3 Panthers players who helped their chances in preseason Week 2

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Cade Mays – Carolina Panthers OL

It was an awful night for the offensive line overall. The Carolina Panthers are used to poor production in this area of the field in recent years, but the fans can remain confident in the team’s starting options making some improvements providing everyone stays clear of injuries next season.

Amid all the doom and gloom, there was one player who shone while all around him crumbled. Cade Mays turned in another polished performance, with the versatile sixth-round selection taking snaps at the guard position and also at the center spot throughout the contest.

This will come in handy for the Panthers given Bradley Bozeman is expected to be out for a few weeks. And if Mays continues impressing, there’s a good chance he could occupy a starting berth somewhere down the line.

Mays could be another late-round gem acquired by the Panthers. It’s been a relatively short sample size so far, but considering how others with more experience are failing to meet even modest expectations, the Tennessee product could end up being a primary backup at multiple positions right out of the gate.

Friday’s game was another prime example of Mays’ talent. Something that’s done the lineman’s chances of involvement a significant amount of good during his rookie campaign.

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