4 Panthers players on the hot seat at the midseason point
By Dean Jones
Tre Boston – Carolina Panthers S
Tre Boston was one of few veteran players who earned a longer-term commitment from the Carolina Panthers this offseason. The organization departed with plenty of key members of the roster in a bid to turnaround their fortunes, but the safety was kept around on a three-year, $18 million deal that included an $8 million signing bonus and a further $8 million guaranteed.
This left Boston with plenty of responsibility on his shoulders this season. But to say he hasn’t reached the heights achieved during the 2019 campaign would be something of an understatement.
The former North Carolina standout struggled considerably during his first two games. Although it has improved slightly since then, Boston’s play has regressed in the absence of free-agent signing Juston Burris alongside him over the last pair of contests.
Carolina needs more from Boston, especially in the face of some exceptional passing attacks before their Week 13 bye. The player remains an essential part of the locker room thanks to his outstanding leadership skills and boundless enthusiasm. However, that might not be the case for much longer if things continue to trend downwards.
Boston has accumulated 47 combined tackles, 32 solo tackles, two tackles for loss, three passes defended, and one forced fumble this season. He is giving up a 65.5 percent completion percentage on targets thrown his way and has a modest 51.9 grade from Pro Football Focus at the midway point of the campaign.