5 most disappointing Panthers players during loss at the Cowboys

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Matt Paradis – Carolina Panthers C

There is a growing concern surrounding Matt Paradis and his ability to anchor the Carolina Panthers offensive line. In fairness to the center, his production on running downs isn’t the worst in the league, but it’s a different story when it comes to pass protection.

Paradis gave up one sack and one quarterback hit at the Dallas Cowboys, according to Pro Football Focus. Something that has to change if the veteran wants to extend his stay with the Panthers beyond this season.

In truth, that ship may have already sailed.

Paradis is still in a good spot. A contract restructure this offseason means he’ll still be paid north of $9 million in 2022 even if the Boise State product is playing somewhere else, which was a sacrifice the team needed to make in the current financial climate.

His arrival in free agency from the Denver Broncos came with plenty of anticipation in 2019. But for whatever reason, things just haven’t gone according to plan for Paradis in Carolina.

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There were a couple of nice moments from Paradis on Sunday – most notably his run efforts that led to a Panthers touchdown. But overall, his performance left plenty of room for improvement.