RB Fozzy Whittaker - Carolina Panthers
|5-10, 202||Born: 2-2-1989||College: Texas||Drafted: ---|
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2016 Week 17 vs TB (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the most part the Panthers' rushing attack was ineffectual against a stout and disciplined Bucs front seven. At times the Carolina offensive line left the backs, like Fozzy Whittaker, very little to work with. Whittaker spelled Jonathan Stewart at times but he had very little impact on his touches overall.
2016 Week 16 vs ATL (3 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
In a quiet outing for Fozzy Whittaker - apart from kick returns, where he showed off his burst and quickness ñ his best play came on a quick toss into the left flat when he weaved between blockers and defenders for a sizeable gain.
2016 Week 15 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Spelling Jonathan Stewart - who assumed the bulk of the workload - was Fozzy Whittaker's main role as the Panthers offense stayed in control. The shifty back's biggest contribution came on a 25-yard pass on third down that helped the team ice the game in the fourth quarter. Whittaker sneaked into the flat on a wheel route, and Newton found him with a perfectly lofted pass.
2016 Week 14 vs SD (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart's backup was limited to a handful of touches. With the Panthers controlling the game with Stewart's physical style between the tackles, Whittaker rarely got a look in. A target on a wheel route that could have gone for a big gain was just out of Whittaker's reach, but he showed good quickness on a pair of runs in the second half.
2016 Week 13 vs SEA (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker got a handful of snaps to start the second half, but was kept quiet by a swarming Seahawks defense. With the Panthers trailing big at the time, downfield passing was the order of the day, leaving Whittaker on the outside looking in.
2016 Week 12 vs OAK (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Playing a satellite role and operating mainly as a space back, Fozzy Whittaker was unfortunate to have a nice run on a toss play ruled out by penalty. The quick-footed Whittaker came in to spell Jonathan Stewart on obvious passing downs at times, but was not exclusively involved in such sets. His involvement was minimal as the Panthers were forced to go downfield for chunk plays.
2016 Week 10 vs KC (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker was mainly used in pass protection and on third down in the first three quarters of the game. It was only towards the end, with Carolina looking for a spark, that Whittaker replaced Stewart and performed well. Whittaker's burst surprised the Chiefs and he managed to break off a couple of nice plays.
2016 Week 9 vs LA (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
With the entire offense struggling to stay on the field, Fozzy Whittaker had very few opportunities to shine. Jonathan Stewart was the primary option as a pass protector against the Rams' ferocious front seven, sending Whittaker to the bench. Even when the speedy back got onto the field and caught a quick pass on a screen, the play was nullified by a penalty.
2016 Week 8 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker took a backseat to the dominant Jonathan Stewart, who was unstoppable as the lead dog in the Carolina backfield. The third-down specialist Whittaker caught a quick pass into the flat for 10 yards, but had a disappointing drop to kill a drive later in the game. He got very few opportunities to carry the ball as the Panthers continued to nurse a lead behind the hard-charging Stewart.
2016 Week 6 vs NO (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
After assuming a significant role in Jonathan Stewart's absence, Fozzy Whittaker was forced to take a back seat as the big back returned to the line-up. Whittaker made a few appearances on third down and did not disgrace himself in pass protection, but he was unable to find space on a third-and-long check down and a screen pass.
2016 Week 5 vs TB (5 / 45 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker played second fiddle to Cameron Artis-Payne this week, as the Panthers slowly grew into the game offensively and established a decent rushing attack. Whittaker ran behind some excellent blocking at times, but was perhaps a bit too patient on outside carries. A well-blocked screen pass into the left flat appeared to welcome a north-south approach, but Whittaker hesitated and only got eight yards out of it. A similar play - a quick toss left - resulted in a similar outcome, with Tampa Bay corralling the speedy back quickly. Whittaker showed off his shifty streak on a beautiful weaving run off right tackle. He was unfortunate not to score a touchdown, as his despairing lunge for the pylon fell a yard short.
2016 Week 4 vs ATL (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 9 / 9 / 86 / 0 rec)
With the offense having to resort to a pass-heavy approach much earlier than they would have liked or anticipated, scat back Fozzy Whittaker saw plenty of action. Whittaker remains the go-to option on third down as a pass protector, and he did a decent job of getting his body in the way of pass rushers, if not necessarily stoning them at the point of attack. Whittaker was always available on dump-off passes in the flat, and took what the defense gave him each time. He did an excellent job converting a 3rd-and-18 situation for the offense, turning on the jets after reeling in a short pass and shooting between two defenders to dive for the sticks. Whittaker hauled in several receptions with the Panthers in the up-tempo offense.
2016 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker made the most of his touches, finding small creases against a disciplined Vikings defense. He had a long catch and run nullified by a block in the back penalty called against Kelvin Benjamin. On the play Whittaker made a beautiful juke move to get free, before turning on the jets down the sideline to streak away. He was unfortunate not to get into the end zone early with the Panthers set up inside the red zone. Diagnosing the play quickly, he scooted outside but was wrapped up by a nice tackle as he closed in on the goal line. Whittaker was a useful check down option for Cam Newton as the Minnesota blitzes continued to come, but overall he - like the rest of the Carolina offense - failed to stamp his authority on the game.
2016 Week 2 vs SF (16 / 100 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker played a big role in the two-minute drill and in obvious passing situations last week in Denver. Against the 49ers he was forced to shoulder a heavier load as Jonathan Stewart left the game due to a hamstring injury. The Panthers did not deviate from their traditional play calling on the ground, as Whittaker shone both between the tackles and finding the tiniest creases outside the numbers. His patience on a quick toss left gained him seven yards; a more aggressive runner might have shot straight through a tight gap, but Whittaker smartly allowed the 49ers defenders to pursue too far and simply ran back to daylight. He had a few nice cameos as a pass catcher as the San Francisco defense seemed to be struggling to match up against Carolina's empty sets. A 20-yard scamper down the right sideline after an adjustment to a low Cam Newton pass was the highlight of his involvement as a receiver. Whittaker was unfortunate to have a fumble ruled against him in the second quarter after it appeared that his knee was down prior to the ball coming loose. The defender deserves credit for the play as he clubbed Whittaker from behind. The shifty back exploded off the right side in the second half for a 25-yard gain as he once again showed good patience to allow his blockers to develop. He has the ability to go from zero to 100 in a matter of seconds, and the 49ers struggled to contain him. Undaunted by between-the-tackles running, Whittaker showed he is more than capable of subbing in for Stewart, if indeed the big back misses time.
2016 Week 1 vs DEN (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Notably, Fozzy Whittaker played his biggest role when the Panthers went to the two-minute drill, sending Jonathan Stewart to the sideline. As a shiftier back than his powerful backfield partner, Whittaker managed to make hay against the Broncos with his handful of touches. A nice read of his blocks off the right side sprung him for a nice gain, and the very next play he reacted quickly to backfield penetration and scooted behind left tackle for a five-yard gain. Whittaker was decisive and did not put a foot wrong while he was in the game.
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