Carolina Panthers: 4 Role Players Who Must Play Huge in Week 1

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Carolina Panthers: 4 Role Players Who Must Play Huge in Week 1
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The Carolina Panthers will need superstars like Cam Newton and Steve Smith to play big, but it will be the play of the role players that will ensure victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1.

The Carolina Panthers are looking to build on a 6-10 season that could have easily been a 10-6 season had a handful of plays gone their way.

Rising star Cam Newton will be looking to prove that a "sophomore slump" is only something other quarterbacks have to worry about.

Steve Smith will continue to show that a 5'9" receiver can play just as big as a 6'5" receiver.

These two offensive stars will help the "machine" going, but like any well-oiled machine the smallest cogs matter just as much as the big ones.

The Panthers have four key cogs that, while they may never receive recognition on SportsCenter, will heavily influence the production of the offense and the defense.

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