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2014 CAROLINA PANTHERS

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Carolina Panthers projected depth chart for 2014

*Asterisk indicates positions where a 2013 starter is not with the team.

OFFENSE

• Quarterback

Cam Newton Panthers have to get their franchise QB a franchise WR

Derek Anderson Veteran will have to hold off Joe Webb to retain backup job

Running back

DeAngelo Williams After WR exodus, Williams tweeted he and Stewart would be popular among fantasy leaguers

Jonathan Stewart Hasn’t been able to stay healthy since signing contract extension

Fullback

Mike Tolbert Versatile blocker/runner/dancer is one of team’s best values

Richie Brockel Another jack-of-all-trades, the ‘Mauler’ re-signed for two years

Tight end

Greg Olsen With Steve Smith gone, receiving numbers should continue to increase

Mike McNeill Former Ram could take Ben Hartsock’s spot as blocking TE

Wide receiver*

Jerricho Cotchery Primarily a slot receiver, caught career-high 10 TDs in 2013

To be filled in free agency or draft

Wide receiver*

Tiquan Underwood Not as quick off the ball as Ted Ginn, but fast when he gets to full stride

Marvin McNutt There has to be a reason Dave Gettleman kept him and Tavarres King on active roster last season

Left tackle*

Byron Bell Move to the left side could be a career-changer – good or bad

To be filled in free agency or draft

Left guard

Amini Silatolu Said to be progressing well from knee surgery

To be filled in free agency or draft

Center

Ryan Kalil Pro Bowler will take on more of a leadership role with Jordan Gross retiring

Brian Folkerts Played in 10 games last season, mostly on special teams

Right guard

Chris Scott Will be interesting to see if Scott reports to OTAs and minicamp in good shape

Garry Williams Swing lineman was starting right guard before tearing knee ligaments in Week 1

Right tackle

Nate Chandler Former UCLA tight end is Panthers’ version of utility infielder

Garry Williams

DEFENSE

Defensive end

Charles Johnson First player in franchise history with at least nine sacks in four consecutive seasons

Frank Alexander Only one sack in 12 games last season

Defensive tackle*

Dwan Edwards Battled injuries during much of the 2013 season

To be filled in free agency (re-signing Colin Cole?) or draft

Defensive tackle

Star Lotulelei Occupied blockers and was stout at point of attack as a rookie

Kawann Short Second-round pick is more of a penetrator than Lotulelei

Defensive end

Greg Hardy Biggest offseason move for Panthers was bringing back the Kraken

Mario Addison Fifteen pressures and 2.5 sacks in part-time duty last season

Strongside linebacker

Thomas Davis Pro Bowl-caliber season in ’13 when he posted career highs in tackles, sacks, interceptions and pass breakups

Jason Williams Re-signed primarily because of his special teams prowess

Middle linebacker

Luke Kuechly Became the first Panther to win AP’s Defensive Player of the Year Award

Chase Blackburn Two-time Super Bowl winner with Giants can play all three LB spots

Weakside linebacker

A.J. Klein Played well in two starts when Blackburn was out with a foot injury

Chase Blackburn

Cornerback

Melvin White Undrafted free agent started the final 10 games as a rookie

Josh Thomas Lost his starting spot after getting beaten deep a couple times in Week 7 vs. Rams

Cornerback*

Antoine Cason Hoping for a bounce-back year after failing to crack the starting lineup in Arizona

Josh Norman Here’s betting Norman has another strong preseason

Strong safety*

Roman Harper Will be utilized extensively in Sean McDermott’s blitz packages

Robert Lester His three interceptions last season were third-highest on team

Free safety*

Charles Godfrey Some are writing him off, but is a talented player when healthy

Position to be filled in free agency or draft

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker

Graham Gano Brought consistency to a position after a couple of shaky seasons after John Kasay was cut

Punter

Brad Nortman Had the best statistical season by a Panthers punter in 2013

Joseph Person

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