The 14th team in this 32-part series for Yahoo! SportsBy season's end, the Carolina Panthers were one of the hottest teams in the league.Unfortunately, just 10 games into the 2012 season, they were also one of the worst. For the second straight year, the club got off to a 2-8 start. In 2011, the Panthers won four of their last six contests to finish 6-10. Last season, Carolina won its last four games and five of its last six outings to finish 7-9.Now all Ron Rivera's team needs to do is figure out that first 2 1/2 months of the season.So it is on to 2013, and here we will take a look at five players who could be critical to the team's success this upcoming season. While in some cases the obvious will be stated, in other instances the focus will be on a newcomer to the team or a performer looking to rebound from a disappointing year. So here are five players to keep an eye on this season when it comes to the Carolina Panthers: