4 Panthers who could struggle to make the roster after preseason Week 1
By Dean Jones
Ra’Shaun Henry – Carolina Panthers WR
With so much competition within the wide receiver room, it was vital for those fringe players to stand up and make their presence felt at the Washington Commanders. Something that would have given the coaching staff plenty to think about when the time for finalized decisions arrives.
One individual that the Panthers were keen to take a long look at was Ra’Shaun Henry. The undrafted free agent was allocated 64 percent of snaps on offense – the highest of any player on this side of the football – but the wideout’s inability to bring in any of the four targets that came his way won’t have helped his chances.
Henry has good size and looked quick out of his cuts. And the Panthers put plenty on his plate following a solid training camp from the Virginia product overall.
Whether it was nerves or poor quarterback distribution on occasions is debatable. But with the likes of Derek Wright and Shi Smith impressing throughout, it doesn’t install a great deal of confidence given the stiff competition for places.
One solace for Henry is that he survived the first round of cuts. This should allow the receiver another chance to shine at the New England Patriots next weekend, which could be the final time we see him in a Carolina uniform unless things improve dramatically.