5 projected Carolina Panthers starters who could be benched in 2021

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David Moore – Carolina Panthers WR

There is a lot to like about David Moore’s ability to come in and make an immediate impact for the Carolina Panthers. The wide receiver joined in free agency from the Seattle Seahawks, meaning he is no stranger to general manager Scott Fitterer who also came from the same organization this spring.

Moore could be set for a true breakout campaign if he earns his fair share of targets next season. He has proved dependable during his career that can help out over the middle and stretch the field, which is something the Panthers lost when Curtis Samuel left in free agency to sign for the Washington Football Team.

Moore should get the starting role in the slot, at least initially. D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson will occupy the outside positions, so the former seventh-round pick needs to maximize his production from whatever targets come his way.

If he cannot, then there are two talented rookies ready and waiting for a shot.

Carolina wouldn’t have taken Terrace Marshall Jr. at No. 59 overall if they didn’t feel he could make a big impact from the word go. The LSU product has all the intangibles needed to become a star at the next level, but the Panthers need to monitor his injury history closely.

Shi Smith was also brought in with a sixth-round selection. His ability to make plays from the slot is something that could be of use if Moore doesn’t live up to his end of the bargain.