4 Panthers players who exceeded expectations against the Raiders

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Which members of the Carolina Panthers exceeded expectations during their defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders in their 2020 season opener?

The dust is now settling on the Carolina Panthers’ opening weekend loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Many lessons will have undoubtedly been learned by the coaching staff in terms of what it takes in the NFL. But there is little doubt that the Carolina Panthers need to get better, and quickly, to avoid some further complications down the line.

There were plenty of concerns surrounding positional groups that didn’t look the best going into the campaign. Areas such as linebacker and cornerback were as advertised and this is something that the Raiders took full advantage of with a supreme gameplan from Jon Gruden.

The Panthers were in the game for the most part, even if a poor start to the second half ended up costing them in the long run. This was down to some eye-catching individual performances that were a nice surprise, to put it mildly.

Having these sorts of individuals who perform above their expected level is going to be essential if the Panthers want to get any sort of success out of this season. That outlook might appear bleak if their Week 1 effort was any indication. But it is just the first taste of competitive action for this new-look group and things should get better as they go along.

Here are four Panthers players who exceeded expectations during their opening game loss.