Which players that could be post-training camp cut candidates could interest the Carolina Panthers if they eventually hit the open market?
Although the Carolina Panthers are focusing on their current players getting better in training camp, the front office will also seek to strengthen later in the summer if they feel it can benefit the franchise. This is something they’ve done in recent years, with individuals like Rasul Douglas arriving shortly before the season and making a big impression.
There is far more balance to the Panthers than at any stage previously during the Matt Rhule era. Competition for places was high on the team’s list of priorities this offseason, which saw plenty of new faces joining the ranks to hopefully provide the urgency needed for major improvements in 2022.
Scott Fitterer is always churning out the bottom end of the roster. If the right opportunity presents itself, then don’t be surprised if the Panthers acquire another fresh face before they take the field against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.
With this in mind, here are five potential cut candidates that the Panthers should monitor in the coming weeks.
Cut Candidate No. 1
Carolina Panthers should monitor Justin Layne
- Cornerback | Pittsburgh Steelers
The Carolina Panthers were a little short on cornerbacks with Rashaan Melvin’s retirement and Jaycee Horn’s brief stint on the active-physically unable to perform list. Even though former second-round pick Duke Dawson was brought in as a camp body, adding another talent that could help on special teams might be something to consider.
Justin Layne hasn’t seen much in the way of defensive action during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the Michigan State product is a core special teams player that could assist Chris Tabor in pursuit of reaching new heights next season.
Much will depend on whether Layne does enough to convince Mike Tomlin he’s worth another go-around. But he shouldn’t be short of offers if the dreaded cut comes his way.