4 Panthers veterans who could lose job status to a rookie in 2022

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Which Carolina Panthers veterans could end up losing their depth chart status to one of the team’s draft picks or undrafted free-agent signings in 2022? 

After a frantic period of free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft, competition is now starting to develop within those on the Carolina Panthers ahead of the new campaign.

The team’s revamped coaching staff is putting the opening pieces in place ahead of what will be another fascinating training camp in Spartanburg. This will hopefully lay the foundations for a much-improved campaign next time around.

Matt Rhule will not want to suffer the same failings as last season. The Panthers have the talent, so if a new recruit or two from the college ranks can help their cause, then the former Baylor man should not hesitate to put them into prominent positions.

With this in mind, here are four Panthers veterans who could lose their job status to a rookie in 2022.

Player No. 1

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Pat Elflein – Carolina Panthers OL

According to ESPN’s depth chart, Pat Elflein is penciled in as the starting left guard right now. Something that would not install the greatest confidence considering how much the former Ohio State standout struggled at the spot before making an encouraging switch to center.

Many expect Brady Christensen to fill this void after the Carolina Panthers selected Ikem Ekwonu at No. 6 overall. However, there is also an immense sense of intrigue about what Cade Mays could potentially bring to the table in the not-too-distant future.

The Tennessee product has some work to do on technique and footwork. But if Mays puts it all together quickly, he’ll fancy his chances of prominent reps and overtaking someone like Elflein on the depth chart.