5 Carolina Panthers players facing an uphill battle at training camp

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Will Grier
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Myles Hartsfield – DB

Considering Myles Hartsfield was an undrafted free agent of which little was expected heading into last year’s training camp, his contribution was surprising and impressive in equal measure.

He was one of the Carolina Panthers’ real stars during the 2020 preparation period, earning a spot on the 53-man roster, turning out in 13 percent of the team’s defensive snaps and 60% on special teams.

This is a solid foundation to build on for Hartsfield.

But what comes next will be equally as important.

The former Ole Miss standout has to show the necessary improvements to earn a spot on the rotation. Whether the Panthers roster has room for him after all their recent acquisitions is another matter entirely.

Versatility is something that aided Hartsfield’s transition to the next level. He can operate as a cornerback, on the backend as a safety, and even took some carries as a running back at camp.

Perhaps Hartsfield can be more suited to safety considering the lack of depth behind the starting duo of Jeremy Chinn and Juston Burris. However, he’ll need to hit the ground running and convince the coaching staff he is worthy of more responsibility when competitive action begins.