I mostly enjoyed watching receivers catch the ball in a vertical position.
13/32 is definitely sub par and he did gamble with a lot of throws. But he did throw a lot more deeper balls, averaging ~17 ypc. Even if you take out the long ball to Jenkins (which you shouldn't do to keep some relevance to these stats), you get over 12 ypc. Longer passes completed equals more first downs equals more movement down the field...
With the vikings averaging less than 6 ypc for the season, it needs to be added into the equation.
Look at the 2 INT's as the bigger issue on his day, that hurt us a lot more than making an extra 7 receptions.
It will be interesting to watch and see how he adjusts to the mistakes he made and whether they were learning experiences or an emerging pattern.
Originally Posted by tastywaves
I like the way he went right back after Woodson and wasn't afraid of him after the picks. That means he either has a short memory or is a total dumbass and I don't see him as a dumbass.
I just hope he gets better accuracy on the deep balls because some of those were brutally off the target.
Jury is definitely out on the guy, but it was refreshing to see a more aggressive approach to the game.
Originally Posted by Purple Floyd
I would like to think that the GB game will be a positive step for him and I think it was the right situation for his first start. Carolina could be a harder game for him mentally. He now has 2 weeks to think about being "the man" and he is going up against an inferior team to the Packers where expectations will be higher for him. Great second test to see how he takes this challenge on.
I haven't read this whole thread yet, but keep in mind that the Packers secondary is notorious for contact. They were in all likelihood disrupting his timing with the receivers.
I won't complain about 13/32 for the first start. It was against the best team in the conference and super bowl champs. I was really surprised to see his stat line after the game. It felt like he was way better than that while I was watching. But of course there's a few people on here that will only look at the stats and say that he didn't play well. I won't judge him on his stat line, but I'm also not ready to call him a franchise QB. He played a solid game.
He moved well in the pocket, converted big downs, showed arm strength and accuracy on intermediate routes and the ability to find the open man.
He opened up the offense for us, Peterson's 175 weren't all him for a change this season.
Aikman's commentary was shockingly on-point. He'll come to understand the relationship between defenders and the receiver as he gains experience. He'll figure out the finer points of the game, he's a smart guy. For a change I'm optimistic about our quarterback situation.
We're going against a defense half as good as Green Bay's next week. I'm excited to see what he can do.
Too early to throw the word franchise qb around, but he showed promise. Took quite a few hits without flinching, made some big time throws on the run. Deep ball wasn't too pretty for the most part, but it is his first start
the key will come down to the coaching to help him progress. It was good that they rolled him out quite a bit in that game. I think the Packers did similar stuff with Rodgers in his first start
I liked Ponder more than Gabbert coming out of the draft. Gabbert's atrocious pocket presence is a huge concern for me. Ponder already shows that he isn't afraid of the rush
I feel very good about CP7 after watching that game.
No, 13/32 is not something to write home about. But I was very happy with the number of yards he was able to get out of just 13 completions ... it is something we have not done since 2009 ... throw the ball downfield!
I am happier and happier with Ponder at the helm and the future of this franchise. I think that if they get the right pieces around him we may only be a year or two away from being a playoff team/contender again.
The telling sign will be the draft. We need to go O-line, but if someone like Justin Blackmon is there, will they get the O-Line they need or go for the big name and keep our backfield running for their lives?
We have hope and that's a good thing, but in all likelihood he will have his ups and downs until he learns the finer points. He just needs to be good enough to keep defenses honest. If we can keep d's from stacking the box, then that will allow AD to run wild.
He had a decent game I thought. Was good on rollouts, good on 3rd downs. He may want to throw away from the good CBs though till he has a little more experience under his belt. It was nice to be excited about a game for a change, until the punt.
I am glad you guys found hope! This was the same feeling we Panthers fans had after Cams first game and he hasnt looked back since. We are not winning yet but we see what is about to come! I always thought Ponder would be a good NFL QB and I'm glad he ended up with a good organization! You guys are alot like us, really good a few years back and now its like wtf! Glad both of our teams didnt go after Gabbert! He will be the bust of the draft I think! Anyways good luck this weekend and lets hope no injuries for either side!
Welcome! Glad that your first post wasnt the usual troll crap that we get.
Originally Posted by Panthersfan#89