5 Panthers veterans on the roster bubble ahead of 2022 training camp

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Rashard Higgins – Carolina Panthers WR

The Carolina Panthers did little to strengthen their wide receiver room this offseason despite many not reaching expectations in 2021. Much of this had to do with the inconsistent quarterback play, but much more is needed this time around to prevent further complications from emerging as the season progresses.

One arrival to the ranks this offseason was Rashard Higgins, who could be a nice rotational piece providing he also returns to his old form. The former Colorado State standout was underused on the Cleveland Browns last season, which was something of a surprise considering his encouraging contribution to their playoff run in 2020.

For Higgins to go from a 71.2 percent catch success rate in 2020 to 51.1% last season indicates something was amiss. But it’s also worth remembering that quarterback Baker Mayfield was dealing with a shoulder problem throughout the campaign.

Perhaps a fresh start is exactly what Higgins needs. But he a job on his hands trying to find a role for himself with D.J. Moore, Robbie Anderson, and Terrace Marshall Jr. further up the depth chart.

This leaves Higgins fighting it out with the likes of Shi Smith, Brandon Zylstra, C.J. Saunders, and a number of undrafted free agents for positions. His experience and previous production will help, but a smooth transition into Ben McAdoo’s scheme is vital.