John Miller – OL
Although Trai Turner had a down year in 2019, his presence on the interior is going to be sorely missed by the Carolina Panthers. The organization brought in John Miller on a short-term deal. But it remains to be seen whether the former Cincinnati Bengal is going to be an adequate replacement for the five-time Pro Bowler.
Miller has been a solid if not spectacular performer during his career. The offensive lineman gave up two sacks and three penalties from 779 snaps last season on his way to a modest 58.9 grade from Pro Football Focus. But he will need to hit the ground running to avoid complications down the line in an area of the field that does look suspect heading into the season.
The Panthers’ patchwork approach to fixing their offensive line might come back to haunt them. Only time will tell as to whether this new-look group can gel in a short space of time. Miller will be counted on heavily with second-year-pro Dennis Daley and center Matt Paradis alongside him and if he failed to live up to expectations, it could be a long campaign in Carolina.
The former third-round pick was coveted heavily by the Panthers during free agency. There is plenty of responsibility on his shoulders to perform. And his long-term aspirations with the franchise depends on it.