Minter, Rucker big fans of new Panthers' offense

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CHARLOTTE (AP) -- Mike Minter and Mike Rucker used to know what was coming when they lined up in practice against the Carolina Panthers' offense.

They weren't the only ones. Opponents limited Carolina's offense to just under 17 points per game last season, sixth-worst in the NFL. The Panthers also had the league's worst third-down conversion rate.

But after spending three weeks watching new offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson's system during optional workouts, Minter and Rucker are confused -- and excited. He says it looks like the Panthers are drawing plays in the dirt.

The two spoke today at the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Minter says the offense is one that attacks the defense as opposed to just having a scheme and nothing else.

Carolina went 8-8 last year with a 24th-ranked offense that angered fans for its conservatism and its simplicity under Dan Henning, who was fired after the season and replaced by Davidson, a former assistant in New England and Cleveland.

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