Carolina Panthers final 2020 roster projection: Defense

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Cornerback (7)

  • Donte Jackson
  • Troy Pride Jr.
  • Eli Apple
  • Corn Elder
  • T.J. Green
  • Stantley Thomas-Oliver III
  • Myles Hartsfield

The more options that the Carolina Panthers have in this area of the field, the better. Things could turn sour quickly if their key starters fail to make a difference against some elite passing attacks. But it is a young and exciting group who could surprise if everything clicks into place right away.

Donte Jackson is cemented as the team’s No. 1 option ahead of what could be a breakout season for the former LSU standout. Eli Apple’s experience might earn him the second starting spot initially. But if he continues on a downward curve it will not take the Panthers long to go with other individuals.

Troy Pride Jr. should have a big part to play thanks to a tremendous showing at training camp. T.J. Green is another that could push for prominent time on the field and leaving a big impression on Carolina’s coaching staff.

Seventh-round pick Stantley Thomas-Oliver III has made a smooth transition to the NFL and should make the team. Myles Hartsfield’s versatility is going to be of use to the Panthers and Corn Elder is another who has made his presence felt during team drills.

Whether this is going to be enough going forward remains to be seen. The Carolina Panthers are reportedly looking for additional help in their secondary, so we could see some more activity in this area in the coming weeks.