Now that the Carolina Panthers are making moves during the 2019 NFL free agency period, I thought I would take a moment and weigh in on a few things that need to transpire should the Panthers want to return to playoff form. Below are four realistic things that need to happen for a return to respectability to occur.
Cam Newton’s shoulder holds up.
Far and away the most important thing that could happen to the Panthers this season. If Cam’s shoulder goes again, its over. I do expect the Carolina Panthers to draft a quarterback in the mid rounds of this draft. This would likely yield a long time backup and not a future starter. However, I feel a guy like Will Grier out of WVU in the third round could possibly win games eventually.
Find or draft an adequate defensive end.
Currently Addison is the only NFL starting caliber defensive end on the team. They must find another, preferably through free agency. Rookie defensive ends rarely make an impact during their first year, even ones taken in the first round.
Find or draft an adequate offensive tackle.
If Kalil starts at left tackle this year, something went wrong. Options include drafting a stud or signing a marginal player which would be an upgrade. Also, I am interested in seeing Moton at LT this spring. He will likely get plenty of looks there. So much easier finding an adequate RT than LT.
KK Short gets motivated again.
If Short can summon up the stuff he had a few seasons ago it will pay dividends in every aspect of the defense. His play has been in serious decline and he has been relatively healthy. Not good news for someone making so much dough.
Sure, lots of other positive things could happen, but if these 4 fundamental things transpire I believe the Panthers could be a playoff team again. Let us hope they come to pass.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.