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Jeremy Igo

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So far this offseason, and compared to the starting units in September of last season, have the Panthers gotten better, worse, or about the same?

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LT, experienced safety are plus

Lose Ginn, gain Shepard a wash

About the same at DE

 

Overall, a bit better

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LT, experienced safety are plus
Lose Ginn, gain Shepard a wash
About the same at DE
 
Overall, a bit better


Had an experienced LT at the start of the season last year.

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QB: = 
RB: -
WR: + 
TE: = 
OL: + 

DL: + 
LB: = 
DB: + 

Yeah, I would say so, especially since we will prob draft two rotational players.

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On paper I don't see how you can't say it's clearly better. The rookie CBS have shown real growth. One is tracking to be a real good one. We have another save vet leader in the secondary.  That alone makes it better. It's not over yet either. 

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More experienced...solid vets at key positions now.

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13 minutes ago, Jeremy Igo said:

 


Had an experienced LT at the start of the season last year.

 

And now have 1.5

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I'd go with slightly better. The draft will likely make it definitely better. I think 19-0 will prove me right.

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The biggest upgrades are on the Defensive side.  SS and Nickle shore up a leaky back seven allowing KC to move back to his ball hawking ways at FS.  

Captain makes an immediate impact in the slot and gives a playmaker who's looking to score when he gets his hands on the ball.  This should give our young corners a chance to be a little more aggressive knowing they have help.

DE is a bit of a mystery, Addison is looking at increased PT which hopefully translates to more production.  Peps return is really dependent on if he has anything left for a (fingers crossed) long season.  CJ is on the back side and Ealy is now a Patriot.  Right end is the main weakness now as it looks to be manned by a committee approach.

The other areas of improvement are on the o-line with our new LT and getting his big brother back on the field.  Granted we had Oher to start the season and no one can predict injuries but this could be an upgrade overall.

WR is an unknown as the FO is digging through other teams depth chart to find hidden gems who just need a shot.  Shepard and Johnson could either boom or bust.  No real way to tell until the bullets fly.

 

Pre draft, the Panthers look as though they have made improvements in the areas we needed most that, in part, contributed to the poor season we all suffered.

Still work to be done as we need some fresh legs in the backfield, a blocking FB, a second TE(a luxury imo) more WR depth and an additional pass rusher.

These apparent needs will be addressed in the draft, UDFA signings and post draft FA.

 

TL;DR - we are better 

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We are a tiny bit, a skosh, a smidge better than the starting team form last year.

tbh, I don't think talent was the problem last year, it was a mental thing. 50, then losing Norman was a big blow to the psyche of the team.

This team is hungry. Here's to good eats in 2017.

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