Carolina Panthers: 4 questions at wide receiver entering camp
Carolina Panthers Question No. 4: Who will win the WR4 spot?
While the top-three options on the Carolina Panthers depth chart at wide receiver appear cemented. There is plenty of competition for the WR4 spot heading into training camp.
One could make an argument for four or even five players holding out a realistic hope of securing this role. And how they impress in the next few weeks is going to be pivotal for their chances of seeing time on the field.
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Free-agent trio Seth Roberts, Pharoh Cooper, and Keith Kirkwood all come in with some useful skills to call upon. Each brings something different to the table. So it is an embarrassment of riches for Joe Brady to call upon as the campaign goes on.
Brandon Zylstra showed some signs of promise in limited action for the Panthers in 2019. And he will be looking to build on this progress. And undrafted free agent wideout Omar Bayless comes into the organization on the back of one of college football’s most prolific campaigns in 2019.
It would be a shock if the No. 4 receiving option didn’t come out of these players. The competition during training camp is going to be fierce. And it is essential that each player makes the most out of every team drill to get them ahead.
Complementary pieces are a key component in every NFL offense. And Carolina has a number of different ways they can go down. Cooper will also make his presence felt in the return game. And Roberts is a prominent red zone threat that can be of use.
Kirkwood has familiarity with Brady and Teddy Bridgewater from their time together with the New Orleans Saints that will stand him in good stead. And Bayless will have a chip on his shoulder after not hearing his name called in the NFL Draft.