The NFL season is inching closer and teams are itching to get to work. Following the free agency period and NFL Draft, we have a pretty good idea of what each team will look like for this season. Of course, this means there will inevitably be rankings that come out.
One of the most recent rankings came out of ESPN, ranking all 32 teams by their offensive weapons." While they had a disappointing 2019 season, fans of the Carolina Panthers will be excited to see their rankings, sitting at No. 5 overall.
While this may seem high for a team that finished with a 5-11 record last season, they did improve overall this offseason. Teddy Bridgewater was signed to be the team's new starting quarterback, after backing up Drew Brees last season. He is an instant upgrade over Kyle Allen, who was Carolina's starter for the majority of last season.
The wide receiver corps added Robby Anderson, who recently served as the top receiving weapon for the New York Jets. He joins last season's breakout D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel to form a dangerous starting wide receiver group. Tight end Ian Thomas is the weakest in the receiving corps, but he is good enough to fill the minor role asked of him.
Of course, leading the offensive weapons for the Panthers is running back Christian McCaffrey, who totaled 2,392 yards last season — the third-most yards from scrimmage in NFL history. He totaled an insane 403 touches, as the offense clearly flowed through him.
Under new head coach Matt Rhule, who is known for his offensive creativity, this could be an offense to watch out for.
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