4 sneaky threats the Panthers should worry about at the Falcons

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Which players could emerge as sneaky threats that the Carolina Panthers need to worry about at the Falcons in their Week 5 matchup?

Just one victory stands between the Carolina Panthers and securing a winning record through Week 5 of the 2020 season. This was almost unfathomable if one believed all the preseason predictions surrounding this new-look group. But their initial displays during the campaign suggest that they might emerge as one of the NFL’s surprise packages when it’s all said and done.

Although things haven’t gone according to plan for the Panthers at the Atlanta Falcons in recent years, this is arguably the best time to play their NFC South rival. Dan Quinn’s men are devoid of confidence after rolling off four straight defeats to start the season, which also saw two complete collapses that further questioned their resolve.

Another loss against the Panthers might not spell the end of Quinn’s tenure, but it would all-but write off the team’s chances of gaining any sort of respectability from the season. They have been steadily declining ever since their Super Bowl capitulation and it is clear big changes are needed to get them back to prominence.

From Carolina’s perspective, confidence is high. Their recent revival has made people sit up and take notice of an exciting young roster that is clearly heading in the right direction under Matt Rhule, who has brought his players together quickly despite the obvious difficulties due to COVID-19.

There are some clear and obvious dangers in Atlanta that will need to be monitored closely. But here are four individuals who could emerge as sneaky threats if the Panthers don’t take them seriously.