Carolina Panthers training camp: 4 players who need to stand out

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T.J. Green, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Player No. 4: T.J. Green (S)

This could finally be the year that T.J. Green starts living up to his billing. The former second-round pick has flattered to deceive for the most part during his career. And he will need to show the new coaching staff with the Carolina Panthers he is worthy of a more prominent role during training camp.

Green showed brief glimpses of promise with the Indianapolis Colts before he was released after two seasons. This was followed by a brief stint at the New Orleans Saints in 2018.

The Panthers have him another chance to showcase his talent when he signed a two-year, $1.38 million contract in 2019. But he saw the field for just 0.9 percent of Carolina’s defensive snaps on his way to a 28.6 grade from Pro Football Focus.

The player is versatile enough to play cornerback or safety. But the introduction of draft picks Jeremy Chinn and Kenny Robinson, together with the free-agent acquisition of Juston Burris, has plunged his aspirations into doubt.

Green is extremely gifted athletically. But his naïve decision-making in crucial situations has cost him during his career so far. Having such competition for places should increase urgency. And it could even lead to a standout showing from the player during camp.

It is clear that Green is in danger of being labeled a bust at this stage. He came into the NFL as a second-round pick out of Clemson. And it is vital he starts producing the goods at the earliest possible opportunity.

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