4 Carolina Panthers who could be affected most by no preseason

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Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Player No. 4: Stantley Thomas-Oliver III (CB)

The Carolina Panthers concluded their all-defense draft by selecting cornerback Stantley Thomas-Oliver with their seventh-round selection. He is relatively new to the cornerback position. But he has made a tremendous move from wide receiver over a two-year spell at Florida International.

This is an area of real concern for the Panthers going into the season. While Thomas-Oliver wasn’t expected to make any sort of impression from a starting perspective in 2020. Getting valuable experience in a professional environment would have done his development a significant amount of good during the preseason.

Thomas-Oliver is sure to get a baptism of fire regardless of his expected lack of game time. He will be coming up against Carolina’s formidable wide receiver weapons on a daily basis during camp. And this will also be invaluable for his progression.

The player recorded seven interceptions during his two years at cornerback in college. There is no telling just what sort of contribution Thomas-Oliver can make once he gets more knowledge on how to play the position. So he will be affected more than most by a lack of preseason games.

It will be interesting to see whether Thomas-Oliver will get a spot on the roster ahead of Cole Luke and Corn Elder. But the Panthers should take a chance on a player that could end up being a steal down the line.

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