I am a Broncos fan who works at www.midutahradio.com out of Manti, Utah but I am writing preseason predictions for all NFL teams alphabetically. Carolina was next on my list so hopefully you enjoy my efforts. Incidentally, feel free to post comments if you feel so inclined.
With Jake Delhomme taking his eight touchdowns and 18 interceptions to Cleveland in 2010, the Carolina Panthers are ready to enter a new epoch, one which could be intriguing and exciting for Panthers fans.
Obviously, there are numerous questions, but Carolina made various solid moves in last April's NFL Draft. Among them are a 3rd round pick, Armanti Edwards, formerly of Appalachian State, who I instantaneously fell in love with as I watched the I-AA playoffs the past two seasons.
Edwards was magnificent for the Mountaineers as a signal-caller and could easily be just as effective in wildcat packages the Panthers may employ.
If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Matt Moore beating out Jimmy Clausen for the starting quarterback job while whoever earns the position will have the good fortune of throwing to Steve Smith who averaged 15.1 yards per catch last season while also amassing seven touchdown grabs.
Nevertheless, while Carolina does have some defensive talent in the likes of Jon Beason and Thomas Davis, it will be challenging to replace prolific defensive end Julius Peppers who went to Chicago in the offseason.
Still, I think the Panthers could be a surprise team in what could easily be the NFL's most competitive division. I even expect Tampa Bay to be considerably improved, but that's an assessment for another day.