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

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Charleston Rambo – Carolina Panthers WR/KR

There does not appear to be much in the way of wiggle room for a young hopeful to find his way onto the wide receiver rotation. The Carolina Panthers kept faith with their pass-catchers from last season despite most failing to meet their targets, but whether they can turn things around and become less dependent on D.J. Moore is a huge doubt right now.

Much will also depend on just who the Panthers go with under center. At the moment it’s Sam Darnold and Matt Corral, although it could all change if those in power go back in for Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo.

A number of wideouts were acquired in undrafted free agency to compete in training camp. Charleston Rambo could be the most useful and it was a surprise to see the Miami product go overlooked during the draft given his overall athletic attributes.

With 79 receptions for 1,172 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2021, Rambo has proven his worth as a difference-maker in big moments. He is also a threat on special teams as a kick returner to further enhance his influence.

Obviously, things will be much more difficult at the next level. But if Rambo shows enough and other teams take a keen interest, then Carolina would be taking a gamble by putting him on their practice squad.