Both of these groups underwent significant reconstruction in the off-season. Last season, the Carolina Panthers had a mediocre Special Teams unit, at finest. Unique Teams coach Bruce DeHaven has actually taken a medical leave of absence and Head Coach Ron Rivera has actually selected Russ Purnell to command the soldiers because device while DeHaven is out, which will likely be for the entire period. Purnell’s latest task was as the Jaguar’s Special Teams coach from 2009 to 2011. He’s confident he can turn things around. He’s got to since the Carolina ST people ranked last in opponent punt return average and 2nd to last in kick off returns at the end of the 2014-2015 season.
Ron Rivera got a few gifts this off-season. He signed Safety Marcus Ball from the New Orleans Saints to fill a much required gap and Offensive Tackle Michael Oher of the famed “Blind Side” book and movie. From the draft, the Carolina Panthers have First round choice Shaq Mayo at Linebacker and 2nd round choice Devin Funchess at Pass receiver. Mayo will certainly discover a thing or more from Luke Kueckly and Funchess will prepare to boost Kelvin Benjamin diminishing field opening weekend.
That’s one side of the Carolina Panthers vs Jacksonville Jaguars compare. Now, let’s take a look at exactly what those Jacksonville Jaguars have going on. There are 2 big stories of the Jaguar’s off-season. One is good and the other one is not very good. Their First round draft pick, Defensive End Dante Fowler, Jr. is out for the period due to a torn ACL at his first practice on Might 8th, 2015. The Jag’s were depending on him to efficiently handle opposing pass hurrying.
The good news is better than the problem was bad! Quarterback Blake Bortles has revealed amazing enhancement in every location of QB basics in the off-season. He’s got the coaches smiling, teammates chest bumping and reporters composing. If he can look as excellent in this game as he has actually been looking on the practice field, Bortles may just be a Jag’s franchise QB yet.
After the very first OAT (Organized Team Activity), Head Coach Gus Bradley was pleased with what he saw. Tight End Julius Thomas had more than a few fantastic catches. Thomas is the veteran on the offense. The offending line is young and Wide Receiver Allen Hurns is just in his 2nd year. Even with the adversities, the Jaguar’s have developed an excellent squad a need to be taken seriously.
So, there you have it. The Carolina Panthers vs Jacksonville Jaguars on opening weekend of the NFL’s 2015-2016 period. Tune in!