Cam Newton was able to earn the Rookie of the Year title, but can he help to trun the Carolina Panthers around this season? Join us as we preiew the Panthers' upcoming season.
Panthers Week 1 NFL Pick
By: Jordan Sharp
Panthers had an average season last year, considering they were coming off of a
one win season and had a rookie quarterback. With the exception of a big
sophomore slump from Cam Newton, the Panthers should continue to improve in
2012. They have a date in Tampa Bay with the Bucs in Week 1, and they come in
as -2 ½ favorites, with a total of 46 ½ points.
is easy for me, because I see no way the Bucs win this game. I think Tampa Bay
will be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, and I think the Panthers
will be close to a .500 team. That being said, the Panthers should win this game
My Pick: Panthers -2 ½
Sophomore Slump or Second Year Standout?
By: Jordan Sharp
has been coming out of Carolina about this upcoming season. Their vacation
season (Cam Newton’s rookie year after a season of garbage before that) is
over, and it is time to start working towards getting back to the playoffs.
Though I have no doubt that the Panthers will start to compete, Cam Newton’s
performance in his sophomore season will be more than a big part of the
Panther’s season’ it will basically be their season.
went 6-10 last year, and even though at times they looked bad, they had some
good looks as well. This season they will focus more on the run, and probably
not make Cam Newton throw the ball a ton.
season, Cam Newton has also pledged to be a better teammate. He stated in an
interview a few days ago that he was a bad teammate and was “very immature,” in
his record setting rookie season.
a big step for a kid that is so young. Sophomore slumps are extremely common in
the NFL, especially among skill players. If Newton can continue to work hard on
the field and work even harder on his maturity level, he will be a force in
this league and the 2nd season slump will be no where to be found.
Nothin' Could Be Finer
By: Jordan Sharp
did an excellent job of building towards the future with Cam Newton last
season, and with their draft picks this offseason, they will no longer be the
doormat of the NFC South.
Panthers got my favorite linebacker of the draft, when they selected Luke
Kuechly out of Boston College. Kuechly is a great middle linebacker, and will
help in run stopping and coverage for a defense that was awful last season.
Slowly but surely, the Panthers’ defense should become a lot better than last
As for the
offense, Cam Newton will have plenty of help in the backfield. As for the
receiving core, Newton will still have Steve Smith, but aside from him, the
Panthers’ receiving core is young and inexperienced. I’m afraid if the Panthers
don’t find themselves at least one more receiver to go on the opposite side of
Smith, Newton might not get the passing numbers he got last season. Keep an eye
on the Panthers’ receivers in practice and in the preseason.
Can't Get Much Worse
By: Jordan Sharp
Carolina Panthers NFL Odds to win Super Bowl XLVII - 35/1
the offseason, we here at SBR Forum will be bringing you offseason news and
odds for NFL teams. For a team that had the number one overall pick in last
year’s draft, the Panthers looked like they had a lot of promise heading into
number one draft pick, and Rookie of the Year winner, Cam Newton, looks like a legitimate superstar in the
making, and besides their inability to stop anyone and injuries, things are
looking up for them in one of the toughest divisions in football; the NFC
Trade/Free Agent Signings
the most recent free agent signings by the Panthers happened just two days ago,
as they agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Reggie Smith. Smith spent
the last four years playing for the 49ers, where he played in 45 games, and had
60 tackles and 2 interceptions. Another big signing for this team was the
acquisition of Mike Tolbert. Tolbert will be somehow worked into an already
the main problem for the Panthers; they have no money to spend this season.
They didn’t even have a million dollars worth of cap space when free agency
began. This team has a lot of money tied up in tackle Jordan Gross, and newly
signed (and barely used) running back DeAngelo Williams.
have made a few minor moves other then Smith. They signed defensive end Antwan
Applewhite, wide receiver Chris Manno, and linebacker Kenny Onatolu. They also
traded running back Mike Goodson, ($615,000) for tackle Bruce Campbell after
the signing of Tolbert.
Panthers pick 9th overall in the upcoming NFL Draft. Carolina could go a
few different directions. If the likes of Justin Blackmon falls to them at
nine, they would be stupid not to take him to put opposite of veteran Steve
Smith (in the last year of his deal).As I
mentioned above, the Panthers were a very good offensive team last season, but
they could not stop anyone. They gave up over 130 rushing yards per game and
nearly 250 passing yards. Of course, common thought would lead us all to
believe that the Panthers will target some sort of defensive player as their
first round pick.
I think the Rams will snatch him at 6, so the Panthers will have a few
different options. I think it will boil down to either DT Fletcher Cox, or DE
Melvin Ingram to help one of the league’s worst defensive lines. Other then
those two hogs, inside linebacker Luke Kuechly might be a dark horse pick. If
Kuechly can couple with veteran Jon Beason (or one of them move over to outside
linebacker) it could be a dynamic and dangerous duo patrolling the middle of
the field, or rushing the quarterback. Beason was hurt for all of last season
problem for the Panthers lasts season was injuries. This was one of the reasons
a team with some promise only finished 6-10. They lost three of their five
starting offensive lineman before the season even started, and it was kind of
the start of a bad omen.
Williams, Garry Williams, and Geoff Schwartz all went down with different
injuries, either in training camp or the preseason. All three are working their
way back. The Panthers were able to run their way to the third best rushing
team in the NFL without them. If they all can come back in 2012-2013 healthy,
Cam Newton and his endless arsenal of running backs will surely be one of the
top three rushing teams this NFL season.