5 Players the Carolina Panthers Will Need to Step Up in 2014

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5 Players the Carolina Panthers Will Need to Step Up in 2014
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The NFL preseason is winding down, and with one more game left to play for the Carolina Panthers before the regular season starts, the 2014 roster will begin to take shape. There have been some good and bad moments after three games, but once the season begins, everything that occurs on the field will count. Veterans and rookies alike will be counted on to give their all in order to help Carolina repeat as NFC South champions.

There are two underlying questions in this regard. First, which players will benefit the team the most and second, why is it important for them to step up this year?

The next few slides will discuss which players will be counted on to make the biggest impact for the Panthers and why their contributions will stand out the most. However, this slideshow will omit established stars like Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly because it's a given they will be key players on the field. Other omissions will include potential bubble players and focus on those who will be on the final roster.

If a player was left out who you feel should have made the cut, please list him in the comments and explain your reasoning for his inclusion. 

Let's get to it.

 

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