T.J. Green – DB
T.J. Green left his mark during training camp. He spent a lot of time working with the first-team cornerbacks in recent weeks and this was thought to be a strong indicator that the versatile defensive back was going to make the 53-man roster.
The Carolina Panthers opted not to keep Green around, which was a big surprise considering his involvement within their secondary during team drills. They also released rather than waived the player, so his prospects of coming back as a practice squad player are virtually zero.
Green has flattered to deceive after being taken in the second round by the Indianapolis Colts. His length and fluidity are two traits that the Panthers do not have a great deal of at the position. But whether others can adequately cover bigger and more imposing wide receivers is up for debate.
This is a telling blow for Green’s chances of being a starter in 2020. There is every chance that the player is picked by another team sooner rather than later thanks to his impressive skill set. But it is hard to envisage anything other than a complementary role at this stage.
The cornerback room is arguably the biggest concern in Carolina going into the new season. It is going to be interesting to see how they get on in the face of such stern competition. But if they struggle from the outset, things could turn ugly and quickly.