Now that the Carolina Panthers have nearly completed their final roster, it is time to take a look and assess the strengths and weaknesses. I say nearly completed because I don’t think what we see today will be the roster come Sunday. At least I hope not. That said, here are the biggest strengths and weaknesses as I see them today.
The wide receiver corps for the Carolina Panthers are probably stronger now than they have been since the days of Steve Smith. Although there is no true superstar today of Smith’s caliber, there is a well rounded group of guys including two that may break out this season. My eyes are on Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore as two players that could in time potentially rise to the level of a pro bowl receiver. My only question is how long it will take them to get there.
I also feel like the running backs position is in better shape than it was last year. CJ Anderson is an upgrade over Jonathan Stewart who was a shadow of his former self last year. Throw in the fact that Christian McCaffrey now looks like a legitimate between the tackles running back and this run game should have you excited.
Hardly anyone is talking about it, but I am excited to see KK Short and Dontari Poe play together. This duo may actually be an upgrade over last season when Lotulelei played nose tackle. If the Carolina Panthers can apply pressure to the quarterback via the middle of the defensive line, look out. That would be a game changer and improve the entire defense on all levels.
Now, the not so good news.
The safety position is a big concern at this point for the Panthers. Behind starters Adams and Searcy is is the rookie Gaulden and Colin Jones who hasn’t been able to develop into a well rounded safety in 8 seasons. Jones is a role player and not suitable for full time work in the defensive backfield. Gaulden has shown promise, but his lack of experience would be exploited by quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. Let us hope the Carolina Panthers starting safeties stay healthy this season.
When news hit that right tackle Daryl Williams was practicing my concerns over the offensive line lessened a great deal. The tackle combo of Moton and Williams could be the best the Panthers have seen in many, many seasons. However, depth is a real concern here even with the Panthers trading for Robinson. This feels like another season when the Panthers struggle to protect Cam Newton, something the fan base is all too familiar with.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.