4 worst-case scenarios for the Panthers at training camp in 2021

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Carolina Panthers rookie growing pains are severe

The Carolina Panthers have made no secret of their desire to go younger over the last couple of offseasons. This tends to be the way when teams enter a rebuilding period of such magnitude.

It was once again evident during their recruitment process this spring. General manager Scott Ftterer managed to get his hands on 11 draft selections thanks to some board management that had been sorely missing under previous regimes, but depending on inexperience in pursuit of progression comes with its own set of complications.

Those picked at the top-end need to hit the ground running. Jaycee Horn, Terrace Marshall Jr., Brady Christensen, and Tommy Tremble should all have a role to play right from the outset, with some Day 3 picks also capable of carving out a role for themselves with a smooth transition.

Chuba Hubbard is in pole position to be Christian McCaffrey’s primary backup, Daviyon Nixon could become part of the defensive tackle rotation, and Keith Taylor Jr.’s ability in press coverage might end up beating out Troy Pride Jr. and Stantley Thomas Oliver for playing time at cornerback.

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Of course, this all changes if the rookie growing pains are severe at training camp. Coaches will be far more comfortable going with veterans in this scenario, although the Panthers don’t have much to lose with limited expectations in 2021.