5 free-agent LBs for the Panthers to consider after Shaq Thompson scare

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Adarius Taylor

  • 2020 team – Carolina Panthers

If the Carolina Panthers are looking for someone to come in that is already familiar with the scheme, then bringing Adarius Taylor in for another look is a possible option. The player was part of the set-up in 2020, featuring in 13 games – two of which he started.

Taylor is never going to be classed as a highly productive starting option. But the Panthers wouldn’t need him to be.

He showed enough last season to suggest a role might be carved out somewhere on the depth chart, although Carolina might be more inclined to go with a fresh face if they went down this route.

The former Florida Atlantic standout actually began his career on the Panthers in 2014 before moving onto the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. A spell that lasted four seasons and saw Taylor start 14 contests during this span.

While Taylor could come in and instantly work within a system he’s familiar with, if the Panthers thought anything about his ability to make a lasting contribution they wouldn’t have let him go in the first place.

Bringing in someone like Taylor to compete might have his benefits. And who knows, he might even raise his game and those of others in the process.