johnjuhasz | Tags: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Chad Henne, DeAngelo Williams, Ron Rivera, Seattle Seahawks, Terrelle Pryor, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Chad Henne, DeAngelo Williams, Ron Rivera, Seattle Seahawks, Terrelle Pryor
Let’s open it up: Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he was too conservative with his playcalling in a 12-7 loss to the Seahawks. Carolina led for a good portion of the game, but they were done in by a late fourth-quarter Seahawks touchdown. Newton had 125 yards and one touchdown, and while he was going against a tough defense, his owners undoubtedly expected more from him. It will certainly be good news if Carolina wants to open up the passing game, although a number of questions exist about which of their WRs would be capable of stepping up. The Panthers travel to Buffalo next week, which may present a decent opportunity for them to rediscover their passing attack. DeAngelo Williams had 17 carries for 86 yards, and now might be the best time to sell high if Carolina intends to pass more … and also if Jonathan Stewart nears a return.
Gabbert will miss Week 2: Blaine Gabbert — poor guy can’t catch a break. After struggling with ankle injuries throughout camp, he was forced to receive 15 stitches to his throwing hand, and the injury will keep him out of Week 2 as the Jags travel to Oakland. Enter Chad Henne, who has an excellent opportunity to win the starting job the rest of the way. Gabbert had 121 yards, no touchdown passes and two picks when he exited Week 1. Jacksonville’s offense didn’t score a single point. It really can’t get any worse for them, and if Henne can even play at a mediocre level, the job may be his.
Pryor not thrilled with his performance: Speaking of those Raiders, Terrelle Pryor said he played poorly, despite the fact that he amazingly leads the NFL in rushing yards with 112. Shane Vereen was the only running back who topped 100 in Week 1, which is amazing considering Adrian Peterson ripped off a 78-yard touchdown on Minnesota’s first play from scrimmage at Detroit. Nonetheless, Pryor may have some value in leagues which don’t necessarily reward QBs for posting huge passing totals. They’re out there, and if owning Pryor means you effectively have an extra running back in your starting lineup, there’s an argument to be made that it is a productive move. We’ll see if Pryor can produce again against a defense which now has a little film they can use to prepare a little better.