By Panthers Gab Columnist Trey Woody
With the preseason approaching and anxious fans awaiting the final 53, many are already making their predictions for the outcome of the 2011 season. Will the Panthers have a playoff picture? Will they shatter expectations and have a breakout year? Or will the Panthers just be happy with a winning season? I for one would not like a less than average year, but I have my sights set on a team that will expose many weaknesses in teams that are projected to be in the playoffs this year.
Throughout Panther history, they have had a tradition of exposing and exploiting major weaknesses in offenses and defenses. It is obvious to Panther fans what ours have been, but how will it affect this year’s regular season? With the preseason kickoff only a week away, it is hard to tell who will have the advantage in the NFC South. Reviews on training camps for the Panthers and the Buccaneers have been slightly more revealing than the Saints and Falcons. Since it appears the latter two are the projected top competitors for the #1 spot in the division, it makes sense that they would want to keep their progress under wraps. As for Carolina, many of the gaps are apparent and the future of a turnaround team could just be out of reach.
Coach Rivera has continually given promising feedback on the progression of the players and things could start to become clear with the availability of the full roster post CBA finalization. Davis has returned from a 2 year hiatus to help out DE Charles Johnson and linebacker James Anderson on defense.
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