As excitement builds for the Carolina Panthers 2012-13 season, so does the excitement to see the new pieces the team has added during the offseason.
Last season's 6-10 finish was a vast improvement from the team's dismal 2-14 campaign in 2010, and rookie quarterback Cam Newton emerged as one of the most talented young players in the league, capturing Offensive Rookie of the Year awards.
Were it not for a plethora of injuries to key members of the defense and a few untimely special teams errors, there may well have been more than six wins, which is what has Panthers fans chomping at the bit for this season to get underway.
While the Panthers were relatively quiet during free agency, as is usually the norm for the franchise, the team had a solid draft that has produced a few players who are slated to start or compete for starting jobs leading up to the beginning of the season.
Let's take a look at some of those rookies and the impact they will have on the Panthers roster this year.
(Note: Players are not in any specific order)