Panthers depth chart: Can DT spot set the tone in 2020?

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The Carolina Panthers depth chart has undergone some big changes on their defensive front, but what can we expect from their interior in 2020?

There have been significant changes in the Carolina Panthers depth chart this offseason. Plenty of established veterans moved on and were replaced with younger players with the potential to turn around the fortunes of the franchise.

One of the areas of strength on the Panthers depth chart heading into training camp appears to be the defensive tackle position. This will be crucial to any success that comes their way in 2020 as the organization moves back to a 4-3 base defense going forward.

This is the right call from head coach Matt Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow. They have assembled some athletic individuals that are more than capable of wreaking havoc on opposing backfields consistently. But whether this is going to come with instant improvements remains to be seen.

The 2020 season is going to be a difficult one for Carolina, especially when one considers the strength of teams awaiting them next season. While some members of the Panthers depth chart are fighting for their long-term future with the franchise in 2020. Others will be tasked with developing on the job in the hope of playing a leading role in their return to contender status in the not-too-distant future.

Rhule and general manager Marty Hurney built their revamped defense from the inside-out. So how the defensive tackle positions influence proceedings throughout the campaign will go a long way to determining their overall fortunes.

Growing pains are expected. And a winning record might be too much to ask from a young core that is going to feel the effects of a shortened offseason due to the coronavirus pandemic more than most. However, there is real hope regarding a defensive front that could emerge as the strongest area of the Panthers depth chart.