4 Panthers who could struggle to make the roster after preseason Week 1
By Dean Jones
Cam Erving – Carolina Panthers OL
Once deemed a lock to make the roster despite a disappointing 2021 season, things might not be that clear cut for Cam Erving anymore. The veteran offensive lineman worked with the third and fourth units in training camp and his performance on Saturday indicated that certain flaws in his game haven’t been rectified.
Erving has been in the league a long time now. But his awareness at the line of scrimmage remains a serious issue and although he had one or two good plays on running downs, the former first-round pick was outshone by others looking to take his spot.
The likes of Austen Pleasants and sixth-round selection Cade Mays caught the eye impressively. Something that could mean Erving’s services are no longer required when the time comes.
There are some salary-cap factors to consider regarding Erving’s status. Releasing the Florida State product would cost $2.5 million in dead cap money, which represents a saving of just over $4 million that might be better spent elsewhere.
Nobody would be shedding tears within the fanbase if Erving departed before Week 1. Signing him on Day 1 of 2021 free agency was strange considering his previous production, which is a decision those in power would like to have back in no uncertain terms.
Erving has his work cut out. If Pleasants continues to impress, he might be looking for alternative employment.