Carolina Panthers camp: Predicting winners from 5 key position battles
There are some big positions going on with the Carolina Panthers at training camp, but who will emerge victorious ahead of the new season?
The Carolina Panthers are now in full swing at training camp as preparations gather pace for the new season. It has been the most uncertain offseason period in recent memory as COVID-19 concerns continue to play on everyone’s mind. But getting back on the field for team drills will be a welcome relief for new head coach Matt Rhule.
The former Baylor man has had his work cut out during his initial period with the Carolina Panthers. Rebuilding a roster almost from scratch is a daunting prospect. And although Rhule has a strong reputation for doing exactly this at the college level. He has not been helped by a lack of OTAs, minicamps of preseason games before their Week 1 opener against the Las Vegas Raiders.
This is also set to have huge ramifications for those looking to make their presence felt in 2020. Preseason games are a time when unfancied players come to the fore with one big play. And this could be the difference between someone making the roster of being moved on.
Carolina has plenty of openings on the depth chart for individuals to stake a claim. This is going to ensure some hotly contested competition during training camp. And the new-look coaching staff will be watching closely throughout.
There are some big position battles currently taking place for backup and starting roles. There should be more opportunities with the Panthers than most other teams thanks to their lack of expectations. And who shows out in the coming weeks might see their role enhanced in 2020.
We took a look and some of the more intriguing position battles in Carolina and predicted who will fill these slots next season.