One of the beautiful aspects of the NFL is how rewarding it can be for franchises to develop homegrown prospects into starters.
Inflexible salary-cap limitations prevent franchises from building their teams with proven free agents, so they must rely on extensive scouting and coaching ability to stockpile young, high-value players.
The Carolina Panthers are no exception to this rule—if they're to make another playoff run this season, they will have to build up their current talent because with their backs up against the salary cap, they were unable to add many experienced starters through free agency.
Heading into training camp, the coaching staff is hoping to groom the following players into valuable contributors, if not full-fledged starters. If each pans out, the Panthers could take the football world by surprise once again in 2014.