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Thursday, January 16, 2014
NFLN survey/franchise player: Panthers

By David Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Denver quarterback Peyton Manning might have been the player most of the league would want if they had to start a team from scratch, but he wasn't the overwhelming choice among the Carolina Panthers surveyed.

Manning finished second to Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. In fact, of the 10 surveyed, seven different players were picked. Six of those were quarterbacks.

But what's interesting, of the quarterbacks Carolina players selected, only Seattle's Russell Wilson was a threat as a runner. The rest, for the most part, were pure pocket passers.

This tells me players are more worried about quarterbacks that can beat you with their arm than their legs.

And that a running back, such as Peterson, is rare.