It was supposed to be a resurgence for the Panthers with their do-it-all QB, but struggles early in the season derailed their chances.  This team is just a few good pieces away from being a contender, but what are those pieces?
 
 

Carolina Panthers

2012 Record: 7-9

 

Grade: C+

 

The Good:

 

    • - Last year's top draft choice, LB Luke Kuechly, was named Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • - They ended the season on a promising 4-game winning streak
  • - After a slow start, QB Cam Newton produced 14 TDs in the final 6 games of the season

 

 

The Bad:

 

  • - Failed to play to early season expectations by opening 2-6
  • - RBs DeAnglo Willams and Jonathan Stewart failed to deliver on their big contracts
  • - Sophomore Jinx: QB Newton’s TD passes, completion percentage, and yards all dipped last year

 

 

The Future:

  • - Draft Position #14: DT Star Lotulelei or DT Sheldon Richardson
    • - Free Agent Targets: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, CB DeAngelo Hall and OT Eric Winston
  • - Trade for: The Panthers could really use a quality veteran QB to mentor Cam Newton

 

 

Is Cam Newton an elite QB?