I don't know how much the Panthers have improved -- perhaps considerably. But they've become much more interesting.
They drafted a big-time quarterback prospect in Jimmy Clausen, a 6-2 receiver out of Lousiana State named Brandon LaFell who is more steady than explosive, and the legendary Armanti Edwards out of Appalachian State.
Anybody who watched Edwards at ASU ought to be thrilled. The Panthers didn't draft him as a quarterback. But next time they run the Wildcat, it's going to be a whole lot more interesting. By the end of the 2009 season, the formation felt used up, covered with dust. But Edwards, and Tim Tebow in Denver, could give it life.
The Panthers, as is their recent custom, traded a high draft pick next season to New England to bring Edwards to Charlotte. They took him with the 25th pick in the third round. But who can complain?
Edwards is a blast. He is tough and poised and, man, can he move. He'll likely return kicks and punts or kicks and punts, run routes and make the Panthers more entertaining.
Nobody has ever won a game in April. But the Panthers might have put themselves into position to.
A comatose fan base ought to enjoy watching them try.