5 Carolina Panthers players who aren’t getting enough respect

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Which Carolina Panthers players aren’t getting nearly enough respect ahead of a crucial 2021 season for the franchise?

The Carolina Panthers could be on the cusp of something special in 2021. Head coach Matt Rhule and his staff laid the groundwork for a successful future last season and the arrival of new general manager Scott Fitterer from the Seattle Seahawks came with a tremendous offseason period in terms of player recruitment to further enhance expectations.

Rhule will have more pressure on his shoulders in Year 2.

Getting a pass on the first season of his seven-year deal was almost a given considering the number of changes that needed to be made in pursuit of progression. But team owner David Tepper will not stand for the same problems to resurface at such a critical stage of Carolina’s rebuild.

The Panthers have the talent. There’s no disputing that.

However, their fortunes will ultimately come down to whether obvious areas of concern have a detrimental impact on the team’s overall fortunes.

Some members of the roster will be under more pressure than the rest due to their status. Others might end up being surprising contributors if the necessary strides are made at training camp and the preseason.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at five Panthers players who aren’t getting enough respect ahead of the new campaign.