There has been a lot of talk about what our needs are so I've put together what our 53 man roster looks like now. We have some definite weaknesses but we still have strengths. I added a code by each name which is explained below.
|Carolina Panthers Under Contract 53 Depth Chart - 2014|
|WR||Marvin McNutt (U)||Kealoha Pilares (J)||Brenton Bersin (U)|
|TE||Greg Olsen (P)||Brandon Williams (U)||Richie Brockel (J)|
|LT||Byron Bell (J)||Nate Chandler (U)|
|LG||Amini Silatolu (P)||Michael Jasper (U)|
|C||Ryan Kalil (B)||Brian Folkerts (U)|
|RG||Edmund Kugbila (U)||Chris Scott (J)|
|RT||Garry Williams (J)||Travis Bond (U)|
|WR||Tavarres King (U)||Toney Clemons (U)||RJ Webb (U)|
|QB||Cam Newton (B)||Matt Blanchard (U)|
|FB||Mike Tolbert (P)|
|HB||Jonathan Stewart (U)||Deangelo Williams (J)||Kenjon Barner (U)|
|Base 4-3 Defense|
|LDE||Charles Johnson (B)||Mario Addison (U)|
|LDT||Star Lotulelei (B)||Linden Gaydosh (U)||Casey Walker (U)|
|RDT||Kawann Short (P)||Dwan Edwards (P)|
|RDE||Greg Hardy (B)||Frank Alexander (U)||Wes Horton (U)|
|WLB||AJ Klein (U)||Chase Blackburn (J)|
|MLB||Luke Kuechly (B)||DJ Smith (U)|
|SLB||Thomas Davis (B)||Ben Jacobs (U)|
|CB||Melvin White (P)||James Dockery (U)||De'Quan Menzie (U)|
|SS||Robert Lester (U)||Anderson Russell (U)|
|FS||Charles Godfrey (U)||Colin Jones (J)|
|CB||Josh Norman (U)||Josh Thomas (J)|
|K||Graham Gano (P)|
|P||Brad Nortman (P)|
|LS||JJ Jansen (P)|
(B)lue Chip - Players that are Pro Bowl caliber and/or are "Core" players:
QB-Cam Newton, C-Ryan Kalil, DL-Greg Hardy, Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei, LB-Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly
(P)lus - Players that are above average at their position or are young and look to have potential to grow into above average:
FB-Mike Tolbert, TE-Greg Olsen, G-Amini Silatolu, DL-Dwan Edwards, Kawann Short, CB-Melvin White, ST-Graham Gano, JJ Jansen, Brad Nortman
Olsen and Tolbert are close to Blue Chip status. Short may be able to work his way there.
(J)ust A Guy - Players that are average to below average and should be replaced whenever possible:
RB-Deangelo Williams Some will argue that he is still a Plus, but his age places him here.
WR-Keahola Pilares, TE/H-back-Richie Brockel, OL-Chris Scott, Garry Williams LB-Chase Blackburn, DB-Colin Jones (Plus ST), Josh Thomas
(U)nknown - Players that are either coming back from injury or have not had enough playing time to make a clear judgement. Most will trend to being a JAG:
Derek Anderson will get a couple of million soon.
RB-Kenjon Barner, Jonathan Stewart, Michael Zordich
Barner resembled a pinball for much of his playing time. Stewart could be a Plus player if healthy.
WR-Brenton Bersin, Toney Clemons, Tavarres King, Marvin McNutt, RJ Webb
Clemons, King, and McNutt have decent tape.
TE-DC Jefferson, Brandon Williams
It will be nice if Williams develops.
Chandler did well considering the position change.
DL-Mario Addison, Frank Alexander, Linden Gaydosh, Wes Horton, Craig Roh, Casey Walker
I like Alexander but it seems that our coaching staff doesn't share that opinion.
LB-Ben Jacobs, AJ Klein, DJ Smith
Smith will be a Plus if his knee recovers.
DB-Charles Godfrey, Robert Lester, De'Quan Menzie, Josh Norman, De'Andre Presley, Anderson Russell
Lester needs to use his playoff embarrassment for fuel.
The good news is that we have a strong core of players. I think we will see DB, WR, TE, DT, and OL addressed in Free Agency. They won't be marquee names but Gettleman will try and get better competition at those spots before the draft. What do you think?