4 Panthers players with a point to prove vs. the Falcons in Week 8

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CB. 1. player. Scouting Report. CAROLINA PANTHERS. TROYPRIDE JR.. 87. Pick Analysis

Troy Pride Jr. – Carolina Panthers CB

It hasn’t been the easiest of transitions to the next level for Troy Pride Jr. The rookie cornerback was seen more as a development project when he was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round and this analysis is proving correct through seven weeks.

Injuries forced Carolina’s hand when it came to Pride Jr. seeing plenty of meaningful action early on. But now the Panthers appear close to full strength at the position when Rasul Douglas returns off the reserve/COVID-19 list, it will be interesting to see how they utilize the former Notre Dame standout.

First-year cornerbacks do tend to go through their fair share of growing pains. Their mistakes are often punished and Pride Jr. hasn’t been exempt from this. The Panthers had no other alternative other than to throw the player in at the deep end, which came with mixed success.

There is no doubt Pride Jr. has a big point to prove against the Falcons. For all their faults, Atlanta’s weapons in the passing game are nothing short of formidable and he will have to turn things round in no uncertain terms if he wants to carve out a role on defense for the remainder of the season.

The cornerback’s indifferent level of production is further reflected in his 35.3 grade from Pro Football Focus. Keeping the bigger picture in mind is going to be key where Pride Jr. is concerned, but the concerns are there for all to see.