4 reasons the Carolina Panthers should be on Hard Knocks in 2021

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The Carolina Panthers are eligible for HBO’s Hard Knocks documentary in 2021 and there are plenty of reasons why they should be chosen.

HBO’s blockbuster annual documentary series Hard Knocks is something fans across the league look forward to every offseason. It is a sensational insight into what goes on throughout an organization during training camp and the preseason, focusing on team decisions and personal stories that capture the heart one way or another.

The Carolina Panthers are eligible for selection this year due to missing the postseason and not having a new head coach. Whether they’ll be selected so soon after their All or Nothing documentary on Amazon Prime is unclear, but it would certainly be worth watching for many reasons.

Hopes are high regarding some real progress where the Panthers are concerned next season. They possess plenty of exciting talent on both sides of the ball and if the necessary adjustments are made this summer, it might see them surprise a few when it’s all said and done.

With this in mind, we picked out four reasons why Carolina should be HBO’s pick for Hard Knocks in 2021.

Reason No. 1

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Rookie transition

After an unprecedented three days of trade activity during the 2021 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers came away with 11 selections and even got themselves a 2022 fourth-rounder from the Houston Texans for good measure.

This was tied for a league-high from this year’s draft, with each college recruit coming with their own fascinating story. In fact, it would be any producer’s dream and something HBO should consider when picking their Hard Knocks team this summer.

Discovering more about these players during their transition from college to the pros would be a must-watch, especially with characters such as Chuba Hubbard, Jaycee Horn, Thomas Fletcher, and Brady Christensen coming into the fold.

Some teams feel like a documentary like this becomes a distraction. But the Panthers have shown willingness to open up under the new and previous regimes, which would be unlikely to change if they were offered this year’s showcase.