5 bold predictions for the Panthers in Week 2 preseason game vs. Ravens

(Alex Hicks Jr./The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via IMAGN Content Services) Sam Darnold
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(Alex Hicks Jr./The Spartanburg Herald-Journal) Carolina Panthers line up for joint practice with Ravens /

Here are some bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers during their second preseason contest against the Baltimore Ravens at Bank of America Stadium.

The Carolina Panthers are gearing up for another important milestone in their 2021 preparations when they take on the Baltimore Ravens at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday. This follows on from an encouraging performance overall at the Indianapolis Colts in preseason Week 1, even though the ending had a frustrating and familiar feel to it.

This is all part of the learning curve. And the Panthers need to get these bad habits out of the way now in order for them to hit the ground running when the regular season begins against the New York Jets on September 12.

Rhule has indicated that some starters who sat out last Sunday’s game will see limited reps before getting more time on the field in their final warmup game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Welcome news for those attending the game.

With this in mind, here are five bold predictions for the Panthers during their game against the Ravens.

Bold Prediction No. 1

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(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Deonte Brown and Mike Panasiuk /

Deonte Brown will stake a big claim for meaningful reps

There was a lot to like about the way Deonte Brown imposed himself during his NFL debut. The sixth-round pick formed a nice tandem alongside right tackle Brady Christensen, which leaves plenty of reasons to be encouraged regarding his short and long-term future with the Carolina Panthers.

Brown was a dominant force at Alabama. His size and sneaky athleticism got the better of almost every adversary, but things will be much more difficult at the next level.

Carolina envisages Brown to be a starter in 2022. But don’t be surprised if another strong showing against the Ravens builds up the hype a little more en route to some meaningful action as a rookie.