Carolina Panthers mailbag: Christian McCaffrey, Matt Corral and more

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Christian McCaffrey
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Jared Feinberg is here to answer fans’ questions for a special Carolina Panthers mailbag ahead of the team’s 2022 training camp. 

Welcome to the Cat Crave mailbag, where we take a look at some key issues surrounding the Carolina Panthers ahead of their upcoming training camp in Spartanburg.

We are currently in the “dead period” of the NFL offseason. There are plenty of debates and discussions about players, coaches, team expectations, and summer scouting for the potential 2023 NFL Draft class.

The Panthers will head into training camp on July 26 with plenty of questions surrounding the organization. These include the quarterback situation, which has been a hot topic among fans for the last couple of seasons.

This past weekend, you, the fans, sent over some questions that you would like answered. I have the pleasure of answering those questions to the best of my ability.

Carolina Panthers’ mailbag ahead of 2022 training camp

Question No. 1

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(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Matt Rhule and Ben McAdoo /

What would you define as a successful season? What (insert arbitrary number) things need to happen with the roster in hand for that to happen? – Adam

Thank you for sending your question, Adam!

This is a tough question considering the state of the roster – more specifically at quarterback – and Matt Rhule‘s job security.

I think a few things need to happen to consider this upcoming season a “successful” one:

  1. The offensive line, while improved on paper, must show consistency throughout the season. If this is the case, the offense will perform a lot better than it did a year ago, regardless of who is the quarterback.
  2. Defensive coordinator Phil Snow has his unit playing at a high level throughout the entire season with improved play on the other side of the ball.
  3. Christian McCaffrey has to stay healthy for at least 12-14 games.
  4. Win at least seven games while making it close in a majority of the contests played.

Let’s be honest: I’m not sure all of this alone will save Rhule’s job. I’m not sure even sure the Carolina Panthers can win seven games with their current quarterback situation.

However, if the aforementioned were to occur, I think fans will take that any day.