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All New…..Well 1/2 New Anyway
The Carolina Panthers snuck up on the NFL and the rest of the NFC South last season, much to the delight of Panthers tickets holders. Cam Newton blew everyone away with his best season to date, the defense was among the best in NFL football, and quite frankly, Carolina got luck on a few bold plays that altered the course of their season. Sometime things go your way. And sometimes things go away, which is why Carolina Panthers tickets may or may not be able to replicate the value of last season. The Panthers will be a good solid NFL team with an exciting quarterback and they’ll win some games and probably make the playoffs. However, the NFC South title may not be in the cards because there are plenty of new elements to this team in critical areas.
The most glaring area of change is in wide receivers? Where did they all go? Basically, they spread out across the rest of the NFL. Ted Ginn is in Arizona, Brandon LaFell is in New England, and most surprising and probably critical, Steve Smith now plays for the Baltimore Ravens. Who replaces these guys?
Jerricho Cotchery comes in from the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with Jason Avant, and it’s hoped that this duo will give Newton some steady veteran experience on the other end, as well as Tiquan Underwood. The only game breaker, or possible game breaker, in the bunch is #1 Draft pick Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin fits the mold of big and fast wide receivers in the NFL. It’s asking a lot of a rookie though, to come in and be the main man in a new group of pass catchers. The rest of the offense is fair, or should be. The offensive line has some questions and Ron Rivera will have to do some shuffling, and Newton some scrambling, to make the thing work. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart should have another decent year left.
On defense, Carolina is very solid along the front seven, so solid their average secondary seems better than it is. Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson, along with Luke Keuchly in the middle of the linebackers, form a solid front that rushes the passer extremely well and allows for an extra defensive back.
Carolina Panthers tickets were an exceptional value in 2013 and they’ll be at least a very good value in 2014. If Newton gets it in sync with his new wide receivers and the defense maintains their level of play, the Carolina Panthers will be back in the postseason in a very tough NFC South.Eric Drouant