5 simple cuts the Carolina Panthers should make before Week 1

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Colin Thompson – Carolina Panthers TE

The Carolina Panthers opted to keep faith with their tight ends options from top to bottom despite the lack of production since Greg Olsen left in 2020 free agency for the Seattle Seahawks. Those in power are banking on new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo working his magic with the group, which would make a real difference to an offense that went through some complications last time around.

One suspects that Tommy Tremble and Ian Thomas are locked to make the team and could generate a significant upturn in targets if all goes well in training camp. This makes life difficult for players like Colin Thompson, although his previous connection to Matt Rhule from their time together at Temple has not hurt since joining the team.

Thompson is pretty solid and has done well over very limited reps over the last two seasons. However, his limitations are there for all to see and it’s unlikely Thompson can do enough to earn a bigger role in 2022.

Perhaps a place on the practice squad would be Thompson’s realistic objective. Although much will depend on how many tight ends Carolina takes through onto the roster initially.

This will also be a challenge considering the presence of Stephen Sullivan – another young talent that the Panthers want to see progress into something more in Spartanburg.