Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 2/15/12
The Carolina Panthers didn’t have any problems scoring last season. Rookie quarterback Cam Newton had a prolific inaugural season helping the Panthers score 25.4 points per game which tied them for 5th best in the league. No the Panthers’ biggest chore this offseason will be beefing up their porous defense which ranked 28th in the league allowing 26.8 points per game. Expect them to try and sign a few defensive free agents but they will mostly attempt to improve their defense through the draft. They will need to make an upgrade at the wide receiver position though. Their best receiver last season was Steve Smith who while still productive, will be 33 when the 2012 NFL season starts and can’t be depended on to produce at such a high level for much longer. And the guy who played opposite him, Legedu Naanee, is not the answer to succeed Smith. Naanee was maddeningly inconsistent and produced only one touchdown in 15 games played last season. With the Panthers targeting defensive players with most of their high picks in the 2012 draft, Carolina will look towards the free agent crop of receivers to address their need at that position. There are a [...]
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