4 Carolina Panthers under threat at training camp

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Chris Reed – OL

Chris Reed is an experienced figure who has played well when called upon during his career. But there is little doubt he faces a real fight to make the roster if the early signs at training camp are any indication.

The Carolina Panthers are looking for someone to make a spot on the starting interior rotation their own. John Miller, Michael Schofield, and Dennis Daley will be fighting it out for the three starting spots. But if they fail to live up to their billing, then others will have to be ready to step in at a moment’s notice.

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Reed was a waiver wire pickup following a brief spell with the Miami Dolphins. He performed well enough in 2019 to attain an impressive 70.3 grade from Pro Football Focus. But the performances of undrafted rookie Sam Tecklenburg have put his spot on the roster in doubt.

Tecklenburg is a favorite of Matt Rhule from their time together at Baylor. And the head coach was highly complementary on how well he has adjusted to life at the next level so far.

If the lineman continues to trend on an upward curve throughout training camp, it might spell the end of Reed’s time with the organization.

Reed is heading into the final year of his deal in Carolina and will make a base salary of $1.37 million if he makes the roster. It will not cost the Panthers anything in the way of dead cap money if he is released. And this is an option that has grown more likely thanks to Tecklenburg’s contribution at camp.