5 simple cuts the Carolina Panthers should make before Week 1

(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Thomas Fletcher
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What simple cuts could the Carolina Panthers make before they take the field in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns at Bank of America Stadium?

We are now into July, so the countdown is well and truly on for what promises to be an exceptionally important training camp for the Carolina Panthers. Things will be intense and highly competitive at Wofford College for players and coaches alike, which should hopefully put the right foundations in place for a better campaign in 2022.

It’s been another offseason period full of drama and the Panthers might not be done yet. At times the conflicting stories and subplots have been more like a soap opera than an NFL franchise, but talk is cheap where fans are concerned ahead of Matt Rhule’s third season at the helm.

They just want to win. Optimism is dwindling with every passing year and unless things change quickly, it won’t take long for the natives to get restless with so many home games early on the schedule.

Competition for places is high and many could find themselves out of luck. With that being said, here are five simple cuts the Panthers should make before Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.

Player No. 1

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(Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports) Frank Herron /

Frank Herron – Carolina Panthers DE

It appears as if the Carolina Panthers are a little short across their defensive front after losing Haason Reddick and DaQuan Jones in free agency. Some nice additions were acquired earlier this spring, but depth remains an issue and especially if some young talent on the roster fails to make the improvements necessary.

One player that might fancy his chances is Frank Herron. The versatile defensive lineman spent last season on the practice squad and made one appearance, but there isn’t much to suggest the LSU product can become a prolific member of the rotation.

Carolina is taking one more look at Herron in training camp. But it would be a major shock if the player made it onto the 53-man roster based on what we’ve seen so far.