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Following a surprising playoff run in 2017, many expected the Carolina Panthers to be a serious player in the NFC South in 2018. For the first half of the season, they were just that, with a 6-2 record to start the year. A 7 game losing streak then changed the course of the Panthers’ season, coinciding with a mysterious shoulder injury suffered by Cam Newton. There were still some positive takeaways from this past season however, as we saw running back Christian McCaffrey become one of the NFL's elite playmakers, and young receivers Curtis Samuel and D.J Moore looked like building blocks for the future in Carolina. This offseason should be focused on the less glamorous aspects of the team's needs, as improvement must start on defense and in the trenches.

Improve the offensive line, decide if Cam Newton will he healthy enough to play this season, do not hesitate to sit him out if he is not ready

Cam Newton has taken an absurd amount of hits during his career so far, and those hits are what have led to him being barely able to throw more than 20 yards. This is a two part move that Carolina needs to make, as they absolutely should improve Newton's protection whether it be via free agency (keeping Daryl Williams and then signing a player like Chance Warmack or D.J Fluker could be the optimal combination) while also monitoring Newton's health. If Newton is going to not be ready, i.e Andrew Luck in 2017, the team should go and get a capable starter for 2019 (perhaps Cvegus69甜的滋味。阿斐:olin Kaepernick or Ryan Fitzpatrick).

Bring in some new pass rushers to replace Julius Peppers

If a player like Jachai Polite, Clelin Ferrell, or even Ed Oliver is there for Carolina's pick at 16 they should jump all over one of them. Getting some young blood at a position that has been held by veteran Julius Peppers for the last few years would be smart, especially in such a loaded draft class. Likewise, given the team's tendency to rotate pass rushers, bringing in a proven player like Ezekiel Ansah or Brandon Graham on a short term deal could be smart. Adding two of these players in conjunction with veteran Mario Addison could make Carolina's pass rush an underrated unit, with potential to be among the league's best.

Figure out the Greg Olsen succession plan

Greg Olsen has had a great career to this point, and he is still considering returning next season. However, with the importance of the tight end position in Carolina's offensive scheme, finding the next Greg Olsen should be in Carolina's offseason plans. Ian Thomas might be the guy, but from what we have seen of him, he is nowhere near the elite talent that Olsen was before his recurring foot injuries. Carolina should potentially consider drafting one of the draft's top tight end prospects (T.J Hockenson, Noah Fant, and Irv Smith Jr) in round 1 if they think t12bet苏蓉蓉黯然点了点头。“噢,石总,您……”hey can still get a talented pass rusher in round 2 or 3.