What Panthers can expect from their 3 preseason opponents in 2021

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What can the Carolina Panthers expect from their three preseason opponents before competitive action gets underway in 2021?

One of the biggest complications that came from a severely disrupted offseason period in 2020 was a lack of preseason games on the schedule.

Teams across the league took some time to get themselves up to the sort of standard fans are used to seeing from their heroes, who all came in a little cold. Considering the Carolina Panthers went through some substantial changes to playing personnel and coaching staff last year, it didn’t come as a great shock to see them start the campaign 0-2.

There will be no such excuses this time around.

COVID-19 restrictions are easing to such a degree that fans should be back at full capacity providing there is no further surge in cases. More importantly, the Panthers will benefit from a normal period of OTAs and training camp before getting onto the field in a competitive environment to hone chemistry ahead of their all-important Week 1 clash against the New York Jets.

There will be three preseason contests for Carolina this summer despite the NFL moving to a new 17-game regular season format.

While more established members of the roster will be used sparingly to preserve their fitness, these games represent a real opportunity for those on the fringes to make a name for themselves and potentially improve their standing on the depth chart or move onto the 53-man roster.

With this in mind, we took an in-depth look at Carolina’s three preseason opponents in 2021 and what to expect from each.