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LA Chargers 2020 opponent preview: Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers during the second half during their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers during the second half during their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /
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Carolina Panthers’ key additions and subtractions:

Additions:

The biggest addition is obviously Teddy Bridgewater. Cam Newton was hurt for most of last season, so I would not even call him a subtraction, and while Kyle Allen showed some promising signs, the team needed a new quarterback.

Bridgewater played really well and went 5-0 for the New Orleans Saints while Drew Brees was nursing a thumb injury and the Panthers are hoping that he can continue that play throughout an entire season.

The Panthers also got Bridgewater a free agency weapon in Robby Anderson, who has some promise. Tahir Whitehead is a good linebacker and Eli Apple is a serviceable cornerback.

In the 2020 NFL Draft, the players that stand out the most are first-round pick, Derrick Brown, who will be an instant threat at defensive tackle, and fourth-round pick Troy Pride Jr, who was an exciting mid-round cornerback option for the LA Chargers that was passed on for Joshua Kelley.

The team also brought in left tackle Russell Okung in a trade with the LA Chargers.

RELATED: Grading the LA Chargers’ 2020 offensive line

Subtractions:

The Panthers lost some weapons on the defensive line as defensive end Mario Addison and defensive tackle Vernon Butler both signed with the Buffalo Bills. Gerald McCoy is now on the Dallas Cowboys.

The team also lost its best corner in James Bradberry to the New York Giants. Veterans Greg Olson and Bruce Irving have signed elsewhere and Luke Keuchley has retired and joined the front office.

This is a team that is much different and is entering an entirely new era, and I am not sure that it is for the better.

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