So I really want to analyze what's going on in Carolina. They just lost their number 1 and 2 receiver, and free agency has been picked clean of receivers as of now. So what could their strategy be?
My thoughts: they're banking on their run game dominating in an era where everyone is trying to defend the pass. I don't think this will work for them. Williams isn't getting any younger, and he's probably never going to be top 15 again in his career. Stewart has a lot of potential, but he hasn't reached it and one has to wonder at this point if he ever will. The one thing that they really do have going for them is Cam Newton and the option factor that he brings. Unless they trade up for Watkins, they are going to be extremely limited in the passing game and will have to be very creative with their playcalling and lights-out on defense. I think they have the potential to make it work, but they simply have to make sure that whoever Newton is throwing to is catching what comes his way, or teams are going to load the box on them on every down. It does seem like they are trying to emulate what's going on in Seattle, but I don't think they have the running backs they need to make it work.