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Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Carolina Panthers [full archive here].
Season Recap: Cam Newton proved many doubters wrong and finished with perhaps the greatest rookie QB season of all-time. The future looks very bright for Carolina fans, but there are still many holes to be filled. All eyes will be on Newton as he enters year two in the league.
1. Defensive Tackle: The Panthers defense finished 28th in 2011 and the problems began upfront. Carolina needs a dominant presence in the middle to free up the linebackers and edge rushers. Fletcher Cox has been linked to the Panthers in many mock drafts and would be a great building block for the young defense.
2. Cornerback: Carolina doesn’t have much at the cornerback position and needs to find an upgrade over Captain Munnerlyn. Stephen Gilmore is the second best corner on the draft and should be available at pick number nine. Janoris Jenkins and Dre Kirkpatrick are options in round two.
3. Wide Receiver: With the addition of Cam Newton, Steve Smith showed the world he still has elite talent. Smith will be 33 by the start of the season and could use a playmaker opposite him to take off some pressure. Newton wouldn’t mind another weapon, as well. Michael Floyd is a reasonable selection if available. The Panthers could also choose to wait until round two and grab Mohamed Sanu or Alshon Jeffrey.
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The Panthers will look to fix their defense through the NFL draft.
One year after quarterback Cam Newton dramatically improved Carolina's struggling offense, general manager Marty Hurney is looking for a few difference makers who can help upgrade the league's 28th-ranked defense.
Hurney says the team will take the ''best player available'' with the ninth...
Breath easy Panthers fans, Cam Newton will not be on the cover this year’s Madden.
The same cannot be said for Lions fans and Calvin Johnson fantasy football dynasty owners. The infamous Madden cover curse has hit Megatron this year. While it is hard to believe that Calvin won’t dominate cornerbacks like he did all last year, there is NO beating the Madden curse.
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson beat out Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the final fan voting for the cover athlete for EA Sports' "Madden NFL 13." "Everybody played Madden coming up. Everybody saw the guys that were on the cover," Johnson said. "I remember when I was in college I was a big Madden player, it's a big deal, it's a big deal...
Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson has been voted by fans as the winner of the "Madden 13" cover vote with his victory over Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the finals.
Megatron beat Newton in the finals with a 52% advantage. More than 20 million votes were casted for the cover vote which saw 64 canidates voted down to one.
Megatron says he...
Calvin Johnson is getting the recognition and notoriety a player of his caliber deserves, but maybe it’s not the kind he should want.
The Lions receiver won the voting to appear on the Madden ’13 video game cover. He topped Panthers quarterback Cam Newton with 52% of the 651,790 votes cast in the finals.
The voting was done as a 32-player tournament where each NFL team had...
When people say you look like Cam Newton, it perks up some ears. 2015 Abbeville High quarterback Kelly Bryant does favor the Carolina Panthers star in more ways than one. The 6'4 190 pound prospect will undoubtedly continue to get bigger and faster over the next 3 seasons so the comparisons will continue more than likely. With 2 offers already in hand the freshman Bryant is a hot commodity!
Suspense was absent in the Carolina Panthers camp the week of the NFL Draft a year ago.
Everyone knew the franchise was going to take Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the top overall selection. And it worked out well, as Newton set numerous records during his rookie season.
This time around, however, the Panthers check in with the No. 9 overall selection, and the team can go...
I ain’t afraid of no jinx: Calvin Johnson will bravely head into next season as the coverboy for Madden 13.
Detroit Lions receiver CALVIN JOHNSON bested Carolina Panthers QB CAM NEWTON in the final online voting for the honor of gracing the cover of EA Sports’ Madden 13 video game cover on Wednesday in Times Square.
The Megatron cover was revealed on ESPN2 SportsNation Wednesday...
The Carolina Panthers have had some considerable success with a few of their first-round picks over time, and have also selected some duds. More recently, the picks have been more helpful to the franchise than in its early years in the 1990s.
The teams last eight first-round picks remain with the organization, and last year the Panthers took record-setting quarterback Cam Newton...