State of the Panthers: Pre-training camp roster outlook in 2021

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Sam Darnold and Matt Rhule
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(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore /

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Running backs may have gone the way of the DoDo for most teams and coaching staffs, but you cannot over appreciate the value that a player like Christian McCaffrey gives to a team when healthy.

Putting up over 1,000 rushing yards is hard enough. Combine that with over 1,000 receiving yards? Nearly impossible.

Only three people have ever done it and McCaffrey is the only player to do so in this century.

When you then add a bruising, downhill runner like Chuba Hubbard to the room to help ease some of the load,  it becomes a tandem capable of absolutely taking over games late in the clock. Kind of like the Carolina Panthers teams of old or a more recent comparison to the current Cleveland Browns roster that just mauls teams into submission.

While when looking back at recent champions you don’t really see a superstar back, they all have at least a competent group. With the matchup nightmare that McCaffrey is, this group has won the Panthers many a game and will continue to for the foreseeable future.

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Wide Receiver is more important in today’s game and the Carolina Panthers are no slouch there either with D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson both going over 1,000 yards in 2020.

Even if they struggled to convert those statistics into scores, the offseason addition of big-bodied red zone specialist Terrace Marshall Jr. will certainly help in that area.

This group can stack up against any other squad in recent memory and match or even surpass them on pure stats let alone talent. No issues here whatsoever.

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And finally, the cherry on top of our roster. The defensive line.

Not much needs to be said here either than a simple list of our cast. Brian Burns, Hasson Reddick, Derrick Brown, DaQuon Jones., Yetur Gross-Matos, Daviyon Nixon, and Bravvion Roy. Enough said.