Despite not making the NFL Playoffs, the Carolina Panthers have been a very big part of the news cycle as we have begun 2020.
The 2020 Panthers are going to be a fascinating team to watch develop. They have a new head coach in Matt Rhule, who lured LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady away from the National Champions to be his new offensive coordinator.NOW WATCH BELOW: Master Madden 20 and blow away your opponents!
They also have Cam Newton returning fully healthy after taking much of the year off. They do, however, have to build their defense around someone other than Luke Kuechly, who surprisingly announced his retirement at just 28-years-old.
Even though they didn’t make the playoffs, their historic and recent success means they have a number of great players on Madden to build your Ultimate Team.
You need five Panthers players to activate their chemistry, but who are the best to start it all?
Luke Kuechly (96 OVR)
Program: Team of the Year
Auction House Value: Xbox – 393k / PS4 – 389k / PC – 437k
Kuechly will go down as one of the best linebackers to ever play in the NFL. He may have only played eight years, but made seven Pro Bowls, had five All-Pro selections, won Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year. He rightfully made TOTY this year, too.
As you may have guessed, then, this card is immense. With 97 play rec, 96 pursuit, 88 block shedding and speed he’ll beat any player to the ball. Once there his 95 tackling and 93 hit power is crazy. Add 82 zone coverage and he is the total package.
Jordan Gross (94 OVR)
Auction House Value: Xbox – 288k / PS4 – 275k / PC – 239k
Gross was a legend from the moment he arrived in Carolina. He started as a RT in his rookie year, anchoring a team that made the Super Bowl and playing every offensive snap. He later switched to LT and was one of the NFL’s best until he retired in 2014. He is now in the Panthers’ Hall of Honor.
If you want a pass protector then this is your guy. His 94 pass block is crazy good and lets him deal with all sorts of pass rushers. He also has 91 run blocking so won’t let your team down in that phase of the game, either.
Christian McCaffrey (94 OVR)
Program: Zero Chill
Auction House Value: Xbox – 251k / PS4 – 255k / PC – 239k
McCaffrey was one of the three best offensive players in the NFL this season, so it should be no surprise he has one of the best HB cards in MUT. He finished the season with 2,392 yards from scrimmage, third all-time, with 1,000 yards rushing and receiving, and over 100 receptions.
He is everything you want in a running back and this card reflects that. If his 91 speed, 96 agility, 93 juke move, 91 elusiveness and 91 spin move isn’t enough to get your attention, his 84 catching and 85 short route running makes him a better receiver than many WR cards.
Brian Burns (93 OVR)
Program: Ghosts of Madden – Future
Auction House Value: Xbox – 190k / PS4 – 197k / PC – 198k
Burns was exactly what the Panthers hoped he would be in his rookie season. His seven and a half sacks may not seem like a huge number, but he was productive and a key part of the Panthers’ pass rush rotation.
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If you need a speed rusher or rangy run stuffer he can be your guy. His 88 speed off the edge is a game changer, add it to 96 pursuit, 91 play rec and 91 finesse moves he is a nightmare on the edge of your defense.
Donte Jackson (92 OVR)
Auction House Value: Xbox – 301k / PS4 – 329k / PC – 350k
Jackson came in as a rookie in 2018 and was thrust straight into the starting lineup. This year he was expected to be comfortable on an island with the game’s best receivers and he struggled somewhat. Nevertheless, his physical tools and seven interceptions in two years make him a very promising player.
With the speed of many receivers available so high, fast cornerbacks are a game changer. Well, Jackson is one of the fastest with 94 speed. Add that to his 91 man coverage and he can stay with most of the best receivers in MUT.
The best Carolina Panthers players to buy in MUT
|Player||Overall||Position||Program||Auction House Value (Xbox/PS4)|
|Christian McCaffrey||94||HB||Zero Chill||253k|
|Brian Burns||93||LOLB||Ghosts of Madden – Future||194k|
|Julius Peppers||92||LE||MUT 10||307k|
|Cam Newton||92||QB||Most Feared||131k|
|Eric Reid||91||SS||Football Outsiders||104k|
|Greg Olsen||91||TE||MUT Heroes||99k|
|Luke Kuechly||90||MLB||MUT Superstars||305k|
|Joey Slye||90||K||Football Outsiders||83.8k|
|Christian McCaffrey||90||HB||Signature Series||351k|
|Matt Paradis||90||C||Football Outsiders||74.8k|