WR power rankings ahead of Carolina Panthers training camp in 2021

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How are the Carolina Panthers stacking up at the wide receiver position heading into a crucial training camp ahead of the 2021 season?

If the Carolina Panthers want to make serious improvements and potentially secure a winning record for the first time since 2017, then they’ll need their wide receivers to come up with the goods next season.

This is a unit that stepped up tremendously last time around – especially when star running back Christian McCaffrey went down. So there are plenty of reasons to be encouraged regarding their chances in 2021.

Obviously, much will depend on whether Sam Darnold can thrive under center for the Panthers following his trade from the New York Jets. Providing the signal-caller shows out in a more structured environment, then some huge numbers should swiftly follow.

Ahead of a pivotal 2021 training camp, we took a look at and power ranked exactly what Carolina has at their disposal within their wideout room.

Wide Receiver No. 13

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C.J. SAUNDERS. 13. player. 87. . .

C.J. Saunders – Carolina Panthers WR

The Panthers brought in C.J. Saunders very late in the free agency period to give themselves more bodies at the position ahead of camp. But the size of the task awaiting the former Ohio State player is a steep one.

He was denied a sixth year of eligibility with the Buckeyes for the 2020 season and went undrafted last spring. Whether he can surge his way up the depth chart seems unlikely, but this is going to be a great experience for Saunders, either way.