Carolina Panthers: 4 veterans on the 2020 roster bubble
Carolina Panthers Player No. 3: Graham Gano (K)
One of the more interesting things to keep an eye on during training camp will be the kicking battle between Graham Gano and Joey Slye. The former is set to return to the field after a serious leg injury forced him to miss the entire 2019 campaign. And the player can return to the form of old is something that will ultimately determine his overall fortunes.
Slye played very well in his absence. And his kicking from long-range was something that made a real difference. Gano’s qualities have been there for all to see during his career. But there is just no telling what sort of lasting impact this knock has had on him.
Gano has a successful field goal percentage of 85.6 during his time in Carolina. He has also made 85.5% of his extra-point attempts to further heighten his overall influence. The next few weeks are going to be crucial for the player’s future with the organization. And it is a situation that the coaching staff will be monitoring closely.
The former Washington Redskin id due to make $6.25 million in base salary over the next two seasons. And parting ways with the player before the campaign would only save the Panthers around $1.33 million initially.
If Slye performs as he is capable after surprising everyone with his contribution in 2019. Then Carolina’s decision-makers might be left with no alternative other than to release Gano and go with the younger option.