Jordan Kunaszyk – LB
Another name that the Carolina Panthers might regret leaving off their 53-man roster is Jordan Kunaszyk. The linebacker had a real opportunity to make a name for himself in an area that lacks any real depth. But the organization has decided to go in a different direction.
This is a bitter blow for Kunaszyk. He proved more than capable during what limited time he saw the field for the Panthers in 2019 and there was hope that he could have been one that benefitted most from the shock retirement of legendary linebacker Luke Kuechly.
There has not been a lot of talk about Kunaszyk coming out of training camp. This might be due to the high-profile players around him, or just simply because the individual just has not done enough to catch the eye consistently.
Kunaszyk might find himself on the practice squad if another team does not identify him as a player of interest. This will keep his foot in the door with the Panthers and give the former California standout renewed hope of securing a possible roster spot down the line.
It is hard not to be a little concerned about their options at the second level. The likes of Shaq Thompson and Tahir Whitehead should be able to produce the goods. But there is still no definitive starter at the other outside linebacker position and a real lack of quality options behind the starting trio is another potential red flag for a defense that was ranked the NFL’s worst by Pro Football Focus heading into 2020.