3 reasons versatility will be crucial for the Panthers in 2021

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The Carolina Panthers will be relying heavily on versatility once again in 2021, which could make all the difference in their pursuit of progression.

Let it not be said that Matt Rhule and the Carolina Panthers don’t have a type when it comes to recruitment. They’ve proved more than willing to take on young, hungry, and athletic players who are capable of turning out in multiple positions to assist the organization in whatever way possible in pursuit of success in 2021 and beyond.

This sounds good, in theory.

But having a solid roster on paper doesn’t necessarily translate into production when it matters most.

The Panthers showed some encouraging signs in the first year since Rhule arrived from Baylor on a seven-year, $60 million deal without quite doing enough in key moments on their way to another 5-11 record. This can be put down to experience more often than not, but it’s important that these same errors don’t rear their ugly head next time around.

Carolina Panthers will have a more structured offseason to prepare.

A return to some semblance of normality will help their plans this summer. COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted across the country and the NFL is running with preseason games and full training camps once again, so this is going to be invaluable for Carolina’s young roster ahead of their Week 1 clash against the New York Jets at Bank of America Stadium.

Versatility is something the Panthers can use to their advantage, of that there is little doubt. Here are three reasons why this element could play a vital role next season and possibly beyond.