[vc_row no_margin=”true”][vc_column width=”1/1″]Because the Carolina Panthers struggled on special teams last year, it was easy to assume they just picked up where they left off during Friday night’s preseason opener.
Despite adding “aces” this offseason, the punt unit allowed the Bills to pick up 19 yards on each of their first two returns. But the problem wasn’t necessarily with the coverage.
“It was not a great start for me,” punter Brad Nortman said. “They weren’t coming off my foot well.”
Nortman hit his first punt 51 yards and the second went 42. They were low, line drives, though, so even speedsters like Colin Jones and Teddy Williams didn’t have much of a chance to get down the field.
The Panthers haven’t had to worry much about Nortman in his three seasons, and fortunately for them, he appeared back on track after the opening quarter.
1. 51-yard punt, 19-yard return
2. 42-yard punt, 19-yard return
3. 40-yard punt, 9-yard return
4. 31-yard punt, downed
5. 52-yard punt, 2-yard return
6. 48-yard punt, fair catch
7. 49-yard punt, 3-yard return