As per last year, I’ll be sharing projections for every team in the NFL. I use past production in specific roles for each team’s scheme to work out realistic production profiles. You can see how accurate I was in 2017 in my IDP Projection Marking series.
The Panthers have been defensively a solid team for a while but they face a crossroads this year after Steve Wilks left to take over as head coach in Arizona and took Al Holcomb with him. They’re a settled team with a consistent philosophy so hopefully they can survive this without too much interruption but we’ve seen good teams suffer from so much coaching staff leaving together before.
Up front, the team lost Star Lotulelei but signed Dontari Poe as a direct replacement as the 1-tech who eats space and blockers. Lotulelei struggled to create huge personal statistics in that role and I expect Poe to have the same issues.