Panthers training camp: 4 defensive players on the roster bubble

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Natrell Jamerson
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Natrell Jamerson, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Player No. 1: Natrell Jamerson (CB)

This upcoming campaign is a crucial one for Natrell Jamerson. The cornerback is entering his third year as a professional. And it is vital he puts his experience to good use at a position that is devoid of any real depth.

Jamerson has shown some promise during his career. But a serious foot injury ended his 2019 with a trip to the injured reserve list in October.

This was a significant blow for Jamerson’s overall development. He has two years remaining on his current deal with the Carolina Panthers. And the corner arrives at training camp needing to stand out in no uncertain terms.

The fact Jamerson hasn’t fallen victim to the early cuts indicates that the coaching staff thinks highly of the player. This will need to be matched by producing the goods during team drills. But a lack of preseason action has the chance to do more harm than good to the former fifth-round pick out of Wisconsin.

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Not only would the warm-up games have given Jamerson a chance to showcase what sort of skills he can bring to the Panthers’ defense. But proving his injury troubles were behind him is something else the player has to prove.

Carolina looks set to go with Donte Jackson, Eli Apple, and fourth-round pick Troy Pride Jr. as their starting trio. But players such as Cole Luke and Corn Elder will also be looking for minutes. This duo poses the biggest threat to Jamerson’s chances of making his presence felt.