Sean Chandler – Carolina Panthers S
It was an indifferent first season for Sean Chandler after joining the Carolina Panthers in 2021. The veteran safety reunited with his former college coach Matt Rhule and saw a lot of the field, turning out in 56 percent of defensive snaps and 58% on special teams.
Chandler had some nice moments. But there were severe deficiencies in coverage and although he was brought back on a one-year deal, the safety was deemed a long shot to make the team considering the solid options on the backend and the signing of Xavier Woods from the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.
With that being said, Chandler responded well to the challenge in camp, coming up with some notable highlights and a number of takeaways to further enhance his cause.
While there is enough film to suggest his role would be minimal at best, the Temple product can give Rhule and his staff plenty to think about by continuing this momentum throughout Carolina’s preseason games.
Being a Rhule guy has been an advantage more often than not. But with Myles Hartsfield, Kenny Robinson, and Juston Burris also vying for backup spots behind Woods and Jeremy Chinn, there is no margin for error where any hopeful is concerned.