The Panthers, on the other hand, regressed in a big way last season.
The Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers kick off Week 1 of the National Football League preseason with an exhibition matchup Wednesday night at Bank of America Stadium. "But, all three quarterbacks will play in the game". Head coach Bill O'Brien said Watson and third-stringer Brandon Weeden will also see playing time versus the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday night.
It's the first professional game for Carolina rookie Christian McCaffrey, the 2015 Heisman runner-up when he set the NCAA single-season record for all-purpose yardage. "The first two drives didn't go his way, but he came back out and kept the offense out".
But it was a strong showing for Carolina's defensive starters. "We knew what we were going to get, so really it was just going out there and executing it". "Overall, the first half, the ones definitely had a good showing".
While not slighting Houston, Carolina tight end Ed Dickson said the Panthers' defense has some starters he's exhausted of seeing.
Kelvin Benjamin had Carolina's other touchdown on a 23-yard reception from Derek Anderson in the opening quarter. The second was an 8-yarder across the middle of the end zone.
"It's important. Every time we strap those pads on and go out there it's important", Savage said. So he's barely got in any individual work, let alone team work, in the new offence. Defensive end J.J. Watt will suit up and play after missing all of 2016. On Tuesday, Newton was seen throwing the ball with rookie receiver Curtis Samuel.
The Panthers took over from that point and out-scored the Texans 20-10 the remainder of the game.
Savage started the game and played only three series.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver and former SC sprinter Damiere Byrd one-upped ex-Clemson star Deshaun Watson on Wednesday - then took a good-natured jab at the Tigers and their fan base after Carolina's 27-17 victory over Houston. Chris Clark started at left tackle.
Texans: "I'm so happy to be back with my guys", Watt said of his return.
Even more fun was hitting paydirt. "That's where I belong".
Byrd was the star of the show, hauling in two touchdown receptions.
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