4 young Panthers players who could shine at Washington

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Stantley Thomas-Oliver – Carolina Panthers CB

Stantley Thomas-Oliver has been given more reps in recent weeks after being afforded the luxury of developing at his own pace by the Carolina Panthers. This was the right way to go regarding a player who is still learning how to operate at cornerback and there have been some really encouraging signs from the seventh-round pick’s level of production in limited minutes.

There might be a chance for Thomas-Oliver to get some increased reps at Washington. Troy Pride Jr. won’t be making the trip due to injury and there is a case to be made that the former Notre Dame speedster has less upside than his fellow rookie at this juncture.

Only time will tell as to whether that will be the case. But Thomas-Oliver can certainly enhance his own personal claims for a more increased role in 2021 by making his time on the field count this weekend.

The Florida International product has plenty of likable traits from a skill perspective to ensure he can carve out a bigger role for himself in Carolina. What comes next in terms of development is going to be crucial. So any momentum Thomas-Oliver can generate over the next fortnight before the hard work begins in the offseason will stand the rookie in tremendously good stead.