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Carolina Panthers Preseason 2014: 5 Things We Learned From Week 2 Win

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Carolina Panthers Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Win

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The Carolina Panthers got a much clearer look at what their team is going to look like in Week 2 of the preseason. Carolina saw the return of their franchise quarterback, Cam Newton. The Panthers also showed off their top level defense and found some clarity in a few position battles. Here are the five takeaways from the Panthers' 28-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

5. A.J. Klein Stepping Up

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5. A.J. Klein Stepping Up

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A.J. Klein may have taken over the third linebacker spot for Carolina after last night's game. Klein had three tackles and an interception which led to a Panthers touchdown. His main competition for the spot, Chase Blackburn, had to sit the game out with an injury. Klein definitely made the most of his opportunity.

4. Panthers' Offensive Line a Mess

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4. Panthers' Offensive Line a Mess

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Carolina's offensive line didn't have a good night. The Panthers gave up three sacks in the first half. Nate Chandler was having a lot of issues at the right tackle position. The only bright spot was Byron Bell, who should be named the starting left tackle shortly.

3. Jonathan Stewart Looked Good -- For Now

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3. Jonathan Stewart Looked Good -- For Now

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It's way too early to get excited about Jonathan Stewart's two touchdown night. He only carried the ball four times, which might have been a good thing because it limited the chance for him to get hurt. Stewart has to prove he can have that kind of burst for an extended period before the Panthers can rely on him.

2. Kelvin Benjamin Best WR on Team

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2. Kelvin Benjamin Best WR on Team

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It hasn't taken Kelvin Benjamin very long to show that he is the best wide receiver on the Panthers. He had two catches for 41 yards and also should have had another deep ball but was overthrown. The rest of the wide receiving corps is average at best, but Benjamin looks like the real deal.

1. Cam Newton Returns

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1. Cam Newton Returns

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Cam Newton was understandably a little rusty in his first action of the preseason. The Panthers gained just one yard in their first three drives. Newton also overthrew an open Kelvin Benjamin on a deep ball. Cam finished the game 4-for-9 for 65 yards. He clearly needs more reps before the Panthers take the field in the regular season. On a positive note, his mobility looked good and he didn't seem to be hampered by his ankle injury.