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FBO: Panthers rank 8th in "young talent"

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Young talent defined as 25 and under. 




• The number of games in 2012 started by players under the age of 25
• Whether a team's young starters last season were simply injury replacements
• The number of 25-or-younger first-team All-Pros a team has on its roster
• The extent to which a team's 25-and-under talent plays impact positions in the passing game
• Whether a team has a talented young quarterback
• The amount of value a team added in the 2013 draft
• A team's recent track record of developing and retaining young talent

8. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly give this team a pair of cornerstones on both sides of the ball. Despite popular sentiment that Newton regressed, his DVOA numbers were better in 2012 than they were in 2011, and he's still lacking options on offense. Former seventh-rounder Greg Hardy, who has claimed he wants to garner 50 sacks this coming season, is still a good player even if he only tallies the 11 he posted season.
Carolina has finally graduated Jonathan Stewart from this list, and none of its other players are star-level guys, but Captain Munnerlyn has been a creditable NFL cornerback even if he is a better fit in the slot. Josh Norman, Amini Silatolu and Byron Bell didn't have solid seasons last year but all were able to hold jobs as youngsters. The Panthers desperately need help at wide receiver, but they've done a good job addressing the other important elements of the passing game so far.





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If amini continues progressing like he did at the end of last season, frank Alexander improves and star and short play up to their potential we should hopefully be higher on that list by next season.

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I just happen to like the mix we have going. Plenty of good young talent. With a good mix of solid vets. We are in no danger of aging in the near future. Which bodes well for our Future.

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If the Panthers can find a good young wide receiver and a young left tackle to replace Smitty and Gross, I believe they an make a real push upwards as a franchise in the new few years.  


That along with the development of young role players and a couple diamonds in the rough, a serious contender can be built.

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