4 Broncos players the Panthers should be most concerned about

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Which Broncos players should the Carolina Panthers be concerned about?

The Carolina Panthers head into their penultimate home game of the 2020 season against the Denver Broncos with plenty to prove. Matt Rhule’s men should be reinvigorated after a good period of rest on their late bye. But preparations for the contest haven’t exactly been smooth thanks to COVID-19 complications that stemmed from a player gathering in a social environment that was against league regulations.

This is incredibly frustrating, to put it mildly. Although only Zach Kerr and D.J. Moore remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list from the active roster, the Carolina Panthers undoubtedly expected better from their more established players and to let standards slip like this so late in the day was the last thing they needed.

Denver hasn’t lived up to their preseason hype of becoming a potential playoff dark horse. However, the Panthers should underestimate them at their peril.

They still have plenty of players who can make a real difference on both sides of the ball. Although they will be without the services of A.J. Bouye after the Pro Bowl cornerback was suspended for six games due to a PED violation.

Here are four Broncos players the Panthers should be most concerned about at Bank of America Stadium in Week 14.

Player No. 1

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Justin Simmons has been playing at an elite level for the Broncos in 2020. The stud safety is now regarded as one of the best in the business and Carolina needs to monitor his whereabouts at all times if they want to pick up their fifth win of the campaign.

The former Boston College standout has four interceptions to his name and also boasts a lofty 85.9 grade from Pro Football Focus to further enhance his reputation. Simmons is a ballhawk on the backend who can also step up to the second level and make his presence felt. So limiting his supreme playmaking ability should be high on the Panthers’ list of priorities.