5 big plans most likely to go wrong for the Panthers in 2021

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What big plans are most likely to go wrong for the Carolina Panthers during a 2021 season of which progression is expected?

Things could be looking up for the Carolina Panthers after a few seasons languishing in mediocrity. It was always going to be a work in progress for the organization following the appointment of Matt Rhule, with even more fresh ideas coming on board earlier this year when Scott Fitterer replaced Marty Hurney as general manager.

Carolina’s moves this spring have been a refreshing change. There is a clear structure in place and certain traits that are sought in every new recruit, leaving the Panthers with a young, invigorated roster capable of great things if everything clicks into place.

There is always the chance things don’t pan out as expected. The NFL is a ruthless place with plenty of teams looking to make strides in the coming months, so it’s important for the Panthers to hit the ground running and avoid further complications as the campaign progresses.

With this in mind, here are five big plans most likely to go wrong for Carolina during a hugely important season in 2021.

Plan No. 1

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Joey Slye is the long-term kicker

The Carolina Panthers don’t have any additional competition at kicker behind Joey Slye heading into training camp. This is the strongest indicator yet that they are fully confident in his potential to be their long-term option at the position.

In truth, it could go either way where Slye is concerned. The player had some nice moments in 2020 but also missed some crucial kicks along the way, meaning he needs to be absolutely flawless next time around.

Only time will tell as to whether Slye is capable of this. But it appears as if the Panthers are going to give him another shot.