Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Hog Molly Report [b][url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-da_norris-searcy-jersey]http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-da_norris-searcy-jersey[/url][/b] , where winning in the trenches is all that matters. Before we begin, we open with the reciting of our usual motto:In the spirit of Mr. Gettleman’s words (regardless of him having moved on) and the philosophy of building a team from the inside out, my goal will be to watch the hog mollies each game during the season and give them a grade based on their performance. This week we will look at the frustrating loss against the Atlanta Falcons where the Panthers fell to 1-1 on the season. This game wasn’t at all what we expected, with the offensive line doing a little better than we may have predicted, and the defensive line getting absolutely gashed all game long.Offensive Hog MolliesYards per Carry: 6.7, season: 5.4 (1st, NFL)Yards per Play: 7.0, season: 5.8 (14th, NFL)Sacks allowed: 2, season: 5 (T-16th, NFL)Third downs converted: 5 of 11 or 45%, season: 39% (14th, NFL)Rating: 4 out of 5 Tryin’ Hard HogsAll things considered, given the amount of shuffling and new starters we had on the line, this was an extremely valiant effort. You’ve got newcomer Chris Clark at left tackle, Tyler Larsen in at right guard for Trai Turner, and Taylor Moton back out to right tackle. That’s a lot of guys in new spots, and they really handled it about as well as one could expect. Let’s start with the sack breakdown:1st Sack: Q1 4:05, 3rd & 8, CAR 27 - Falcons send a six man blitz, Carolina only has five blockers. Ultimately, safety Brian Poole comes untouched through the right side, Cam Newton never had the chance to even find the hot read.2nd Sack: Q2 2:24, 2nd & 10, CAR 36 - Falcons send a four man rush [b][url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-wes-horton-jersey]http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-wes-horton-jersey[/url][/b] , but honestly, this play was blown up from jump street. Greg Van Roten starts the play pulling but due to some immediate interior pressure, simply turns around and works his way back outside to the left. He does his best to get a body on Takkarist McKinley, and halfway succeeds. This should have been enough to get rid of the ball, Cam Newton had an open man on a slant in Devin Funchess. He instead pump fakes, getting sacked in the process.Penalties harmed us again in this one, though there was plenty of uncalled holding that benefited both sides. I was very impressed with Chris Clark. For a guy who has not even been on the team a week, he put in a hell of an effort. He allowed two pressures, no sacks, and we left him alone on an island without any tight end help the entire game. If he can continue this level of play, there is no reason Matt Kalil should get his job back when he returns from injury, though I would say Kalil would be an upgrade on outside runs, where Clark struggled a bit. Tyler Larsen did a good job filling in for Trai Turner, and Taylor Moton had an awesome day... look for him as Hog Molly of the week.Going forward, I would like to see better technique from Greg Van Roten. I saw him get flat-footed out there a lot rather than keeping a proper base. He leaned his waist into a lot of blocks and gave up significant ground. Another guy who I’d want to see improvement from, but I probably won’t, is Ryan Kalil. It appears to me a long career in the NFL has caught up with him, as he also was giving significant ground in the middle. When Trai Turner returns, it might not be the worst idea to consider starting the Tyler Larsen era at center.Defensive Hog MolliesYards per Carry: 5.3, season: 4.9 (27th, NFL)Yards per Play: 7.4, season: 5.8 (22nd, NFL)Sacks given: 0, season: 6 (T-8th, NFL)Third down allowed %: 6 of 11 or 55% [b][url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-c.j.-anderson-jersey]http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-c.j.-anderson-jersey[/url][/b] , season: 36% (14th, NFL)Rating: 1 out of 5 Disappointing Mashed PorkEverything was going fine until Calvin Ridley got bitten by the turf monster on a third down play and Donte Jackson was unjustly handed a defensive pass interference penalty. From there, for some reason, the entire day went off the rails. After Ridley got his undeserved touchdown to make the score 10-10, suddenly run fits got sloppy, offensive linemen were making it to the second level and bottling up Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson, and we ceased to get pressure at all on Matt Ryan. If you let that guy get comfortable, he will shred you, especially if his run game is also working. It was a highly disappointing effort from everyone, but especially the Hog Mollies. Julius Peppers turned in his second absentee game of the season, Mario Addison was handled for the most part, and while Kawann Short and Dontari Poe were having decent success pushing the middle of the pocket, their rotation mates Kyle Love and Vernon Butler had a tough day after a great performance last week. If there was one defensive lineman that made a noticeable impact, it was actually Wes Horton for the second week in a row. It might be time to consider giving him more run over Julius Peppers.Hog Molly of the Week: Taylor MotonThis man deserves far more than just a Hog Molly of the Week award for as much as the coaching staff have asked him to do all over the offensive line. He gets highlighted for his work in this one for not only moving back to the right side, but allowing ZERO pressures in the passing game, and doing some nice road grading as we’d expect in the run game. This kid is quickly rising to become our best offensive lineman, perhaps even more so than Trai Turner so far this year. D.J. Moore has a running joke with Curtis Samuel before every game about which of the young Panthers receivers is "going to go off" that day.Recently it's been one or the other with a big game — and sometimes both.The two versatile and dangerous speedsters — Moore is a rookie, while Samuel is in his second season and essentially a rookie as well after an injury-plagued 2017 — still have plenty to learn in Norv Turner's offensive system, but their skillset and big-play ability is making the Panthers (6-2) more unpredictable and difficult to defend.Coach Ron Rivera said Samuel and Moore have brought a "different dimension" to a Carolina offense that has erupted for 99 points in the last nine quarters.Both are tough to catch, let alone tackle with the ball in their hands in the open field.So Turner is doing everything he can to get the ball in their hands, not just as receivers, but as rushers, too. Together Samuel and Moore have run 10 times for 159 yards with two touchdowns on reverses or double reverses. They also have 27 catches for 403 yards and three TDs receiving entering Thursday night's game at Pittsburgh."When they're focused, there are no young players that I wouldn't put those guys up against in this league because they have the physicality, the playmaking ability [b][url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-michael-palardy-jersey]http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-michael-palardy-jersey[/url][/b] , and the want-to," quarterback Cam Newton said of the team's young dynamic duo.On Sunday, it was Samuel who had the bigger impact.Despite playing only 17 plays, he scored on a 33-yard double reverse, a play in which he reversed field and covered 103 yards on the ground according to the NFL's NextGen Stats. Later, he made a leaping 19-yard touchdown catch in the end zone with a defender draped all over him to help seal Carolina's 42-28 win over Tampa Bay ."He is just explosive and he is a dynamic playmaker," Rivera said of Samuel. "A lot like in the mold of D.J., he is tough to bring down. ... We have a couple of young guys who can be explosive."Moore played 53 snaps and chipped in with a 32-yard run and a 16-yard reception vs. the Bucs, one week after posting a career-best 129 yards from scrimmage in a 36-21 win over Baltimore.Samuel is finally healthy after missing the first three games of this season with a heart issue and most of last season with a broken ankle."It's amazing after what happened last year," Samuel said of his production. "To go down unexpectedly and to fight through the offseason and preparing myself to get back from my ankle injury, and to come back and finally be out there to make plays and contribute to the team, it's amazing."Tight end Greg Olsen, who has been with the team since 2011, said the Panthers have never had this many offensive players that can tear off big gains with the ball in their hands. He said Samuel and Moore are making a difference.But Rivera is quick to point out the duo hasn't arrived just yet. They're still making too many "mental errors" for his liking."You see some of the mistakes they make on tape and you see certain things in terms of their route running, their alignments and their assignments," Rivera said.Newton joked it may be time to bring a "paddle" into the huddle with Moore's name (Deniston) on one side and Samuel's nickname (Cupid) on the other to "keep them focused.""If they don't focus, they'll let an opportunity like we had slip away," Newton said. "They have to understand where their alignment is, what their assignment is. We ask a lot from those guys and for them to be so young and dynamic they have to be able to digest the things that we're throwing at them."Rivera would like them to eliminate those mistakes before Carolina's crucial final three-game stretch of the season, which includes two games against the NFC South leading Saints (7-1)."They are learning and growing and their ceiling is high, so the potential for them to be better is exciting," Rivera said. "Hopefully we can continue to watch them grow in the next few weeks — and grow quickly."
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