4 ways the Carolina Panthers can replace Kawann Short in 2021
By Dean Jones
Carolina Panthers promote from within
There are some options on the current roster that the Carolina Panthers can use as a replacement for Kawann Short. This is something they were forced to do in 2020 after the veteran went to the reserve/injured list ahead of Week 6 and the group made some encouraging strides as the campaign wore on.
Carolina got some nice production from free-agent signing Zach Kerr and sixth-round pick Bravvion Roy alongside Derrick Brown, who proved to everybody he was more than worthy of the No. 7 overall selection despite being one of the NFL’s most double-teamed players at the position.
Another contribution that shouldn’t go overlooked was that of Efe Obada. The Nigerian-born lineman was released early in the season but made the most out of a second chance, coming up with 5.5 sacks and making an eye-catching impression as a three-technique in obvious pass-rushing downs.
Providing Obada is brought back on a team-friendly deal in free agency, this trio has the scope to be even better in 2021. If Yetur Gross-Matos can provide pressure opposite Brian Burns during his sophomore campaign on the edge, it could become an area of real strength even without the presence of Short.
A couple of new additions would help. But the Panthers might just rotate what they have following their respective level of performances last time out.