CHARLOTTE — Besides the former Chargers on Carolina’s roster — safety Tre Boston and offensive linemen Russell Okung and Michael Schofield — no Panther is more familiar with this weekend’s opponent than linebacker Tahir Whitehead.
While playing for the AFC West division rival Raiders the past two seasons, Whitehead faced the Los Angeles offense four times. Though the Chargers no longer have quarterback Philip Rivers, Whitehead sees an offense that’s very similar to the one he faced late last season following Shane Steichen’s promotion to offensive coordinator.
“They’re working out some kinks, but you can see that they still have their guys who are making plays,” Whitehead said.
First-round pick Justin Herbert will start at quarterback after he took over for the injured Tyrod Taylor just before kickoff last week. Herbert was impressive, especially with such short notice, completing 22 of his 33