5 sophomore stars set to shine for the Carolina Panthers in 2021

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Myles Hartsfield – Carolina Panthers CB/S/RB

Another star of training camp in 2020 who came from nowhere was Myles Hartsfield. The former Ole Miss prospect went undrafted before surging up the depth chart to become part of Matt Rhule’s plans, which also saw some action in the starting rotation during his first season at the next level.

This was more than anybody expected of Hartsfield, who earned his roster spot by making a difference when it mattered during team drills and also displaying versatility to play multiple positions on both sides of the ball.

Hartsfield can play at cornerback, on the backend as a safety, and even as a running back should the opportunity arise. This is something Rhule clearly likes and providing the player makes further strides this offseason, it could see more in the way of activity next season.

The Carolina Panthers are lacking depth at cornerback behind undisputed No. 1 option Donte Jackson. Corn Elder joined the Detroit Lions in free agency and Rasul Douglas is still looking for a new home. So there could be an opportunity for Hartsfield to gain additional playing time if he progresses more than the likes of Troy Pride Jr. and Stantley Thomas-Oliver in the weeks and months ahead.

One thing is for sure, every team needs guys like Hartsfield and the Panthers struck gold by swooping to acquire him off the undrafted free-agent market.