Panthers depth chart: Plenty of potential in wide receiver room

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Seth Roberts, Panthers depth chart
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The projected backups

While the Carolina Panthers depth chart at wide receiver seems set at the starting spots. There is plenty of competition for places for those looking to be the No. 4 wideout or aiming to secure a place on the rotation.

Seth Roberts was brought in during free agency after performing well when called upon for the Baltimore Ravens in 219. The Panthers gave him a one-year deal worth $3.75 million and he has the potential to provide the franchise with a big target they have been sorely missing on the outside in recent years.

Another arrival in free agency is Pharoh Cooper, who has been seen more as a special teamer during his career but caught 25 of 33 targets for the Arizona Cardinals last season on his way to a respectable rating of 70.3 from Pro Football Focus.

Cooper’s versatility is something head coach Matt Rhule has coveted in almost every player he has brought in during his short time at the helm. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady has the chance to get creative when it comes to the former fourth-round pick and it would be a shock if he wasn’t used in specialist situations.

DeAndrew White, Brandon Zylstra, Ishmael Hyman, Damon Jeanpiere Jr., and Keith Kirkwood are others who will be striving to make the 53-man roster in training camp. But the arrival of undrafted free-agents Omar Bayless and TreVonte Hights could throw a spanner in the works.

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The acquisition of Bayless is particularly enticing. The wideout was one of the most prolific receivers in the college system in 2019 and if he can take this confidence to the next level then it is going to be hard for the Panthers to not offer him a role in the set-up.