There aren’t as many Carolina Panthers posters as many of the other NFL teams, since the Panthers have only been around since 1995. Still, for a 13-year old franchise, the Carolina Panthers have a solid number of players featured on Allposters.com.
Carolina Panthers Posters – Steve Smith
Steve Smith is the best offensive player in the short history of the Carolina Panthers. Steve Smith was the star wide receiver on the 2003 Carolina Panthers team which lost the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots. After a 2004 campaign ended by a season-ending injury, Smith returned to lead the Carolina Panthers to the 2005-2006 NFC Championship Game. Since then, Steve Smith has been one of the most consistent producers at wideout, despite a 2007 season with four different starting quarterbacks.
My personal favorite Steve Smith poster is the snapshot of his long touchdown run against the St. Louis Rams in the 2003 Divisional Championship Game. There are two other posters with Smith running after a catch, one with Smith in the Panthers’ black home uniform and the other with him in the road whites. Finally, there is a poster of Steve Smith making an over-the-shoulder catch for the Carolina Panthers.
Jake Delhomme has been the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback since the 2003 season, when he came over as a free agent from the New Orleans Saints. Delhomme has passed the Panthers to two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl, where he matched Tom Brady pass-for-pass in the Carolina Panthers only Superbowl appearance to date.
Jake Delhomme posters include three of Jake throwing the ball from the pocket and one with Jake Delhomme scrambling to his right to avoid the rush. Another great photo is one of Jake Delhomme from the back, with Jake calling the play to the Carolina Panthers offensive huddle.
Stephen Davis came over from the Washington Redskins as a free agent running back. On the Panthers 2003-2004 Super Bowl squad, Stephen Davis solidified the Panthers running game. Combining a stout rushing attack and an overpowering defense with the occasional big play by Steve Smith, the Carolina Panthers nearly won the Super Bowl that year.
All Posters has two Stephen Davis posters, including one with him covering the ball with two arms as he busts through the line and another holding the ball in his left arm as he runs straight up, which is actually the running style which some claim caused Stephen Davis injuries during his career. Whatever the case, Stephen Davis was the battering ram of the Panthers offense for several seasons, and the team has never quite replaced him.
Deangelo Williams might be the man to replace Stephen Davis. Williams is a very different runner, adding quickness and cutting ability where Davis offered power. With Deshaun Foster gone from the team, it appears that Deangelo Williams will be the main man in the Carolina Panthers offense for the first time in 2008. Williams showed durability as a college runner, though some wonder if he will be able to withstand the pounding on the pro level.
The lone Deangelo Williams poster on All Posters is a picture of Williams running to his left and making a cut against his opponents. This might become a common sight in 2008.
Jonathan Stewart is a big 235 lb. running back out of Oregon. Stewart was drafted in the 1st round by the Panthers in the 2008 NFL Draft, so it stands to reason that Jonathan Stewart will be the Panthers starting running back come Week 1 of the NFL season. With his big frame, Stewart is a more classic Panthers back than Deangelo Williams. Carolina also drafted OT Jeff Otah out of Pitt to bolster their offensive line.
Ricky Manning Jr. Posters
Ricky Manning Jr. starred as a ballhawking cornerback for the Carolina Panthers in their contending years of the early 2000′s. All Posters has a poster of Manning lining up to cover a receiver in the 2004-2005 season. Manning Jr. now plays for the Chicago Bears.
Julius Peppers is the anchor of the Carolina Panthers defense. Since he was drafted with the #2 overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, Julius Peppers has been one of the best defensive ends in the NFL. Peppers plays in an unusual position for an elite NFL pass rusher. Most DE stars are right ends (or weakside ends), while Peppers typically plays left end (usually the strongside end). Julius Peppers can move around the line, though, which make it harder for opponents to gameplan against him. His athleticism is shown by his ability to go over to the offensive side of the ball as a goalline tight end.
There are several posters of Julius Peppers rushing the passer. My favorite has Peppers rushing Tom Brady from his customary position at left end, while a second poster has an isolated picture of his rushing from his left end position. A third poster is an iso photo of Peppers rushing from the right side.