The Carolina Panthers open training camp July 27 full of optimism.
Carolina improved from 1-15 in 2010 to 6-10 a year ago in the rookie season of record-setting quarterback Cam Newton and first-year head coach Ron Rivera despite dealing with a plethora of injuries. Expectations in the Queen City are high, as most fans expect a trip to the playoffs.
The Panthers have a difficult schedule, but if healthy and some of the offseason and the offseason moves work out, this should be more than just an entertaining season. The team has a chance to win more than it did last fall. Here are 10 issues facing the Panthers as camp nears:
1. Sophomore slump? Is it possible someone as physically gifted and unflappable as Newton still experiences a sophomore slump? His numbers (passed for 4,051 yards, threw 21 touchdown passes) might not be as impressive, though the touchdown passing figure should increase. But his overall qualities as an NFL quarterback should be improved, and that, as much if ...