Here’s a look at the team preview for the Carolina Panthers:
- Head Coach– Ron Rivera
- Offensive Coordinator– Norv Turner
- Defensive Coordinator– Eric Washington
- Special Teams– Chase Blackburn
ODDS TO WIN:
- NFC Championship-25/1
- Super Bowl- 35/1
- Over/Under Win Totals- 9
Last 4 Season Win Totals:
- 2014- 7
- 2015- 16
- 2016- 6
- 2017- 11
Cam Newton was so good…. back in 2015 when he took the Panthers to the Super Bowl. Since that time he has been very inconsistent. Last year was a tick upwards as the found their way to 11 wins on the year. After an injury in 2016, he was slow getting ready for the next season. However, in 2017, he had 291 completions on 492 attempts for 3,302 yards. Garrett Gilbert is the backup quarterback for Carolina.
This year it will be wide open as to who the second running back will be. Those in the mix include Cameron Artis Payne and CJ Anderson. Christin McCaffrey is the primary ball carrier as he rushed for 435 yards with 2 touchdowns and added 651 yards receiving in his rookie season.
In the NFL draft, the Panthers selected DJ Moore from Maryland to help solidify the receiving corps. They signed a few veterans with Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright to help catch balls. Devin Funchess will continue to be the “go-to guy” for Cam Newton.
Left tackle Matt Kalil returns to honor the second year of his five year contract and right tackle Daryl Williams will be in his contract year. Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil will return for one more season before he goes into retirement.
Julius Peppers will return for another season as he comes into the season at 38-yrs old. The certain-to-be Hall of Famers will have Kawann Short and Dontari Poe in the interior. Draft pick Marquis Haynes will help the defense which was third in rushing.
Luke Kuechly will return after his injury and he is the key to this unit. He made 134 tackles in limited time and intercepted three passes. Thomas Davis will be his counterpart but will miss the first four games due to a violation of the drug policy.
This is the weakest unit that Carolina puts on the field. Several players are gone due to free agency. The Panthers signed Ross Cockrell and he will be paired with James Bradberry. In the NFL draft, Donte Jackson from LSU to compete for spots in the secondary.
Kicker Graham Gano was given a new four year deal worth $9m in a guaranteed contract. He hit 29 of 30 field goal attempts and 34 of 37 extra point attempts last year. Michael Palardy comes back as the punter and long snapper J.J. Jansen returns. On the kickoff returns, look for Fozzy Whitaker to get the bulk of them and McCaffrey or Damiere Byrd will return punts.
August 9- at Buffalo 7 p.m.
August 17- Miami 7:30 p.m.
August 24 New England 7:30 p.m.
August 30 at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Regular Season Schedule:
(all games Eastern time)
Sept. 9 vs. Dallas Cowboys 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 16 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 23 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sept. 30 BYE
Oct. 7 vs. New York Giants 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 14 at Washington Redskins 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 28 vs. Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. (CBS)
Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)
Nov. 18 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 25 vs. Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 2 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 9 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 17 vs. New Orleans Saints 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 23 vs. Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 30 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. (FOX)
General Manager- Marty Hurney
Stadium- Bank of America Stadium
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