5 things to keep a close eye on at Panthers training camp in 2021

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Offensive line rotation

It’s going to be critically important that the coaching staff gets the offensive line right at Carolina Panthers’ training camp. This is an area of the field that poses arguably the most concern in 2021 and outside of stud right tackle Taylor Moton, there doesn’t appear to be that much in the way of confidence surrounding their options.

Center Matt Paradis should start once again after restructuring his contract, which means the Panthers would still be on the hook for more than $9 million in dead-cap money even if they part ways with the veteran this offseason.

The less said about Cam Erving and Pat Elflein’s production over the last couple of seasons, the better. John Miller is also looking to make a better impression after getting a one-year extension, but the jury is still out as to whether he can accomplish such a feat.

Rookie trio Brady Christensen, Deonte Brown, and undrafted free-agent David Moore might play a part if they impress during Panthers training camp. But just where they’ll fit in remains to be seen.

Seeing how each player is utilized and in what position is a big thing to keep an eye on. Carolina will probably chop and change plenty until they get the best fit, which is going to come with significant ramifications either way.

Perhaps fans are worrying about nothing. But they have every right to be concerned at the present moment before camp kicks off.