5 new NFC South players the Panthers should worry about in 2021

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Which new arrivals to the NFC South should the Carolina Panthers be most concerned about heading into the 2021 season?

It’s been another very busy offseason not only for the Carolina Panthers but across the entire NFC South. This is sure to be one of the NFL’s most competitive divisions in 2021 and it now boasts the defending Super Bowl champions following a sensational playoff run from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that gave legendary quarterback Tom Brady his seventh ring.

The Panthers have some catching up to do if they want to reach these heights. They were highly competitive against some great teams in 2020 without quite doing enough down the stretch, which has led to a significant change at quarterback after the team brought in Sam Darnold from the New York Jets and shipped Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos.

Carolina Panthers could take advantage of big changes across the NFC South.

There have been many more changes worth noting across the division. Drew Brees has retired to go along with some substantial salary-cap sacrifices for the New Orleans Saints that leave their aspirations up in the air with Jameis Winston under center.

The Bucs somehow managed to keep every single starter from their title-winning team, which puts them in an incredibly strong position to retain their crown. A hive of activity within the Atlanta Falcons during free agency and the draft also sees them in a better position on paper than they were at the end of the previous campaign.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at five new NFC South arrivals that the Panthers should be most concerned about in 2021.