Carolina Panthers: 4 weakest projected starters in 2020

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Carolina Panthers Player No. 2: Eli Apple (CB)

The depth at cornerback is another problem area for the Carolina Panthers. They opted not to bring back James Bradberry, Javien Elliott, and Ross Cockrell, who formed the core of their starting options in 2019. And it remains to be seen how this new group will get on in the face of some potentially devastating passing attacks on the schedule.

Donte Jackson will fill the No. 1 role after impressing during his time with the franchise so far. But the fortunes of free-agent signing Eli Apple is something to keep a close eye on.

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Although the former New Orleans Saint has an impressive skill set to call upon. He has massively underachieved so far and has become the victim of opposing offenses actively targeting him consistently.

This is a responsibility he has failed to cope with. And Apple heads into the last chance saloon this season in terms of convincing Carolina’s coaching staff that he is worthy of a starting spot long-term.

Apple signed a one-year, $3 million deal in the latter stages of free agency. But from the outside looking in, this appears to be a short-term fix until the organization has got financial resources available during another critical offseason period in 2021.

The player gave up 43 receptions from 68 targets for the Saints last year. And Apple’s Pro Football Focus grades over the last three seasons read as 63.8, 62.3, and 64.5.

It would be a huge surprise if Apple wasn’t targeted heavily once again in 2020. And how he copes will not only determine his future in Carolina. But also his overall aspirations in the NFL.