5 new Carolina Panthers players who could be one-and-done in 2021

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Which recent acquisitions made by the Carolina Panthers could be one-and-done with the organization in 2021?

It’s been an incredibly busy offseason period of player movement within the Carolina Panthers. Something that was pretty much a given when team owner David Tepper decided to fire general manager Marty Hurney and replace him with a progressive mind in Scott Fitterer.

Hopefully, this can result in the Panthers turning some solid performances in 2020 into more wins this time around. Easier said than done, obviously. But the foundations have at least been laid for a successful future.

Plenty of new faces came into the organization in free agency, albeit on short-term deals given the current financial climate across the league. Whether any of them can establish themselves quickly remains to be seen, but Carolina’s coaching staff is counting on it.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at five new Panthers players who might be one-and-done with the organization in 2021.

Player No. 1

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Pat Elflein – Carolina Panthers OL

Considering the production Pat Elflein has displayed over the last couple of seasons, giving him a three-year contract was a bizarre move by the Panthers. His time on the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets didn’t go according to plan, so the versatile offensive lineman was probably as surprised as anyone when Carolina came in with this offer.

What comes next for Elflein is unclear. He’ll need to turn things around pretty drastically to not only win a starting job but also to cement himself onto the rotation moving forward.

Simply put, the chances of this are slim. Carolina can release Elflein with a cap saving of $2.38 million in 2022, which is something they’ll jump at if the veteran continues his current trend.