10 most important Panthers players to the team’s chances in 2021

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Who are the 10 most important Carolina Panthers players relating to the team’s chances of making a splash in 2021?

Things could literally go either way where the Carolina Panthers are concerned in 2021. Head coach Matt Rhule has some notable talent at his disposal after another eventful offseason period, which saw some encouraging signs emerge from both training camp and the three preseason games to further enhance preparations.

There could be an opportunity for the Panthers to cause a few eyebrows to be raised across the league providing everything clicks into place. The NFC South might have the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the absence of Drew Brees and Julio Jones means a slight window has opened that Carolina could potentially go through with additional strides in the coming months.

It promises to be another fascinating campaign. One that could see the Panthers emerge from with a winning record or even a surprise postseason appearance when it’s all said and done.

With this in mind, here are the 10 most important Panthers players relating to the team’s chances in 2021.

Player No. 10

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Donte Jackson – Carolina Panthers CB

The 2021 season is a big one for Donte Jackson. His production over the final few games of the previous campaign was highly encouraging and if he can build on some positive momentum this time around, it’s going to assist matters in the secondary enormously.

Jaycee Horn might be getting all the hype, which is to be expected of a high-end draft pick with a high ceiling. However, one could argue that Jackson is more important to the team’s chances of progressing next season, even though that might not be the case for much longer.

If Jackson reaches or exceeds the level expected, then a big payday will surely follow next spring. Whether that’s in Carolina or not remains to be seen.