Deonte Brown – Carolina Panthers OL
The story surrounding Deonte Brown is a disappointing one. There was a great deal of intrigue surrounding the sixth-round pick when the Carolina Panthers brought him on board, but a difficult transition to a professional environment coupled with some offseason additions across the offensive line meant his status was hanging by a thread heading into the 2022 preparation period.
If Brown wanted to make a splash in keeping with his gargantuan frame at the New England Patriots, he was out of luck. The Alabama product looked like a real weak link more often than not, which was another massive blow in pursuit of winning a roster spot.
Brown’s weight issues last season were well documented and a big reason why he fell into Day 3 last spring. Some significant technical issues are holding holding him back and at times, the desire just isn’t where it needs to be.
Another impressive performance from rookie Cade Mays only painted Brown’s performance level in a worse light. So it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world if Carolina cut their losses with the player entirely before Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.
Considering Trey Smith was there for the taking when the Panthers drafted Brown, this only adds to the ongoing level of frustration. But if the Panthers feel like they have enough, then the second-year-pro could be on the outside looking in.