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4. QB Cam Newton and WR Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Newton was blessed to have a big-play WR that he could depend on as a rookie and Smith filled that bill perfectly, responding with 79 receptions for 1,394 yards and seven TDs. Smith has excellent vertical speed, great concentration and a fearlessness to go over the middle. Newton doesn't hesitate to look his way -- no matter what the coverage. With other options in the passing game, it's not always easy to roll coverages towards Smith and these two now have a great feel for how the play will develop. They are on the same page and their ability to make sight reads after the snap will only increase as they play more together.
8. RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
This has been a dynamic Panther run game in recent years and now they have even added a third piece, Mike Tolbert from San Diego, who can make both of them better, working out of the FB position either as a lead blocker or complementary runner. A year ago, Williams and Stewart combined for 1,598 yards and 63 receptions (most of those from Stewart). Williams can give them more outside plays while Stewart is a good power runner between the tackles. With the threat of Smith at WR and the scrambling ability of Newton, it's tough for a defense to overload in the box, which that leaves good running lanes for Williams and Stewart.