3 Panthers players who helped their chances in preseason Week 2

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Brandon Smith
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Brandon Smith /
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Which Carolina Panthers players helped their chances during the team’s second preseason game at the New England Patriots? 

The Carolina Panthers were not willing to risk most of their starters during Friday’s game against the New England Patriots. It was a bruising and often chippy series of joint practices with Bill Belichick’s men throughout the week, which meant it was left to others down the depth chart to pick up the slack in the team’s second of three preseason contests.

As expected with the second and third-string units, the Panthers went through some indifferent spells en route to a 20-10 defeat. While the result wasn’t all that important, head coach Matt Rhule and his staff will have a broader perspective of what fringe stars are capable of making a difference when things get more serious.

Carolina’s starters should see a lot of the field against the Buffalo Bills at Bank of America Stadium on Friday. So this might have been the last chance for some to make a lasting impression in pursuit of roster places or prominent depth chart positions.

With this in mind, here are three Panthers players who helped their chances in preseason Week 2.

Player No. 1

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(Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports) Arron Mosby /

Arron Mosby – Carolina Panthers DE/OLB

There was a lot to like about the way Arron Mosby applied himself when called upon at Gillette Stadium. The edge defender got more action than anticipated following an injury to sixth-round selection Amare Barno – something the undrafted free agent was keen to take advantage of.

Mosby read the game well against the run and assisted in coverage when required. Whether it’s enough for the Fresno State product to force his way into the Carolina Panthers’ plans is another matter.

Even if Mosby doesn’t make the team, he’s done his chances of earning a practice squad spot no harm at all after this performance.