4 ways the Carolina Panthers can secure a winning record in 2020

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Strong offensive line play

All the offensive weapons at the Carolina Panthers’ disposal will count for nothing if Teddy Bridgewater does not get adequate protection from his offensive line. This is an area that poses some significant concerns heading into the season. And if they do not reach or even exceed expectations, it is going to become a real problem.

The unit will need to gel quickly for them to succeed. They do have a right tackle with elite potential in Taylor Moton, who has emerged as one of the NFL’s brightest young protectors over the last two seasons.

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Veteran left tackle Russell Okung was brought in as part of a trade that sent perennial Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers. The questions surrounding his availability in 2020 have now been put to bed and providing he stays clear of injury problems his presence could be another welcome boost on the edge.

Turner’s absence from the interior has left free-agent signing John Miller and second-year lineman Dennis Daley set to fill in at the guard spots. The former Cincinnati Bengal has been a solid if not spectacular performing during his career and he should be a plug and play short-term option at the position in Carolina, at the very least.

Daley has been a strong performer at training camp and has adjusted well to the move from the tackle spot. The 2019 sixth-round pick endured a torrid time as a rookie. But all signs point to the player taking some significant strides during his sophomore campaign.

Center Matt Paradis should also benefit from some improved play around him in 2020. The veteran has a lot on the line heading into the upcoming campaign and if he fails to turn things around, it could be his last season with the organization.