Former Panther Mike Rucker (center) now will be the color analyst once again in 2015 on Carolina’s four preseason TV broadcasts. Rucker -- flanked in this picture by former Panthers Wesley Walls on the left and Travelle Wharton on the right -- believes the Panthers will go 9-7 and make the playoffs this season.
Former Panther Mike Rucker (center) now will be the color analyst once again in 2015 on Carolina’s four preseason TV broadcasts. Rucker -- flanked in this picture by former Panthers Wesley Walls on the left and Travelle Wharton on the right -- believes the Panthers will go 9-7 and make the playoffs this season. Robert Lahser rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
Former Panther Mike Rucker (center) now will be the color analyst once again in 2015 on Carolina’s four preseason TV broadcasts. Rucker -- flanked in this picture by former Panthers Wesley Walls on the left and Travelle Wharton on the right -- believes the Panthers will go 9-7 and make the playoffs this season. Robert Lahser rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Q&A: Mike Rucker predicts 9-7 record, playoff appearance for Carolina Panthers

July 24, 2015 10:00 AM

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