4 young Panthers players who could shine at Washington

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Which young Carolina Panthers players could shine at Washington?

How the Carolina Panthers finish off the 2020 season will go a long way to determining big decisions during the upcoming offseason. There should be a new general manager in place after owner David Tepper decided to fire Marty Hurney this week, so it could be another preparation period of considerable change to playing personnel as the organization looks to build on a solid foundation in year one of Matt Rhule’s tenure.

Coming up against Ron Rivera was always going to be an enticing proposition regardless of what impactions came from it. As fortune would have it, the Washington Football Team can claim a playoff spot with a victory over the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field, which is the most ironic of twists after they decided to fire their former head coach last year.

The NFL has a knack for conjuring up this sort of scenario. There is sure to be plenty of pride at stake from all parties involved and it is another game for Carolina that has the potential to go right to the wire – something that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has really struggled with.

Let’s take a look at four young Panthers players who are set to shine in their final road game of the campaign.

Player No. 1

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Derrick Brown – Carolina Panthers DT

Derrick Brown is quietly having an outstanding season. Much was expected of the No. 7 overall selection coming into the league and there appears little doubt that Carolina made the right call bringing him to the organization.

The former Auburn standout looks like the total package. His ferocious ability on running downs has been there for all to see from the word go and Brown’s flashes of capability generating pressure from the interior is another eye-catching element of his overall contribution that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Others will always get the limelight, which is fine with Brown. However, he is already a vital component that is going to have a big part to play in Week 16 and in the years to come.