Carolina Panthers Running Game a Big Key
The Carolina Panthers running game is a big key to them having a successful run at the playoffs. RB DeAngelo Williams, FB Mike Tolbert and RB Jonathan Stewart will be a very big part of why the Panthers are successful this season.
Williams is not only fast, but he can run over you too. The 29-year-old Williams is in his seventh season with the Panthers. He came to the Panthers primarily as a return specialist and broke into the starting lineup after an injury to RB DeShaun Foster. Williams has been a big part of the Carolina offense since coming into the NFL in 2006.
FB Tolbert was acquired from the San Diego Chargers during the off season. Tolbert is a 245lb FB and a bruising runner who loves contact. He was the Chargers second leading rusher in 2011. Tolbert came into the NFL in 2008 as an undrafted rookie free agent from Coastal Carolina. He averages just over four yards per carry.
RB Jonathan Stewart is another one of the Panthers’ punishing runners. He is strong enough to run over a defense or quick enough to run by you. Stewart will be coming off the bench. He signed a contract extension in August 2012 and was second on the Panthers team behind DeAngelo Williams in rushing.
Quarterback Cam Newton and other runners coming off the bench will contribute to the running game, which will give the Panthers one of the strongest running games in the NFC.
If the Panthers’ running game stays on track this year, it will open up other avenues of scoring. All the Panthers have to do is execute and stay on track with the offensive schemes that the coaching staff came up with in the offseason.