Peter King on SI.com: 8-8, 3rd in NFC South
Though I believe long term its very dangerous to have our quaterback run 128 times in a season, and those I think the numbers will be diminishing for Cam Newton, hes such a presence in the pocket and out of the pocket, that hes going to make the Panthers a threat to win every game theyre going to play.
Don Banks on SI.com: Ranked No. 17 in his NFL Power Rankings
The Panthers will be a surprise 10-win team behind second-year quarterback Cam Newton, nudging out division rival Atlanta for a wild-card slot.
Bucky Brooks on NFL.com: 9-7, 2nd in NFC South
With a full offseason to master the nuances of playing quarterback at the NFL level, it is scary to imagine how good (Newton) will be in his second season as the Panthers starter.
Daniel Jeremiah on NFL.com: 8-8, 3rd in NFC South
I dont anticipate a sophomore slump from Cam Newton. In fact, I think hell be even better in 2012.
Adam Schein on NFL.com: 5-11, 4th in NFC South
Im guessing this wasnt what Ryan Kalil had in mind when he predicted a Super Bowl. They are thin at receiver and on defense.
Sam Wyche on NFL.com: 8-8, 3rd in NFC South
Cam Newton and this offense could end up dominating the NFL and the Panthers could be the surprise team of the NFL. That means getting through New Orleans and Atlanta.
Andy Benoit on NYTimes.com: 3rd in NFC South
Cam Newton is a rare enough talent to make the Panthers playoff contenders one day. Its possible that day can come in 2012, though hed have to overcome a middling defense and receiving corps.
John Kryk for Toronto Sun: 8-8, 3rd in NFC South
Hard to get excited about playoffs when teams success rides so much on just one player.
Mike Wilkening on ProFootballWeekly.com
No record, 2nd in NFC South. Such an enjoyable team to watch. Panthers improved by leaps and bounds last season and still have upside.
Hank Gola for New York Daily News: 7-9, 3rd in NFC South
The Panthers defense was always pretty good under John Fox, but it could hardly stop anyone last year under Ron Rivera, a defensive-minded coach. If Carolina is to turn that around, its going to have to start with a linebacking corps that has the potential to be very good.
John Clayton on ESPN.com: No record, 3rd in NFC South
Cam Newton works too hard to have a sophomore slump. For the Panthers to become a .500 team or better, Ron Rivera must make this defense better, which he should.
Adam Schefter on ESPN.com: No record, 2nd in NFC South
If Cam can duplicate what he did last season, the Panthers will make the playoffs.
Pat Yasinskas on ESPN.com: No record, 3rd in NFC South
This team is ready to slip through the door in the NFC South, but Im not sure the Saints and Falcons will leave it open.
Ashley Fox on ESPN.com: No record, 3rd in NFC South
After having the best season a rookie quarterback has ever had, what will Cam Newton 2.0 do?
Jeffri Chadiha on ESPN.com: No record, 2nd in NFC South
Carolina won four of its last six games in 2011. Expect Newton and a healthier defense to keep that momentum alive this season.
Lance Zierlein for Houston Chronicle: No record, 3rd in NFC South
The Panthers are on the way up, but they arent quite ready.
Compiled by Jonathan Jones