When the Panthers hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator, they did so with the idea that he could inject some life into Cam Newton’s career and Carolina’s offense.
While there are plenty of improvements to make to a unit that has lacked consistency over recent seasons, Turner, in an interview for the team’s official website, said there’s a lot that can be built upon.
Turner also mentioned receivers Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel as players who already have a solid base of talent to improve upon, and they will have opportunities to fill vital roles in the offense. The key for them will be utilizing their speed and getting the ball into their hands.
Although the broad offensive philosophy won’t be drastically changing, the new ideas coming in with Turner could be just what Carolina’s offense needs to push it over the top and provide some much-needed consistency.
Mayfield entered the NFL Draft with an impressive body of work that included winning the 2017 Heisman Trophy and guiding the Sooners into the College Football Playoff. It’s unlikely Mayfield could improve his draft stock by playing in the Senior Bowl, especially when weighed against injury risk.
There are a lot of skeptical people out there who think I have character issues, Mayfield told Brandt and me at the Walter Camp Awards in New Haven, Conn. That’s why I’m doing (the Senior Bowl) to sit down and have a conversation with people, let them know I love the game of football and I’ll do anything to win.
The Broncos, whose coaches are in charge of the Senior Bowl’s North squad and have the No. 5 overall pick in April’s draft, requested to have Mayfield on their player roster. That will give Denver an entire week to work with him during practices and in the classroom before Saturday’s kickoff.
That may have to be enough.