4 reasons increased expectations could help the Panthers in 2021

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Could a slight increase in expectations actually help the Carolina Panthers and their chances of progression in 2021?

There appears to be growing confidence that the Carolina Panthers could surprise a few people in 2021. Another busy offseason of player incomings and high-profile departures thanks to the introduction of new general manager Scott Fitterer has most of the team’s loyal fanbase believing better things might be in the organization’s future sooner rather than later.

All this will obviously count for nothing if the Panthers continue to show the same failings that cost them dear in 2020. There are also some problem areas on the depth chart that pose more than a little concern heading into the regular season.

However, the roster had a far more vibrant feel about it the see days. A young, fearless group that now has the right blend of experience thrown in to further assist their cause.

Training camp is now hitting its stride as the pads get set to go on once again next week. This will tell us more about what we can truly expect from Carolina next season and if things look good, then a shock playoff berth might not be out of the question.

Time will tell, obviously. And the preseason projections from national media outlets across the country don’t exactly leave much in the way of confidence.

That being said, here are four reasons why increased expectations might help the Panthers in 2021.