Kenjon Barner, RB
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After initially being drafted by the Panthers, Barner was traded to Philadelphia where he spent the last three seasons. Serving as a change of pace back with pass catching capabilities out of the backfield, Barner also was the primary kick returner for the reigning Super Bowl champion, Eagles.
Registering three returns in the big game, Barner averaged over 24 yards a return after falling just short of 20-yards on average during the regular season. With collegiate and professional experience in the return game, Barner’s return to the Panthers gives him a head start on the competition.
Playing another crowded position, even with the injury to Whittaker, Barner should be given strong consideration for the No. 3 or No. 4 running back slot on the final roster.
Each of the previously mentioned candidates should be given plenty of chances during the preseason to make an impact. The recent NFL rule changes, to make kickoffs safer, may also result in more opportunities overall, meaning the Panthers need to make the right decision when selecting a kick returner.