Winners and losers in Saturday’s loss to the Ravens
Good luck finding winners in a 20-3 loss, right? Well, let’s try to do it anyway.
Here are some losers and winners of the Carolina Panthers pre-season loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night:
Winner: LB Frankie Luvu
The man his Panthers teammates now know as “Uce,” Luvu was Carolina’s greatest player in this one. He finished with three tackles, a forced fumble, a quarterback hit and an early pass break alongside Shaq Thompson and Jermaine Carter Jr.
Frankie Luvu. Great timing. pic.twitter.com/Vl0iKtaNK6
– John Ellis (@ 1PantherPlace) August 21, 2021
Frankie Luvu takes the gap and ends with an aggressive point ball. Luvu is playing fast as hell. pic.twitter.com/axb8WvZ1Pc
– John Ellis (@ 1PantherPlace) August 22, 2021
Every piece he made was a big deal, and for him it should have. We will look back on those last few days with the Ravens and will remember them as the week Luvu landed his spot on the roster.
Loser: Panthers secondary
Carolina lost cornerback Troy Pride Jr. last week in Indianapolis. He will be missing the rest of the season after undergoing ACL surgery.
They took two more hits, perhaps not as bad, with safety Kenny Robinson and corner Keith Taylor. Hopefully they won’t lose either of those defensive backs for too long as both prepared to serve solid deep in the secondary.
Winner: QB Will Grier
Those three points came with Grier under center, who was good enough to close the gap in the No.2 quarterback competition a bit. The offense wasn’t moving exactly under him, but the third round of 2019 threw 11 of his 14 throws for 144 yards in a largely controlled performance.
Loser: QB PJ Walker
That gap closed the other way as well, in part, because of Walker’s poor exit. Nothing has been easy, or not at all for that matter, as he logged in on just one of his eight shots after shining in Indianapolis a week ago.
Winner: WR Terrasse Marshall Jr.
All this kid seems to be doing is winning this summer. After an 88-yard outing in his debut against the Colts, Marshall Jr. again led the team with 50 receiving yards on three catches. 34 of them came to this. . .
Another week, another deep blow to Terrace Marshall Jr. 🔥pic.twitter.com/WBJg9lFdVn
– PFF (@PFF) August 21, 2021
Loser: K Joey Slye
It’s not great when the head coach says you haven’t “produced to the level” the team needs you to be. But, Slye deserved this legend and he has to accept after missing a 37 yards tonight. He’s now 5-7 on kicks this preseason, including an extra point missed.