Panthers: 3 reasons Carolina could be a playoff contender in 2020

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The Carolina Panthers have been plagued by inconsistency over the years. In an effort to turn things around, they made a daring move by releasing Cam Newton to ultimately sign Teddy Bridgewater to take over at quarterback. It was a bold strategy, but one that will pay off.

On offense, the Panthers added a deep threat in Robby Anderson and already had an emerging star in receiver D.J. Moore. a player who could end up in the Pro Bowl at the end of the season. Additionally, Curtis Samuel is also an excellent chess piece to have in a very versatile offense. However, despite all these very good receivers, the offense will still run through Christian McCaffrey.

The Panthers’ defense could be one of the biggest surprises during the upcoming season. Brian Burns had a very solid rookie campaign and will improve as the year progresses. Meanwhile, Donte Jackson is a very promising corner will blazing speed and has a knack for making plays.

This season could be a breakout year for both Jackson and Burns. The defensive line will undoubtedly improve as well. Let’s not forget, the Panthers used their first round selection on Derrick Brown, the promising defensive tackle out of Auburn.

One question that many Panthers fans, and fans of football in general, will be asking is how will head coach Matt Rhule fair in his first season. hE ended his coaching career at Baylor on a positive note, however in his first few seasons Baylor struggled. Rhule’s ability to adapt to the NFL will determine just how successful Carolina can be in the upcoming season. However, the Panthers are still a promising young team.

With taking all of that into consideration, let’s take a look at three reasons the Carolina Panthers