Carolina Panthers: Predicting team leaders in statistics for 2019

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Passing Yards

In what should come as a surprise to nobody, quarterback Cam Newton should lead the team in passing yards in 2019. After an up-and-down the year last season Newton figures to have a better year in 2019. More familiarity with his receivers should definitely help, and new weapons should provide for an additional spark.

If you think about it, Newton and D.J. Moore were getting on the same page in theory. As a rookie, Moore had a lot to learn, and he definitely still does. However, now he has had a year to digest the playbook, figure out Newton’s tendencies as a quarterback, and find his role in the offense. After an inconsistent year, Curtis Samuel should be able to bounce back in 2019. We saw glimpses of his explosiveness last season , but I would like to see a continued effort to be better. I’m not suggesting he did not try at all last year, I just want more consistency.

Chris Hogan should also provide (story) a much-needed presence in terms of catches. He is most effective in intermediate routes, and has the experience to help lead this unit. Due to the fact that he has had playoff experience with New England, that alone should help a quarterback who quite frankly has not had much success in the playoffs to this point in his career. Add in a wildcard like Terry Godwin, the Carolina Panthers have surrounded Newton with weapons. Whether they are improved, or just due to the fact that they are entirely new faces, this is certainly a different unit from last year. Losing Devin Funchess just will definitely be felt in the coming season, but the Carolina Panthers have several parts that can make up for it.