5 burning questions the Carolina Panthers offense must answer in 2021

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Who will emerge as the third wide receiver option?

The Carolina Panthers ended up waving goodbye to Curtis Samuel in free agency when the wide receiver opted to take his chances with the Washington Football Team. There was no way he was sticking around and certainly not on the money the Ohio State product got from the NFC East team, so others now have to step up and fill the void.

Fortunately for the Panthers, they made some notable moves during the offseason that should make sure momentum isn’t lost.

David Moore joins the ranks after emerging as a dependable weapon during his time with the Seattle Seahawks, with Carolina also allocating the No. 59 overall selection on a potential stud in former LSU star Terrace Marshall Jr.

Another eye-catching addition is sixth-round pick, Shi Smith, out of South Carolina. The likes of Keith Kirkwood, Brandon Zylstra, and undrafted free-agent Omar Bayless are also hoping for some notable targets during the season.

Just who is going to emerge as the third receiving option is unclear. D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Christian McCaffrey will be the focal point. But more will be needed if the Panthers want to realistically enter the postseason discussion.

Moore is the favorite, at least initially. It would also be a surprise if Marshall wasn’t able to make his presence felt as the campaign progresses.