So, I'm having lunch today and while enjoying a plate of chinese food I was reading ESPN's preseason NFL rankings. I scrolled down understanding Carolina would be ranked near the basement but when I saw that the Washington Redskins were ranked higher than them (29th, Carolina ranked 30th), I damn near choked on the bourbon chicken. Call me a homer, but I don't think the Redskins are that good. Sure Carolina has a young team, but Washington is going to rely on an unproven third string QB and a bunch of guys who are well past their prime. If I had to compare the offense, defense and special teams of both teams I would be inclined to say that the Panthers are a lot more talented. For all of you fantasy football gurus out there, I am so confident in Carolina's talent I would pick their players before I would pick a Redskins player. Here is the link to for all of the teams' ranks.
Additionally, I was browsing on my Sprint mobile football app and came across an article by Gregg Rosenthal. It seems as the first depth chart has Jimmy Clausen as number one and Cam Newton as number two. Though he did make a mention about Ron Rivera not naming his starter before their first regular season game. Also, from the same article is a comment from Steve Smith regarding Cam Newton:
He's on his back foot throwing 50-yard passes. I mean, c'mon. I'm not going to sit here every week and say how good Cam is. He didn't win the Heisman Trophy because there was bad counting on the ballot.
Now, if that's not an endorsement from a proven vet, I don't know what is. More after the jump...
Rosenthal noted that newly acquired WR Legedu Naanee has been running with the starters as of late and could be the number two receiver. Eric Norwood has replaced Everette Brown on the defensive line seemingly making Brown's pick and giving up a pick for him a bad idea. Finally, rookie DT Sione Fua and Corvey Irvin appear to be the starters up front on the defensive line.
I know Little King was out there watching the practices and I'm hoping he can shed some more light on these subjects since most of us at CSR know more of what is going on in training camp than the sports writers do. I feel really confident about the team's success for this year and I don't think the Panthers are getting enough credit outside the Carolinas or the fanbase. As always, CSR readers, I want your feedback and thoughts.