5 players the Panthers can’t risk sneaking on their practice squad in 2021

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The Carolina Panthers would be taking a big risk if they decide to try and sneak these players onto their practice squad for the 2021 season.

First impressions have already been made during the early stages of the offseason for those looking to make their presence felt on the Carolina Panthers in 2021. Voluntary OTAs, rookie minicamp, and mandatory minicamp are now in the rearview mirror as the team gets set for a welcome return to more familiar surroundings for what promises to be a fascinating training camp.

The humid and intense atmosphere of Wofford College in Spartanburg is sure to separate the men from the boys. Matt Rhule is renowned for leading high-tempo practices and there won’t be any room for passengers on the Panthers if they want to make some strides of note when competitive action begins.

Those who miss out on the roster face a nervous wait. Either another team comes in for them, they remain on the scrapheap, or Carolina can bring some back onto their practice squad for the upcoming campaign.

This isn’t the worst situation to be in, especially considering how many injuries normally occur during the regular season. But the Panthers might want to think twice about potentially stashing these five players on the practice squad.

Player No. 1

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David Moore – Carolina Panthers OG

One of the more coveted names on the undrafted free-agent market was secured by the Panthers in a quick fashion. David Moore worked with the coaching staff at the 2021 Senior Bowl and clearly did enough to convince Matt Rhule and others that he was worth a shot at making the 53-man roster.

The interest was reportedly high in Moore once the draft came to a conclusion. Carolina took a calculated risk by not taking him with any of their 11 selections, but whether it pays off will come down to how much the Grambling State product adjusts to a professional environment.

There does appear to be a chance for Moore in pursuit of a roster spot. The offensive line remains an area of some concern and if the rookie can make his presence felt at training camp and the preseason, then a discussion needs to be had.

If the Panthers opt to put Moore on the practice squad, there is a high likelihood another team takes him off their hands.