Which Carolina Panthers players are living on borrowed time?
This is not the start that head coach Matt Rhule envisaged to his time running the Carolina Panthers. It has been another disappointing campaign from a new-look roster – which wasn’t unexpected after so many changes during the offseason – but that won’t make things any easier to stomach for the former Baylor man.
Rhule will have found out plenty about the players he currently has at his disposal. The Carolina Panthers are a four-win team through 14 games for a reason and there is much work to be done if the team wants to be challenging for honors in the coming years.
The 2021 offseason period is an important one.
Carolina must make some big decisions regarding current roster members and also identify the right sort of individuals who can improve their chances both in free agency and the NFL Draft.
Here are four Panthers players who are possibly living on borrowed time with the organization.
Player No. 1
Greg Little – Carolina Panthers OT
Greg Little is looking more like one of the biggest NFL Draft busts in team history after going to the reserve/injured list to officially end his season. The offensive lineman clearly hasn’t done enough to impress a new coaching staff who has no emotional attachment to him and this has plunged his long-term future with the franchise into doubt.
If Little was hoping to put a disappointing rookie campaign behind him, then he failed to accomplish this. His level of production on a rotational basis when Russell Okung was forced to miss games through injury just wasn’t up to standard and the fact Carolina used free-agent signing Trent Scott more prominently is another damning indictment of the 2019 second-round pick.
Little already seems like he is past the point of no return with the Panthers and general manager Marty Hurney should carry the can for such a disappointing pick regarding a player he actually traded up to acquire.