5 keys to a successful 2020 season for the Carolina Panthers

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Cornerback group exceeding expectations

As the old saying goes, you are only as strong as your weakest link. This is something that the Carolina Panthers should keep in mind when they decide who is going to fill starting spots in their new-look cornerback group in 2020.

Things could get ugly quickly for the Panthers is their secondary struggles in the face of some stern passing attacks on the schedule. Each player has their own set of questions to answer heading into the campaign. If they fail to come up with the right sort of answers, it is going to have a catastrophic impact on their chances.

This area of the field was a primary reason why Carolina’s defense was ranked dead last by Pro Football Focus in 2020. There does appear to be plenty of speed and athleticism within the group. But translating this into consistent production when it matters most is going to be difficult when one considers the standard of teams coming up against the Panthers next season.

Opting not to bring back James Bradberry, Ross Cockrell, and Javien Elliott, together with no preseason games to find their feet, means there are going to be plenty of growing pains for the cornerbacks that make the roster. It will be essential that they develop as the campaign goes on otherwise things could look very bleak for the team’s chances of achieving anything like a winning record.