4 bold predictions for Carolina Panthers mandatory minicamp in 2022

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What bold predictions could come to fruition for the Carolina Panthers during their team’s mandatory minicamp in 2022? 

The time has arrived for the Carolina Panthers to take the practice field for their mandatory minicamp, which begins later today (Tuesday) and runs until June 16. This is another important stage of the offseason and one that should provide a solid foundation for growth ahead of training camp in Spartanburg this summer.

There are plenty of storylines to keep an eye on from the Panthers‘ point of view. The young talent across the roster is evident, but a couple of key areas might end holding the team back when it’s all said and done.

Things will be much different in terms of approach after Matt Rhule gutted his coaching staff to surround himself with legitimate NFL experience and former head coaches. Players also seem to be buying in based on comments throughout the voluntary portion of OTAs.

With this in mind, here are four bold predictions for the Panthers’ mandatory minicamp in 2022.

Bold Prediction No. 1

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Deonte Brown – Carolina Panthers OL

  • Second-year player will enter the starting LG discussion.

There remains some hot debate about what the Carolina Panthers are going to do at the left guard spot. It is now the only real area of concern across the protection after a tremendous period of recruitment in free agency, so those in power will not want the left interior to become a weak link during a crucial season in 2022.

Plenty will fancy their chances of winning the job, with Brady Christensen the obvious favorite heading into Carolina’s mandatory minicamp. However, if Deonte Brown can finally start fulfilling his enormous promise, then he could also enter the discussion as a result.

Brown has all the physical intangibles needed to become a productive starter. But the Panthers just don’t know what they have in the Alabama product after a difficult rookie campaign.