5 Panthers players we should see more of after the bye
By Dean Jones
Stantley Thomas-Oliver III – Carolina Panthers CB
The Carolina Panthers have played it smart with Stantley Thomas-Oliver this season despite the obvious lack of depth within their cornerback group after Eli Apple was released. The seventh-round pick is developing well without getting much in the way of notable game time, which is probably fine with all parties involved at this stage.
It’s easy to forget that Thomas-Oliver hasn’t been playing the position for long after transitioning from a wide receiver during his time at Florida International. He has gradually worked his way more onto the rotation in the weeks leading up to the bye and despite getting mugged on one route going up against rookie phenom Justin Jefferson at the Minnesota Vikings, he’s performed well above expectations.
The more Thomas-Oliver sees the field between now and the campaign’s conclusion, the better.
A player can only learn so much from practice or sitting on the sidelines. Throwing him in at the deep end against some strong-looking passing attacks upcoming on the schedule might come with the odd mistake here or there, but it will be invaluable for his overall development and something the Panthers should strongly consider.
Thomas-Oliver has potential, of that there is little doubt. Providing Carolina nurtures it in the right way, he could be a potential draft steal.