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

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A.J. Bouye – Carolina Panthers CB

Adding that little bit of experience at cornerback was something the Carolina Panthers needed to do this offseason. In A.J. Bouye, they found the right guy who should become a valuable player on defense once he returns from his two-game suspension.

Bouye didn’t enjoy the best of times with the Denver Broncos in 2020. His production was nothing like what we saw from the Pro Bowler on the Jacksonville Jaguars and it led many to believe that some steep regression was in the player’s immediate future.

This was clearly not a sentiment echoed by the Panthers, who are banking on Bouye to make a smooth return to the player of old with some dynamic young weapons around him.

It’s a fine line that could go either way, in all honesty.

And Bouye’s future as an NFL starter probably depends on it.

Corners do tend to flame out rather quickly. After all, wide receivers only get bigger, faster, and more athletic with every passing year.

How Bouye copes in an NFC South division that is full of talented wideouts will go a long way to determining whether not only the Panthers keep him around beyond 2021, but if meaningful reps can potentially be attained elsewhere.