Carolina Panthers: 4 players who could regress in 2020

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The Carolina Panthers have formed a young and talented roster heading into 2020, but which players could take a backward step next season?

It is a time of relative uncertainty for the Carolina Panthers. They have made wholesale changes to their roster during an offseason of frenzied activity following the arrival of new head coach Matt Rhule.

This has left expectations at an all-time low next term, which might actually work in their favor if their free-agent recruits and NFL Draft picks hit the ground running. They have not been helped by all the dead cap money the franchise is shelling out for departed stars in 2020. It is currently the highest in the league by a considerable margin at $48.1 million and was a necessary evil to get the organization going in the right direction.

Much will be expected of both the rookie and veteran players to make their presence felt on a tough-looking schedule. While there are some roster members that have considerable scope for growth. Some are facing the prospect of possible regression due to factors such as age, form, or reduced opportunities.

The Panthers are very much in the early stage of a rebuild. This always puts players on edge regarding their long-term financial aspirations and they either rise to the challenge of fade off into the sunset.

Make no mistake, most of the Panthers roster are still playing for their jobs despite Rhule giving them the opportunity to showcase their skills next season. If they do not impress a new regime, then those involved could find themselves on the chopping block in no uncertain terms.

Here are four players from the Carolina Panthers that could take a step back in 2020.