5 Carolina Panthers players with feast or famine prospects in 2021

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Sam Darnold
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Which Carolina Panthers players are heading into the 2021 season with feast or famine prospects?

There is growing confidence in the Carolina Panthers ahead of the 2021 season. This is a team more than capable of doing some real damage providing early momentum is generated, which could be all this young roster needs to grow in stature and become a real force to be reckoned with.

Things could just as easily go wrong. The Panthers went through yet more upheaval in key positional groups in the hope of turning things around at the earliest possible opportunity. Whether this can be achieved or not is another matter and won’t be determined until we see Carolina on the gridiron in a competitive environment.

Consecutive 5-11 seasons was the floor. Now it’s time for the Panthers to aim a little higher with an abundance of talent on both sides of the ball.

Much will depend on the players whose production could go either way. Here are five such examples that head into the 2021 campaign with feast or famine potential.

Player No. 1

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Cam Erving – Carolina Panthers OL

Signing Cam Erving was a risk enough without the Panthers potentially making him their starting left tackle in Week 1. The veteran has done nothing throughout his career to bring any sort of confidence when it comes to solidifying a position that’s lacked stability ever since All-Pro Jordan Gross decided to call it a day.

It’s a bold strategy. And how Erving performs protecting Sam Darnold’s blindside if he wins the job is going to come with some pretty substantial ramifications.

If it comes off, the Panthers front office should be trusted until further notice.

Ignoring one of the most important positions on the field is something Carolina cannot do for much longer. So it will be up to Erving to prove he can become a long-term option for the organization.