4 big hits for Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer this offseason

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What were some big hits from Carolina Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer during a busy offseason period for the front office figure? 

Considering how bleak things looked for the Carolina Panthers after a dismal 2021 campaign, there is now renewed hope that the organization can emerge from the doldrums and into possible wildcard contention. That will be a tough ask given the schedule, but general manager Scott Fitterer and his staff have worked tirelessly throughout the offseason to ensure everything is in place for Matt Rhule to thrive in Year 3.

Fitterer is widely respected across the league and has led a noticeable shift in approach this spring. The Panthers were more methodical than ever regarding recruitment and when the right opportunities came along, they struck with supreme conviction.

The roster is far from perfect. But there is better depth and most starting positions look stronger than this time last year.

Getting it done when it counts remains the biggest obstacle. But here are four big wins for Fitterer during his second offseason as general manager.

Big Hit No. 1

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Carolina Panthers increased competition for places

One of the primary objectives for Scott Fitterer this offseason was increasing competition for places across the board. Some players became complacent last time around with no real options to replace them, which was something the Carolina Panthers couldn’t move forward with given how much is on the line next season.

The Panthers acquired plenty of solid veterans, re-signed established and fringe figures, and also got themselves some gifted prospects from the draft and when undrafted free agency commenced.

This has already brought about some fierce competition in training camp. And hopefully, it will stand Carolina in good stead when the regular season begins.