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

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Darryl Johnson – Carolina Panthers DE

No team can ever have enough consistent pass-rushers capable of generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Carolina Panthers let one of the league’s most prolific over the last two seasons walk out of the door this offseason when Haason Reddick signed for the Philadelphia Eagles, so it’s up to others already on the roster to step up and make their presence felt in 2022.

This bears more significance considering how little the Panthers have done to replace Reddick this offseason. Something that provides an opportunity for the likes of Darryl Johnson if everything goes well in training camp.

Johnson was acquired via trade from the Buffalo Bills last year but was seldom seen on the rotation. He did turn out on special teams, but the Panthers will need more from a player with just two career sacks to his name.

There have been some positive reports surrounding Johnson’s progress throughout early workouts. Hopefully, this can provide the spark that ignites the North Carolina A&T product to greater heights moving forward.

If the Panthers decide that Johnson will be better suited to the practice squad, then there could be a scenario where he gets a better offer from elsewhere and leaves.

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