Panthers: 4 reasons to be optimistic ahead of training camp
Panthers reason No. 2: The wide receivers
Another reason to be optimistic for the Carolina Panthers is the weapons at their disposal at the wide receiver position. This unit is absolutely loaded with players who can make a difference. And big things are expected from them under new offensive coordinator Joe Brady.
D.J. Moore could be entering the elite category in 2020 if he builds on his first 1,000-yard season. The player reaching this milestone despite the lack of consistent quarterback play is a further testament to the supreme talent he brings to the table.
Moore should have a far better distribution with Teddy Bridgewater under center. And if the wideout manages to exceed expectations once again. It is going to come with some substantial financial rewards.
One notable addition to this group during free agency was Robby Anderson, who joined on a fully guaranteed two-year deal worth $20 million. The speedy receiver is a significant threat downfield. And he is another that could improve dramatically with extra space to work in.
No. 3 wideout Curtis Samuel is coming off a 2019 campaign where he posted career numbers. And this was a welcome boost both for the Panthers and the player after a frustrating start to life in the NFL.
If Samuel can take this confidence into his play on the field during a contract year, it is sure to make him a wealthy man. Whether the former Ohio State standout will want to stay as the third option or take his chances of an increased role elsewhere is another matter entirely.
Seth Roberts, Keith Kirkwood, and Pharoh Cooper will also be aiming to make the most out of whatever targets come their way. And there is plenty of intrigue surrounding undrafted free-agent Omar Bayless following a prolific college career at Arkansas State.