Panthers Power Rankings: Preseason Game 2
ESPN – No. 12 (-1)
ESPN finally released their first NFL Power Rankings since the draft and Carolina is moving backwards. Despite a good showing during their first preseason game, injuries and questions along the offensive line can be pointed to as reasons behind the demotion.
Always highlighting a specific reason behind each poll, surprise candidates to watch during the preseason was the initial focus this season. Newcomer Jarius Wright at wide receiver earned the distinction as he battles for a roster position with a crowded and competitive group.
"[Wright] has had some big days in camp. But if the Panthers are forced to keep five receivers — and Torrey Smith, Devin Funchess, DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel are locks — do they go with a young, fast receiver such as Damiere Byrd, since they have others who can play the slot, including running back Christian McCaffrey? Or do they go with Wright…"