4 second-year Panthers players that must make more noise in 2022

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Tommy Tremble – Carolina Panthers TE

Perhaps surprisingly, the Carolina Panthers have not made alterations to the tight end room this offseason.

The position has been almost non-existent in terms of production since Greg Olsen was let go. But Ian Thomas got a three-year extension from the franchise upon the recommendation of new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo rather than being completely removed from the equation.

Whether this comes off or not remains to be seen. McAdoo does utilize tight ends much more prominently than Joe Brady and Thomas has the athletic skill set to potentially turn things around if he does enough to command more targets.

The presence of Tommy Tremble is another exciting option for Carolina. The Notre Dame product demonstrated flashes of promise in the offensive game plan as a rookie and if this momentum can be built upon, he could end up being the complete tight end given his already dominant blocking capabilities.

Carolina got Tremble in the third round last year and banked on his exceptional athletic attributes translating into a starting-caliber influence over time. The mindset and physical gifts have long been there, so all it might take is a little improvement in route running and becoming more of a technician.

If Tremble puts it all together consistently, the Panthers have a real player on their hands.