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

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The pre-camp verdict

Realistically speaking, the Carolina Panthers in their current form are at the very least two years away from a title and more rationally probably three or even four away from a deep playoff run.

There are simply too many holes at important places for the expectations to be any higher.

With some age-related regression to Tom Brady and an utter collapse of a cash-strapped New Orleans Saints team, the Panthers may be able to sneak into the playoffs this season.

But don’t expect them to do much if they even get that far. It would be a nice story but that’s all it would be.

This sounds harsh but it’s a truth that a lot of fans need to hear, give this team the time it needs to develop. Suffer through the growing pains that we will have in this upcoming season and have patience.

It’s almost always rewarded in the end.

Teams like the Kansas City Chiefs had to suffer through a lot of disappointment before Patrick Mahomes took over and the same goes for the Philadelphia Eagles and their championship.

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Enjoy the fun times that will come with this young and energetic squad, but just remember to not set your sights too high lest you fall. And who knows, we may all be surprised by just how quickly this team develops come August.