Now that camps begin, so do injuries. As in past years, how far a team goes is based on how many key injuries occur and
does a team have the depth to overcome them. Last year the Panthers went through 78 players on their active roster. Key
injuries occurred to Gettis, Otah, Barnidge, Beason, Davis, Edwards, Fua and McClain. We expect them all back, but will they?
Already Otah and Barnidge have experienced concerns and we’re not to camp with pads and contact. So let’s consider we’ll
lose at least 4 possible starters before the end of pre season. Let’s look at this by position.
QB – Cam goes down…..season over.
RB – Best depth at any position with the addition of Tolbert.
WR – Last year when they lost Gettis, they had to bring in Naanee. Still need another receiver with starter potential.
TE – Last year Barnidge went down and they traded for Olsen. Look for Shockey to be resigned shortly.
OT – Will they ever get anything out of Otah? Byron Bell did well in his place last year and they traded for Campbell.
OG – Drafted Silatolu, brought back Hangartner and signed Pollak.
C – Solid with all pro Kalil and depth behind him.
DT – Big questions here. Will Edwards, Fua and McClain all return to form? Form that was the weakest position on the team.
DE – Spent a lot of dollars on Johnson and drafted Alexander. Will that be enough? Trouble getting to the passer last year.
LB – Beason and Davis injuries are a concern about their return. If Davis goes down, they have Kueckly, Beason and Anderson
with little backup other than Jordan Senn.
CB – As long as Gamble is healthy, they’re ok as long as Hogan or Norman can take over for Munnelyn at the other corner.
S – With the addition of Nakamura and Smith, should be ok here.
P – New additions of Nortman and Harris should work.
K – Mare and Medlock should work.
R– Adams should greatly help.
Coverage on kicks – Weak spot with many changes needed.
One saving light here is that due to the way they could use cap dollars such as Wharton’s (could not use till after June 1st),
they have dollars available to make several moves such as bringing back Shockey. Look for another move on the defensive line,
wide receiver and corner if Norman or Hogan doesn’t work.
As in last year how far the Panthers go depends on the health of the defense, otherwise the offense has to score in the 30’s