of the draft."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomThe Panthers will have a hard time drafting a starting caliber defensive endNew Shaq Thompson Jersey 2019 ,10commentsStarters have been hard to come by in the early rounds of the draft. ESTShareTweetShareShareThe Panthers will have a hard time drafting a starting caliber defensive endJeremy Brevard-USA TODAY SportsThe Carolina Panthers need to solidify their pass rush. The front four struggled to get consistent pressure without help from blitzes, and there’s no one on the roster to turn to for extra help in the coming season. Future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers announced his retirement last week. Remarkably, his five sacks at age 38 were the second most on the team behind Mario Addison Blue Taylor Moton Jersey , who will be a spry 32 years old when next season starts. Marquis Haynes and Efe Obada are the only other two defensive ends under contract next season, and neither have proven anything at the NFL level. It would make sense for the Panthers to spend an early pick on a defensive end. Unfortunately, that position is one of the most difficult positions at which to find a starter in the draft. The below chart shows how how often defensive ends turn into regular starters compared to the average at or after the Panthers’ picks in each round. These numbers are from the 2008 to 2017 drafts. AV/Year is Pro Football Reference’s Approximate Value divided by the number of years since the player was drafted. Defensive ends perform below the average in every metric I calculated. Only 39% of defensive ends drafted at or after the Panthers pick in the first round have started at least half their team’s games and only 13% have started at least 75% of their team’s games. They’ve also had a lower Approximate Value (which is PFR’s attempt to measure the impact of a player with a single number) than the average. On the bright side Taylor Moton Jersey 2019 , the sixteenth spot has seen its fair share of good names get selected. Ryan Kerrigan, Derrick Morgan, and former CSR draft day favorite Quinton Coples were all taken with the No. 16 pick youth Luke Kuechly Jersey , and two have those have gone on to have solid to great careers. This draft is supposedly deep with edge rushers. The Panthers may elect to take a chance on one, but history says there’s a good chance that pick won’t pan out the way the Panthers hope. The Jets have reunited with their former kicker after losing a different one in free agency."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomCarolina Panthers free agency 2019New York Jets sign former Carolina Panthers kicker Chandler Catanzaro New,12commentsThe Jets have reunited with their former kicker after losing a different one in free agency.EDTShareTweetShareShareNew York Jets sign former Carolina Panthers kicker Chandler Catanzaro The New York Jets have signed former Carolina Panthers kicker Chandler Catanzaro to a contract. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.The Panthers added Catanzaro to the roster in December as a ‘break glass in case of emergency’ option after Graham Gano suffered a knee injury during practice. Catanzaro Stitched Luke Kuechly Jersey , or ‘Cat-Man’ as he is apparently called (Why did I not know this?!) ended up taking Gano’s roster spot for the final four games of the season and did an admirable job in his stead, going 5-for-5 in field goal attempts and 7-for-8 in extra point tries. Gano is expected to be back to 100% health heading into the 2019 season so there was no need for the Panthers to keep Cat-Man around, and it makes sense for the Jets to bring him back after they lost Jason Myers in free agency (he signed a four-year deal with the Seahawks).How broken up are you about this Panthers fans? Feel free to express your concerns and we’ll be here as a shoulder for you to cry on if you need us.
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