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The Carolina Panthers of 2014 look a whole lot different than the Panthers of 2013 that went 12-4 on their way to the NFC South division title.  A lot of talk has been made about the lack of talented receivers in Carolina for Cam Newton to throw to.  That is justified when you make up your receiving corps of mediocre veterans and young talent.

What most people are overlooking is the fact that the Panthers have one of the worst offensive lines I have seen in my time examining football.  Cam Newton will be running for his life this season, and might not have to worry about his receivers lack of talent at all.  Gone from the 2013 squad are left tackle Jordan Gross and guard Travelle Wharton, both of whom have retired.  Those two veterans were the heart and soul of Carolina’s offensive line.  Gross will be considered for the Hall of Fame in Canton after the career he put together.  Luckily, Carolina does have a perennial pro bowler in Center Ryan Kalil to count on, but he can’t block all four defensive lineman himself.  The projected starters at tackle are Nate Chandler and Byron Bell.  Who are they you may ask? Exactly, no one really knows.  The interior line on both sides of the center Kalil will be made up of Amini Silatolu a second round pick in 2012, who is coming off of an ACL injury that took his entire 2013 campaign, and Chris Scott a journeyman who has more heart than talent.  I will be very surprised if Newton can stay healthy this whole season (he is coming off of ankle surgery).  I don’t expect much of a running game in Carolina this season to alleviate some of the pressure off of Newton and the passing game.  This offensive line could put up numbers that have never been seen before, none of them will be positive.  Good luck down in Carolina, they’ll need it.

Dan SchalkFF AnalysisFootballNews and Updates  The Carolina Panthers of 2014 look a whole lot different than the Panthers of 2013 that went 12-4 on their way to the NFC South division title.  A lot of talk has been made about the lack of talented receivers in Carolina for Cam Newton to throw to.  That...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?