The Carolina Panthers have one of the more underrated defensive lines in all of football. However, that line is only effective when all working parts are moving together. For that reason, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards has to play against the New York Giants on Sunday if the team wants to avoid a 0-3 start to the season.
As of right now, Edwards is listed as questionable after he missed three practices this week. Unfortunately, the team does not seem to be very optimistic that he will be able to suit up.
“It’s not looking good,” head coach Ron Rivera said, according to Panthers.com.
In two games, Edwards has recorded four total tackles and one fumble recovery. However, what the official statistics do not show is that he has applied consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which is something the Panthers will need in order to defeat the Giants.
If matters could not get any worse, Carolina has what appears to be the most banged up secondary in football. That means they will be without a solid pass rusher, as well as, a secondary that can prevent Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks from having a big game.
If Edwards is unable to suit up, expect to see Colin Cole to get plenty of playing time in his place. Cole has recorded just one tackle in his limited playing time this season. The good news is he more than capable of performing at a high level, which means the Panthers should not lose anything as far as tackles are concerned. It is the pass rush ability that should have the fans worried.