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Carolina Panthers' State of Franchise at the Start of the 2014 Offseason
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The state of the Carolina Panthers franchise is strong and looking up.

After compiling a successful winning season that saw the Panthers clinch the NFC South title and make their first postseason appearance in five years, it can be said that things in Carolina are looking up. The team has kept improving in each year of coach Ron Rivera's tenure and it is a couple of key pieces away from being one of the youngest and most talented teams in the NFL.

There are many aspects of the franchise that must be looked at here as the team moves forward.

One winning season, a dynasty does not make. There is still plenty of work to do as Carolina exits the 2013 campaign and gears up for the next season. From re-signing key free agents to building a productive draft, there is a lot of work to be done by Dave Gettleman's staff in the front office to allow the Panthers to have back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.

The next next few slides will break down the team in various aspects by looking at the present situation and projecting ahead to the future.

Stats and rankings provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com, ESPN.com and NFL.com.  Rookie prospect information and draft projections provided by CBSSports.com.

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