The Carolina Panthers have some intriguing options on special teams this season…
When it comes down to the final few roster positions, an ability to contribute on special teams can make all the difference. For a handful of Carolina Panthers, this may be their best opportunity at earning a position on the 53-man roster come September.
The Panthers had a revolving door at both the kick and punt return positions last year and hopefully things will change this season. New special teams coordinator Chase Blackburn has been an assistant and is familiar with his personnel, but who ultimately performs will secure the role.
Veteran running back Fozzy Whittaker was a likely candidate prior to suffering an injury that will have him sidelined for the entire upcoming season. Without his presence in the return game, the door is open wide for a lot of young but rather unproven talent.
Only three Panthers are back in 2018 who returned a kick last season and with increased offensive responsibilities, it is unlikely that second year running back Christian McCaffrey pulls double duty this year.
Following are a few options who could be swinging momentum in games and helping add some excitement to a rather mundane group from the past few seasons.