4 most important players on the Panthers who are not starters in 2022

(Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) Marquis Haynes
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Marquis Haynes – Carolina Panthers OLB

When the Carolina Panthers opted to let Haason Reddick leave in free agency, their pass-rushing options suddenly became an area of concern. Especially considering the organization hasn’t done much to bolster the edge aside from select development project Amare Barno in the sixth round.

This is something that might look to do before training camp if the recent visit of Carlos Dunlap is any indication. But it could also mean more involvement for Marquis Haynes after he signed a new deal this spring.

Haynes has been a core rotational guy and done a lot with very little in the way of meaningful reps. The Ole Miss product attained seven sacks over the last two seasons, improved against the run, and could be set for big things with additional playing time moving forward.

Although Haynes could form a part of the rotation rather than start once again, he’ll be a core component of Phil Snow’s plans. And there is a lot to like about his influence increasing in 2022.

Providing Haynes can remain consistent despite an upturn in reps, then a starting role could be attainable further down the line. The former fourth-round selection is well-liked within the locker room and has more proven production than most lately, so fans are right to be extremely optimistic.