Carolina Panthers No. 41: 3 problems facing Eli Apple in 2020

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Carolina Panthers Problem No. 1: Unfamiliarity

Coming into a new organization is a tricky proposition at the best of times. But things could get even more complicated for Eli Apple during his initial transition to the Carolina Panthers.

He arrived in Carolina when virtual OTAs were already underway. And there will not be any preseason games for him to further familiarise himself with defensive coordinator Phil Snow’s scheme from an on-field perspective.

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Apple might benefit from not having fourth-rounder Troy Pride Jr. making an impression on the field before their season opener. But it is essential the former Ohio State standout hits the ground running.

This might be difficult. But Apple has generated enough NFL experience, good or bad, to ensure that this unfamiliarity with the current ethos does not become too much of a problem.

Experience over youth is a trend that one expects to see prominently across the NFL for the first few weeks. Coaches will be reluctant to put unproven players into the firing line during the early stages of their time at the next level. And if they do decide to throw in prospects that are not ready, it could have huge ramifications on their chances next season.

Apple will need to get up to speed at the earliest opportunity. And if he fails to grasp what is expected, then it is going to be a significant problem.