Getting the right balance
Finding the right roster balance has been something of a difficulty for the Carolina Panthers during camp. The front office has made a series of moves in a bid to get stronger competition for the 53-man roster. But whether this is going to benefit them going forward remains to be seen.
The Panthers parted ways with plenty of fringe players when someone of interest became available on the waiver wire. Even those who were brought in late have not stayed long with the franchise, with Andrew Vollert becoming the latest to barely get any time to make his presence felt.
This is all part of the NFL’s ruthless business. It is not uncommon for this sort of activity before the final roster is decided. But it all adds to the uncertainty regarding the quality of depth Carolina has at its disposal in 2020.
Things will be trial and error during the early period of the campaign. The Panthers do not have any preseason games to get a look at some players that might be able to help. So it is going to be a step into the unknown for most during their initial transition.
Matt Rhule can afford to get some things wrong next season. He is working with a free hit of sorts with expectations at an all-time low. But getting the right balance has been a concern during training camp that simply cannot continue into the regular season.