6 Panthers players with most to prove after the bye week

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Tre Boston – Carolina Panthers S

Tre Boston was thoroughly deserving of the three-year, $18 million contract extension he received from the Carolina Panthers this offseason. The safety was one of the team’s standout performers in 2019 and especially came through down the stretch to aid their cause.

Sadly, Boston hasn’t been as consistent this time around.

The veteran has been sluggish for the most part, even though he is providing some vital leadership on and off the field. However, this can only you so far in the NFL and Boston needs to finish off the season on a high note once he gets some much-needed rest during the bye week.

Carolina’s defense overall has shown steady improvement as the campaign’s gone on. But it’s hard to argue that much more is needed for the Panthers to become realistic postseason contenders in the not-too-distant future.

If Boston wants to be a part of that, he’ll need to raise his game accordingly.

His 47.4 grade from Pro Football Focus hasn’t come by accident. But the one thing he has in his favor is releasing him makes absolutely no sense whatsoever following the campaign from a financial standpoint – which would only save the Panthers a little more than $1 million on their salary cap.