As it stands, we are just nine days away from the start of the Carolina Panthers training camp and several question marks still exist concerning what the team will look like in its first game action come August 8 when they host the Buffalo Bills in their preseason opener.
Before that comes, there are several position battles that will be decided and perhaps some that will heat up before the front office and coaching staff finalize the roster at the end of the preseason.
The following areas encompass the primary concerns that the franchise will hope to address in the next few weeks. If the Panthers are to repeat as NFC South champions, they'll need to resolve these issues quickly.
Ahead you'll also find out how likely the team is to find solutions to these roster deficiencies or if it will need to game plan around them.
We'll begin with the flaws which will impact the team least or those for which the team is most likely to find a satisfactory solution. Then I'll move on to the more dire issues, some of which may leave readers skeptical as to the Panthers' chances of finding their way into the playoffs in 2014.