Because of the uncertainty about the comebacks of linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis, it's a question they won't have to answer until training camp.
But where the Panthers put first-round pick Luke Kuechly will speak volumes about their plan for the coming year.
Head coach Ron Rivera indicated Kuechly could play the middle with Beason sliding out to the weak side. That could cut into the reps for Thomas Davis.
"You get excited about who he is as a football player," Rivera said.
Of course, Beason's still recovering from a torn Achilles, and Davis from his third ACL tear, so the distinction isn't important yet.
But down the road, it might be.
Beason clearly prefers being in the middle, and that's what they gave him a six-year, 51 million extension last summer to do. While he's good in coverage, if he loses anything in his recovery Kuechly might be a better bet in coverage.
That could limit Davis' reps in his latest comeback, but after taking a significant pay cut this offs...