While there’s plenty of reason for optimism in Carolina, there are also plenty of reasons for concern.
There’s clearly enough talent at the right spots for the Panthers to justify being slotted 10th in our Preseason Power Rankings, but there are also sufficient questions to be answered.
Having a top defense intact for another year and Cam Newton at the helm of the offense is enough to make them a contender, but they also have massive holes on the offensive line and at wide receiver, which could make it hard for them to match last year’s success. (You can read the full preview by clicking right here).
If Newton is able to elevate an offense playing without Steve Smith and Jordan Gross for the first time in a decade, the Panthers could again be a playoff team.
But they’ve never had back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history, and it’s possible they might not break that record this year.
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