Panthers depth chart focus: Are DTs ready to take the next step?

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Bravvion Roy – Carolina Panthers DT

A 2020 sixth-round pick out of Baylor, Bravvion Roy has exceeded expectations since entering the league. The defensive tackle has been put into some difficult situations over his first two seasons in the league as the Carolina Panthers looked for consistency next to Derrick Brown, and he’s managed to provide solid contributions when asked upon.

As a rookie, Roy started nine of his 15 games played. Last season, he played in all 17 games and has one career sack, seven quarterback hits, and 59 total tackles.

Roy hasn’t proven that he can be a reliable starting defensive tackle. But he also hasn’t shown that it’s not out of the realm of possibilities.

Carolina should be just fine at defensive tackle this season and Roy will definitely be fighting for a prominent depth chart position in training camp. If the third-year-pro performs like he has throughout his time in the league so far, the Panthers will have some tough decisions to make.

Even if Roy does perform well this offseason, it’s possible he could be used as a potential bargaining chip in the trade market with Carolina having a good amount of defensive tackles on the roster.

The most-likely case scenario for Roy is being a solid role player this season. Something he’s done well more often than not since joining the Panthers.