5 players the Panthers can’t risk sneaking onto practice squad in 2022

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Kalon Barnes
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Which players should the Carolina Panthers avoid trying to sneak onto their practice squad ahead of the 2022 season? 

It won’t be long before the Carolina Panthers are in Spartanburg for training camp. The most period of preparation ahead of what promises to be a fascinating 2022 campaign for everyone associated with the franchise.

Most starting positions appear to be wrapped up one way or another. But there should be some fierce competition for places on the 53-man roster, which is bound to see tempers flare on a few occasions down in Wofford College.

The Panthers have little room for mistakes at this stage of Matt Rhule’s tenure. Any further errors in judgment will not go over well and could significantly jeopardize their chances of making strides in 2022.

This is a considerable amount of pressure to be under, one suspects. Here are five players the Panthers cannot risk sneaking onto their practice squad later this summer.

Player No. 1

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(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) P.J. Walker /

P.J. Walker – Carolina Panthers QB

Let’s keep this simple. If the Carolina Panthers are intent on moving forward without P.J. Walker on their active roster – which is probably the case – then trying to trade the quarterback would be the best possible solution.

The former XFL MVP candidate has proven capable of being a serviceable backup. An area where teams are always looking to upgrade if poor form or injuries strike under center.

Trying to stash Walker on the practice squad would likely see another organization swoop. So getting a late-round pick instead is beneficial and especially if the Panthers acquire another signal-caller before Week 1.