Panther fans worst fears were confirmed this week when the star Quarterback, Cam Newton, was officially ruled out of the team’s week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The matchup will be the Panthers first road game of the season and after an 0-2 start, the last thing fans needed was for the heart and soul of the team to be ruled out with a foot injury that had re-emerged after the original injury occurred in preseason vs the Patriots a month ago.
Injuries to starting QB’s has come to define the early part of the NFL season, and has forced many teams to kick their succession plans into action earlier than expected. However, for the Panthers, they will turn to a player very few would have had in their script heading into the season – 2nd year quarterback, Kyle Allen.
After coming to Carolina as an undrafted free agent in 2018, Allen faced an uphill battle to win the backup job this year as he faced off against last year’s QB2 Taylor Heinicke and Rookie 3rd round pick Will Grier – a player famously loved by the powers that be in Charlotte.
Despite having the odds against him, Allen did have one ace he was able to play against both rivals for the position. His performance in Week 17 on the road against the Saints last season.
In completing 16 of 27 passes for 228 yards and 2 TD’s, he showed all the ability of an NFL passer and made clear how he was rated as a 5 star prospect coming out of High School, before a complicated College career lead to Allen going undrafted in 2018.
Fans will hope that we get the same Kyle Allen this Sunday. From showing good mobility escaping pressure to no fear in launching the deep ball, he has all the natural talent to be able to succeed and great skill players around him to maximize his abilities.
Though the Offensive Line remains a huge worry to this team, if we are able to dream and believe that we can keep our Quarterback upright and let him play his game, there is no reason to believe we can’t hold down the fort and keep ourselves in contention, ready, when he’s healthy and firing, to hand the team back over to Super Cam.