3 Carolina Panthers positions that could be better than expected in 2022
By Dean Jones
Which Carolina Panthers positional groups could be better than many expect during an extremely important 2022 season?
Things are hanging in the balance regarding the Carolina Panthers next season. On the face of it, there is enough talent to potentially improve from a low bar set over the first two years of Matt Rhule’s tenure, but some glaring questions remain about certain positions and whether the head coach can also make the necessary improvements.
Getting it done in the crunch will be the telling factor. Rhule talks a good game and confidence is clearly higher this summer than at any stage during his reign, but the Panthers schedule isn’t the easiest and the need for all the team’s key pieces to stay healthy is nothing short of a necessity.
Having experienced NFL coaches under Rhule has assisted greatly throughout the preparation period so far. This asset should also be utilized heavily during gameday preparations and when the time comes to make crucial in-game adjustments – a thorn in Carolina’s side over recent years.
With that being said, here are three Panthers position groups that could perform better than expected in 2022.
Position No. 1
Carolina Panthers TEs
The Carolina Panthers have gotten little from the tight end position since Greg Olsen left for the Seattle Seahawks. But there could be some real growth in this area thanks to the presence of new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
McAdoo brings head coaching experience to the Panthers and is known for using tight ends heavily in his scheme. Something that could take the likes of Ian Thomas and Tommy Tremble to greater heights in 2022.
There could also be a spot for Stephen Sullivan following an impressive camp. Whether it’s two or three, McAdoo might hold the key to some improved fortunes when it’s all said and done.