Carolina Panthers vs Jacksonville Jaguars are set for an NFL Week 1 battle at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The game will certainly take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. eastern time
Both of these teams went through major reconstruction in the off-season. Last season, the Carolina Panthers had an average Special Teams system, at best. Special Teams coach Bruce DeHaven has taken a medical leave of absence and Head Coach Ron Rivera has selected Russ Purnell to regulate the troops because device while DeHaven is out, which will likely be for the whole period. Purnell’s newest project was as the Jaguar’s Special Teams coach from 2009 to 2011. He’s positive he can turn things around. He’s got to since the Carolina ST people ranked last in opponent punt return average and 2nd to last in kick off returns at the end of the 2014-2015 period.
Ron Rivera got a couple of gifts this off-season. He signed Safety Marcus Ball from the New Orleans Saints to fill a much needed gap and Offensive Tackle Michael Oher of the well known “Blind Side” book and movie. From the draft, the Carolina Panthers have 1st round pick Shaq Mayo at Linebacker and 2nd round pick Devin Funchess at Pass receiver. Mayo will certainly learn a thing or two from Luke Kueckly and Funchess will be ready to improve Kelvin Benjamin diminishing field opening weekend.
That’s one side of the Carolina Panthers vs Jacksonville Jaguars compare. Now, let’s take a look at what those Jacksonville Jaguars have going on. There are two big stories of the Jaguar’s off-season. One is good and the other one is not great. Their First round draft choice, Defensive End Dante Fowler, Jr. is out for the season due to a torn ACL at his first practice on Might 8th, 2015. The Jag’s were depending on him to effectively manage opposing pass hurrying.
The good news is much better than the bad news was bad! Quarterback Blake Bortles has revealed amazing enhancement in every location of QB fundamentals in the off-season. He’s got the coaches smiling, teammates chest bumping and reporters writing. If he can look as good in this game as he has actually been looking on the practice field, Bortles might just be a Jag’s franchise QB yet.
After the first OAT (Organized Team Activity), Head Coach Gus Bradley was kindlied with what he saw. Tight End Julius Thomas had more than a few fantastic catches. Thomas is the veteran on the offense. The offending line is young and Wide Receiver Allen Hurns is just in his 2nd year. Even with the adversities, the Jaguar’s have actually built an impressive squad a need to be taken seriously.
So, there you have it. The Carolina Panthers vs Jacksonville Jaguars on opening weekend of the NFL’s 2015-2016 season. Tune in!