4 Carolina Panthers players set for smaller roles in 2021

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Bravvion Roy
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Bravvion Roy – Carolina Panthers DT

It was encouraging to see the strides made by Bravvion Roy during his rookie campaign in 2020. The defensive tackle emerged as a surprising contributor for the Carolina Panthers considering he was a sixth-round pick with a relative lack of expectations on his shoulders.

This has everything to do with how familiar Roy was with Phil Snow’s scheme having worked with him at Baylor. It’s a solid foundation from which to build an NFL career, but if the player wants to see the field for 40 percent of Carolina’s defensive snaps once again, he’ll need to raise his game accordingly.

Roy now has some significant competition for places after a series of bold moves by the Panthers this offseason.

DaQuan Jones and three-technique Morgan Fox joined via free agency, with the team also allocating two draft selections on the defensive tackle position in order to bring both Daviyon Nixon and Phil Hoskins on board.

Teams are always looking for upgrades. That’s just the nature of the business.

Stand still, get left behind.

The second-year-pro is well regarded by the coaching staff and settled into a professional environment well under the circumstances. However, it’s hard to look at Roy’s situation and not think he’s in for a lesser role in 2021.