4 Carolina Panthers players who will be on notice in 2021

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Which Carolina Panthers players could be on notice if they’re on the roster by the time competitive action rolls around in 2021?

It’s not just any incoming players who are going to have a big say in the future of the Carolina Panthers. Their current roster members are also vital for the team’s progression during the second year of Matt Rhule’s reign in 2021, even though almost half are facing an uncertain future with 25 out of contract and others who may become salary-cap casualties.

This will ensure another eventful offseason for the Panthers, who made a solid start under Rhule despite eventually finishing the campaign with a 5-11 record. What comes next in the lead-up to OTAs and training camp will give us a better indication about just what to expect from Carolina next time around. But if they got a pass this season in terms of missing the playoffs, owner David Tepper won’t afford them the same sort of luxury in 2021.

The billionaire has put his money where his mouth is by getting his preferred guys into the building and coming up with an ambitious plan to progress the Panthers away from the gridiron. Tepper will want a Super Bowl challenger on the field by the time these proposals come to fruition and he’s bet big that Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer are the duo that can help his dreams become a reality.

Going back to the roster, here are four Panthers players who will be officially on notice when the 2021 season begins later this year.

Player No. 1

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Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers K

There were a few eyebrows raised when Joey Slye was handed a new deal by the Panthers after competitive action came to a conclusion. The kicker made some costly errors throughout the campaign and left many believing this would be his last year with the franchise.

Carolina gave Slye the benefit of the doubt. But they won’t hesitate to cut him loose if he doesn’t make the most out of this opportunity.

Finding a reliable kicker is so tough, and they normally become the scapegoat when things aren’t going the team’s way. Slye will know his situation is precarious and getting better during the preparation period will be crucial to his overall fortunes.