Welcome back to the 2018 edition of Step UP

  • Step OUT Authentic Taylor Moton Jersey , a series on CSR that is intended to look at players who are playing well and highlight a few that need to step their game up. Think of it as a heat index for the Carolina Panthers; guys who are playing well are stepping up and those who aren’t need to improve their game or. . . step out.This week we’ll look at some guys that nearly willed us to victory in the stinker against Washington. The others mentioned, need to play better or maybe just step out of the way and let someone else take over.Steppin’ UPJames BradberryHeat Rating: Nachos with a hefty helping of hot queso covering themIn year three, it really appears that James Bradberry has taken a turn for the better and is developing into a solid starting corner for the team. I wouldn’t say he is particularly opportunistic from a turnover perspective, nor is he a “shutdown” guy, but to date he has done a fine job covering most of the people he’s been assigned to in this more man-based coverage scheme. Particularly on Sunday, he was on his guys like glue, breaking up passes and nearly notching an interception. Hopefully this will continue for the rest of the season.Devin FunchessHeat Rating: The hood of your black car in the bright Charlotte sunlightQuentin Dunbar, you sir, got Mossed by Devin Funchess.Criticized at times for unsure hands or not muscling up on a tough catch that should be easy for him, every once in a while Devin Funchess will flash some ability that makes you realize why the Carolina Panthers think highly of their fourth year player. On Sunday http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/wes-horton-jersey , he made what was easily the catch of the day along with his typical 70 yards receiving. Particularly, it seems like he and Cam Newton have developed a nice chemistry, which should lead to more red zone targets in the future.Thomas DavisHeat Rating: A thermite grenade ready to explodeWhile it wasn’t all perfect in the Mayor of Charlotte’s first day back, he certainly played with the intensity we’ve come to expect of him. Davis made several key plays in coverage, and while his tackling and gap discipline weren’t all there, it was good to see number 58 back on the field. Going forward, he’ll probably be looking to avenge his first game back being a loss, and the Philadelphia Eagles don’t have any Adrian Peterson types on the roster.Steppin’ OUTD.J. MooreCold Rating: Gas station sushi that you rationalize eating because you saw the clerk set it outOn the one hand, you don’t want to discourage a player like D.J. Moore from trying to make things happen. His strength truly is what he can do with the ball in his hands, whether that is fielding a punt Authentic Trai Turner Jersey , catching a pass, or on a designed run. In order to make that a boon for his NFL career, you have to preach ball security. On his punt return, he held that thing out like a loaf of bread ready for the wolves to snatch it, and they happily obliged. On the reception, it was more of an excellent play by Josh Norman than the fault of the rookie, but credit to the coaches for keeping him in the game and rebuilding his confidence. He ended up with a decent day as a receiver, just clean up the mistakes rook!Chris ClarkCold Rating: When your friend leaves the sliding glass door open in winterChris Clark has done a very commendable job filling in for the Panthers at left tackle after starting the season without a team at all. That said, the jury is still very much out on whether the Panthers should keep him at left tackle when Kalil is ready to go. Right now, I would say that the line is geling Womens Torrey Smith Jersey , and you’d hate to break up the party. On the other hand, and throw fruit at me if you want, I think there is a reasonable case that Matt Kalil would be the better player. Clark allowed an alarming five pressures on Sunday, even with help from running backs or tight ends, including two on the crucial final drive.Ron RiveraCold Rating: Ice cream tossed in liquid nitrogen, then forgotten about.The Panthers had an entire three quarters to dig themselves out of the hole created by their turnovers, but yet, Ron Rivera continued to allow the team to play as if they were nursing a lead. Walker addressed it perfectly in his Monday Morning Optimist column, but it merits noting here again. The coaching was gutless. The play calling was ultra conservative. Too many talented playmakers saw very little in the way of game action. Overall, no one is really happy with the team right now Authentic Cam Newton Jersey , and the icing on the cake is not trusting your cyborg quarterback to get a half yard for you on fourth down at midfield. The natives are restless, and the new sheriff (David Tepper) might be inclined to go in a more aggressive direction.Eric Reid signing fills major hole in Panthers secondary The fact is not only does the Eric Reid signing put Colin Jones back on the bench, it’s an upgrade at the position. First let’s take a look at the Panthers safety position season to date grades. Unfortunately my PFF account doesn’t let me look back at prior seasons grades or else I would tell you how Reid graded out for the 2017 season. I’m assuming it was pretty good from a grade perspective though not a Pro Bowl season.You can see with the loss of Da’Norris Searcy it put Colin Jones on the field a lot. We know Jones can fill a role for the Panthers, just not a starters role. I’m hopeful that Reid will not only fill Searcy’s role but even represent an upgrade, particularly in coverage.Looking at the grades for the entire Panthers defense you see that when in their base defense the Panthers that the Panthers still have two other weak points.Linebacker David Mayo will return to the bench in Week 6 when Thomas Davis comes off of suspension, so we have no worries there. The other concern is at defensive end across from Mario Addison. Wes Horton is currently grading at 42.3. Ron Rivera has stated he wants to see more snaps from Julius Peppers. I like the thought of that. Here’s the defensive end grades which includes snap counts. I hope we see some leveling this in Week 5 between Peppers and Horton and of course, more Efe Obada. By the way, something seems off with the Horton grade as both of his run and pass grades are higher than the average. I don’t see that for a single other player. Maybe it’s a typo?To recap, while the Panthers defense has had two good games and one not so good they are still a top-10 unit who added a very good player to their weakest position. I’m excited to see how Reid meshes with the defense against the Giants next Sunday.Keep Pounding!