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RB Fozzy Whittaker - Carolina Panthers

5-10, 202Born: 2-2-1989College: TexasDrafted: ---

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Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Carolina's running game looks stuck in neutral at the moment. Through two weeks, neither Jonathan Stewart nor rookie Christian McCaffrey has been able to generate much on the ground. Stewart has trudged to 105 yards on 33 rushes, while McCaffrey has been held to just 57 on 21 carries. Stewart is 30 (a hard 30, considering his injury history) and nearing the end of the NFL line, so we may not see much more dynamism from him; he's little more than an interior banger at this point. But McCaffrey's arrow is pointing upward. He's looked just as explosive as advertised, posting several impressive runs both up the middle and off the tackles. McCaffrey was a great interior runner in school, and as he beefs up and acclimates to the NFL, his game should improve exponentially. Cam Newton, of course, has always provided a dynamic boost with his legs, but we've yet to see it. The Panthers have yet to give him any designed runs, and Stewart has taken all 4 of the team's rushes from inside the 5-yard line. It's likely offensive coordinator is merely protecting his franchise player after offseason shoulder surgery, but we have to wonder just how much to expect from Newton on the ground. The New Orleans run defense is marginally better than advertised. Much of the "Saints can't stop the run" narrative is skewed by touchdowns, which come with the territory of the fast-paced, high-scoring games they tend to find themselves in. But they're not a lie-down-and-pray unit; when game script is neutral or in the Saints' favor, they're a stronger unit than they seem. In Week 1, they mostly bottled up Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook, allowing him just 48 yards on 14 carries through the first 3 quarters. Two long, late-game runs (36 and 33 yards) inflated his final numbers; that will happen when a defense is gassed and facing late-game deficits. We saw the same in Week 2, when New England's Mike Gillislee managed just 38 yards on 11 rushes prior to the fourth quarter, only to nearly double that total down the stretch.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1
2 vs BUF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 vs NO 0 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.2
3 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

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