Ranking the top 10 Panthers players from the 2020 season

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Which Carolina Panthers players stood out the most during an eventful 2020 season?

Despite the Carolina Panthers ending up with a 5-11 record, there were plenty of positives for head coach Matt Rhule to take from the 2020 season. It was arguably the most difficult campaign in modern history due to COVID-19 complications, but the new coaching staff and young roster handled themselves extremely well in unprecedented circumstances.

This was a good start, on the whole.

But it is only that.

What comes next during the offseason is going to be critical. The Panthers have a replacement for Marty Hurney after Scott Fitterer agreed to a five-year deal as general manager, so the hard work will start now for the front office and Rhule as they look to build a possible contender in Carolina next time out.

There were plenty of players who shone for the Panthers this season. We ranked the top-10 from the 2020 campaign.

Number 10

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87. . . . ZACH KERR. 10. player

Zach Kerr – Carolina Panthers DT

This spot almost went to cornerback Donte Jackson, who looked like his old self after recovering from a toe problem after the bye week which had bothered him all season. But the level of production shown by Zach Kerr once veteran Pro Bowler Kawann Short went to the reserve/injured list for the second straight year was enormously encouraging.

Kerr was a force to be reckoned with on the inside, proving equally as effective either on running downs or getting into the backfield. This was a huge factor in Phil Snow’s unit progressing encouragingly as the season went on and although the Panthers might bring in additional reinforcements on their defensive line this offseason, the former Delaware standout should have a big part to play once again in 2021.