5 under-the-radar Panthers players who must perform vs. NY Jets

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Which under-the-radar Carolina Panthers players must give a good account of themselves during their Week 1 game against the New York Jets?

The time for speculation and predictions is almost over as the Carolina Panthers embark on their opening regular-season game against the New York Jets at Bank of America Stadium. Matt Rhule’s men have gone through yet more roster upheaval in a bid to keep them progressing in 2021, but there’s just no telling how this talented group will put it all together until we see them on the gridiron in a competitive setting.

Sunday’s opener at Bank of America Stadium will be tabbed as the Sam Darnold revenge game. Not entirely unexpected considering the Jets cast him aside in favor of taking Zach Wilson at No. 2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Robby Anderson and Frankie Luvu are also searching for a win against their old employers. The return to full health of Christian McCaffrey is another exciting factor worth keeping a close eye on.

Although the important members of the roster will be counted upon heavily, here are five under-the-radar Panthers players who must perform to start their campaign on a high.

Player No. 1

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Ryan Santoso – Carolina Panthers K

Life moves fast in the NFL. Nobody knows more about that than Ryan Santoso.

The kicker faced an uncertain future before the Panthers acquired him via trade from the New York Giants, thrusting him straight into battle with Joey Slye for the starting job. One that he ended up winning quickly and in convincing fashion.

That was just the easy part for Santoso, who needs to hit the ground running when called into action against the Jets. Carolina can ill-afford further kicking woes moving forward, although production in the red zone also needs to get better.

High stakes for Santoso, who is still on a short leash despite an impressive start.