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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
89
#8 QB 1 6'5" 244 30 5/11/89 9 2011 1 1 Auburn
QB Jason Vander Laan Jason Vander Laan J. V. Laan 84
66
#102 QB 2 6'3" 239 26 9/22/92 2 2016 Ferris State
QB Will Grier Will Grier W. Grier 3
70
#74 QB 3 6'2" 217 24 4/3/95 0 2019 3 100 West Virginia
QB Taylor Heinicke Taylor Heinicke T. Heinicke 6
57
#120 QB 4 6'0" 198 26 3/15/93 4 2015 Old Dominion
QB Kyle Allen Kyle Allen K. Allen 7
66
#104 QB 5 6'3" 210 23 3/8/96 1 2018
RB Christian McCaffrey Christian McCaffrey C. McCaffrey 22
93
#3 RB 1 5'11" 202 23 6/7/96 3 2017 1 8 Stanford
RB Cameron Artis-Payne Cameron Artis-Payne C. Artis-Payne 34
69
#146 RB 2 5'10" 212 26 6/23/92 5 2015 5 174 Auburn
RB Jordan Scarlett Jordan Scarlett J. Scarlett 20
70
#144 RB 3 5'11" 208 0 2019 5 154 Florida
RB Alex Armah Alex Armah A. Armah 40
62
#187 RB 4 6'2" 253 25 5/17/94 3 2017 6 192 West Georgia
RB Elijah Hood Elijah Hood E. Hood 30
68
#154 RB 5 5'11" 232 23 4/22/96 2 2017 7 242 North Carolina
RB Elijah Holyfield Elijah Holyfield E. Holyfield 33
70
#138 RB 6 5'10" 217 0 2019 Georgia
OT Daryl Williams Daryl Williams D. Williams 60
84
#21 OT 1 6'5" 327 26 8/31/92 5 2015 4 102 Oklahoma
OT Taylor Moton Taylor Moton T. Moton 72
83
#23 OT 1 6'5" 319 24 8/18/94 3 2017 2 64 Western Michigan
OT Greg Little Greg Little G. Little 74
74
#75 OT 2 6'5" 310 21 11/4/97 0 2019 2 37 Ole Miss
OT Dennis Daley Dennis Daley D. Daley 74
71
#111 OT 3 6'5" 317 22 8/7/96 0 2019 6 212 South Carolina
OT Kitt O'Brien Kitt O'Brien K. O'Brien 77
67
#146 OT 6'5" 314 29 4/29/90 1 2015 Ball State
ILB Luke Kuechly Luke Kuechly L. Kuechly 59
96
#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
#117 ILB 2 6'1" 241 25 7/19/93 4 2016 Utah
ILB Jordan Kunaszyk Jordan Kunaszyk J. Kunaszyk 43
70
#83 ILB 3 6'3" 234 22 10/15/96 0 2019 California
OLB Shaq Thompson Shaq Thompson S. Thompson 54
82
#21 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
#126 OLB 2 6'0" 235 24 1/14/95 2 2018 5 161
OLB Christian Miller Christian Miller C. Miller 50
70
#107 OLB 2 6'3" 247 0 2019 4 115 Alabama
OLB Andre Smith Andre Smith A. Smith 57
66
#141 OLB 3 6'0" 237 22 4/20/97 2 2018 7 234
SS Eric Reid Eric Reid E. Reid 25
80
#24 SS 1 6'1" 213 27 10/10/91 7 2013 1 18 LSU
SS Colin Jones Colin Jones C. Jones 42
66
#71 SS 2 6'0" 208 31 10/27/87 9 2011 6 190 TCU
SS Damian Parms Damian Parms D. Parms 45
69
#61 SS 3 6'1" 206 26 10/28/92 2 2015 Florida Atlantic
FS Rashaan Gaulden Rashaan Gaulden R. Gaulden 28
68
#68 FS 1 6'1" 197 24 1/23/95 2 2018 3 85 Tennessee
FS Quin Blanding Quin Blanding Q. Blanding 37
68
#70 FS 2 6'2" 207 23 5/1/96 1 2018 Virginia
LS JJ Jansen JJ Jansen J. Jansen 44
63
#37 LS 6'2" 256 33 1/20/86 12 2008 Notre Dame
C Matt Paradis Matt Paradis M. Paradis 61
86
#5 C 1 6'3" 306 29 10/12/89 5 2014 6 207 Boise State
C Tyler Larsen Tyler Larsen T. Larsen 69
66
#71 C 2 6'4" 313 27 7/8/91 4 2014 Utah State
C Parker Collins Parker Collins P. Collins 76
69
#55 C 3 6'2" 290 25 5/19/94 1 2017 Appalachian State
DT Gerald McCoy Gerald McCoy G. McCoy 93
89
#5 DT 1 6'4" 295 31 2/25/88 10 2010 1 3 Oklahoma
DT Dontari Poe Dontari Poe D. Poe 95
82
#19 DT 1 6'3" 346 28 8/18/90 8 2012 1 11 Memphis
DT Vernon Butler Vernon Butler V. Butler 92
75
#58 DT 2 6'4" 323 25 6/14/94 4 2016 1 30 Louisiana Tech
DT Kawann Short Kawann Short K. Short 99
86
#11 DT 2 6'3" 299 30 2/2/89 7 2013 2 44 Purdue
DT Kyle Love Kyle Love K. Love 77
74
#67 DT 6'1" 310 32 11/18/86 8 2010 Mississippi State
DB Ross Cockrell Ross Cockrell R. Cockrell 47
77
#3 DB 1 6'0" 191 27 8/6/91 6 2014 4 109 Duke
WR D.J. Moore D.J. Moore D. Moore 12
66
#310 WR 1 6'0" 210 22 4/14/97 2 2018 1 24 Maryland
WR Curtis Samuel Curtis Samuel C. Samuel 10
79
#62 WR 1 5'11" 196 22 8/11/96 3 2017 2 40 Ohio State
WR Chris Hogan Chris Hogan C. Hogan 15
80
#56 WR 1 6'1" 215 30 10/24/88 7 2011 Monmouth - NJ
WR Jarius Wright Jarius Wright J. Wright 13
74
#152 WR 2 5'10" 180 29 11/25/89 8 2012 4 118 Arkansas
WR Aldrick Robinson Aldrick Robinson A. Robinson 8
72
#213 WR 2 5'10" 184 30 11/24/88 7 2011 6 178 SMU
WR Torrey Smith Torrey Smith T. Smith 11
77
#87 WR 2 6'1" 205 30 1/26/89 9 2011 2 58 Maryland
WR Rashad Ross Rashad Ross R. Ross 19
67
#298 WR 3 6'0" 167 29 2/2/90 3 2013 Arizona State
WR Terry Godwin Terry Godwin T. Godwin 5
75
#128 WR 4 5'11" 174 22 10/23/96 0 2019 7 237 Georgia
WR Damion Jeanpiere Jr. Damion Jeanpiere Jr. D. J. Jr. 83
74
#150 WR 5'11" 178 22 12/8/96 0 2019 Nicholls State
S Corrion Ballard Corrion Ballard C. Ballard 35
71
#12 S 6'3" 203 21 12/15/97 0 2019 Utah
TE Greg Olsen Greg Olsen G. Olsen 88
92
#5 TE 1 6'6" 255 34 3/11/85 13 2007 1 31 Miami
TE Ian Thomas Ian Thomas I. Thomas 80
67
#138 TE 2 6'4" 259 23 6/6/96 2 2018 4 101
TE Chris Manhertz Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz 82
61
#164 TE 3 6'6" 255 27 4/10/92 4 2014 Canisius
TE Temarrick Hemingway Temarrick Hemingway T. Hemingway 46
61
#166 TE 4 6'5" 229 25 7/30/93 3 2016 6 177 South Carolina State
TE Wyatt Houston Wyatt Houston W. Houston 85
65
#157 TE 40 6'5" 255 24 6/21/94 1 2017 Utah State
TE Marcus Baugh Marcus Baugh M. Baugh 85
65
#156 TE 6'3" 247 24 12/9/94 1 2018
TE Cole Hunt Cole Hunt C. Hunt 81
65
#158 TE 6'6" 255 24 5/30/95 1 2018
TE Dillon Gordon Dillon Gordon D. Gordon 66
65
#153 TE 6'4" 300 25 9/2/93 3 2016 LSU
TE Desean Smith Desean Smith D. Smith 0
67
#145 TE 6'5" 249 24 11/2/94 1 2017 LSU
DE Brian Burns Brian Burns B. Burns 53
74
#103 DE 1 6'5" 249 21 4/23/98 0 2019 1 16 Florida State
DE Bruce Irvin Bruce Irvin B. Irvin 55
78
#57 DE 1 6'3" 245 29 1/11/90 8 2012 1 15 West Virginia
DE Mario Addison Mario Addison M. Addison 97
81
#42 DE 2 6'3" 254 31 9/6/87 9 2011 Troy
DE Bryan Cox Jr Bryan Cox Jr B. C. Jr 91
69
#148 DE 2 6'3" 265 24 6/25/94 3 2017 Florida
DE Efe Obada Efe Obada E. Obada 94
65
#190 DE 3 6'6" 255 27 4/13/92 2 2015
DE Frank Alexander Frank Alexander F. Alexander 90
#28 DE 6'4" 271 29 12/17/89 3 2012 4 103 Oklahoma
DE Marquis Haynes Marquis Haynes M. Haynes 98
66
#185 DE 6'2" 235 25 12/16/93 2 2018 4 136
CB James Bradberry James Bradberry J. Bradberry 24
79
#61 CB 1 6'1" 211 25 8/4/93 4 2016 2 62 Samford
CB Donte Jackson Donte Jackson D. Jackson 26
83
#33 CB 1 5'10" 178 23 11/8/95 2 2018 2 55 LSU
CB Kevon Seymour Kevon Seymour K. Seymour 23
73
#144 CB 2 5'11" 184 25 11/30/93 4 2016 6 218 Southern Cal
CB Corn Elder Corn Elder C. Elder 29
67
#204 CB 3 5'10" 183 24 10/9/94 3 2017 5 152 Miami
CB Lorenzo Doss Lorenzo Doss L. Doss 31
68
#195 CB 5'10" 182 25 4/20/94 5 2015 5 164 Tulane
G Trai Turner Trai Turner T. Turner 70
83
#16 G 1 6'3" 310 26 6/14/93 6 2014 3 92 LSU
G Greg Van Roten Greg Van Roten G. V. Roten 73
71
#92 G 1 6'3" 303 29 2/26/90 5 2012 Pennsylvania
G Taylor Hearn Taylor Hearn T. Hearn 62
68
#119 G 2 6'4" 320 23 1/11/96 1 2018
G Brandon Greene Brandon Greene B. Greene 75
66
#134 G 3 6'5" 306 25 3/1/94 1 2017
K Graham Gano Graham Gano G. Gano 9
85
#2 K 1 6'1" 192 32 4/9/87 10 2009 Florida State
K Michael Palardy Michael Palardy M. Palardy 5
83
#5 K 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.