5 Panthers players who didn’t help their roster chances at OTAs

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Keith Kirkwood – Carolina Panthers WR

As stated previously, the defense won the day during mandatory minicamp with a sensational couple of days that only heightens anticipation regarding their fortunes in 2021. That being said, some wide receivers could do with stepping up their respective games and this bears more significance for those on the roster fringes.

Keith Kirkwood falls into this category. The veteran’s first season with the Carolina Panthers didn’t go according to plan due to injury, but the organization is giving him another shot to prove his worth within a positional group that is arguably the deepest on the depth chart.

This has a lot to do with Kirkwood’s familiarity with Joe Brady’s system from their time working together on the New Orleans Saints. His time with the team last season – albeit briefly – is something else that should stand him in good stead.

Carolina needed some additional reinforcements after Curtis Samuel bolted in free agency for the Washington Football Team. This might leave players like Kirkwood on the outside looking in when it’s all said and done, so all he can do is perform well, show the right commitment, and hope everything else falls into place.

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High stakes for Kirkwood, who has just one start and 10 games to show from his three-year NFL career so far.