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Panthers 24 Steelers 39: 6 winners, 3 losers in Panthers’ preseason finale loss

The Panthers closed the preseason with a 39-24 loss to the Steelers.

The Panthers closed the 2018 preseason with a 39-24 loss to the Steelers. Thankfully the results of this game don’t matter because the Panthers did not look good at all tonight.

Let’s take a look at some winners and losers from tonight’s action.

Winners

Mose Frazier: I don’t think he’ll make the 53-man roster, but I do believe that Frazier earned himself a spot on the practice squad after his efforts tonight. He looks like he belongs out there, and I think the Panthers would be wise to keep him stashed in case of an emergency.

Cameron Artis-Payne: CAP came to play tonight, and it showed in the first quarter. He may have only had 35 rushing yards, but he did that on five carries. For a game that had few bright spots in it, he was one of them. He looked like he wanted to take the No. 3 running back spot, and I think he did.

Daeshon Hall: Hall sacked Mason Rudolph on third down to force the Steelers to punt. It was one of the few bright spots of the night for the defense, and it came at a good time for Hall, who has struggled this preseason.

Taylor Heinicke: He played well in the first quarter, and I think he played well enough to win the No. 2 quarterback job over Garrett Gilbert. It’s up to the coaches now, as Heinicke did everything he could to convince them that he’s the right man for the job.

Kyle Allen: He played pretty well in the second half and might have done well enough to find himself on a practice squad somewhere. It’s hard to really analyze anything since he was playing with and against players who won’t make a 53-man roster, but he showed potential and could get some phone calls this weekend if he doesn’t make the Panthers practice squad.

Reggie Bonnafon: Bonnafon performed well in the second half. He hustled down the sideline and stopped a defensive touchdown, and he also found the end zone himself. He made the kind of plays that a guy should make when fighting for a spot on the roster. I don’t think he’ll make the 53, but I think he put himself in the conversation for a place on the practice squad.

Poll

Who was tonight’s biggest winner?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Mose Frazier
    (168 votes)
  • 31%
    Cameron Artis-Payne
    (279 votes)
  • 5%
    Daeshon Hall
    (49 votes)
  • 28%
    Taylor Heinicke
    (252 votes)
  • 5%
    Kyle Allen
    (52 votes)
  • 10%
    Reggie Bonnafon
    (97 votes)
897 votes total Vote Now

Losers

Literally anyone whose job depended on being able to tackle the opposing players: I have never seen such piss-poor tackling in my life. Okay, that’s probably over dramatic, but the tackling by the defense was legitimately awful. There were a lot of guys trying to make the 53-man roster, and they didn’t do themselves any favors tonight by missing tackles left and right. There are literally too many players to name in this group. I’m not even kidding.

Blaine Clausell: He had two untimely holding calls against him that negated nice gains by Kenjon Barner. For an offensive lineman trying to make the roster of a team with offensive line issues, racking up holding calls in the final preseason game isn’t a good look.

Elijah Hood: I hate to include him here because it’s injury related, but he limped off the field after the opening kickoff and couldn’t put weight on his left leg. I don’t know the extent of his injury at this time but it doesn’t look good for his chance to make the roster, which is unfortunate.

Poll

Who was tonight’s biggest loser?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Literally any defender
    (467 votes)
  • 16%
    Blaine Clausell
    (151 votes)
  • 32%
    Elijah Hood
    (294 votes)
912 votes total Vote Now

What do you think, Panthers fans? Share your winners and losers with us!