5 Carolina Panthers players who must earn bigger roles in 2022
By Dean Jones
Kenny Robinson – Carolina Panthers S
Not drafting a safety was a calculated risk by the Carolina Panthers. One that could inspire confidence in those already on the depth chart when the preparation period ramps up in the coming weeks.
Carolina signed Xavier Woods in free agency from the Minnesota Vikings, which should help enormously. However, doubts remain about the re-signed duo Juston Burris and Sean Chandler given their inconsistencies and inability to stay healthy for a lengthy period of time.
One of the more encouraging elements to emerge from the 2021 season was Kenny Robinson’s progress. The former XFL star came back from the brink to carve out an important role for himself on the defensive rotation, with his notable contribution on special teams something else that catch the eye.
Robinson has the athleticism and awareness to potentially fill a starting role with further refinement. At the worst, the West Virginia product could become the No. 3 option behind Woods and Jeremy Chinn, which is a significant increase in responsibilities compared to the last two seasons.
Learning from Steve Wilks – a highly respected coach who made his return to the Panthers this offseason – will only benefit Robinson. His turbulent time in the league has added a sense of urgency to the player’s game, which is something that could mean there’s much more to come.