Thursday, September 21, 2023

Carolina Panthers Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Carolina Panthers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Player: OLB Brian Burns
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

Burns is playing under the fifth-year option of his rookie deal for $16 million. But he wants to be among the highest-paid edge rushers in the NFL, earning somewhere between $25 million and $30 million a year. The sides aren't close, and Burns said on Saturday as far as he's concerned negotiations are "on hold'' even though the team is willing to negotiate, according to a league source. With each sack Burns collects, the sides won't get closer, and he had two just in Week 1. -- David Newton -- Rank: 27

By the time the Panthers were able to get Jonathan Mingo involved and Bryce Young finally settled down against New Orleans, it was too late. The 0-2 start isn't shocking, but it has to be disappointing, because Carolina was in both games in the fourth quarter. Frank Reich told us to have patience, and we certainly do, but that's now two touchdowns in 23 offensive drives. It's not all on Young, but his three turnovers in two games could have been avoided. There's a foundation here, and the defense played pretty well again. Still, Carolina is stuck in the mud a bit for now, until the passing game starts humming.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

The offense isn't doing enough as Bryce Young has struggled and the offensive line has been an issue. At 0-2, they are in a hole in the division with three 2-0 teams.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

For all the shade sent the NFC South's way, Carolina is the only club living down to expectations — winless in a division of otherwise undefeated co-tenants.

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

Bryce Young, the rookie quarterback, has totaled 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions thus far. His 4.2 yards per attempt is the third lowest in NFL history through a player's first two career games (minimum 50 attempts), according to ESPN Stats & Info. Miles Sanders, the free-agent running back addition, is averaging 3.6 yards per carry. And the Panthers are already two games behind everyone else in the NFC South.

FOX -- Rank:

At least the Panthers can build off their touchdown drive to cap off the night, but I now feel more confident saying this Carolina offense is seriously lacking juice. There have been flashes of progress from Bryce Young, but the weapons around him leave a lot to be desired. On the bright side, this is the second straight week the Panthers defense has made life tough on the opposition.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 29

I don't think Bryce Young is the problem for the Panthers. He isn't playing great as a rookie but it seems clear that the talent around him isn't good enough. The Panthers have time to fix that in the years to come. Young looks reasonable enough so far. The results will come once Carolina upgrades the offense.

PFT -- Rank: 30

Did David Tepper pick the wrong quarterback? (And, yes, the owner made the call.)

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