3 reasons the Panthers will struggle in 2020

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Why the Carolina Panthers will struggle: Chemistry issues

The lack of time together for the Carolina Panthers could represent a real problem in 2020. This is a new roster and coaching staff who have yet to meet each other. And they have relied primarily on virtual meetings so far.

With the prospect of a shortened preseason to possibly contend with, it could be something that hampers the Panthers’ chances of surprising people. This will be especially prevalent early in the season. And it may take a few games for the roster to familiarise themselves with one another.

If Carolina gets off to a poor start, they will be fighting an uphill battle for the remainder of the campaign. There is a chance that things click into place right away. But this appears slim due to the number of new players that have to bed into the team and its rotation.

One suspects that the virtual OTAs have been of substantial use. However, there is no substitute for getting out on the field and building friendships and cohesiveness in pursuit of the same goal. And it remains to be seen what can be achieved with a few short weeks before they take on the Las Vegas Raiders in week one.

This is another obstacle to overcome for the Panthers. And how they come out of these challenges will tell us plenty about how long this transition process is actually going to take.

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