What’s going on with these 4 invisible Carolina Panthers players?
By Dean Jones
Trenton Cannon – Carolina Panthers RB
There weren’t many expectations on Trenton Cannon making any sort of a lasting impact for the Carolina Panthers. He joined halfway through training camp as a backup option that did enough to earn a spot on the roster. But opportunity knocked for the player when stud running back Christian McCaffrey went down in Week 2 with a high ankle sprain.
Mike Davis assumed the primary role, but there was some hope that Cannon could make his presence felt with some added touches. Sadly for the player, this scenario didn’t exactly go his way.
The former sixth-round pick has just six carries and two targets to his name this season – turning out in just three percent of the Panthers’ offensive snaps – even with McCaffrey missing all-but 1.5 games. Davis’ outstanding production in the All-Pro’s absence undoubtedly played a role in his lack of game time, even if it doesn’t make things any less disappointing from Cannon’s perspective.
Cannon has featured on 28 percent of the snaps on special teams, which is at least some consolation. It appears unlikely that the player will be kept around beyond the 2020 season and this plunges his career prospects into doubt given the NFL’s preference to go with younger and, more importantly, cheaper alternatives.