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Richard Marshall graces this slide as the secondary looks to recover from a rather bruising year.
Ken Lucas became a cap casualty after the oft-burned veteran cornerback spurned a trade to Detroit, opening the door for Marshall to become a starter.
Marshall has shown flares of potential and skill since being drafted, but will be tested all year as a full time starter. With Ron Meeks' Tampa-2 inspired system, there will be mostly zone coverages in the secondary, which will help immensely, seeing as how the speed of the Panthers' secondary isn't overwhelming.
Ball instincts will come into play on a broader scale and there will be plenty of opportunities for Chris Harris to lay the hammer on an unsuspecting receiver.
The thing that will be crucial is picking up assignments and reading audibles because, in a zone coverage, if you miss your assignment, you're leaving a lot more real estate exposed.