Carolina Panthers: 4 players who can’t get complacent in 2020

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Stephen Weatherly, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Player No. 2: Stephen Weatherly (DE)

Another member of the Carolina Panthers who will be keen to avoid any complacency is Stephen Weatherly. The defensive end was brought in on a two-year, $12 million deal during free agency. And he is set to finally make a starting spot his own in the NFL.

It’s hard to argue against the fact that Weatherly is immensely deserving of such an opportunity. The pass-rusher played well in a rotational role with the Minnesota Vikings. And this was enough for Carolina to make him an offer that his former team couldn’t match with their financial restrictions.

There is plenty to admire about Weatherly’s rise to prominence. He was a seventh-round pick that worked his way onto the Vikings’ rotation thanks to hard work and commitment. So he could bring a tremendous amount to the Panthers if the player lives up to expectations.

One does have to consider the flip side to this coin that is evident across the NFL. Players who earn a big payday and a starting job after showing flashes of brilliance have come with mixed success over the years. Some find that they are better suited to a rotational role. And others lose that urgency and burst once they become financially secure.

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Weatherly doesn’t look like the sort of character that this should impact a great deal. But it will be a worry for Carolina’s front office if the player struggles to make an impression early on.