Matt Kalil placed on injured reserve The Carolina Panthers have placed left tackle Matt Kalil on injured reserve. He had a lingering injury to his right knee during training camp. The team had to wait until this afternoon to place him on IR so that he would be eligible to return to the team if his knee does recover. Players placed on the list prior to final roster cuts Youth Cam Newton Jersey , like right tackle Jeremiah Sirles, cannot be returned to the active roster for the duration of the season. Kalil will be eligible to return after missing eight games. For the Panthers, that means their Thursday night match up with the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Panthers have signed cornerback Lorenzo Doss — who miraculously cleared waivers today after being released yesterday — to fill the empty roster spot. Doss is a 4th year veteran in the NFL, however http://www.panthersfootballauthentic...rsey-authentic , at 5’11” and 185 pounds, he lacks the ideal size to play any offensive line position. He will likely remain in the defensive backfield. Instead, the Panthers will look to some combination of Taylor Moton and Amini Silatolu, who is also coming back from a knee injury Womens Torrey Smith Jersey , to fill in on Cam Newton’s blindside. The good news today is that right tackle Daryl Williams and Silatolu are on track to be back on the field earlier than anticipated. With any luck, this news may just be one step back and two steps forward for the battered Panthers offensive line group. With 20 receptions in the first two games we were already talking about running back Christian McCaffrey chances of breaking some kind of receptions record in 2018. The Bengals defensive coordinator certainly had to make it a focus of the defensive game plan; protect the edges and the flat in response to the Panthers’ propensity to run or pass to McCaffrey in those directions.New Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner made all that planning for naught. Instead Turner ran McCaffrey between the tackles to the tune of 184 yards on 28 carries, a whopping 6.6 yards per carry. If you were like me, as the game wore on in the second half you probably thought “well now Newton will start to throw to McCaffrey in the flat”. Nope Womens Shaq Thompson Jersey , it never happened. McCaffrey only caught two passes for 10 yards on the day, a huge departure from what the Panthers offense did in Weeks 1 and 2. The result of this effort is the Panthers lead the NFL in averaging 166 yards per game. That is Ron Rivera football right there.Let me throw some additional credit where it’s due. The patchwork offensive line did a great job of run blocking in this game. Also huge props to McCaffrey for his tough, tackle-breaking running. I read somewhere he averaged almost three additional yards after contact and had eight or 10 broken tackles. Can we please now stop with the ‘McCaffrey can’t run between the tackles’ narrative? He blew that up this past Sunday.On a related note here’s a graphic on McCaffrey’s directional success:Another reason I find the game plan genius is it took the pressure off the aforementioned patchwork line. With three starters out of the game the Panthers needed to avoid forcing Newton to stand in the pocket and win the game with his arm. Running the ball between the tackles did just that. The fact Newton was under a lot of pressure when he dropped back to pass supports this notion. Here are the PFF grades for the Panthers’ three fill-in starters on the offensive line:I should add that right tackle Taylor Moton was the Panthers’ top graded player on offense and even made the All Offense Team for PFF this week. I imagine Turner looked at this group of fill-ins and realized we had to run the ball in order to win this game. That turned out to be an advantage since it was the opposite of the Panthers’ film from the first two games. Advantage Panthers.I could get used to this whole ‘out game planning the competition’ stuff.