Panthers depth chart: High hopes for defensive end group in 2020

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The Carolina Panthers depth chart has strong options available at defensive end, but can this be the catalyst for success in 2020?

One area that looks particularly strong on the Carolina Panthers depth chart is the defensive end position. The team is moving back to a 4-3 base scheme under Phil Snow and they have some exciting pass-rushers at their disposal heading into 2020.

There have been some significant changes on the Panthers depth chart. Their defensive line has undergone a massive overhaul that resulted in Dontari Poe, Gerald McCoy, Bruce Irvin, and Vernon Butler all moving on to pastures new. The franchise will also be without the services of outside linebacker Mario Addison after he penned a lucrative free-agent deal with the Buffalo Bills.

These figures have been replaced with younger individuals who come into the organization with plenty to prove. That being said, there appears to be plenty of defensive end quality on the Panthers depth chart and this is something the new coaching staff should make the most of next season.

Their task of getting to the quarterback is going to be aided on the interior by No. 7 overall pick Derrick Brown and returning veteran Kawann Short. Both have a fantastic ability to draw attention from blockers. And this should leave plenty of space for the pass-rushing specialists on the outside.

It could be a long season in Carolina if the experts’ predictions come to fruition. However, they will have a far better chance of succeeding if the defensive end group can put some serious pressure consistently on the quality quarterbacks that the Panthers come up against next season.