5 players winning their position battles at Panthers training camp
By Dean Jones
Which Carolina Panthers players are currently winning their position battles over the first few days of training camp in 2021?
With almost a full week of training camp practices in the books, we’re starting to get a better indication of just who’ll be lining up for the Carolina Panthers in 2021. Things will heat up considerably over the next few weeks, with the pads now on, scrimmages against the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens on the horizon as well as the welcome return of preseason games.
This should all stand the Panthers in good stead as they look to make more of an impact next season.
Spirits are incredibly high within the organization currently. But remaining focused on the task in hand is something head coach Matt Rhule has called for in the coming weeks before his team takes the field in Week 1 against the New York Jets at Bank of America Stadium.
There are still elements to the roster that need to be decided. Some players have come to the fore early on during drills, with others pushed further down the pecking order as a result.
With this in mind, here are five Panthers players who are currently winning their position battles after the first few days of camp.
Player No. 1
John Miller – Carolina Panthers OG
Much has been made about just where the Panthers are going to deploy Brady Christensen. The third-round pick was an exceptional blindside protector at BYU, but Carolina graded him higher as a guard and this might be a slot he can fill right from the outset.
If Christensen thought he was going to have things all his own way, he was mistaken. John Miller has occupied the starting right guard slot next to Taylor Moton and produced some eye-catching moments, although the overall quality of the offensive line remains a concern.
At least for now, Miller is winning this position battle. But general manager Scott Fitterer stated that the protection remains a fluid situation with further additions not ruled out.