n to keep their postseason hopes alive. Maybe a visit to the Browns will help."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomPanthers at Browns defensive preview: Panthers defense will try to be not terrible in ClevelandNew Blue Kawann Short Jersey ,2commentsThe Panthers defense looks to get back on track in Cleveland. ByJonathan DeLong@JonDeLong42Dec6, 2018, 10:00am ESTShareTweetShareSharePanthers at Browns defensive preview: Panthers defense will try to be not terrible in ClevelandKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsThe Carolina Panthers defense looked a little better for parts of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, but that’s not saying much. They’ve been among the worst units in the league over the last several weeks. Bill Barnwell of ESPN wrote about teams collapsing out of the playoff race, and he had several stats that illustrate that reality. There’s more to the Panthers than that. Those are just a few highlights on the defensive side of the ball. The group has been horrible, and it led to Ron Rivera shaking up the coaching staff on that side of the ball. The first test for this newly coached defense is a Cleveland Browns team coming off a brutal loss to the Houston Texans. They fell behind 23-0 in the first half while generating just 74 yards of offense while rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield turned the ball over three times. They piled up yardage and added a couple scores in the second half, but they were never close to being in the game. In the Browns previous three games, they averaged 386 yards of total offense and 28 points, both of which would rank seventh in the league if maintained for a full season. All of those games were against bad defenses, but the Panthers are a bad defense, so the comparison is apt. Rookies Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb are making waves, and that brings us to our keys. Keep Nick Chubb bottled up. The scintillating rookie has wowed with his big play ability this season, but he’s been rather inefficient outside of the big plays. Since taking over as the full time starter six games ago, Chubb has averaged over four yards per carry just twice. He’s still managed to find the end zone seven times over that stretch with one of those visits at the end of a 92 yard jaunt against the Falcons. The Panthers need to keep him contained and force him to grind out yards. Force Baker Mayfield into mistakes. Baker is having a fantastic rookie season. He’s averaged over nine yards per pass in each of his last three games and has tossed eight touchdowns in that time. He has all the makings of a future star. But he’s still a rookie. He threw three picks against the Texans last week and still has moments where he tries to make plays that aren’t there. Asking this defense to force a turnover may be asking too much Color Rush Christian Miller Jersey , but we can try. Take away the underneath passes. The appointment of Freddie Kitchens to offensive coordinator has given new life to the Cleveland offense. He’s placed more of an emphasis on quick throws to keep his quarterback clean and make his decisions easier. Running backs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson Jr. have hauled in 26 passes since Kitchens took over. Wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway and tight end David Njoku all have the ability to turn short passes into big gains as well. This Browns team is young and full of promise, but they’re not good yet. The Panthers need to win this game, and they should win this game. With Ron Rivera now acting as the de facto defensive coordinator, it’s all on his shoulders now. Let’s see how the team responds. I reached out to Dawg Sports to get their thoughts on the Panthers’ selection of Terry Godwin in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft." />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 RoomFiled under:Panthers 2019 NFL DraftFour questions with Dawg Sports on Panthers’ seventh round pick Terry GodwinNew,13commentsI reached out to Dawg Sports to get their thoughts on the Panthers’ selection of Terry Godwin in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft.EDTShareTweetShareShareFour questions with Dawg Sports on Panthers’ seventh round pick Terry GodwinAs you’ve probably heard by now, the Carolina Panthers selected Georgia wide receiver Terry Godwin in the seventh round (No. 237 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. I reached out to our friends at Dawg Sports to get their thoughts on Godwin, and Mr. Sanchez was kind enough to answer my questions. You can find our Q&A session below.1. What are Godwin’s strengths and weaknesses, and how do you think he could help the Panthers’ offense in 2019?He’s got great hands, is tough, strong, has good speed, and is a great route runner. He’s not the biggest (around 6-feet tall) and isn’t a burner, so expectations should be set accordingly for a late round pick. But the upside is definitely there for a guy who can work in the slot. With Newton and McCaffery in the backfield, and other threats on the outside Blue Donte Jackson Jersey , Godwin will be a strong and willing blocker inside for those two on runs, and can do work on underneath routes. It’s not really a glamour role, but with the way NFL offenses run, he can be a very good third/fourth wide receiver hauling in a ton of balls to help move the chains while opening lanes for McCaffery or Newton to break runs on third downs too.One other aspect, he’s done a lot of special teams work in college too, so he’s also likely going to be able to fill a role on coverage teams, or as a safe hands option (since the speed issue means he’s not gonna be a big play threat there) as a returner.2. The Panthers drafted him in the seventh round. Do you think they got a good value there, or should he have been a UDFA?I’m biased to the kid, as both a Georgia fan and having gotten to know him a bit over the last few years thanks to our paths crossing in this town. So I think it’s good value, and probably about where he should have gone. The lack of size, elite speed, and nothing special numbers in college, combined with little injuries in several seasons, means he was never going to be a first or second day guy. But as said above Donte Jackson Jersey 2019 , he’s got a lot of good tools too and is more than capable of filling a role both next year and for the next decade. Plus, Georgia guys have often had success in the league, even the less heralded guys (see David Andrews as an UDFA who has been starting for the Patriots since his rookie year). And with Thomas Davis leaving this offseason, it feels right that the Panthers have a UGA guy on the roster. Since there has yet to be a season in Panther history without one (simply the overlap of careers for Davis and John Kasay, plus several others alongside them).3. Which parts of his game do you think will best translate to the NFL? Which parts will he need to work on the most?His physicality probably best translates. He’s not going to be afraid of contact, both giving or receiving. That will help particularly in the way Newton and McCaffery get their yards on the ground. And that will help him in the tight spaces of the NFL passing game too. That and his hands. If he can get a finger on it, there’s a chance he catches it, something else that will help in tight windows you have to squeeze balls through in the NFL.The areas he probably most needs work on are learning to create space and separation from defenders, particularly the elite coverage men he’ll be across from now. And just getting used to whatever passing trees and routes his teams will be calling on him. He also is going to need to learn roles. He did this well at Georgia, as said, working out wide or in the slot, getting runs on jet plays, I wanna say he had some wildcat and backfield runs too, plus he’s been a return man and cover man on special teams. He’s not gonna be a star DJ Moore Jersey 2019 , so he’s going to have to carve out his niche on a roster and that is never easy.4. Do you think he has a good chance to make an NFL roster in 2019? Why or why not?Yes I do, especially since he was drafted by the Panthers. Again, seventh round pick, the tight squeeze of a 53-man roster to begin with, and all that, so he’s far from a lock. But for a seventh round pick I’d say he’s got a much better than normal chance to make it. The reasons why are spelled out above, in both how well I think he fits this team with his playing style, abilities, and what they’ll want to do offensively, and the weird fact that there has never been a single season in Panthers history without a UGA alum on the roster. That penchant for acquiring good, valuable, impactful players produced in the areas nearby might explain why they’ve been better than Georgia’s local NFL team pretty much since that Panthers history began.What do you think, Panthers fans? Do you like the Terry Godwin pick? Why or why not?