5 simple cuts the Carolina Panthers should make before Week 1

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Kamal Martin – Carolina Panthers LB

Much like the situation along the defensive line, the Carolina Panthers could use some additional assistance at the second level. This bears more significance on the interior, which continues to suffer the ripple effects of Luke Kuechly’s shock retirement following the 2019 campaign due to health concerns.

Whether Damien Wilson’s offseason arrest complicates matters further remains to be seen. Putting too much pressure on fourth-round selection Brandon Smith would be foolish, which could see Cory Littleton thrust into a prominent role following his arrival in free agency.

Depth chart positions are definitely up for grabs and Kamal Martin has more experience than most. At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, he possesses the size and athleticism to potentially make a difference not only on the rotation but as part of Chris Tabor’s special teams unit in 2022.

There is one problem with all that. Martin has found life difficult when given reps throughout his time in the league so far. Injuries haven’t helped his cause, but it’s hard to look at his prospects with any encouragement heading into training camp.

Spartanburg will be a chance for Martin to alter some perceptions. And based on Carolina’s linebacker options, it wouldn’t take much to stake a serious claim.