5 free-agent Panthers who haven’t helped themselves in 2020

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Chris Reed – Carolina Panthers OG

Things started off so well for Chris Reed this season after he came off the reserve/COVID-19 list. The left guard looks assured in pass protection and created some notable holes in the running game that really caught the eye at times.

Reed hasn’t been able to replicate this in recent weeks. The veteran has quickly become a weak link on the interior and if things don’t start improving, and quickly, the Carolina Panthers will have no other option than to go in a different direction.

There is an argument to be had regarding Reed’s starting any more games in 2020.

Carolina has Dennis Daley waiting in the wings who has shown some real promise in spurts. So giving him more notable game time might be the best thing for the Panthers and their long-term plans after the bye week,

Reed has given up one sack and three penalties from 627 snaps to secure a 57.9 grade from Pro Football Focus. That might not be the worst by any stretch of the imagination. But if the former Minnesota State standout wanted to grab the bull by the horns and earn a bigger commitment from the Panthers, then he’s probably failed in this objective.