4 Carolina Panthers who could be affected most by no preseason

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Dennis Daley, Carolina Panthers
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CAROLINA PANTHERS. 87. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. OL. DENNISDALEY. 3. player

Carolina Panthers Player No. 3: Dennis Daley (OL)

It’s fair to say that Dennis Daley wasn’t ready for what the Carolina Panthers put on him during his rookie season. The offensive lineman was thrown to the proverbial wolves in 2019. And he struggled accordingly.

This was something of a necessity given the Panthers’ offensive line woes. But the sixth-round pick was initially seen as a development project that ended up filling a starting role ahead of time.

Daley was flustered against pass-rushers at the next level. He gave up seven sacks and four penalties from 686 snaps on his way to a modest 58.6 grade from Pro Football Focus. And it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the coaching staff take him out of the firing line in 2020.

They also have the option of slotting Daley onto the interior protection. The lineman has the size and strength to make the move. But not having any preseason games to adjust to a new position could eventually put pay to his chances of earning a starting role from day one.

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The Panthers brought in John Miller and Michael Schofield after they took the decision to trade away perennial Pro Bowler Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for Russell Okung. The pair have far more experience at the guard spot than Daley. So they immediately become favorites for starting roles with no preseason before competitive action gets underway.

Truth be told, this might be a good thing for Daley. It would give him a chance to develop at his own pace. And this would do his long-term aspirations no harm at all.