3 recent veteran cuts that should be brought in by the Panthers

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Shamar Stephen – DT

Another great rotational piece up the middle for the Panthers could be Shamar Stephen. Especially if the team decides to sign a player like Danny Shelton to pair with Derrick Brown.

While Stephen has never had that highlight season, consistency has been the name of their game. The former Minnesota Viking has always hovered around 20-30 total tackles in their career and had a career-high 20 solos in 2020.

Stephen also shows the ability to wrap up when the opportunity arises with only two missed tackles all of last season. The only real issue with the defensive tackle’s game is the career total of 4.5 sacks. But the veteran has always been more of a run-stopper anyway.

Then again, a backup isn’t supposed to put up insane numbers, that’s why they are on the rotation. They are meant to be consistent and available when the guy putting up those numbers needs a rest or gets injured. And bringing in a former 16-game starter as a reserve is something that should never be sniffed at.

With only three defensive tackles currently on the roster, the Carolina Panthers are in dire need of depth and Stephen very well could go a long way to filling that need. If the price is right and the team finds their starter, this could be a perfect fit.

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