5 departures the Carolina Panthers will miss the most in 2021

Jason Huber
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The Carolina Panthers upgraded their roster in a lot of places this offseason, but there are a few players that might be missed. 

The Carolina Panthers have missed the playoffs the last three seasons, but with one year already under the belt of head coach Matt Rhule, and an upgraded roster, there will be a lot of fans expecting them to challenge for the playoffs.

Last season was more of a transition year after Carolina released the face of the franchise, Cam Newton, saw All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly retire and moved on from tight end Greg Olsen, who eventually signed for the Seattle Seahawks.

The Panthers went 5-11 but showed promise, especially after starting the year with a 3-2 record. The inexperience was exposed as the season went on but moves were made this offseason under new general manager Scott Fitterer that could help push Carolina back in the playoffs.

New quarterback Sam Darnold, first-round draft pick cornerback Jaycee Horn, and a re-tooled defense are just a few of the changes to the roster.

However, like every season, there are a lot of players who won’t be returning in 2021. Some stand out more than others.

With that said, here’s a look at five players not returning from last season that the Panthers could miss in 2021.