Panthers pass-catchers getting used to Norv Turner too
Bringing in new offensive coordinator Norv Turner is obviously a big change for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
But things are changing for the Panthers wide receivers too under a new administration, which makes it just as well they have a mostly-new group of targets.
After trading for Torrey Smith and signing Jarius Wright, the Panthers used their first-rounder on Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore. That influx of talent means that anything they get from holdovers like Curtis Samuel and Damiere Byrd will be a bonus, and a reminder of how different things are from last year, when the offense faltered for a lack of weapons.
I’ve been feeling good. I’ve been trying to do the best I can, Rodriguez said. My mentality right now is just thinking about to get more deep into games. Because as a starter you want to get more deep into a game than just 5 2/3 all the time.
The Orioles will counter with rookie David Hess, who has been one of the team’s few bright spots this season. Hess (2-2, 3.07 ERA) took a hard-luck loss in his previous outing against the Blue Jays when he allowed just one run and five hits with four strikeouts and two walks over six innings on Thursday.
Hess took the loss in his only career appearance against Boston on May 20. He was charged with five runs and eight hits over just 4 2/3 innings but has performed much better since that game.
I think that the confidence is definitely growing, Hess said. I think that with every start, I get a little bit smarter, I guess, about what I need to do to have success and how to go about my business on an everyday basis. So, yeah, I think there’s definitely progression with that and I’m excited that progression has come to where it is right now.
Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado was held out of the lineup in the opener because of an illness. His status for Tuesday is uncertain.