Assembling a dream starting Panthers offense for 2021 season

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Carolina Panthers tight ends

  • Jonnu Smith
  • Brevin Jordan

A complete overhaul is needed at the tight end position, to put it mildly. The Carolina Panthers had high hopes for Ian Thomas after parting ways with Greg Olsen and his lack of involvement in the passing attack was a damning indictment of what the coaching staff thought of his dependability.

Chris Manhertz’s limitations are there for everybody to see for themselves. So getting two better alternatives during the offseason period would do wonders for the team’s chances.

Jonnu Smith doesn’t appear as if he’s going back to the Tennessee Titans despite showing some enormous promise in a run-first offense. There is every chance the player could improve dramatically with more involvement, but much will depend on the finances involved with any potential move to Carolina.

It wouldn’t hurt to also address this need early in the 2021 NFL Draft. If they can acquire Brevin Jordan with a third-round pick, they shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger.

The Miami standout has all the physical attributes needed to make a real success of his time as a professional. Jordan is a matchup problem who uses his body extremely well in the red zone, with his blocking prowess another massive positive relating to a smooth transition into the NFL.

Olsen was sorely missed last season. But if the Panthers could get Smith and Jordan on board, the sky is the limit.