The Carolina Panthers experienced a bad Super Bowl hangover in 2016, falling from 15-1 to 6-10 and the NFC South cellar. Their season was a personification of the phrase: everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Quarterback Cam Newton became a punching bag, the running game fell apart, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s return was disappointing at best, star linebacker Luke Kuechly suffered a terrifying concussion and was out for the remainder of the year. Even as early as Week 1, when kicker Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal that would have given the Panthers a win in Denver, everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong.

Coming into this season, things look different. That’s in large part because logic dictates that many things can’t go wrong again. But the Panthers took steps toward fixing a lot of what needed fixing offensively. The biggest thing they did was drafting running back Christian McCaffrey in the first round.

McCaffrey will spark a fundamental shift in Carolina’s offense. The Stanford product’s upside is in the passing game. He has good hands, a solid route tree (for a running back) and racks up yardage after the catch. Simply put, he is a perfect fit for a team that loves to throw it short. Before now, the Panthers haven’t been that team. Per Cian Fahey’s charting, Newton led the league in average depth of target last season. Carolina, in the past, has been a vertical offense.