Running Backs (4): Christian McCaffrey, Reggie Bonnafon, Jordan Scarlett, Alex Armah
Following a season in which Christian McCaffrey played far more offensive snaps than any other running back in the league, one of the Panthers’ main goals in the offseason was to give their stud running back a break. In doing so, Carolina drafted Jordan Scarlett in the fifth-round, and watched second-year pro Reggie Bonnafon, burst onto the scene this offseason.
Scarlett offers the team a tough, physical back who isn’t afraid of contact, while Bonnafon’s versatility may have earned his place on the roster. Bonnafon showed in the preseason that he can be effective as a pass-catching back, a returner, and actually outpaced all other Panthers running backs (aside from McCaffrey, who had only three carries) in terms of average yards per rush. Alex Armah will return for his third season as the team’s fullback.
Wide Receivers (6): DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, Chris Hogan, Jarius Wright, Ray-Ray McCloud, Brandon Zylstra
After retaining only five wide receivers on the initial roster, Carolina released veteran Torrey Smith before claiming Ray-Ray McCloud and Brandon Zylstra off waivers. DJ Moore should be able to build off of a momentous finish to the 2018 campaign, and third-year man, Curtis Samuel has been praised all offseason for his improved route-running and all-around playmaking ability. Chris Hogan was signed at the beginning of free agency after spending the past three seasons with the New England Patriots. Slot receiver, Jarius Wright, will return for his second season with the Panthers in 2019. The top-four receivers are collectively the best group of receivers that Cam Newton has had his entire career, while McCloud can return kicks, and Zylstra showed signs of potential during his time with the Vikings.