- Prior to this game, the Carolina Panthers mentioned the fact that they wanted to limit Ryan Kalil’s workload who was coming back from a knee injury in the preseason. This obviously didn’t happen as the veteran center played the entire game. The plan to rest Kalil during the game probably changed when rookie Daryl Williams suffered a knee injury early and was forced to sit out the remainder of the game. He would have replaced Mike Remmers at right tackle with Remmers sliding over to center to fill in for Kalil.
- Another surprise in terms of snaps was how little Cameron Artis-Payne played against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was in the game for only four snaps and didn’t receive one carry or target in the passing game. The rookie out of Auburn looked good this preseason but it looks like he still has some work to do to move up the depth chart.
- The Panthers only had two players who played the entire game and that was free safety Kurt Coleman and linebacker Thomas Davis. This group would usually include Luke Kuechly, however he suffered a concussion at the end of the first half that kept him out of the remainder of the game. He was replaced by A.J. Klein in the second half, who played 55% of the game.
- Similar to Artis-Payne, rookie Shaq Thompson didn’t play as much as expected going into the game. He was only limited to 17 snaps even though he was named the starting linebacker. If Kuechly is forced to miss games, the team may need Thompson to play more with Klein playing in the middle.
Snap Counts Courtesy of NFL Media
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