Not bad write up till I got to the end.
The Panthers look like they're ready to join the likes of the Saints** and Packers among the NFC's offensive juggernauts. Carolina let tight end Jeremy Shockey and wideout Legedu Naanee leave in free agency, yet could be more explosive with the addition of Tolbert and the return of speed receiver David Gettis from ACL surgery.
The key will be the play of Sean McDermott's defense. If Beason and Co. are slow to heal and the secondary continues to give up big plays, the Panthers could lose their share of high-scoring games. But with Newton a year older and surrounded by weapons, the Panthers could challenge for a playoff spot.
Prediction: Third, NFC South
Joe Person covers the Panthers for the Charlotte Observer and Sporting News.
I think Rivera will focus on the D this year. I expect a lot better than 3rd.