7 Carolina Panthers players entering the last chance saloon in 2021

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Greg Little – Carolina Panthers OT

It’s hard to gauge just what exactly the Carolina Panthers have in Greg Little. An underwhelming time in the lineup as a rookie was followed by becoming a relative afterthought when the new regime came in, so this summer really is do-or-die for the tackle regarding his future with the franchise.

Little’s physical attributes coming out of Ole Miss were impressive enough for the Panthers to trade-up in the second round and acquire him in 2019. A decision they’d probably like to have back in hindsight.

He gave up three sacks and three penalties during his first season with the organization from 224 snaps. Little followed this up last time around with 141 snaps and a dismal 44.9 grade from Pro Football Focus.

Although there are some real concerns about who’ll man the blindside after Russell Okung wasn’t brought back, Little does appear to be some way down the pecking order. Not exactly ideal heading into a pivotal Year 3 with the team.

Releasing Little when final cuts are made would cost the Panthers $893,895 and save the team around $1.18 million. meaning financial implications won’t come into play when making a final decision on the player before Week 1 against the New York Jets.

Changing perceptions is the biggest task awaiting Little at camp. But if he can turn things around with the reps that come his way on the field, it could be all the lineman needs to convince the coaching staff he’s worth another shot.