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

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This is something the Carolina Panthers aren’t considering given how well Kenny Robinson performed when called upon in 2021, but with the addition of Xavier Woods from the Minnesota Vikings in free agency, it cannot be ruled out entirely.

The safety position looks especially deep with a strong starting duo and experienced figures such as Juston Burris also returning to bolster depth. Robinson caught the eye in a big way last season on the defensive rotation and special teams, which is the strongest indicator yet that a productive clear could be in the offing after a rocky start.

Robinson was on the practice squad and even released once upon a time after the Panthers selected him in the fifth round. The player deserves an endless amount of credit for the way he’s turned it around, but there is a new coach to impress this summer with Steve Wilks putting them through their paces.

It would be a big surprise and disappointing if Robinson didn’t confirm his status on the 53-man roster. Although he’ll face stern competition from the likes of Burris, Sean Chandler, Sam Franklin, and the versatile Myles Hartsfield.

If the Panthers waived him with a view to putting him on the practice squad, then another organization looking for secondary assistance would take him off Carolina’s hands.