4 things we learned about the Panthers this offseason

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Carolina Panthers No. 4: Building a contender through athleticism

The Carolina Panthers made their intentions clear regarding what sort of players fit their way of thinking in no uncertain terms. This was evident both during free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. But whether they are going to be up to the challenge is another matter.

Athleticism and versatility were key components in any new player coming into the fold. Getting individuals into the Panthers who were capable of operating in multiple positions was a trait coveted early and often. And even though the roster is now relatively devoid of starting experience. It is full of vibrant, exciting playmakers that could make a real difference to their aspirations going forward.

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The likes of second-round pair Yetur Gross-Matos and Jeremy Chinn fall into this category. They are supreme athletes who could see their contributions increase as the season progresses. And Carolina’s offensive line has plenty that can move across the line of scrimmage if needed.

Not much is expected of the Panthers in terms of a postseason appearance of even a winning record in 2020. So this is something that can take some of the pressure off. However, the athletic feel to their roster is going to make them fun to watch, at the very least.

There will be obvious growing pains, especially against the more established teams on the schedule. This steep learning curve should stand them in good stead. And it might even make the Panthers an attractive destination for 2021 free agents with more money at their disposal.

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