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The Panthers had some holes last season, and they addressed them in the offseason. The main one was getting Cam Newton another wide receiver outside of Devin Funchess. They drafted D.J. Moore out of Maryland, and added Torrey Smith. While it is tough to expect a lot out of Smith, Moore should be able to come in and make a big first year impact. The Panthers also signed C.J. Anderson, and while Christian McCaffrey is still the guy here, Anderson is a decent change of pace back. With Greg Olsen on the wrong side of 30, Carolina drafted Ian Thomas in the first round. Thomas won’t have an impact in year one, but if Olsen’s age catches up to him, that will change. An area of depth that is a concern is under center. Newton is a big body and his running style can create injuries. With no Matt Moore, there isn’t a lot to like if Newton was to go down.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Cam Newton Cam Newton C. Newton 1
90
#7 QB 1 6'5" 244 29 5/11/89 9 2011 1 1 Auburn
QB Kyle Allen Kyle Allen K. Allen 7
66
#90 QB 6'3" 210 23 3/8/96 1 2018
QB Jason Vander Laan Jason Vander Laan J. V. Laan 84
66
#92 QB 6'3" 239 26 9/22/92 2 2016 Ferris State
QB Taylor Heinicke Taylor Heinicke T. Heinicke 6
57
#85 QB 6'0" 198 26 3/15/93 4 2015 Old Dominion
RB Christian McCaffrey Christian McCaffrey C. McCaffrey 22
88
#8 RB 1 5'11" 202 22 6/7/96 3 2017 1 8 Stanford
RB Elijah Hood Elijah Hood E. Hood 30
68
#115 RB 2 5'11" 232 23 4/22/96 1 2017 7 242 North Carolina
RB Alex Armah Alex Armah A. Armah 40
62
#121 RB 6'2" 253 24 5/17/94 3 2017 6 192 West Georgia
RB Cameron Artis-Payne Cameron Artis-Payne C. Artis-Payne 34
69
#88 RB 5'10" 212 26 6/23/92 5 2015 5 174 Auburn
OT Taylor Moton Taylor Moton T. Moton 72
72
#62 OT 1 6'5" 319 24 8/18/94 3 2017 2 64 Western Michigan
OT Daryl Williams Daryl Williams D. Williams 60
83
#99 OT 1 6'5" 327 26 8/31/92 5 2015 4 102 Oklahoma
OT Isaiah Battle Isaiah Battle I. Battle 79
69
#103 OT 2 6'6" 312 26 2/10/93 4 2015 5 Clemson
OT Kitt O'Brien Kitt O'Brien K. O'Brien 68
67
3 6'5" 314 28 4/29/90 1 2015 Ball State
OT Brandon Greene Brandon Greene B. Greene 60
66
#153 OT 6'5" 306 25 3/1/94 1 2017
ILB Luke Kuechly Luke Kuechly L. Kuechly 59
97
#2 ILB 1 6'3" 243 28 4/20/91 8 2012 1 9 Boston College
ILB Jared Norris Jared Norris J. Norris 52
62
#85 ILB 2 6'1" 241 25 7/19/93 4 2016 Utah
OLB Shaq Thompson Shaq Thompson S. Thompson 54
79
#25 OLB 1 6'0" 228 25 4/21/94 5 2015 1 25 Washington
OLB Jermaine Carter Jr. Jermaine Carter Jr. J. C. Jr. 56
68
#88 OLB 2 6'0" 235 24 1/14/95 2 2018 5 161
OLB Andre Smith Andre Smith A. Smith 57
66
#107 OLB 3 6'0" 237 22 4/20/97 2 2018 7 234
SS Eric Reid Eric Reid E. Reid 25
79
1 6'1" 213 27 10/10/91 7 2013 1 18 LSU
SS Colin Jones Colin Jones C. Jones 42
66
#59 SS 2 6'0" 208 31 10/27/87 9 2011 6 190 TCU
SS Da'Norris Searcy Da'Norris Searcy D. Searcy 21
74
#40 SS 3 5'11" 223 30 11/16/88 9 2011 4 100 North Carolina
FS Rashaan Gaulden Rashaan Gaulden R. Gaulden 28
68
#51 FS 1 6'1" 197 24 1/23/95 2 2018 3 85 Tennessee
FS Quin Blanding Quin Blanding Q. Blanding 41
68
#51 FS 2 6'2" 207 22 5/1/96 1 2018 Virginia
FS Damian Parms Damian Parms D. Parms 36
69
#45 FS 6'1" 206 26 10/28/92 1 2015 Florida Atlantic
LS JJ Jansen JJ Jansen J. Jansen 44
63
#24 LS 6'2" 256 33 1/20/86 12 2008 Notre Dame
C Matt Paradis Matt Paradis M. Paradis 61
83
#9 C 1 6'3" 306 29 10/12/89 5 2014 6 207 Boise State
C Tyler Larsen Tyler Larsen T. Larsen 69
66
#51 C 2 6'4" 313 27 7/8/91 4 2014 Utah State
C Parker Collins Parker Collins P. Collins 60
69
#38 C 3 6'2" 290 24 5/19/94 1 2017 Appalachian State
DT Dontari Poe Dontari Poe D. Poe 95
84
#13 DT 1 6'3" 346 28 8/18/90 8 2012 1 11 Memphis
DT Kawann Short Kawann Short K. Short 99
88
#7 DT 1 6'3" 299 30 2/2/89 7 2013 2 44 Purdue
DT Vernon Butler Vernon Butler V. Butler 92
76
#33 DT 2 6'4" 323 24 6/14/94 4 2016 1 30 Louisiana Tech
DT TJ Barnes TJ Barnes T. Barnes 77
65
3 6'6" 364 28 6/14/90 4 2013 Georgia Tech
DT Kyle Love Kyle Love K. Love 93
72
#49 DT 6'1" 310 32 11/18/86 8 2010 Mississippi State
DB Ross Cockrell Ross Cockrell R. Cockrell 47
75
#39 DB 1 6'0" 191 27 8/6/91 5 2014 4 109 Duke
WR Jarius Wright Jarius Wright J. Wright 13
75
#100 WR 1 5'10" 180 29 11/25/89 8 2012 4 118 Arkansas
WR Curtis Samuel Curtis Samuel C. Samuel 10
73
#116 WR 1 5'11" 196 22 8/11/96 3 2017 2 40 Ohio State
WR D.J. Moore D.J. Moore D. Moore 12
66
#172 WR 1 6'0" 210 22 4/14/97 2 2018 1 24 Maryland
WR Torrey Smith Torrey Smith T. Smith 11
79
#66 WR 2 6'1" 205 30 1/26/89 9 2011 2 58 Maryland
WR Chris Hogan Chris Hogan C. Hogan 15
81
#54 WR 6'1" 215 30 10/24/88 7 2011 Monmouth - NJ
WR Rashad Ross Rashad Ross R. Ross 15
67
#256 WR 6'0" 167 29 2/2/90 3 2013 Arizona State
TE Greg Olsen Greg Olsen G. Olsen 88
90
#5 TE 1 6'6" 255 34 3/11/85 13 2007 1 31 Miami
TE Ian Thomas Ian Thomas I. Thomas 80
67
#83 TE 2 6'4" 259 22 6/6/96 2 2018 4 101
TE Chris Manhertz Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz 82
61
#102 TE 3 6'6" 255 27 4/10/92 4 2014 Canisius
TE Wyatt Houston Wyatt Houston W. Houston 85
65
#96 TE 40 6'5" 255 24 6/21/94 1 2017 Utah State
TE Dillon Gordon Dillon Gordon D. Gordon 64
65
#156 TE 6'4" 300 25 9/2/93 2 2016 LSU
TE Desean Smith Desean Smith D. Smith 0
67
#80 TE 6'5" 249 24 11/2/94 1 2017 LSU
DE Mario Addison Mario Addison M. Addison 97
79
#48 DE 1 6'3" 254 31 9/6/87 9 2011 Troy
DE Bruce Irvin Bruce Irvin B. Irvin 52
79
#53 DE 1 6'3" 245 29 1/11/90 8 2012 1 15 West Virginia
DE Bryan Cox Jr Bryan Cox Jr B. C. Jr 91
69
#102 DE 2 6'3" 265 24 6/25/94 3 2017 Florida
DE Efe Obada Efe Obada E. Obada 94
65
#140 DE 2 6'6" 255 27 4/13/92 2 2015
DE Marquis Haynes Marquis Haynes M. Haynes 98
66
#134 DE 3 6'2" 235 25 12/16/93 2 2018 4 136
DE Frank Alexander Frank Alexander F. Alexander 90
6'4" 271 29 12/17/89 3 2012 4 103 Oklahoma
CB James Bradberry James Bradberry J. Bradberry 24
76
#72 CB 1 6'1" 211 25 8/4/93 4 2016 2 62 Samford
CB Donte Jackson Donte Jackson D. Jackson 26
72
#101 CB 1 5'10" 178 23 11/8/95 2 2018 2 55 LSU
CB Corn Elder Corn Elder C. Elder 35
67
#143 CB 3 5'10" 183 24 10/9/94 3 2017 5 152 Miami
CB Lorenzo Doss Lorenzo Doss L. Doss 31
68
#135 CB 5'10" 182 25 4/20/94 5 2015 5 164 Tulane
G Trai Turner Trai Turner T. Turner 70
80
#20 G 1 6'3" 310 25 6/14/93 6 2014 3 92 LSU
G Greg Van Roten Greg Van Roten G. V. Roten 73
71
#58 G 1 6'3" 303 29 2/26/90 5 2012 Pennsylvania
G Taylor Hearn Taylor Hearn T. Hearn 62
68
#94 G 2 6'4" 320 23 1/11/96 1 2018
G Brendan Mahon Brendan Mahon B. Mahon 63
69
#72 G 3 6'4" 312 24 1/17/95 2 2018
K Graham Gano Graham Gano G. Gano 9
81
#12 K 1 6'1" 192 32 4/9/87 10 2009 Florida State
K Michael Palardy Michael Palardy M. Palardy 5
77
#22 K 2 5'11" 189 26 7/6/92 4 2014 Tennessee

Fixing the Offense & Staying Healthy

In the 2017-18 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers were plagued by injuries. Despite that, this team managed to finish out their season 11-5 and tied in terms of record with division rivals New Orleans. The Saints won the tiebreaker and also bounced Carolina from the playoffs in the Wild Card round. However, the Panthers addressed important needs this offseason in the NFL Draft and will look to once again challenge within the NFC this season.

Carolina's offense struggled last season under quarterback Cam Newton, but that could be blamed on injuries. Former head coach Norv Turner was hired as Carolina's offensive coordinator for the upcoming season. He's got quite the pedigree, having won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993 in that position with the Dallas Cowboys. Now he'll be the man calling the shots on a healthy and potent Panthers offense with the dynamic Cam Newton.

Perhaps the biggest factor for the coming season will be that they'll have healthy players coming back. Greg Olsen, Devin Funchess, and Damiere Byrd are all set to be actively part of the roster again. Curtis Samuel also had a surgically-repaired ankle but based on early reports has been looking impressive in terms of body control, speed, and overall sharpness on the field. He could play a key role on special teams.

Christian McCaffrey will enter his sophomore season looking to improve upon his rookie campaign. Backing him up will be Cameron Artis-Payne, while Panthers fans know that Newton is always a threat on the ground for rushing as well.

As they went into the 2018 NFL Draft, two areas where Carolina needed some help were with their receiving corps and in the secondary. In the first two rounds, they selected D.J. Moore and Donte Jackson to address those needs which could help them in the upcoming season. The team traded away their second-year cornerback Daryl Worley to the Eagles in exchange for veteran Torrey Smith. In addition, they signed free agent Jarius Wright to help out in the slot.

Moore will be right there with Devin Funchess on the offense with Jarius Wright also getting some possible targets. The way that Moore will be used in the season's offense is up for debate as of training camp and the preseason. He's very likely to become a receiver who can fill different positions on the field, as needed, similar to the way the team used RB McCaffrey.

The team will probably go with Funchess, Moore, Smith, Samuel, Wright, and Byrd as their six receivers. Despite being a speedy threat on offense and special teams, Byrd will be competing for a role in this team's offense. Of the receivers, it appears that Olsen and Funchess are poised for the biggest seasons under Norv Turner. However, Wright may be utilized quite a bit when it comes to the offense based on his 74 percent catch rate on third down plays.

On defense, the secondary lost Ross Cockrell to a broken leg during a training camp practice. That meant that Kevon Seymour and Donte Jackson were in a fight for the roster spot opposite James Bradberry. Both Seymour and Jackson were putting on a show during practice. This season could see Jackson emerge as a dependable starter if he wins the starting spot. In addition, this could be a breakout season for former first-round pick Shaq Thompson. He's got great defensive instincts as well as coverage and tackling skills that could potentially land him a Pro Bowl nod this season.

Carolina's defense ranked third last season in terms of total sacks. Their 50 sacks trailed only Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. This season they have a chance to outdo that number. Their interior features a lethal combination of Kawann Short and Dontari Poe, while veteran Julius Peppers is still capable of double-digit sacks. Draft picks Daeshon Hall and Marquis Haynes as well as Mario Addison are also there for potential takedowns.

In terms of special teams, it appeared as of late July that kicker Graham Gano and punter Michael Palardy were givens. That's because there were no other players for their positions on the Panthers' roster. However, a question remained when it came to handling kickoff and punt returns. Carolina has a new special teams coordinator Chase Blackburn making those decisions.

Damiere Byrd is likely to get a role as kick returner, but the punt returner spot is unknown. Curtis Samuel and Kenjon Barner are both options for that job. Samuel had an impressive average yards per punt return in his rookie season. Barner was the man returning kickoffs and punt returns for the Eagles last season as they made their march to the Super Bowl.

In 2016, the Panthers were in the Super Bowl on the heels of Cam Newton's MVP season. They look poised for another successful run in the upcoming season based on their resilience last campaign and the addition of help where it was needed. However, the NFC will feature a plethora of other teams including the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers who will also be capable of challenging for the NFC crown.