4 burning questions for the Carolina Panthers at tight end in 2021

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Will Colin Thompson upset the apple cart?

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Carolina Panthers love Colin Thompson. The tight end was plucked from relative obscurity by his former college coach Matt Rhule last summer and made the most of this chance by carving out a small role for himself.

Thompson turned out in 18 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, securing just one reception for a touchdown. He was also involved plenty on special teams, with his total snaps coming in at 33 percent.

This is a definite step in the right direction for Thompson, who was overlooked throughout the opening stages of his career before joining the Panthers.

But the additions of Dan Arnold and Tommy Tremble means the other roster spot could come down to who impresses the most out of Thompson and Ian Thomas before the final cuts are made.

At least from the outside looking in and judging by reports from those in attendance at camp, it’s going to be a tough call to make. Thompson and Thomas have both boosted their hopes so far, so preseason contributions over the next fortnight could be the difference between success and failure.

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If Thompson doesn’t make the team, he’ll be a prime candidate for the practice squad providing he clears waivers. Even though the player is hoping for much more.