The 2020 season provided some pretty dramatic moments. Carolina played 11 games decided by one score or less. Let's take a look at 10 of my favorite action photos from the season.
The Beast - Mike Davis
Running back Mike Davis showed up big for the Panthers in 2020. When Christian McCaffrey went down early in the season due to injury, Davis stepped in and performed. His violent running style was a force to be dealt with for many defenses throughout the season. On Thursday Night Football against Atlanta, Davis ran through three defenders and wouldn't stop even after losing his helmet.
Who Said Big Guys Can't Run? - Efe Obada
A 6-foot-6 defensive end from Nigeria by way of London, Efe Obada's growth since entering the NFL in 2018 has been remarkable. This photo was captured during his 54-yard fumble recovery against the Broncos. You can see the determination to score in Obada's eyes as he's sprinting toward the goal line. Despite coming up a few yards short, this was definitely one of the best plays of the season and a career highlight for Efe.
T-Mo Spike - Taylor Moton
The T-Mo spike was a tradition that started during training camp to get the entire offense involved in scoring celebrations. Right tackle Taylor Moton became the king of all spikes during the 2020 season. This was the final spike of the year, captured during a short touchdown run by undrafted rookie running back Rodney Smith.
Boop! - Christian McCaffrey
Although we didn't see much of McCaffrey this year, he still captivated us with amazing plays when he was on the field. This was captured during the season opener against the Raiders. Trying to avoid being touched after crossing the goal line, McCaffrey turned and gave safety Johnathan Abram a not-so-friendly stiff-arm to cap off his second touchdown of the day.
Worth the Wait - Derrick Brown
First-round defensive tackle Derrick Brown had a solid rookie year. Late in the season, Brown led all rookies in run stops and pressures. Despite those numbers, he still hadn't recorded a sack. It wasn't until Week 15 in Green Bay when Brown found himself with not one but two sacks on Future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rogers. Even though it took Brown longer than expected, I'm sure many would say it was worth the wait.
Rookie Leading the Charge - Jeremy Chinn
From second-round pick to contender for defensive rookie of the year, linebacker Jeremy Chinn exploded onto the scene this season. This celebration was captured after Chinn recorded the first interception of his career against the Bears. The defense always runs to the end zone after a takeaway. Once Chinn intercepted the pass, I sprinted down the sideline and beat the defense to the end zone, where I captured this moment.
Full Extension - Robby Anderson
Rocket Robby was one of the best offseason acquisitions for the Panthers. Robby Anderson made countless plays throughout the year en route to the first 1,000-yard season of his career. On this play against the Bears, Anderson went full extension to make the catch.
Spider Burns - Brian Burns
It was exciting to see defensive end Brian Burns turn it on during his sophomore season. He burned offensive linemen game after game, racking up nine sacks. During the Panthers' shutout of the Lions, Burns twice caught quarterback Matt Stafford in his web. This sack was a perfect recap of the type of plays Burns made all season.
Teddy the Escape Artist - Teddy Bridgewater
Multiple times this season, Teddy Bridgewater made great plays with his feet. He showed incredible toughness, hurdling defenders and putting his body on the line to keep plays alive. I love when I can capture a player escaping a defender as he's half in frame. This is similar to a photo I captured of McCaffrey last year, but this was taken against the Chiefs as Bridgewater escaped a sack and kept the play alive.
Tight Catch = Tight Shot - DJ Moore
After the ball is snapped, I'm following Teddy Bridgewater's movements through a 400mm lens. From my vantage point, I have the quarterback's full body in frame, and I can see the field pretty clearly. As he winds up to throw, I can tell it's going to be a deep throw. I have less than a second to decide if I'll capture the pass with the 400mm or switch to the 70-200mm, allowing me to capture it in a wider aspect. I choose the first option, so I pop my head up quickly to see which receiver the ball is going toward. I put my eye back to my camera and lock in on DJ Moore. That led to me capturing this catch tight with my 400mm.
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