Wide receiver Torrey Smith chuckled at the notion that Eric Reid's return to the National Football League this week might be a distraction for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday when they host the New York Giants.
Trailing the Giants 31-30 with six seconds left, Panthers head coach Ron Rivers sent Gano out for a 63-yard field goal attempt. Odell Beckham Jr. has yet to score a touchdown and will reach a career-long drought of five games if he doesn't score Sunday.
The Panthers improve to 3-1 with the win, a critical win in the competitive NFC South, while the Giants fall to 1-4. "Graham put the whole team on his back today. well, on his toe today".
"One thing, he is a very physical, big guy who at times in the zone option scheme, will take the matchup".
B- Linebackers: Carolina's linebackers did well against Barkley in the run, but struggled when he got in space as a receiver.
Kaepernick tweeted his support of Reid and other protesters on Sunday. "I think all the stuff that was built up inside came out in the wrong way".
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Reid earned Pro Bowl and All-Rookie honors in his first season after starting all 16 games for the 49ers and recording 92 tackles, four interceptions, 11 passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He is focused on putting a winning product on the field, via New York's team website. This will be the first game the Panthers face their former general manager Dave Gettleman, who has taken over that role for the Giants.
None of Reid's new Carolina teammates joined him or stood near him at midfield.
At least three Carolina players are set for a return to the lineup on Sunday, including one for the first time all season.
That was just one of the backbreaking calls that went against NY in the game, as the Giants were called for eight penalties for a total of 62 yards, while Carolina committed just four penalties for 22 yards. Center Ryan Kalil was shaken up late in the fourth quarter and did not return as Tyler Larsen finished the game.