4 Panthers players who’ve exceeded expectations at midseason point

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87. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. CB. RASULDOUGLAS. CAROLINA PANTHERS. 3. player

It’s hard to figure out why Rasul Douglas didn’t make the 53-man roster of the Philadelphia Eagles if his play during the first half of the campaign is any indication. The cornerback was picked up quickly by the Carolina Panthers following his release and it has been an inspired move by the organization.

Douglas has provided a physicality and length that has proven to be a massive boost to Carolina’s cornerback unit, who has played well for the most part. He jumped at the chance at a more prominent starting role when Eli Apple went down with an injury and his level of production ensured the Panthers could cut the former No. 10 overall pick once he didn’t show the necessary commitment to the cause.

It would be a huge surprise if Douglas wasn’t rewarded with a multi-year deal at some stage. His presence was needed against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 and you never quite know how much a team misses someone until they’re not making a difference on the field.

Hopefully, for the player and the Panthers, Douglas can make a return off the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for their stiff challenge at the Chiefs. This would give them a better chance of holding their own in the face of an elite passing attack, but his performances have far exceeded what was expected following his late arrival to the team.