4 things the Carolina Panthers must figure out before 2022 camp

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Do the Carolina Panthers need another DE?

The Carolina Panthers did little to replace Haason Reddick after the stud pass-rusher left in free agency for the Philadelphia Eagles. Something they might want to rectify before the hot and heavy atmosphere in Spartanburg.

Carolina has Brian Burns and hopes are also high regarding Yetur Gross-Matos and Marquis Haynes making the most of extended playing time. But depth behind this trio remains slim at best and the Panthers would be taking a big risk not strengthening this area of the field.

Perhaps this is a decision the Panthers have already made. They brought in defensive end Carlos Dunlap for a two-day visit earlier this week without any deal being reached, but that’s not to say something cannot be worked out a little further down the line.

The more assistance Carolina can get on the edge, the better their chances will be. It will also take some attention away from Burns, who is set to be the focal point of opposing protection schemes unless another proven presence is acquired beforehand.

Whether it’s Dunlap or someone else, Carolina has to figure out whether they have enough defensive end options to cause havoc. Examining how any new arrival will impact the likes of Gross-Matos and Haynes should also be considered.

Fortunately for the Panthers, they have the time and the salary-cap space to strike with conviction should they wish.