4 Panthers players who’ve exceeded expectations at midseason point
By Dean Jones
Which Carolina Panthers players have exceeded expectations so far this season?
There has been plenty to decipher for the Carolina Panthers through the first half of the 2020 season. It was never going to be the easiest of campaigns given the vast changes across the organization and the disappointment surrounding the team having just three wins at this juncture is a testament to how far they’ve come in a short space of time.
They can go into the next couple of weeks with little pressure on their shoulders. Nobody will give them a chance at the Kansas City Chiefs or against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium. So it will be a good measuring stick for this young group and give Matt Rhule a clear indication of just what is needed to become a contender down the line.
That won’t be happening this season. But the Panthers aren’t too far away from having a really good team.
Carolina has performed well on a tough schedule so far, without quite doing enough to get some more wins on the board. Moral victories are all well and good from a performance perspective, but the NFL is a results business at the end of the day.
Some members of the team have disappointed, of that, there is little doubt. However, plenty of players have exceeded expectations compared to their preseason projections before competitive action got underway.
Let’s take a look at four such individuals who fall into this bracket.