WR power rankings ahead of Carolina Panthers training camp in 2021

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87. . . . MICAH SIMON. 10. player

Micah Simon – Carolina Panthers WR

An electrifying display at BYU‘s pro day gave Micah Simon a shot at making the Carolina Panthers. Those in attendance were impressed by the wideout blazing speed and route-running ability, which also made quarterback Zach Wilson on his way to becoming the No. 2 overall selection.

This is a low-risk, high-reward situation for the Panthers. Simon doesn’t have anything in the way of expectations on his shoulders, so if he relaxes and focuses on getting better a little each day, then he could be a candidate for the practice squad moving forward.

It’s important to look at the big picture where Simon is concerned. Getting this chance was objective No. 1, it’s what comes next that is more important.

player. 87. . . . KEITH KIRKWOOD. 9

Keith Kirkwood – Carolina Panthers WR

Keith Kirkwood was absolutely luckless last season, with injury restricting him from making any sort of impact following his move in free agency. The Panthers are giving him another shot at making the team, although he’ll have his work cut out given the strength of talent in the wide receiver room.

Kirkwood certainly has more going for him than most, even if he does have some problems staying on the field. He is fully familiar with Joe Brady’s scheme and his ball skills are impressive, but this is something Carolina’s fanbase didn’t see much of in 2020.

Only time will tell as to whether there is more fortune coming Kirkwood’s way this season. The Panthers’ coaching staff really likes him, but that might not be enough to secure a roster spot.