The Carolina Panthers have ample cornerbacks, with one in particular standing out…..
OTAs are over for the Carolina Panthers, and now they will spend three days in minicamp practices. These are the final sets of practices before the team begins training camp next month.
Beginning on Tuesday, this gives the Panthers an opportunity to work on some things.
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer wrote a piece titled “5 accomplishments that would signal success in this week’s Carolina Panthers minicamp” The overall list is impressive and one of the examples listed stood out to me. Person noted the Panthers should begin the process of finding someone suitable for the second cornerback spot.
"Based on the snaps at OTAs, Kevon Seymour looks like he’ll get the first crack at it. The former Buffalo corner should benefit from having a full off-season with the Panthers after arriving just before last season via trade.But a couple of other young corners look like they’re going to give Seymour competition at camp — second-round pick Donte Jackson and ex-Broncos CB Lorenzo Doss. Veteran Ross Cockrell also could be a factor."
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This is interesting on many levels. For starters, Seymour is not a name we have heard a lot about from OTAs. However, that does not mean he is not a talented football player. Seymour has played two seasons in the National Football League after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2016 draft. He has recorded seven pass deflections and 28 total tackles in 31 games.
Secondly, one has to wonder if “getting the first crack” at things will work in his favor. Does this mean that if he does not perform up to the Panthers expectations he will slide down the depth chart? My guess is that he would not slide, but that he would be bumped down a spot or two.
On September 3, he was traded by the Bills to the Panthers for a 2019 seventh-round pick and Kaelin Clay.
If the Carolina Panthers can bring clarity to the position over these next couple of days, that will work in their favor. They have depth at the position and Doss and Jackson in particular could give Seymour a challenge heading into preseason camp. The Panthers have plenty of options at the position and especially for Seymour, he will need to make a strong first impression.