4 most important Panthers players vs. the Broncos in Week 14

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Which Carolina Panthers players are the most important vs. the Broncos?

Time is running out for the Carolina Panthers to salvage any semblance of respectability from a record perspective in 2020. They should come into their Week 14 game against the Denver Broncos well-rested following a long-awaited bye week. But some complications surrounding COVID-19 resulted in major disruption to their preparations.

This is nothing new for head coach Matt Rhule. The former Baylor man has endured difficult circumstances during his transition from college to the Carolina Panthers thanks to the current climate and he will be looking for a reaction from his players after they let him down with a social gathering away from the team facility.

The Panthers have to win this game, it’s as simple as that.

If they don’t, you’d be hard-pressed to make a case for them winning another game this season.

The stakes are high for plenty of Panthers players down the stretch for various reasons. Here are the four individuals who could be classed as the most important vs. the Broncos at Bank of America Stadium.

Player No. 1

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Jermaine Carter – Carolina Panthers LB

Jermaine Carter has seized a starting opportunity with both hands in recent weeks. The Panthers finally benched free-agent signing Tahir Whitehead after a dismal series of performances and the energy at the second level looks far better in his absence.

The Broncos are expected to rely heavily on their run game at the Panthers. So it is vital that the linebacker corps continue their eye-catching recent displays to give Carolina the best possible chance of securing success.

Carter is going to play a huge role, of that there is little doubt. If the former fifth-round pick can finish the season on the front foot then it could come with the No. 1 spot on the depth chart moving forward.