5 key observations from practice Day 8 at Panthers training camp

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Carolina Panthers OLB Julian Stanford emerging

Another player that’s benefitted from more involvement with the first unit over the last two days is Julian Stanford. The linebacker was on the Carolina Panthers in 2020 and become a solid special team player, although he wasn’t brought back during the early stages of free agency.

The Panthers decided to give Stanford another chance to stake a claim eventually. Something the former Wagner standout is keen to make the most of.

As stated previously, Shaq Thompson and Denzel Perryman haven’t been risked due to minor injuries. This has allowed Stanford to see time with the 1s and he’s been a constant presence at the second level, really catching the eye according to those observing from the hill.

This is a big boost to Stanford’s chances of making the team. Carolina isn’t blessed with the greatest depth behind the top quartet, so he could be a surprise contributor with a full offseason with the Panthers to call upon this time around.

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Again, it doesn’t seem likely to see Stanford in the starting unit if everyone is healthy. But as we all know, that is rarely the case in the NFL.