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After ending the season on a four game win streak, I know Panthers fans are excited to see how the team will look going into next season. The team has been relatively quite in free-agency as they have focused on keeping their core roster in tact by resigning key players. The team has a fairly young roster and see a lot of improvement from their younger players. By keeping the roster in tact I believe this will give these players the opportunity to continue to mesh throughout the off-season and continue their end of the year success. The offensive is pretty solid with Steve Smith returing as well as both running-backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and I am sure the team will address many of their team needs in the draft. More receiving weapons for Cam Newton?
Something is different this year with Newton. Maybe teams have figured out the rookie quarterback. It is almost as if he is like another coming of Vince Young, where his rookie year turns out to be his best.
The Panthers were 6-10 last year and will go 5-11 this year. Defenses will adjust to Cam Newton and having no help will hurt him.
This year the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl. After going 6-10 last year, there seems to be no reason they shouldn’t be able to flip that record around this year to 10-6. First, let’s look at their roster. The Panthers are led by their franchise player and reigning Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton, who will certainly improve after having the greatest rookie season of all time. The Panthers added Mike Tolbert, a stellar goal line fullback who scored 10 total touchdowns last year and should help keep Newton from getting hit as much. They also added deep threat Louis Murphy, who has been blessed with lots of speed and crappy quarterbacks. Newton’s one of the better deep passers in the game and should work well with a receiving core of Murphy to go along with Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. The defense is led by Charles Johnson and Jon Beason, who missed the entire 2011 season with an Achilles injury. Look for him to come back with a vengeance. Last year the Panthers lost to the Cardinals, Packers, Saints, Bears and Falcons (all teams that finished .500 or better) by a combined 26 points (or 5 points a game). Look for the Panthers to win some of those close games this year while beating the teams they should beat.
Jake Delhomme has been exiled to Cleveland, leaving the Panthers with an intriguing three-headed quarterback core of Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen, and rookie out of Cincinnati Tony Pike . Moore will obviously get the start, since he saved the Panthers in the 11th hour last year after Delhomme struggled both in his production and staying healthy. I’m curious to see how he will do this season at the helm. He finished last year going 4-1 to finish the year at 8-8 with impressive victories over the Vikings and the eventual champs in the Saints. And as we’ve learned in previous years, anything can happen in the NFC South.
Another plus for this ball club is that the Panthers won’t have to completely rely on Moore to win due to the fact that their running game is the best in football. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams provide a potent one-two punch. Williams provides the speed, vision, and evasive abilities, whereas Stewart brings excellent downhill and power running.
Steve Smith is one of three guys left who were on the Super Bowl team just six years ago. He has shown that he can still produce no matter who is under center. The Panthers just need another receiving option, but who? Dwayne Jarrett has yet to fulfill his potential out of USC. I will be keeping a close eye on the Panthers’ passing game, or lack thereof.
All in all, the Panthers will most likely finish third in the division behind the Falcons and Saints at 9-7. They just don’t have the firepower and consistency necessary to win this division.
By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network
The Carolina Panthers should have options aplenty tonight as they join the NFL draft after sitting out Round 1.
They held onto their 2011 first-round pick and are expected to do so again today, which would end a two-year stretch of trading away a future first-rounder.
Carolina’s long wait is now over as they’ll be closely watching tonight as the picks ahead of them come off the board.
The Panthers are situated at the midpoint of the second round, No. 48 overall, and would prefer to land a defensive lineman or wide receiver, but also could opt for a cornerback.
Based on pre-draft projections, nothing much happened in the first round to detract from players who were expected to be available when the draft resumes tonight.
There continues to be a good chance Carolina can come away with a defensive lineman, especially a tackle, or a wide receiver since those are perhaps the two deepest positions in the draft.
Click here to read the full article – By Charles Chandler of http://www.heraldonline.com
Carolina Panthers coach John Fox tells his players every year around this time that the most important month of their football season just started – that they will be remembered by what they do in December.
At first glance, that theory wouldn’t seem to hold in 2009. The Panthers are 4-7, and they’d probably have to win all five of their remaining games to have a shot at a playoff wild-card spot.
The odds of five straight wins for this ill-fated bunch? I’d put it at about one in 100. So, in playoff terms, December will almost certainly be meaningless to Carolina.
But here are four ways that December is going to be very important to the Panthers:
Click here to read the full article – By Charlotte Observer
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