On the Prowl: Ranking Rivera

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RIVERA IS RELEVANT: With the season fast approaching, Sporting News ranked the NFL head coaches and had some kind things to say while elevating Ron Rivera to No. 4 in its annual list. READ MORE

GETTLEMAN DOES ONE BETTER: Sporting News also recently ranked the league's general managers, placing Dave Gettleman in the third spot. READ MORE

PANTHERS LAND LEONARD: Who knows, maybe the Panthers will eventually land on a list of top summer acquistions with the recent addition of cornerback Leonard Johnson, who could bolster the nickel position. READ MORE

A CLEAN SWEEP: ESPN.com reporters for each of the NFC South teams debated who will win the division, and they could only come up with one answer - the Panthers, for the fourth consecutive year. They also all picked Panthers to be the division MVP, with love for both Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly. READ MORE

POSITIONED FOR SUCCESS: Tis the season for rankings, and Pro Football Focus has been frenziedly ranking each position, listing teams 1-32. The website loves the Panthers' defensive front seven, ranking it No. 3 in the league, but has the defensive backs bringing up the rear. On offense, Carolina's quarterbacks and running backs come in at No. 4, the offensive line at No. 6 and receivers/tight ends at No. 14. READ MORE

TACKLING THE LINEBACKER SPOT: Linebacker is one position Pro Football Focus is yet to break down, but as Max Henson of Panthers.com reminds, Carolina could have the best unit in the league. READ MORE

LIVING THE FANTASY: NFL.com analyzes the NFL Fantasy LIVE countdown of the top 50 fantasy players of 2016 on the NFL Network, in particular taking a look at Newton being ranked as the top quarterback at No. 27 overall. Jonathan Stewart was 36th, Kelvin Benjamin 43rd and Greg Olsen 47th. READ MORE

MONEY BALL: The Charlotte Observer details the Panthers cracking the top 40 in Forbes' annual list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises. READ MORE

TRAI BIEN: Doug Farrar of SI.com put together an offense from all the league's teams that he believes would win the most games between now and 2020. His dream team includes Carolina guard Trai Turner. READ MORE

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