5 bold predictions for Carolina Panthers training camp in 2022

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Carolina Panthers will sign another edge rusher in Week 2

It’s no secret that the Carolina Panthers are a little short of pass-rushing options heading into the new campaign. Haason Reddick, who attained 11 sacks in 2021, left in free agency for the Philadelphia Eagles and those in power did nothing to really replace the former Temple standout outside of spending a sixth-round pick on Amare Barno.

Asking Barno to come in and immediately fill Reddick’s shoes is unfair. This task will likely fall on Yetur Gross-Matos or Marquis Haynes depending on which player stands out most in training camp.

If the coaching staff is not convinced by either, then expect the Panthers to make another move in this critical area of the field. Carolina has $21.09 million in salary-cap space remaining to pull something off, with Carlos Dunlap remaining someone of interest after the Pro Bowler came in for a visit before the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Dunlap has the experience and credentials to assist. He also appeared to have plenty left in the tank based on his production as a rotational piece with the Seattle Seahawks in 2021.

Whether it’s Dunlap or someone else, getting another capable presence to put opposite Brian Burns is something the Panthers should explore early in camp. This gives any new recruit a solid amount of time to immerse themselves within Phil Snow’s scheme.