Carolina Panthers: 4 players hurt most by lack of OTAs, minicamps

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Which members of the Carolina Panthers will be hurt most by the lack of OTAs and minicamps before the season?

The Carolina Panthers face a crucial offseason period in the coming weeks. But things will not have been made easier by the limited time they will spend together.

Things could even get worse from this perspective as the NFL contemplates shortening the preseason to just two games. This further complicates matters for the Carolina Panthers, who will be going into 2020 with a revamped roister and brand-new coaching staff.

This is bound to come with its fair share of growing pains. The organization decimated their roster of veteran players who were past their peak this offseason. And it has left them with a young roster that is talented but inexperienced.

The Panthers have gone through plenty of virtual sessions during what would normally be OTAs. But the sooner they can get out on the field and familiarise themselves with each other, the better their chances will be.

New head coach Matt Rhule is going to be learning on the job. So the scope for less time together before their week one encounter against the Las Vegas Raiders has the potential to do so real harm to their short-term aspirations.

Not much is expected of them in a tough-looking NFC South this season. This is going to work to their advantage. But those on the roster bubble will need to state their case quickly and efficiently in order to convince the decision-makers to keep them around.

Here are four players that might be impacted most by the lack of OTAs and minicamps before the season.