5 Carolina Panthers under-threat who should survive early cuts

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Which members of the Carolina Panthers should survive the early training camp cuts despite their places appearing under threat?

Things are going to be incredibly interesting for the Carolina Panthers in the coming weeks. Their new-look roster and coaching staff will get together for the first time at training camp following a severely disrupted offseason. And how they come together in a short space of time is going to tell us a lot about what we can expect from the organization in 2020.

It has been a baptism of fire for head coach Matt Rhule during his initial period in the role, to put it mildly. The former Baylor man has a huge task on his hands in his pursuit of getting the Carolina Panthers back to prominence. And not having OTAs, minicamps, or preseason games has surrounded the franchise with uncertainty.

Things will get even tougher for Rhule during the early stages of camp. According to ESPN’s NFL Insider Chris Mortensen, teams need to cut their rosters from 90 to 80 by August 16, which is a further safety measure in the current climate.

This will leave plenty on the roster wondering what their short-term future in Carolina holds. It is a far from ideal situation. But if it means that the NFL season can start on time. Then it is a necessary sacrifice to make.

Here are five players that might consider themselves under threat from the early cuts. But it might be worth keeping them around to see what they can bring to the Panthers.