Save Money in this Sunday's paper

comments

Beat reporters pick: Most vulnerable areas for 2013 Carolina Panthers

No.3 wide receiver

This preseason the No.3 wide receiver position battle was more like a carousel. Domenik Hixon had the edge going into camp, then Armanti Edwards, then David Gettis and finally Ted Ginn Jr. The Panthers have packages for Hixon, Edwards and Ginn but who earns the spot has yet to be decided.

Left guard

With injuries across the line, Carolina signed Travelle Wharton to a one-year deal. Second-year guard Amini Silatolu is healing from a hamstring injury, and when he returns, there’s going to be a decision made on who goes where since neither one plays on the right side.

Backup fullback

Mike Tolbert missed an entire month with a hamstring strain and he’s worked hard this week to be ready for Sunday. But backfield depth is an issue. Richie Brockel is used more as a blocking tight end, and there will be more pressure put on Tolbert in this offensive system.

Jonathan Jones

Cornerback

The Panthers are putting a lot of faith in the trio of Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Norman and Josh Thomas. The expected pass rush by the front four will make the corners' jobs easier, but this is a group that helped give up the highest completion percentage in the league last season.

Right guard

Garry Williams played well enough to convince the Panthers to cut Geoff Hangartner the first week of training camp. Williams is a versatile lineman who’s started 20 games at guard and tackle. But entering his fifth season, there's no guarantee he's ready to be a dominant, every-down starter.

Backup returner

The addition of Ted Ginn Jr. gives the Panthers one of the most dynamic returners in the league. He needs to stay healthy: Carolina waived/injured reserved two of his would-be backups in Kealoha Pilares and Joe Adams. Rookie Kenjon Barner is expected to be Ginn's primary backup.

Joseph Person

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more



Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more


Quick Job Search
Salary Databases
CharlotteObserver.com