Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo Williams and Panthers' Most Disappointing Players

George SeligaCorrespondent INovember 30, 2011

Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo Williams and Panthers' Most Disappointing Players

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    The Carolina Panthers have had an up-and-down year.

    Cam Newton has shown a lot of promise for the future and will be their franchise player for a long time. They have struggled with injuries, though, and many players have underperformed.

    Here is a look at five Panthers that have been disappointments this year.

DeAngelo Williams

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    DeAngelo Williams was once a top running back in the NFC.

    In 2008, Williams rushed for 1,515 yards and had 18 touchdowns.

    Since then, he has totaled barely 2,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in a combined three seasons.

    Injuries have slowed Williams down, but he should be fully healthy.

    If Williams can return to his 2008 form, the Panthers offense is going to be scary.

    Until then, they are gong to rely on young Cam Newton to carry this offense.

Jonathan Stewart

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    Jonathan Stewart has been very disappointing at the running back position as well.

    The combination of Williams and Stewart rushed for 2,351 yards and 28 rushing touchdowns in 2008. 

    This year, Stewart has rushed for 442 yards and only two touchdowns.

    He hasn't been as productive as he was in the past, and if he can get going, this Panthers offense could be really tough to stop.

Olindo Mare

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    Olindo Mare was signed in the offseason as the Panthers' place-kicker.

    He has been very accurate in the past and replaced fan favorite John Kasay.

    This year, Mare is 18-of-23 and only has a long of 45 yards.

    He was never known to have a strong leg like Kasay, and he missed a game-winning field goal against the Vikings.

    This was a bad move to bring in an inconsistent kicker like Mare and let go of a solid kicker like Kasay. 

Legedu Naanee

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    The Panthers brought in Naanee to be a good complement for stud receiver Steve Smith.

    Naanee has been relatively quiet this year, as he as totaled 372 yards receiving and zero touchdown catches.

    The Panthers would love to see Naanee have a breakout game, but he hasn't been as explosive as he was last year in San Diego.

    The Panthers need to get more production out of Naanee to really excel through the air.

Sione Fua

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    Sione Fua was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft.

    So far, he has played in all 11 games and has been silent.

    Fua has only four total tackles, five assists and zero sacks.

    He has not been producing for the Panthers and it is hurting their defensive production.