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Andy Benoit on Panthers 2 biggest needs

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Biggest Need: Guard
Free agent Andrew Norwell wasn’t worth what his surprising 2017 first-team All-Pro honor suggested, which is why the Panthers let Jacksonville sign him in free agency. But that doesn’t mean Norwell’s left guard role wasn’t critical. Carolina’s ground game is built on “gap scheme” runs, meaning man-to-man blocking and pullers. That should remain true under new coordinator Norv Turner since those runs best highlight Cam Newton’s unique talent. The left guard is crucial to these designs.

Hidden Need: Wide Receiver
We’re fudging on the “hidden” part here because any team that has Devin Funchess and especially Torrey Smith as projected starters obviously needs help at wide receiver. The question is, what kind of help? With last year’s second-round flex weapon Curtis Samuel (if healthy) plus ex-Viking Jarius Wright, there are answers in the slot, which means we could be looking at another big-bodied target outside. Kelvin Benjamin 2.0, in other words. Benjamin and Funchess were drafted because their size compensated for some of Newton’s ball placement erraticism. That logic should be applied again.

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5 minutes ago, Growl said:

who is this nitwit

A guy who probably doesn't even know Taylor Moton is on the roster... or even actually exists.

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Anyone who doesn't see safety as the biggest need, hasn't looked at our current roster.

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