5 underrated offseason moves the Carolina Panthers made in 2022
By Dean Jones
What were the underrated moves made by the Carolina Panthers during an eventful 2022 offseason period that could have the biggest impact?
One could not accuse the Carolina Panthers of sitting on their hands in the pursuit of progress this offseason. Those in power within the organization have left no stone unturned regarding a strong desire to improve the roster, even if the team’s approach was far more methodical than the previous two seasons since Matt Rhule took over from Ron Rivera as head coach.
There is plenty of talent within the Panthers right now. Whether this can be harnessed in the right way over the summer is the big question.
Of course, there are also the potential complications at quarterback to consider if Carolina doesn’t add to its options before Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. Something that is being continuously looked at by the front office based on recent reports.
Without further ado, here are five offseason moves made by the Panthers that could end up being majorly underrated when competitive games begin in 2022.
Underrated Carolina Panthers move No. 1
Carolina Panthers hired Steve Wilks
Although Steve Wilks‘ time as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals was brief, he is still hugely respected across the league. Getting him back on board to develop the defensive backs was a fine bit of business by the Carolina Panthers this offseason.
Wilks will now be tasked with progressing some outstanding players within the secondary. Jaycee Horn, Jeremy Chinn, Donte Jackson, and free-agent signing Xavier Woods are right at the top, but others such as Keith Taylor Jr., C.J. Henderson, and Kenny Robinson should also benefit from his presence.
Even though the Panthers did not bring back Stephon Gilmore in free agency, this unit still looks like it can make some noise providing Horn suffers no more complications on the injury front.