3 players who should have made the Panthers 2020 practice squad

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Branden Bowen – OL

There was plenty of intrigue surrounding Branden Bowen entering training camp. The offensive lineman made a solid return to health during his final year at Ohio State and the Carolina Panthers had high hopes for a player coming from a prestigious program.

Bowen’s time at camp started out with an injury, which was probably an instant red flag for the organization. He did perform well in team drills thereafter. But it was not enough to earn a longer-term stay in Carolina.

This did not even come with a practice squad selection for Bowen, who will now go back to the drawing board in pursuit of a successful career at the next level. This is arguably the worst time to be making your way as an undrafted free-agent and only time will tell as to whether COVID-19 will cause more roster upheaval when competitive action gets underway.

It is a setback for Bowen, without question. But he has overcome adversity during his fledgling career so far and the player will need to be patient, continue to develop his craft and make the most out of the next opportunity that comes his way.

There is still hope for Bowen. Whether this came too soon for him or not, only time will tell.