5 Carolina Panthers players who won’t be on the roster by Week 1

(Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports) Greg Little
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Greg Little – Carolina Panthers OT

Things are not at a perilous stage in the career of Greg Little. The offensive tackle has been a significant disappointment over his first two years with the Carolina Panthers and if some substantial improvements aren’t made this offseason then it might be time for the organization to finally cut their losses.

This would go down as a major draft bust and one of the team’s worst. The Panthers traded up to acquire Little in the second-round at No. 37 overall, but some struggles as a rookie were enhanced by becoming a relative afterthought for Carolina in 2020 and failing to win the new coaching staff over.

Little was on the field for just 134 snaps last season. This is a damning indictment of what Matt Rhule and company think of the former Ole Miss star and even though injuries did play a small part in this, it appears as if the player is the No. 4 blindside option for the Panthers heading into OTAs and training camp.

Carolina clearly preferred Trenton Scott late in the campaign and he’s still on the roster. The Panthers also signed Cam Erving in free agency and moved up into the third round in order to select Brady Christensen out of BYU, who is coming off the highest-graded season in history by Pro Football Focus and is the favorite to replace Russell Okung.

Cutting Little after June 1 comes with a dead-cap figure of $993,895 and represents a saving of $1.08 million, according to Over the Cap.