There is a lot of optimism surrounding the Carolina Panthers organization going into the 2012 season. Expectations are high and star players like Cam Newton and Steve Smith are predicted to shine again in Ron Rivera's second year as head coach. However, there are a few players out of the spotlight who could very well make a name for themselves this year. These players have shown the promise and potential of doing great things and are waiting to break out with a Pro Bowl kind of season.
In no particular order, here are six under-the-radar players ready to breakout in 2012. These are individuals who have either had big expectations from the organization and fanbase, or haven't yet reached their full potential on the gridiron.