3 Panthers who could get slapped with the bust label in 2020

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Which members of the Carolina Panthers are in danger of being slapped with the bust label in 2020?

There is little denying the fact that fortunes surrounding the Carolina Panthers could go either way in 2020. To say the organization has been gutted from top to bottom would be a massive understatement. And such drastic rebuilds normally take some time.

New head coach Matt Rhule has a prolific record of doing exactly this in college. The Panthers will be hoping this can make a smooth transition to the next level. But it has been a baptism of fire for the former Baylor man during his first few months in the role.

What Rhule does have is an athletic-looking roster with some playmakers that are guaranteed to get the job done consistently. But others head into 2020 fighting for their respective futures with the franchise.

Those at a career crossroads need to show the right sort of traits that warrant a longer-term commitment from the organization. Some that were drafted by the Panthers in recent years will also come under the microscope. And they head into training camp looking to impress a coaching staff that wasn’t around when they heard their name called.

Some newcomers to the roster are also looking to avoid the dreaded “bust” label after failing to live up to their initial promise. There are only so many chances players get in the NFL before a potential trip to the free-agent scrapheap for good. And with the 2021 Draft class set to be strong across the board once again, things could go south quickly if they don’t start trending on an upward curve.

Here are three players that could be tagged with the bust label either during or after the 2020 season with the Panthers.