While Kelvin Benjamin was impressive in his rookie campaign, there was one key stat that's very worrisome. Benjamin was tied for the league lead in drops last season with 10, along with Demaryius Thomas and Steve Smith. Sure, Benjamin is only a rookie, so it's not overly concerning, but a second year of Benjamin dropping easy passes would be cause for concern. While still managing to grab 73 balls for 1,008 yards and nine scores last season, Newton's favorite young receiver seems poised to build on a strong rookie season.
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Do the Panthers have an answer at left tackle?
Carolina went a bit risky when addressing their need for a left tackle this offseason. While they let the struggling Byron Bell leave town, they went on to add veterans Michael Oher and Jonathan Martin. Will either Oher or Martin be able to protect Newton and fix a major issue that has plagued this offseason for multiple seasons now? It's going to be a training camp battle to see who wins the job, but someone will have a major opportunity in front of them heading into the year.
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Who backs up Jonathan Stewart?
Jonathan Stewart is fully expected to be the man in the backfield for Carolina this coming season. That's not much of a question at this point. So, what is the question? Who will back him up. Fozzy Whittaker sems to be the early favorite for the job, but the team also added Jordan Todman and rookie Cameron Artis-Payne. The latter is the player to watch in my mind, as he rushed for an impressive 1,608 yards and 13 touchdowns last season with the Auburn Tigers. The battle between those three is going to be fun to watch throughout training camp and the preseason.
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Is Devin Funchess the answer next to Kelvin Benjamin?
The Carolina Panthers drafted Devin Funchess for obvious reasons. The thought of having two players who are 6-foot-4 or taller and both have a ton of skill is just setting Cam Newton up for plenty of big-play opportunities. The question is, how will Funchess' transition to the NFL go? He didn't post massive numbers in any of his three seasons with the Michigan Wolverines, but showed plenty of potential. If he's able to fill the role on the other side of the field from Kelvin Benjamin, then this could be a scary one-two punch for Carolina.
Is Cam Newton ready to take the next step?
Cam Newton signed a five-year, $103.8 million deal this offseason. The question now is, can he help take the Panthers to the promised land? After making the playoffs the last two seasons and defeating the Arizona Cardinals and Ryan Lindley in 2015, it's now Cam's time to step it up. Some have criticized Newton's new contract, pointing out that he's never completed more than 61.7 percent of his passes, while he also struggles with turnovers. You have to take the good with the bad when it comes to Newton though, as he has a huge arm and his ability to run adds a whole different dimension to this offense. If Newton can lead the Panthers to a deep playoff run, the doubters will immediately be silenced.