When Carmelo Anthony hit a 3, to make it 3-0 — he followed with his charming three-to-the-head street rub-out gesture — Miller said, “To me, he’s going to be like Team USA, Carmelo Anthony, with this Thunder — he’s just going to focus on scoring.”
Unfortunately, there was no hint of such a game plan in Sunday’s preseason matchup against the Bengals. In a first half that can best be described as forgettable, Cousins spent more time picking himself off the turf than finding open receivers. In fact, Cousins was sacked on each of the team’s first three drives, and the team didn’t convert a first down until the fourth drive when Cousins’ quarterback keeper moved the chains on third-and-2.
Things got worse before they got better — Pryor dropped a wide-open pass in the middle of the field, and a few plays later, Cousins threw an ill-advised pass towards the sideline that was intercepted by Vontaze Burfict and returned 64 yards for a touchdown (see the gory details below).
But those brief signs of life won’t mitigate the larger concerns that have loomed over this unit for months. Also not helping: an offensive line that struggled against the Bengals coupled with a problematic running game, which dates back to last season.
His 69 carries through nine games are just 21 shy of the 90 he had a year ago in 15 games. If Newton continues at his pace of the past four games (9.75 carries per game) and plays 16 games, he’ll finish with a career-high 137 carries — five more than he had in 2015, when the was the league’s MVP and the Panthers led the NFL in scoring with 31.3 points per game.
“He sees opportunities and he takes them,” coach Ron Rivera told reporters after the Atlanta game.
Yes, but according to ESPN, 67 of Newton’s yards against the Falcons came on six designed runs.
“I’ve been playing like this for a long time,” said Newton, who already Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys holds most of the career records for a running quarterback. “I trust in my preparation. I trust my body. I trust the things I put in my body that I’m going to be 100 percent come game time.
“I pretty much have an unbelievable supporting cast with trainers and Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal coaches that get my body in tip-top shape when it needs to be.”