Offensive Overview: Much has been made of Carolina's weak wide receiver depth chart despite the fact that it's quite conceivable Cotchery (10 TDs in 2013) and 6-foot-5, 245-pound rookie Benjamin are upgrades on outgoingBrandon LaFell and 35-year-old Steve Smith. The worry should be up front, where LT Jordan Gross and LGTravelle Wharton's retirements have forced a reshuffling that may result in converted defensive tackle Chandler protecting Cam's blind side, a rookie starting at right guard, and liability Bell returning at right tackle. The backfield stable should improve with 27-year-old Jonathan Stewart finally healthy, even if 31-year-old Williams returns the likely starter. OC Mike Shula's 2013 offense finished 26th in total yards and 18th in points scored, and I wouldn't project the 2014 version to be much worse. I do think Carolina is at least one more offseason away from opening up its offense. In 2014, this will continue to be a ball-control group.
Defensive Overview: The foundation of Carolina's team, beyond Cam Newton, is its deep, talented front seven which was good enough last season for the Panthers to rank No. 2 in run defense, No. 6 against the pass, and No. 2 in points allowed despite a makeshift secondary that had to be reshaped this offseason. Hardy is a dominant edge player, and Johnson's versatility to rush from various angles is an ideal complement. Carolina is deep at end and tackle on down to 2013 second-round pick Kawann Short, a sophomore leap candidate. The linebackers are quick play diagnosers with sideline-to-sideline range. As GM Dave Gettleman attempts to clean up the salary cap mess left by Marty Hurney, he will lean on Newton and his young, stocked defensive front seven to keep the on-field product competitive. I do anticipate Carolina taking a 2014 step back, but not to the extent the public seems to foresee. I think they'll remain in the playoff hunt.
Good pickup and I'm happy this is who we got over DJ, especially if Hinrich was off the table.
Henderson (Hairston, Neal)
I mean if you look at last season, it's arguably comparable or better if I may say so myself. If we get Stephenson it's a biiig boost, but if not, we're still in shot for a 5-7 seed imo especially if Vonleh contributes well his first season. Yeah Marvin is nothing to run home about but we have two other very young guys at the spot we're trying to see can be effective. Marvin makes sense.
We needed a backup PG, so we grabbed one in Roberts. Completely viable option. Every team can't expect to be like the Suns.