4 Carolina Panthers role players who will make or break 2022 season

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Marquis Haynes – Carolina Panthers DE/OLB

Generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks is something the Carolina Panthers did well more often than not last season. However, it won’t be nearly as easy in 2022.

Those in power opted to let Haason Reddick leave in free agency for the Philadelphia Eagles despite the edge rusher gaining 11 sacks last season. The front office did almost nothing to replace the Temple product, which could mean substantial reps for Yetur Gross-Matos and Marquis Haynes moving forward.

Haynes’ case is an interesting one. The former fourth-round pick has been exceptional as part of the rotation since joining the team, but just how much he can contribute with additional time on the field is the million-dollar question.

Doing it now and again is one thing.

Becoming consistent with 50 percent or more of the team’s defensive snaps is another matter.

The Ole Miss product is certainly deserving of such an opportunity. A major reason why the Carolina Panthers gave Haynes a new deal this offseason in order to prevent him from leaving in free agency.

Should the player fail to make the most out of what is an outstanding opportunity, then the ripple effect could be severe.