Are the Carolina Panthers heading into the 2022 season with enough experience at the cornerback position in what is a vital campaign for players and coaches alike?
After losing some veteran players in free agency, the Carolina Panthers have clearly switched tact and decided to give its younger players greater responsibility. Stephon Gilmore was not re-signed after an injury-riddled stint with the team and fellow veteran A.J. Bouye was a cap causality ahead of their unsuccessful pursuit of DeShaun Watson.
This means that aside from Donte Jackson and Rashaan Melvin, the Panthers have nobody at the position over 25 years old.
The Panthers were generally good at the position last year. Despite struggles on running downs, the team excelled in pass coverage with games against Washington and the Dallas Cowboys coming to mind in which they struggled before injuries took over late in the season.
However, with a lack of veteran presence in the group, a lot hinges on how returning secondary coach Steve Wilks can get this unit playing. The potential is there, but the former Arizona Cardinals head coach must get up to speed quickly.
So let’s dive into an in-depth look at what the Panthers have at the cornerback position in the latest edition of our pre-training camp depth chart focus.