4 surprising additions to the Carolina Panthers 2020 roster

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Trenton Cannon – RB

Trenton Cannon was a late addition to the Carolina Panthers after being waived by the New York Jets during training camp. His chances of securing a roster spot were bleak. But he managed to show enough during team drills to earn a surprising selection onto the team.

Cannon will probably be the No. 3 running back option behind All-Pro Christian McCaffrey and Mike Davis. This a significant achievement in itself from a player who has bundles of talent in the right situation.

There is a lot to like about Cannon’s ability to make an impact with the Panthers. He showed some promise as a rookie in 2018 on his way to 113 rushing yards, one touchdown, and seven first downs from 38 carries. He also recorded 17 receptions from 25 targets on his way to 114 receiving yards and four first downs.

This dual-threat ability is something that the Panthers have in abundance with McCaffrey. If the worst happens and the new face of the franchise is forced to miss time through injury, Cannon could come in with virtually the same playbook.

Cannon appears over the injury problems that blighted him during his sophomore campaign. His presence on the roster also gives Carolina another possible weapon in the return game that might be called upon in 2020.

It was something of a surprise when Cannon was preferred to Bonnafon. But it is something he worked exceptionally hard to attain.