Carolina Panthers put their trust in young stars
As is normally the case with teams teetering on the edge, there is a temptation to put faith in veteran players who’ve been around the block. Instead, the Carolina Panthers remained confident in their youth movement all making the necessary strides to get them trending in the right direction.
Of course, having the right mix of experience and promise doesn’t hurt. Something the Panthers did well with the likes of Bradley Bozeman, Austin Corbett, Damien Wilson, Xavier Woods, and Matt Ioannidis joining the ranks.
This is still one of the league’s youngest rosters, which normally comes with growing pains. But if the draft selections under Matt Rhule make the necessary strides with additional experience, then there should be plenty of memorable highlights for fans to enjoy.
The importance of cornerback Jaycee Horn returning from a broken foot cannot be understated. His alpha mentality and shutdown potential were there for all to see before his campaign was cut short and if there are no more problems on the health front, this will be like an extra top-10 selection for the Panthers next time around.
Keeping faith with youngsters with potential when there are jobs on the line in 2022 is a huge call to make. But it does indicate the Panthers are not willing to deviate from their original plan, which is something they deserve credit for.