Carolina Panthers release Chris Ogbonnaya posted by Panthers Fan
Earlier this week, the Carolina Panthers released running back Chris Ogbonnaya, before they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10.
The Panthers had a slew of injuries at running back and signed Ogbonnaya to help fill out their roster, although Ogbonnaya’s role was merely reserve in nature as he only had 15 touches for a net of 50 yards with one touchdown.
It was clear that he was never going to rise up on the depth chart and was merely a bandage solution until other injuries healed up and returned to active status, and now with DeAngelo Williams fully recovered and back in action, Ogbonnaya became merely extra weight.
On the surface not much will change for the Panthers. Jonathan Stewart has been running the ball well and with purpose and DeAngelo Williams quickly showed he’s back to his old (healthy) self on Thursday night against the Saints with a nice 30 yard run.
However, there is a larger, more pressing problem that the Panthers must address in the off-season, moving forward, if they plan to content for a playoff run. With Stewart and Williams getting older and more injury prone, the Panthers need a long term, and young solution at the running back position. They activated De’Andre Presley from their practice squad, but that again is merely a temporary, “quick fix” solution to bolster their receiver core and return game, where the Panthers also have struggled this season. They will need to invest in a high caliber top draft pick for a franchise running back. This is paramount to their long-term franchise success, even if it means trading picks and mid to lower level roster spots to attain that desired running back. And with the injury prone nature of the league now-a-days, blazing speed is slowly becoming secondary to power backs who can stay healthy.Continue reading "Carolina Panthers release Chris Ogbonnaya"