With the NFL Draft fast approaching there are a lot of areas that the Carolina Panthers need to focus on. But to switch it up, let’s look at some areas where the Panthers don’t need to look for help going into the 2020 NFL Draft.
Running Backs for the Panthers
Okay, yea we all knew this one. It seems with each passing season Christian McCaffrey just gets better and better. He was outstanding in his rookie season and he continues to surpass each past season. 2019 was a horrible year for the team but statistically a great year for him. Totalling 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. Incredible stats. Not only is he lethal when fighting for yards in the trenches but he is also incredible running routes. As for the rest of the position it’s not super strong but it’s not horrible. Reggie Bonnafon made some great contributions last season. The whole fanbase is really hoping that McCaffrey stays healthy. A little extra depth would be nice, but there are more glaring needs to handle than at Running Back.
Quarterbacks for the Panthers
The gap has been filled…for now. Cam Newton is gone and Teddy Bridgewater is in. Although this is a highly controversial move in the eyes of a lot of Panthers fans, it’s happened and Bridgewater will likely be the starter in 2020. Fans of the team can pretty much expect that a Quarterback will NOT be drafted in this year’s draft. Sitting at backup is XFL sensation, P.J. Walker. Even though the XFL season was cut short, he still had a phenomenal showing in his games, and might even compete for the starting spot. At third string is last year’s second rounder, Will Grier. Grier played a few games near the end of the 2019 season but it was far from impressive. Hopefully this will be a time for Grier to learn and sit under Bridgewater for a while, should the time come for the need to have Grier start.
Wide Receivers for the Panthers
After the plethora of offseason signings it is for certain that the receiver position is not one that needs to be immediately addressed this offseason. The Panthers have their number one receiver in DJ Moore, who had a phenomenal season and was in the Top 5 for receiving yards for most of the 2019 season. Through free agency the Panthers also acquired Robbie Anderson from the Jets. This was a really nice acquisition, considering Anderson was a solid receiver for the Jets and should make a solid number two for Bridgewater to throw to. Also, the Panthers have Curtis Samuel and Pharoh Cooper as options to throw to. A bigger target would be nice to have but, the Panthers have almost too many receivers at the moment.
Too often as a Panthers fan it’s easy to focus on what we don’t have rather than what we do have. It has definitely been a tough offseason. Losing Luke, losing Greg, and half of the team to either Buffalo or Washington has left a lot of fans wondering what is going to come. Needless to say this is a very important Draft for the Panthers as a rebuild begins. Don’t forget that this team still has a lot of talent. We still have CMC, we have Shaq Thompson, we have Brian Burns and Efe Obada. There is a young coaching staff ready to bring in a new system to try and bring this team back to the top of the NFC South. The Panthers will bounce back and will take over the NFC South once again. It may take a little time, but just be patient and Keep Pounding!
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