4 Panthers players who need to step up at the Packers in Week 15

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Which Carolina Panthers players need to step up at the Packers?

Going to a place like Green Bay is never easy at this time of year. But considering the concerning recent poor run of results the Carolina Panthers are on, this is a task of epic proportions whichever way one looks at it.

The two teams are no stranger to each other having played a thrilling game in the snow during the 2019 campaign. Things look far different at the Carolina Panthers from a personnel perspective to that which took the field at Lambeau last time around and it remains to be seen just how much fight is left within a group that has gone through its fair share of turmoil.

However, as the old saying goes.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Carolina can play with freedom knowing that they aren’t expected to get anything from their latest game against a legitimate Super Bowl contender. This is something that’s served them well this season and might keep the contest closer than many projects.

Here are four Panthers players who need to step up their level of performance at the Packers in Week 15.

Player No. 1

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Yetur Gross-Matos – Carolina Panthers DE

It’s been a frustrating rookie season for Yetur Gross-Matos due to injury and a spell on the reserve/COVID-19 list. However, the defensive end should get plenty of reps over the next three games in pursuit of finishing the 2020 campaign on a high.

The second-round pick has shown flashes of what he is capable of during the season. Gross-Matos is explosive and does have enough pass-rushing moves to ensure he’ll be a success at the next level. But the Packers possess a dominant offensive line and a quarterback in Aaron Rodgers who is a master of avoiding pressure.

This is a tremendous opportunity for Gross-Matos to make more of an impression and announce himself on the national stage, even though it represents arguably the toughest challenge of his young career to date.