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Carolina Panthers' Offensive Trio Ranked Fourth in NFL

The Carolina Panthers had the highest scoring offense in the league last year and the reigning MVP in Cam Newton. One of the reasons for their success was the trio of Newton, Jonathan Stewart and Greg Olsen who were ranked as the fourth best in the NFL.

The Carolina Panthers were one of the most explosive teams in the NFL on offense with 500 points scored, which led the NFL. One of the big reasons was the trio of Cam NewtonJonathan Stewart and Greg Olsen and based on rankings by ESPN's Bill Barnwell this is the fourth best group in the entire NFL.

Barnwell wrote about the Panthers' group:

It's hard to imagine a group that looks as different from Arizona's trio as these Panthers, but of course, Carolina has managed to manage to make it work. Olsen seems to somehow get more productive on an annual basis, with both his receiving yards (1,104) and touchdowns (seven) improving last year. Over the past four seasons, he has 303 catches and 3,771 receiving yards; that's just about even with Fitzgerald (325 catches and 3,751 receiving yards) and narrowly ahead of Graham (304 catches, 3,691 receiving yards). Olsen hasn't missed any time over those past four years, but health is a skill too. The Panthers also might be able to swap out Stewart in this triplet combo for Kelvin Benjamin, who showed flashes of dominance during his rookie season before missing all of 2015 with a torn ACL. And you don't need me to reiterate what Newton did last year.

Barnwell focuses primarily on Olsen but it is the combination of Stewart and Newton that really make this offense dynamic. The Panthers found success with a combination of explosive plays by Newton, both through the air and on the ground, to the tune of 45 total touchdowns last year. Meanwhile Stewart is the workhorse of this offense and with his run game, allows the passing game to really flourish. Last year was Stewart's first season as the primary running back and he played well with close to 1,000 rushing yards in only 12 games.

The Panthers trio is behind only the Pittsburgh SteelersNew England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers but ahead of the Arizona Cardinals.

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