The Panthers are 1-5 and seem to find new ways to lose every weekend. The reasons for the lack of wins are many and you can't point the finger at any one player. Panthers HC Ron Rivera likes to count the number of impact plays each of his players puts up. What if we could pick one player to drastically improve his play in our game against the Redskins? So with that introduction I have a fan poll to pick the Panther in most need to 'Man Up' this Sunday if the Panthers are to beat the Redskins. Though I could pick every starter I'm going to limit it to five. Which of these five players most needs to Man Up Sunday:
1. QB Cam Newton - There is no denying Newton has thrown critical interceptions that last two losses. If he can eliminate these critical mistakes it would most likely mean more points on the board
2. DT Sione Fua - There is no hiding the fact the Panthers rush defense has been porous and that usually starts at the point of attack. Fua is responsible for holding that point of attack and occupying multiple blockers.
3. LB Jason Phillips - Phillips is getting his first start for the Panthers at WLB and will be critical to stopping the run as well dropping into coverage on TE Fred Davis. Should Phillips 'Man Up' he could fill that spot for 9 more games.
4.WR Legadu Naanee - Though he had two nice catches last week he also had a critical holding penalty. Naanee will continue ot get targets and if he could pull down 5 or 6 passes he could be the wild card on 3rd down we need.
5. PR Armanti Edwards - Though I think the Panthers can beat the Redskins without any help from special teams it sure would make things easier. Starting each drive around the 20 yard line or worse every series makes things harder on the young rookie QB. This would be a great time for Edwards to Man Up and make an impact because he is due.
Take the poll after the jump...