Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula says that his team does not have time to be concerned with its offense with one game remaining in the preseason, according to Bill Voth of the team’s official website. The Panthers have dealt with some notable injuries throughout training camp and the 2017 preseason, most notably with quarterback Cam Newton, who is still on his way back from offseason shoulder surgery.
Because Newton has barely played in the preseason this time around, it may take some time for the veteran signal caller and his receivers to gain some rhythm once he does return full-time. However, Shula says Carolina simply has to play the hand it has been dealt.
“We don’t have time to be concerned,” said Shula. “What we have to do is make sure that when the opener gets here, whatever we give our guys they feel real good about knowing what they’re doing and they can play fast.”
Shula also feels that Newton will not be limited in Week 1.
“No,” he said when asked if the Panthers will run more short-yardage pass plays for Newton rather than deep routes. “We feel like he is on track to make all the throws that we need him to make.”
While Shula is not completely satisfied with the way things have gone thus far, he is confident his guys will be just fine.
“Is it everything that we wanted to do if they had all been here together Day One of OTAs? Probably not, but we still have a lot of good stuff that our guys know and we feel we can be productive with.”