son in the black and blue?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomPanthers rookie progress report: Final grades for the 2018 season New Terry Godwin Carolina Panthers Jersey ,36commentsHow did the rookies fare in their first season in the black and blue?ESTShareTweetShareSharePanthers rookie progress report: Final grades for the 2018 season Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsIn this segment we’ve taken a look at the progress and projections of each of the Panthers 2018 draft picks. As disappointing a season this has turned out to be, there is a lot to look forward to with the young talent on this team. The 2018 Draft may go down as one of the best this franchise has had from top to bottom, with multiple contributors on both sides of the ball. Let’s take a look at how these guys finished the season up against their earlier projections. Grades are based on production relative to draft position. In other words, how strong was the Panthers return on investment on a round-by-round basis?D.J. Moore, WR (Round 1, Pick 24, No. 24 overall)Week 13 breakdown: Since Week 7, D.J. Moore and Cam Newton have been able to develop solid chemistry as his responsibilities continue to increase on a week-to-week basis. To put in perspective how much D.J.’s production has improved since my last report, his season’s receiving yards projection has increased by 60%.Week 13 outlook: With Devin Funchess’ impending departure via free agency, D.J. Moore should be the Panthers No. 1 receiver in 2019... if he isn’t already.Final statistics16 games playedReceiving55 receptions on 82 targets (67% catch rate), 788 yards, 2 touchdownsRushing172 yards on 13 attempts Blue Terry Godwin Jersey , 13.23 ypcFinal grade: A-D.J. Moore provides this team with number one receiver potential going into 2019. He finishes the season as the highest graded rookie wide-out by Pro Football Focus. You can see Moore’s progression as the game slowed down for him in the graphs above. His production did taper off in the last third of the season, correlating strongly with the deterioration of Cam Newton’s shoulder. With Devin Funchess being a healthy scratch in Week 17 and his impending free agency, you’d have to think his time in Carolina has come to an end. Look for Moore’s sophomore season to be even stronger as he takes on additional responsibility in Norv Turner’s offense. Donte Jackson, CB (Round 2, Pick 23, No. 55 overall)Week 13 breakdown: Similar to the defense as a unit, Jackson has seen a drop-off from his hot start to the season. Regardless, he has the tools to be a great player in this league.Week 13 outlook: The inevitable rookie wall and injuries have slowed down his projections, but Jackson can still finish strong and look to build on a fantastic rookie season.Final statistics 16 games played4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 9 passes defensed73 tackles1 sweet pick-twoFinal grade: AAnalysis: Donte Jackson looks like he can be a lock-down corner in this league for a long time and the Panthers have to feel lucky that he fell to them in the second round. The play of Jackson and Bradberry this season gives the Panthers one less position group to worry about addressing this off-season, especially with the impending return of Ross Cockrell.Rashaan Gaulden Terry Godwin Carolina Panthers Jersey , S (Round 3, Pick 21, No. 85 overall)Week 13 breakdown: Gaulden has kept the exact same pace and honestly, there’s not much to say here. He seems to be a decent depth piece behind two veteran safeties.Week 13 outlook: Rashaan could potentially see more time at nickel if Rivera looks to shake up coverage schemes and personnel, but I’d expect more of an impact to come next season. Final statistics15 games played18 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 0 interceptionsFinal grade: CGaulden didn’t have much of an impact this season. With the potential departures of 37-year-old Mike Adams and Eric Reid at the safety position, Carolina will have to make some big decisions regarding this group moving forward. Gaulden’s tape from this season should have a substantial impact on these decisions.Ian Thomas, TE (Round 4, Pick 1, No. 101 overall) Week 13 breakdown: Thomas’ numbers tapered off after the return of Greg Olsen, but should steadily increase now that Greg is out for the year.Week 13 outlook: The future is here and we will see how bright it is. Jason Witten hasn’t done us any favors.Final statistics16 games played36 receptions on 49 targets (73% catch rate) Youth Terry Godwin Jersey , 333 yards, 2 touchdowns Final grade: A-Ian Thomas got better and better as the year went on. When Greg Olsen went down with his season-ending injury in Tampa, Thomas filled in admirably.The rookie continued to produce regardless of who was playing quarterback and emerged as a red zone threat in the Panthers final three games. With Olsen’s future in doubt, Carolina should feel comfortable with Ian Thomas as their starter moving forward. This was a fantastic pick on the third day of the draft. Marquis Haynes, DE (Round 4, Pick 36, No. 136 overall)Week 13 breakdown: Haynes has been activated for two games since Week Seven and has not produced much (one tackle).Week 13 outlook: Project pass rusher who may struggle to maintain a roster spot in next year’s training camp.Final statistics4 games played4 tackles, 0 sacksFinal grade: C-Haynes’ size is an issue at the next level, where he wasn’t able to produce much pressure in his limited opportunities. At 6’2” 235 lbs., Marquis will need to develop much better technique in order to mask his physical shortcomings and make the roster in 2019. As we count down the days until our beloved Carolina Panthers officially kickoff the 2019 season, we’ll take a look at the players on the roster whose jersey numbers equal the number of days remaining." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteCat Scratch Readera Carolina Panthers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsAboutPanthersOddsShopStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomPanthers 2019 season opener countdown: 94 days to go New,5commentsAs we count down the days until our beloved Carolina Panthers officially kickoff the 2019 season Blue Michael Palardy Jersey , we’ll take a look at the players on the roster whose jersey numbers equal the number of days remaining.EDTShareTweetShareSharePanthers 2019 season opener countdown: 94 days to go Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesThere are only 94 days left until the Carolina Panthers kick off the 2019 season, so that means it’s time to take a closer look at the player wearing No. 94 for the Panthers: defensive end Efe Obada.Efe Obada, Defensive endBioExperience: 2 yearsAge: 27Height: 6’ 6”Weight: 265 lbsCollege: No CollegeI am sure you remember Obada as one of the few feel-good stories of the Panthers 2018 season. The Nigerian-born Obada was assigned to the Panthers as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program in 2017 and spent that season on the practice squad. He then made the roster prior to the 2018 season the first player from this program to do that) and was named NFC defensive player of the week after tallying an interception, sack and quarterback pressure in first career game played, a win over the Bengals. Obada tallied eight tackles, two sacks and one interception in 2018. Most recently, Obada signed a one-year deal with the Panthers for the 2019 season.Obada will have a difficult time making the Panthers roster this season. but if he does he will have a homecoming game when the Panthers travel to London to play the Buccaneers in Week 6. I would imagine that would make the Panthers the London crowd favorite with one of their compatriots potentially playing in the game. I wonder if this had something to do with the Panthers being selected to play in the annual game in Europe. I would say Mario Addison and Brian Burns are locks to make the roster and take at least two of maybe six defensive end roster spots. The number is more like five most likely. Bruce Irvin should have one but at 31 and on a one year deal is no lock to make the roster. That leaves the other rookie Christian Miller and veteran hold overs Bryan Cox Jr. and Marquis Haynes fighting for two remaining roster spots. Don’t count Obada out though, the guy has had a long road getting to where he is. I think there is a good chance he is on the sideline when the Panthers take the field in London.