4 biggest disappointments of Carolina Panthers 2020 training camp

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Carolina Panthers player No. 2: Michael Schofield – OL

Michael Schofield might have been a late edition in free agency. But he came into the Carolina Panthers as the firm favorite to fill the other starting guard spot alongside John Miller.

This is something that now looks unlikely. Schofield has been outperformed by second-year-pro Dennis Daley during training camp, which has resulted in the sixth-round pick getting the majority of reps with the starting protection.

It is a blow to Schofield, who did perform well for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019 without getting a new deal. This was down in no small part to their decision to trade for Panthers’ perennial Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner. But it now appears unlikely that Schofield will fill his void in Carolina.

One cannot look at this any other way other than disappointment. Schofield was in pole position thanks to his experience in a competitive setting. Daley is making the move to the inside from the tackle position and has become the preferred option, at least initially.

There appears little doubt Schofield is going to make the 53-man roster. This was the minimum objective for the lineman when he arrived in Carolina. But his performances on the field have simply not done enough to convince the coaching staff that he will outperform a player with a high upside in Daley when it matters most.