5 Panthers players who must stand out at mandatory minicamp in 2022

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Myles Hartsfield – Carolina Panthers DB

Considering Myles Hartsfield joined the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2020, his influence has been much better than anybody expected. The versatile defensive back slotted into the organization seamlessly and came from obscurity into a solid depth chart standing thanks to some eye-catching performances over the last two years.

Carolina bolstered their secondary this offseason, which means Hartsfield is facing another fight for meaningful reps this time around. His previous experience should serve him well, but it’s important that the Ole Miss product makes a good impression on new defensive backs coach Steve Wilks, who has been around long enough to recognize a good player when he sees one.

This is a stiff challenge for Hartsfield. But his ability to play in the safety spot and even as a slot cornerback when required should serve him well in the coming weeks.

Hartsfield made some notable strides last season, gaining 45 tackles, four passes defended, one sack, and two tackles for loss from 10 games and 73 percent of defensive snaps. He gave up a 106.5 passer rating when targeted and earned a lowly 47.1 grade from Pro Football Focus, which does seem a little harsh.

The stakes are high for Hartsfield in 2022. But there might be even more to come in Year 3 and especially with competition for places being so high.