Throughout the Panthers offseason, there have been as many mood swings as expectations around here.
From the March purge through a slower-than-slow free agent period, to a draft which gave them plenty of buzz (and quarterbacks), the Panthers have generated mixed feelings with every move and non-move.
Follow it with trading veteran SS Chris Harris (and John Fox's subsequent take
on it), and it's hard for many people to come to grips with where the team stands.
So it was a little surprising to see Sports Illustrated's Peter King
peg them eighth in his offseason power rankings. He's optimistic that the QB change to Matt Moore will help them bounce back to the playoffs this year.
Less optimistic (but perhaps more reasonable), was the ESPN version
, which has them 18th in the league.
Make no mistake, the fluctuations should continue throughout the preseason.
Where do you have them, and do the offseason moves put them in better or worse shape going into camp?
— Darin Gantt