Panthers' highs, lows: Running back Brandon Wegher to Cam Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A look at the highs and lows of individual performances from the Carolina Panthers' 31-30 victory Saturday night over the Miami Dolphins:


Brandon Wegher: The undrafted rookie running back had touchdowns runs of 9 and 4 yards after having a 42-yard touchdown catch the previous week at Buffalo. It may be against third stringers, but Wegher could be playing Fozzy Whittaker out of a roster spot. The former Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa) star finished with 24 yards and six carries. He also caught one pass for 5 yards.

Joe Webb: The third-string quarterback completed 12 of 17 pass attempts for 131 yards and a touchdown for a rating of 112.6. The Panthers want to keep him. But if he continues to impress perhaps he could be trade material for a wide receiver.

Terry Redden: The third-string (notice a trend here) defensive tackle (6-2, 295) set up the winning touchdown with a fourth-quarter interception that he returned 13 yards to the Miami 4. For a while it looked like he was going to score.

Shaq Thompson: The first-round pick made only one tackle and had only one pass defensed, but both were big plays. The tackle saved a touchdown at the one, and the defensed pass came on a deep route by the tight end. He's going to make this defense better.

Wes Horton: He was the run specialist at defensive end last season but had shown little in camp until Saturday. He came up with a sack and forced fumble to show he can bring the pressure the Panthers look for in their front four.

Graham Gano: The placekicker nailed field goals of 48, 46 and 42 yards in the first half to make this one look closer than it really was at halftime.

Greg Olsen: Three of Cam Newton's four completions were to the Pro Bowl tight end. He's been a nice security blanket the past three seasons and will be again, particularly with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin out for the season.

Michael Oher: The left tackle has faced two pretty good defensive fronts in Buffalo and Miami and hasn't given up a sack. He also was credited for a tackle after an interception.

Damiere Byrd: The undrafted rookie wide receiver from South Carolina had two catches for 36 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown. He also averaged 6.7 yards on three punt returns, compared to Ted Ginn Jr.'s 5.5 yards on two returns. He's still a long-shot to make the roster, but you never know.


Cam Newton: The franchise quarterback started 1-for-6 against Buffalo and 0-for-4 with an interception against Miami. He's got to find a way to start faster.

Frank Alexander: The defensive end suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on the fourth play. The Panthers were hoping either he or Kony Ealy would win the every-down end job opposite Charles Johnson. He'd seemingly turned his life around after being suspended for 14 games last season for twice failing the league's substance abuse policy.

Jarrett Boykin: The wide receiver had two catches on five targets when the starters were in during the first half. He finished with six catches but was targeted 12 times. That won't cut it.

Brenton Bersin: He also was unable to take advantage of opportunities at wide receiver, catching only one pass after being targeted four times.