5 shocking cuts the Carolina Panthers could make this offseason

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Which Carolina Panthers players could emerge as shocking cuts when the 53-man roster is finalized later this offseason?

With mandatory minicamp now in the books, the Carolina Panthers have a brief period of rest before what promises to be a pivotal training camp for the organization. They are heading back to Wofford College in Spartanburg after a year away due to COVID-19, with the return of preseason games something else that should stand them in good stead ahead of the 2021 campaign.

A more structured preparation period can benefit the Panthers, who have some winnable games early on the schedule. Hitting the ground running will be absolutely key to their chances of making more noise next time around, with the prospect of a surprise playoff push not out of the question if everything clicks into place.

It’s about time Carolina’s fanbase had something to celebrate. What transpires in the coming weeks could determine just how the Panthers get on next season, with some tough choices awaiting Matt Rhule and others in power before finalizing their 53-man roster.

With this in mind, here are five shocking cuts Carolina could make before competitive action gets underway.

Player No. 1

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Dennis Daley – Carolina Panthers OL

One player who will be nervously looking over his shoulder this offseason is Dennis Daley. The offensive lineman endured a frustrating 2020 season due to injury and a lack of involvement, which resulted in the former sixth-round pick playing just 135 snaps.

Not exactly what was expected of someone who was slotted to start at guard prior to the campaign.

What comes next for Daley is unclear. The Panthers brought in some fresh faces on their protection that come with feast or famine potential, so the player has a fight on his hands earning a substantial role on the rotation.

Daley has the versatility that Carolina clearly loves. If they decided to cut him loose entirely at a cap saving of $850,000, it would be a surprise.