Could Ishmael Hyman take advantage of Panthers’ WR injuries?

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Ishmael Hyman
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Ishmael Hyman /

Could Ishmael Hyman take advantage of the injury problems at wide receiver and make an impression with the Carolina Panthers in 2020?

We are now just 13 days away from the Carolina Panthers finally getting their 2020 season underway. The coming months are going to be interesting for this new-look roster, to say the least. And just how they are going to get on in the face of some stiff competition remains to be seen.

New head coach Matt Rhule has had a crash course in NFL coaching during his first few months with the Carolina Panthers. He has made some incredibly tough decisions rebuilding the roster and a turbulent offseason period has only heightened uncertainty during a season where little of expected of the organization in terms of a postseason push.

Getting them firing on all cylinders at the earliest possible opportunity is going to be crucial. One way they can stay competitive is by making the most out of their exceptional offensive weapons at their disposal in Joe Brady’s scheme that went down a storm at LSU.

Continuing our countdown feature ahead of the new season, we now turn our attention to Carolina’s No. 13. Ishmael Hyman might not be on the roster had it not been for a number of injuries at the wide receiver spot. But this is a situation that the player could possibly take advantage of.

The Carolina Panthers have lost some WRs during training camp.

The Panthers have already lost Keith Kirkwood and Omar Bayless for a considerable period. Seth Roberts has also missed some time with a concussion, and this has forced the organization to bring in wideouts off the street such as former XFL star Cam Phillips.

Hyman is in an unlikely position of promise at this stage of training camp. Things looked bleak for the player thanks to a depth chart that was littered with potential playmakers. But it is hard to deny that his chances of making the 53-man roster have improved somewhat over the last fortnight.

Whether Hyman makes the team or not, his chances of gaining considerable targets appear slim. There is only one football to go around and considering the other valuable options at Teddy Bridgewater’s disposal who have proven credentials on the field, it would be a huge surprise if the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer made his presence felt.

The wideout caught two of four targets thrown his way for the Bucs in 2019. Carolina must like what they see from the player to have him on the roster at this stage. And if those who were brought in to compensate for the injury problems at the position do not make an impression, then this only strengthens his prospects.

We are now at the business end of Panthers’ training camp. The coaching staff has probably already made their mind up about Hyman and his chances to make an impression next season and possibly beyond. He is still on the roster for a reason, but much will depend on what the recovery time is for those currently on the sidelines.

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This bears more significance with Roberts. The free-agent pickup was the early favorite to win the No. 4 spot behind D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Robby Anderson. Whether this concussion has put pay to his opportunity remains to be seen. But Hyman’s outlook is far more uncertain despite others vying for roster spots dropping like flies around him.