Panthers add another player to the secondary

The Carolina Panthers signed cornerback Lou Young from the practice squad

Coming into this season, the Carolina Panthers thought they had upgraded their secondary, bringing on cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman and safety Kurt Coleman.

With these additions, it appeared as if the Panthers would be strong in this aspect.  Throughout the season,  the secondary was strong and Coleman led the Panthers in interceptions.

Tillman and Coleman teamed with Josh Norman and Roman Harper, with Bene Benwikere coming off the

Jan 3, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) on the sidelines after Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (not pictured) gets ejected in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

bench, to shut down the opposing team’s best receivers.

It appeared as if a few weeks ago, this secondary would go into the playoffs as a strong group who each team the Panthers faced, would be scared.

But, the tide has now changed as the Panthers enter the playoffs.  Benwikere was lost to a broken leg, causing the Panthers to sign Cortland Finnegan, who had not formally retired, but was sitting at home on the couch.

The Panthers also signed Robert McClain, who also had not played a game all year.

Then, this past weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tillman suffered a torn ACL, placing him on injured reserve as well.

Now, the Panthers faced another hurdle as to what to do in the secondary.

Impressed with the way Lou Young had performed in OTA’s and training camp, the Panthers had him on the practice squad.

With Tillman’s injury, it was time to sign Young to the active roster, which the Panthers have done.

Now, entering the playoffs, the starting secondary consists of Robert McClain, Josh Norman, Roman Harper and Kurt Coleman – an entirely new look from when the regular season started.

McClain played for the first time this year against the Bucs and is now starting in the first game of the playoffs.

So does this mean the Panthers have holes in the secondary?

Not with the way the Panthers have been playing this year, as they have kept the “Keep Pounding” motto and the next man up has succeeded.