Which members of the Carolina Panthers roster have emerged as potential leaders during the first few weeks of training camp?
It has been a training camp that nobody associated with the Carolina Panthers will forget in a hurry. The organization has been working in completely different circumstances due to COVID-19 health concerns. But it seems to be something roster members and coaching staff alike have adjusted well to.
This will stand them in good stead as the Carolina Panthers go in pursuit of proving people wrong next season. Plenty of so-called experts have already written off their chances of making an immediate impact during Matt Rhule’s first campaign at the helm. And not having any preseason games to develop team chemistry is another stumbling block that might see them take some time to hit their stride.
With all this working against them, it would have been easy for the Panthers to accept their fate as an NFL also-ran in 2020. Instead, the roster had rolled their sleeves up and got on with the task in hand despite the presence of any prominent locker room leadership following a host of offseason departures.
Others on the roster will need to step up and become more vocal to lead a young and relatively inexperienced team through this period of transition. More than a few players have already emerged as possible contenders to assume leadership roles next season and beyond. And here are four such examples from what we have seen so far at training camp.