4 Curtis Samuel clones the Carolina Panthers can target this offseason

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Tavon Austin

  • 2020 team – Green Bay Packers

If the Carolina Panthers opt to go with a short-term solution for the departure of Curtis Samuel, then bringing in a seasoned veteran with proven production becomes a realistic option. Although he might be a little long in the tooth, Tavon Austin is a dual-threat weapon on offense that could also make his presence felt on special teams as a kick returner.

As it happens, this is something Carolina is also looking for with Pharoh Cooper now officially a free agent. This move isn’t likely to cost much in the way of financial outlay, which is another thing to consider in the current climate.

Austin spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Rams and joined the Green Bay Packers late in the 2020 campaign. He is elusive in tight windows, has assured hands, and can be utilized all over the field, which is exactly what Carolina got from Samuel last time out.

Considering the veteran is not in the twilight of his career, the explosiveness Austin demonstrated in his earlier years has waned somewhat. However, there might still be a little something left in the tank where the former No. 8 overall selection is concerned that could be of some use to the Panthers next season.

This would allow them to spend money on other positional groups and perhaps even draft someone in the later rounds as a development project.