The Carolina Panthers are entering a rebuilding period going into 2020. While former league MVP Cam Newton still has one year left on his contract, the front office has been unwilling to make any vocal statements of support regarding his future.
The Panthers have an excellent one-two punch at wide receiver with D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady used a lot of four and five receiver sets at LSU though and the team could use a boost to the bottom end of the depth chart.
The Panthers have re-signed a handful of players so far in 2020. Defensive end Efe Obada was the first. The rest have been exlusive rights free agents like running back Reggie Bonnafon, kicker Joey Slye and defensive back Cole Luke.
At this point in the offseason, it is no secret that the Panthers need to figure out what they’re doing at quarterback. The prevailing opinion among Carolina fans on social media is to keep Cam Newton.
Running back is probably the last position the Panthers need to address this offseason. Unless they’re planning to trade their starting All-Pro Christian McCaffrey (not happening), there’s just not much room on the depth chart to justify investing more resources at this particular spot.
The Panthers pass rush improved a great deal last season. In the end, the team finished with 53 sacks, second most in the league behind the Steelers. However, several key players up front are set to become free agents, including starting EDGE defenders Mario Addison and Bruce Irvin.
Carolina Panthers fans are understandably anxious about the direction of their franchise right now. The team looks to be on the cusp of a rebuilding period with a new coaching staff coming in and a number of key players who are about to become free agents next month.
The Panthers stand at a crossroads heading towards the 2020 league year and this offseason has already seen some remarkable personnel changes. Matt Rhule has replaced Ron Rivera’s old staff with a group of mostly untested college coaches.
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports According to the latest round of mock drafts, the Panthers will address defensive needs at No. 7 overall. There are plenty of needs head coach Matt Rhule will have to address for the Carolina Panthers as the free agency period and the 2020 NFL Draft linger around the corner.
Carolina’s offensive line continues to be a thorn in the side of whoever’s starting at quarterback and calling the plays. One of the biggest challenges facing new Panthers coach Matt Rhule’s staff will be getting the unit back on solid footing in 2020.
The Panthers offensive line will improve most under the guidance of new coach Pat Meyer, at least in theory. While some fans seem to want a total overhaul of the front five, it’s possible we will only see one position turn over from 2019.