4 former Panthers players who needed a change of scenery in 2022

(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) Alex Erickson
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Which former Carolina Panthers players needed a change of scenery for the upcoming 2022 season?  

It’s been a busy offseason for the Carolina Panthers as those in power look to put the necessary pieces in place to push forward in 2022. Three consecutive five-win seasons is not exactly the consistency that teams across the league look for and with speculation already gathering pace about potential replacements for Matt Rhule, it only increases the immense sense of urgency across the organization.

General manager Scott Fitterer has overseen a more methodical approach to signings and draft picks this spring. But the front office figure can only do so much and it now falls on Rhule and his new-look coaching staff to mold this roster into one that can surprise people next time around.

This has obviously come with some departures. But one cannot look at Carolina’s current options with anything other than encouragement – even if there is still a major cloud hanging over the quarterback position.

Without further ado, here are four former Panthers players that needed a change of scenery in 2022.

Player No. 1

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Alex Erickson /

1. player. 58. . WR/KR. Washington Commanders. ALEX ERICKSON

Alex Erickson – Former Carolina Panthers WR/KR

Even though Alex Erickson was sure-handed in the kick return game, there appeared to be a reluctance to gamble on gaining significant yardage at times. This became a source of frustration within the team’s fanbase, with most wanting to see more dynamic production in this critical phase of play.

Erickson wasn’t offered an immediate extension this offseason and recently signed a deal with the Washington Commanders. Making the roster is going to be a big challenge, but getting involved so early in proceedings definitely helps his cause.

As for the Carolina Panthers, they signed All-Pro returner Andre Roberts following the draft, which should be a considerable upgrade if everything goes as expected.