Carolina Panthers training camp: 3 questions at the TE position

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Carolina Panthers Question No. 3: Is another veteran presence needed?

If the Carolina Panthers coaching staff doesn’t like what it sees from the tight end position during the initial stages of training camp. Then it might be worth exploring the free-agent market for another veteran who can come in and immediately contribute.

This is something of a last resort for any NFL team. But the Panthers do have around $10 million in cap space remaining after signing all of their 2020 draft class.

Should they opt to go in this direction, there are plenty of players currently without a team that warrants consideration. Jordan Reed suffered his fair share of concussion problems during his time with the Washington Football Team. But he has now been cleared to play and brings a tremendous amount to the table.

The likes of Vernon Davis and Lance Kendricks could fill a gap in the short-term. Both possess a proven track record of success in the NFL. And they would also bring a leadership element that the Panthers lost plenty of this offseason.

Charles Clay is another name that stands out on the free-agent market. And he is a reliable catching presence that has made his presence felt throughout a standout career.

One expects that Carolina will give their current options a chance to impress. But if they fail to show enough, then it could force their hand and go in a different direction.

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