6 Panthers players who need to impress when the pads go on at camp

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Which Carolina Panthers players need to impress when the pads go on next week during training camp in 2021?

The first few days of training camp are always a bedding-in period of sorts. Coaches are still putting plenty on the players, but rules dictate that things need to build up gradually in the coming days as preparations for the 2021 season gather in earnest.

This is going to be a fascinating camp where the Carolina Panthers are concerned. There are so many storylines to watch out for, which will obviously play a significant part in whatever progress they make when competitive action arrives.

Carolina has a lot going for them, at least on paper. Their defense could become a real force and if the offense can also make the necessary improvements, a possible winning record might be well within the team’s capabilities.

Things will ramp up considerably from next week in Spartanburg. Here are six Panthers players that need to impress when the pads go on at camp.

Player No. 1

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Cam Erving – Carolina Panthers OT

There is a lot riding on training camp for Cam Erving when he puts the pads on. The Panthers have been using the free-agent signing as their starting left tackle during the early part of team drills, although the place is far from cemented at the present time.

Carolina has also utilized Taylor Moton and others at the position at certain stages, meaning they aren’t truly convinced that Erving is the answer despite making him one of their top priorities in free agency.

Erving needs to impose himself against the Panthers’ talented edge rushers. Failure to do so could see the veteran relegated to a lesser role in the coming weeks.