4 burning questions facing the Carolina Panthers LBs in 2021

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Do the Carolina Panthers have enough LB depth?

Although the Carolina Panthers probably had a good reason for trading Denzel Perryman, it does nothing to alleviate concerns about the depth behind the starting trio. Options appear a little threadbare, so the coaching will be hoping no injury complications emerge that could potentially jeopardize their chances of making progress in 2021.

One player who has really shone during the preparation period is Frankie Luvu. The former New York Jet came into the organization as a fringe player and now finds himself as a key rotational piece after a sensation training camp and preseason.

The likes of Josh Bynes and Clay Johnston are fighting it out to be Jermaine Carter’s primary backup. Preference might be for the former given his previous experience as an NFL starter despite arriving at the Panthers later than most.

Julian Stanford should also have a role to play after emerging as a core special teamer in 2020. But that’s about it when it comes to potential alternatives if Carter, Haason Reddick, or Shaq Thompson miss time at any stage.

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It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Panthers try and acquire another strong option off the waiver wire once final cuts are made across the league. So this is something worth monitoring in the coming days.