Which members of the Carolina Panthers roster can the organization not afford to get complacent in 2020?
The Carolina Panthers come into the season with excitement and worry in equal measure. It is going to be an intriguing campaign for the new-look group. And it could become one that increases the speed of their rebuild under Matt Rhule.
It is a roster that might be younger and more energetic than in years gone past. But it would be foolish not to suspect that this group is going to go through their fair share of growing pains. How the Carolina Panthers come out of this is going to be crucial for not only their chances going forward, but also as they look to become an attractive free-agent destination with more financial resources available in 2021.
Some members of the roster will need to step up more than others. And this is especially evident when one considers just how many veteran leaders departed the locker room over the past few months.
Complacency is a big thing when it comes to players that have been in the league for a few seasons. The Panthers had plenty of those in 2019 – Dontari Poe and Gerald McCoy immediately spring to mind. But this new group should be invigorated by a new scheme to work in.
There will be the odd one or two that fall into this bracket, which tends to be the case with any NFL roster. These come with plenty of factors such as financial security or simply falling out of love with the game.
Here are four players that the Panthers cannot afford to get complacent at any stage next season.