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Friday, July 31, 2015

Carolina Panthers - 2015 Projections

Carolina Panthers

Overall Outlook
The Carolina Panthers were a Jekyll and Hyde team in 2014, starting the season 2-0, then going 1-8-1 in the next 10, followed by four straight wins to make the playoffs with a 7-8-1 record. Looking forward, 2015 looks to be another Jekyll and Hyde type year for the Panthers. The team has it's first four games against non-playoff teams, followed by four games against teams with at least 10 wins each.  If the Panthers can get through Oct 18 - Nov 8 in good shape, they should be in contention for another playoff push. 

Offseason Moves
Key additions: RB Jordan Todman, WR Jarrett Boykin, ILB Jason Trusnik, CB Charles Tillman, S Kurt Coleman, KR Ted Ginn.  
Key losses: RB DeAngelo Williams, OT Byron Bell, C Fernando Velasco, DE Greg Hardy, OLB Chase Blackburn, S Thomas DeCoud. 

Offensive Outlook
The Panthers had a good thing going when Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart, Greg Olsen, and Kelvin Benjamin were healthy. The organization also realized they needed more talent opposite of Benjamin, so they selected Devin Funchess early in the draft. If Benjamin and Funchess can turn in solid seasons, the offense could put up respectable numbers again in 2015. They also get to play against Atlanta in weeks 14 and 16, which could have major FF playoff implications.

Projections - 2015
QB1 - Cam Newton - Passing - 3400 yds / 24 tds Rushing - 450 yds / 5 tds
RB1 - Jonathan Stewart - Rushing - 1000 yds / 4 tds  Receiving - 25 recs / 200 yds / 1 td
RB2 - Fozzy Whittaker - Rushing - 350 yds / 2 tds  Receiving - 15 recs / 150 yds / 0 tds
WR1 - Kelvin Benjamin - Receiving - 75 recs / 950 yds / 10 tds
WR2 - Devin Funchess - Receiving - 55 recs / 650 yds / 5 tds
WR3 - Philly Brown - Receiving - 35 recs / 450 yds / 1 td
TE1 - Greg Olsen - Receiving - 80 recs / 850 yds / 7 tds

Defensive Outlook
The defense took a step back in from the previous year, ranking 10th in yards allowed, and 21st in points allowed. However, last year's scheduled was very tough, and this year should offer a few weaker offenses for the Panthers to feast on.  The true tests on their schedule include, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Seattle. Their easy matchups consist of Jacksonville, Houston, Tampa Bay x2, Tennessee, and Washington.

Projections - 2015
DE1 - Charles Johnson - 45 total Ts / 12 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
DE2 - Wes Horton - 35 total Ts / 4 sacks / 1 pass defensed / 2 total TOs
DT1 - Star Lotulelei - 40 total Ts / 3 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
DT2 - Kawann Short -  35 total Ts / 3 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
OLB1 - Thomas Davis -  110 total Ts / 2 sacks / 3 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
OLB2 - Shaq Thompson - 50 total Ts / 1 sack / 2 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
MLB - Luke Kuechly - 155 total Ts / 3 sacks / 10 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
CB1 - Josh Norman - 50 total Ts / 0 sacks / 15 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
CB2 - Bene Benwikere - 45 total Ts / 0 sacks / 12 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
S1 - Roman Harper - 80 total Ts / 1 sack / 10 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
S2 - Tre Boston -  60 total Ts / 0 sacks / 4 passes defensed / 2 total TOs

Schedule

Depth Charts
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PosNoPlayer 1NoPlayer 2NoPlayer 3NoPlayer 4NoPlayer 5
Offense
LWR82COTCHERY, JERRICHO U/Pit17Funchess, Devin 15/216Brown, Corey CF1487Hill, Stephen SF1483Lucas, Marcus CF14
LWR    81Capers, Avius CF15
RWR13Benjamin, Kelvin 14/119GINN, TED CC/Arz15Boykin, Jarrett R/GB11Bersin, Brenton CF1212Brown, Mike SF15
RWR    18Byrd, Damiere CF15
LT73Oher, Michael CC/Ten73Wallace, Martin SF1400HILLS, TONY SF1500Wallace, Davonte SF15 
LG68Norwell, Andrew CF1466Silatolu, Amini 12/262McCray, Jordan SF14  
C67KALIL, RYAN 07/264Folkerts, Brian SF13   
RG70Turner, Trai 14/379Scott, Chris SF1365Henry, Ricky SF15  
RT74Remmers, Mike P/SL78Chandler, Nate CF1260Williams, Daryl 15/463Foucault, David CF14 
TE88OLSEN, GREG T/Chi84Dickson, Ed U/Bal86Williams, Brandon PUP85Childers, Jamie SF1580Simonson, Scott SF15
QB1Newton, Cam 11/13ANDERSON, DEREK CC/Arz14Webb, Joe U/Min  
RB28Stewart, Jonathan 08/143Whittaker, Fozzy SF1430Todman, Jordan R/Jax34Artis-Payne, Cameron 15/546Ward, Lee CF15
RB35Tolbert, Mike U/SD47Brockel, Richie SF1132Wegher, Brandon CF15  
Defense
LDE95Johnson, Charles 07/397Addison, Mario P/Was90Alexander, Frank 12/476Miller, Steve CF1577Cox, Rakim SF15
LDT99Short, Kawann 13/291COLE, COLIN SF1372Regis, Micanor SF14  
NT98Lotulelei, Star 13/192EDWARDS, DWAN SF1261Love, Kyle SF1465Alecxih, Chas SF15 
RDE96Horton, Wes CF1394Ealy, Kony 14/271Miley, Arthur CF1562Redden, Terry CF15 
SLB58DAVIS, THOMAS 05/157Glanton, Adarius CF14   
MLB59Kuechly, Luke 12/155Mayo, David 15/593TRUSNIK, JASON U/Mia53Jacobs, Ben SF13 
WLB54Thompson, Shaq 15/156Klein, AJ 13/552Reddick, Kevin SF14  
LCB25Benwikere, Bene' 14/523White, Melvin CF1327HOUSTON, CHRIS SF1510Presley, DeAndre PUP21Williams, Teddy U/Jax
SS41HARPER, ROMAN CC/NO20Coleman, Kurt U/KC38Lester, Robert CF1350Blechen, Brian CF1539Ball, Marcus SF15
FS33Boston, Tre 14/442Jones, Colin T/SF29Marlowe, Dean CF15  
RCB24Norman, Josh 12/531TILLMAN, CHARLES U/Chi37Byndom, Carrington CF1422Young, Louis SF14 
Special Teams
P8Nortman, Brad 12/6    
PK9Gano, Graham SF126Wile, Matt CF15   
LS44Jansen, JJ T/GB    
H8Nortman, Brad 12/6    
KO9Gano, Graham SF12    
PR19GINN, TED CC/Arz11Bersin, Brenton CF1216Brown, Corey CF14  
KR19GINN, TED CC/Arz43Whittaker, Fozzy SF1411Bersin, Brenton CF1216Brown, Corey CF14 
Reserves
RES74Green, Tyronne IR

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