5 Unheralded Carolina Panthers Who Must Step Up In 2014

5 Unheralded Carolina Panthers Who Must Step Up In 2014

carolina panthers huddle
Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers had a great season last year. If they want to be on top of the division next year, they will need these guys to step up and produce in 2014.

5. A.J. Klein

aj klein panthers
Getty Images

5. A.J. Klein

aj klein panthers
Getty Images

Klein was key on special teams last year as a fifth-round draft pick from Iowa State. He started in place of an injured Blackburn and could have an even bigger role this year. Klein finished 2013 with 21 tackles and two sacks for Carolina.

4. Kawann Short

kawann short
Getty Images

4. Kawann Short

kawann short panthers
Getty Images

Short produced as a rookie in 2013 with 30 tackles, one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks. He could push for the starting DT spot opposite Lotulelei because Dwan Edwards is 32 and has a history of injuries.

3. Jerricho Cotchery

jerricho cotchery
Getty Images

3. Jerricho Cotchery

jerricho cotchery
Getty Images

The Panthers' WR position is bare cupboard. Jerricho Cotchery is a veteran wideout who played very well last year for the Steelers (46 receptions for 602 yards and 10 touchdowns). Carolina needs that production from Cotchery to help the Panthers repeat as NFC South champs.

2. Melvin White

melvin white panthers
Getty Images

2. Melvin White

melvin white panthers
Getty Images

2013 starter Captain Munnerlyn now a member of the Vikings. That means Melvin White will need to be even better this year. White, an undrafted cornerback from UL-Lafayette in 2013, played in 10 games for Carolina, collecting 47 tackles and two interceptions.

1. Byron Bell

byron bell panthers
Getty Images

1. Byron Bell

byron bell panthers
Getty Images

with Jordan Gross calling it quits, the Panthers will be counting on Bell to bring stability to the tackle position. Bell has played well since being an undrafted free agent in 2011 out of the University of New Mexico. He will continue to work and could fill the void at LT for the Panthers in 2014.


Around the Web

  • alexis862

    My Uncle Connor got Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
    use this link C­a­s­h­F­i­g­.­ℂ­o­m