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Hopes not high with the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South

Our friends from Cat Scratch Reader help preview our NFC South division rival

NFL: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2020. Next, we’ll look at one of our divisional rivals, the Carolina Panthers. Our friends over at Cat Scratch Reader took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the new home of Teddy Bridgewater.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Week 7: vs the Carolina Panthers

Week 17: at the Carolina Panthers

Notable free agent additions:

QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR Robby Anderson, WR/KR Pharoh Cooper, CB Eli Apple, LT Russell Okung (trade), LB Tahir Whitehead, DE Stephen Weatherly

Over/Under:

10 wins — Under. This is a rebuilding team that will struggle in 2020, but should show signs of a positive future under new head coach Matt Rhule. The Panthers are likely to finish anywhere between 3-13 and 8-8 this season.

Most exciting rookie:

Safety Jeremy Chinn. The Panthers thought highly enough of him to trade a third round (69) and fifth round (168) pick to get back into the second round to draft him at No. 64 overall. He’s a freak athlete who can play multiple positions on defense, and the Panthers see him as a poor man’s Isaiah Simmons. If they’re right, it could end up being one of the biggest steals of the draft.

Position battle to keep an eye on:

Every single one except starting running back. This is a rebuilding team under a new head coach who has said that no starting spot is guaranteed, so training camp should be interesting this year as guys fight for spots they may have thought they already had nailed down.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp:

There are a lot of interesting storylines heading into training camp. The Panthers are probably more interesting than they’ve been since Cam Newton was drafted in 2011. A few notable questions are: What will the first post-Cam Newton training camp look like? Can Teddy Bridgewater make fans forget about Newton? Can the defense adjust to life without Luke Kuechly? Will Matt Rhule be successful, or will he be a complete failure?

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:

Will Graham Gano or Joey Slye be the team’s kicker in 2020? Both players have positives and negatives, and the job is considered an open competition, so it should be interesting to see how it plays out.

Notable injuries heading into training camp:

None that should be an issue by the time training camp rolls around. Graham Gano is returning from a knee injury that ended his 2019 season, but he is expected to be ready to compete for his job in training camp.


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Poll

How will the Saints fare against the Panthers?

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  • 76%
    Win both
    (102 votes)
  • 14%
    Win at home, lose on the road
    (19 votes)
  • 2%
    Lose at the home, win on the road
    (3 votes)
  • 7%
    Lose both
    (10 votes)
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