CB Josh Norman
The Panthers defensive back with arguably the highest upside might not even begin the season as a starter. Norman, who started 12 games as a rookie last season, is coming off a preseason in which he had an NFL-high four interceptions. The former fifth-round pick from Coastal Carolina has good man-coverage skills, but lacks discipline in the zone schemes favored by coordinator Sean McDermott. Still, Normans play-making skills are too valuable to keep him on the bench.
DE Mario Addison
The Panthers picked him off Washingtons practice squad last year and he had one sack and two QB pressures in four games played. Addison is behind two very good ends in Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson and hes not taking their job. But look for him to be exceptionally effective in his reserve time this year. Addison had a great camp and preseason, and his consistency is a contrast to fellow end Frank Alexander who has flashes but cant sustain a high level. The Panthers have indicated they want to slide Hardy inside to tackle on obvious pass plays, and Addison would get his shot at a few sacks as the fill-in end in those situations.
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