5 potential surprises to watch out for at Panthers camp in 2021

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Ishmael Hyman will push for a roster spot

Although the wide receiver room remains pretty crowded despite Curtis Samuel leaving in free agency, a couple of spots could be up for grabs at training camp. The Carolina Panthers possess an abundance of talent at their disposal after a strong recruitment process this offseason, with many on the fringes in 2020 also getting another shot to make an impression.

One such player is Ishmael Hyman. The wide receiver was a practice squad member for a large portion of 20020, but he really caught the eye during the early offseason program in pursuit of more involvement next time around.

Hyman’s first and only time on the field in a competitive setting came with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. The Panthers obviously saw enough in the player to keep him around, but what comes next will ultimately determine his fate.

All Hyman can do is keep impressing in team drills. There might also be an opportunity for the wideout to make a big play or two with the targets that come his way during the preseason.

There isn’t a great deal of pressure on Hyman other than what he puts on himself. The competition for places is fierce at wide receiver and with the top-four already seemingly decided, the margin for error is slim.