Are the Panthers Better Positioned To Win in 2021? | Beaufort County Now | From a 30,000-foot view, the Panthers have improved their roster this offseason but are they better than last year?

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    In the first year of the Matt Rhule era, the Carolina Panthers went 5-11 but lost eight of those eleven games by just one score. They were competitive on a weekly basis but just didn't have the experience and depth to close out games.

    Heading into year two, the Panthers are primed for an uptick in the win column but there are several question marks surrounding the team that could hold them back. Can they improve on that 5-11 record from a year ago? Let's break it down.

    Certainties

    Stingier Defense

    The Panthers made several changes to the defense this offseason and brought in a ton of young talent that has experience. Signing LB Haason Reddick was huge for the Panthers' pass rush which struggled mightily aside from Brian Burns. Denzel Perryman is a massive improvement over Tahir Whitehead. In the secondary, GM Scott Fitterer added a couple of solid veterans in A.J. Bouye and Rashaan Melvin to help stabilize a very young position group. Not to mention the signings of DE Morgan Fox, LB Frankie Luvu, and DT DaQuan Jones who all give Carolina depth at each position. Throw first-round pick Jaycee Horn into the mix and all of a sudden, the Panthers defense looks drastically different but in a good way.

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    Read the full article HERE on Fan Nation.

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