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2020 Statistical Season in Review


Team Statistical Milestones

  • For the first time in franchise history, and just the fifth time in the Super Bowl era, the Panthers had four different players reach 1,000 scrimmage yards -- DJ Moore (1,215), Robby Anderson (1,111), Curtis Samuel (1,051) and Mike Davis (1,015).
  • Moore/Anderson/Samuel was the first trio of wideouts in franchise history to go over 1,000 scrimmage yards and became the first in the NFL to do it since Steve Breaston, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald did it for the Cardinals in 2008.
  • Moore and Anderson combined for 2,289 receiving yards, second-most among WR duos in the NFL and third-highest among WR duos in a season in franchise history (2,344, Steve Smith/Muhsin Muhammad, 2008; 2,335, Muhammad/Patrick Jeffers, 1999). Muhammad and Jeffers in 1999 were the only other combo to both break 1,000 yards receiving.
  • Carolina led the NFL with 15 fumble recoveries and tied for the league lead with three fumble recovery touchdowns. The Panthers tied the 1996 team for most fumble recovery touchdowns and tied for seventh all-time in fumble recoveries in a season.
  • The Panthers set a franchise record for fewest punts (45) in a season, ranking third in the NFL for fewest punts. This year marked the fewest total punts (1,901) in the league since 1990 (1,895).
  • Carolina also set a franchise record for the highest percentage of total punts inside the 20 (46.7), which ranked third-best in the NFL.
  • The Panthers tried a franchise-record 27 fourth-down attempts, converting 15 (55.6 percent) of them.
  • The Panthers played 11 games decided by eight points or fewer, tied for second-most in the NFL this year (Chargers, 12) and second-most in franchise history (12, 2003).
  • This year's team also set franchise records for worst defensive third-down percentage (49.2) and fewest interceptions (7) in a season.
Table inside Article
Category Panthers NFL Rank
Total Yards/Game 349.5 21st
Rushing Yards/Game 106.5 21st
Net Passing Yards/Game 243.0 18th
Sacks Allowed 36 17th
Third Down Efficiency 39.0 25th
Points/Game 21.9 24th
Total Yards/Game 360.1 18th
Rushing Yards/Game 121.0 20th
Net Passing Yards/Game 239.1 18th
Sacks 29 t-23rd
Third Down Efficiency 49.2 31st
Turnover Margin +1 16th
Points Allowed/Game 25.1 18th
Curtis Samuel

Individual Stats (Offense)

  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater set a franchise record with a completion percentage of 69.1. He also set a career-high with five rushing touchdowns.
  • Moore posted his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season, ranking 11th in the NFL with 1,193 receiving yards. He now ranks fifth in franchise history with 3,156 career receiving yards, and he's seventh in NFL history in receiving yards at age 23 or younger.
  • Moore finished the season with 18.1 yards per catch, ranking second in the NFL and third in franchise history for a single season among players with 800 or more receiving yards.
  • Samuel had a career-high 851 receiving yards while ranking second among NFL wide receivers with 200 rushing yards. It marked the most rushing for a Panthers' wide receiver in a single season, and Samuel now holds the franchise record for career rush yards by a wide receiver (478).
  • Samuel caught 77 of his 97 targets, leading the NFL with a 79.4 reception percentage.
  • Anderson had his first career 1,000-yard receiving season, finishing with 1,096 yards on 95 receptions.
  • Running back Mike Davis totaled a career-high 642 rush yards along with 373 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns. His 32 broken tackles ranked fifth in the NFL.
  • Tackle Taylor Moton played 100 percent of the offensive snaps in 2020, becoming the 13th different Panthers player to play 100 percent of the offensive snaps since 2000. According to PFF, he had a pass-blocking efficiency rating of third-best among qualified NFL tackles.
Jeremy Chinn

Individual Stats (Defense)

  • Linebacker Jeremy Chinn led all NFL rookies with 116 tackles and became the first rookie since 2000 (when press box tackle stats became official) with two defensive touchdowns, more than 100 tackles and at least one forced fumble, fumble recovery, sack, interception and tackle for loss. Chinn also became the first Panther to win back-to-back NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month awards.
  • Linebacker Shaq Thompson (114) had his second consecutive season with more than 100 tackles, becoming the fifth Panther since 2000 with back-to-back seasons of 100-plus tackles.
  • Defensive end Brian Burns had a career-best 9.0 sacks and tied for fifth among NFL defensive ends with three forced fumbles.
  • Defensive tackle Derrick Brown had eight tackles for loss, ranking third among all rookies in 2020. His 20 solo tackles led all rookie defensive tackles.
  • Cornerback Donte Jackson led the Panthers with three interceptions, moving him into sixth place all-time among Panthers' cornerbacks with 10 career interceptions.
Brandon Zylstra

Individual Stats (Special Teams)

  • Punter Joseph Charlton finished the season with a 40.8 net punting average, fourth-best in franchise history. Charlton booted 46.7 percent of his punts inside the 20, the second-best percentage in Panthers' history. In Week 16, Charlton earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after tying a franchise record with five punts inside the 20.
  • Long snapper JJ Jansen played in all 16 games and finished the season ranked second in franchise history with 192 career games played.
  • Wide receiver Brandon Zylstra recovered a muffed punt for a touchdown, the only player in the NFL this season with a fumble recovery touchdown on a punt play. It marked just the second time the Panthers have ever recovered a muffed punt for a touchdown. Colin Jones scored on such a play against the Giants in 2018.

View the best pictures of DJ Moore from this season as he posted his second-straight 1,000-yard receiving season, ranking second in the NFL with 18.1 yards per catch.

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