Carolina Panthers: 4 veterans on the 2020 roster bubble

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Cole Luke, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Player No. 4: Cole Luke (CB)

Another player that if fighting for his future on the roster bubble going into training camp is Cole Luke. Cornerback is a potential problem area for the Carolina Panthers in 2020. But the former undrafted prospect out of Notre Dame might find himself out of the equation.

The Panthers lost James Bradberry to the New York Giants in free agency. And they also opted not to bring back 2019 contributors Ross Cockrell and Javien Elliott. This has left them relatively devoid of experience. And much will depend on how Donte Jackson and Eli Apple perform in starting roles.

A significant amount is also expected of fourth-round selection Troy Pride Jr., who has a nice skillset and incredible pace that should make him a useful option in 2020. Putting too much pressure on the rookie is going to do more harm than good. So putting him as the nickel cornerback is a more viable option in the short-term.

That leaves the likes of Luke, Corn Elder, Derreck Thomas, and Stantley Thomas-Oliver III fighting for places on the rotation. Carolina is also intrigued by the prospect of playing second-rounder Jeremy Chinn in the slot due to his outstanding athleticism.

This leaves Luke with plenty to do in order to make the 53-man roster. And if he fails to catch the eye during camp, then he can be shipped out with no financial ramifications.

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